Thirty

Thirty weeks! The final bit is here! I’m beginning to resemble someone who has a turkey strapped to their abdomen, preferably a turkey that occasionally squirms around and becomes very lopsided from time to time. Also, please imagine that said turkey causes the wearer to waddle to the restroom every 45 minutes, give or take. And perhaps strike awkward pigeon-toed stances when taking self portraits in their work bathroom mirror.

 I really hope this turkey is cute and worth the lopsided waddling, that is all I have to say about that. Currently Exhibit A is trying to eject him or herself through my upper right abdomen, enjoys bouncing off of my various organs and sometimes presses so hard on both sides of me I gasp outloud- which is always awesome in a work meeting. My sleep continues to go downhill- I’m tossing and turning, but imagine an elephant with a fully belly trying to roll over without disturbing others and you’ll know what that looks like, and I’m up every hour or so for a restroom break. Braxton Hicks contractions continue to remind me when to slow down, although miracle of miracles, my appetite seems to have improved and I can now eat more than 1/2 a serving of food in one sitting. Joyous!

This past weekend B and I flew out to Salt Lake City where we visited with family and friends, got some quality time in with my nephew (3.5 years old and too cute for his own good, also he prefers to be called Superman, please keep that in mind when addressing him) and my Mom’s friends threw a lovely baby shower for me. We also got to eat at In-N-Out, so we both considered this an excellent three day weekend. (Double double animal style, no tomato.) So far both baby showers I’ve had have asked the guests to bring their favorite children’s book, which is pretty much the greatest idea ever. After all, this Exhibit A’s current library:

 Not too shabby for a wee itsy bitsy baby who can’t even read! The growing collection of books made us realize that a bookshelf is definitely a necessity for the nursery (we always planned on some sort of storage/shelving unit but now we think we might need something bigger than originally anticipated) which we will put together in May, once we move. (No we don’t know where we we are moving yet, just a general idea.) Speaking of the nursery, for those who are curious about the “theme”  or colors or what not, my Mom and her friend both made us gorgeous baby quilts that will look fantastic in the nursery. I cried when I opened both of them. (The smaller one is more of a stroller blanket, the large one is quite large and will be fantastic on the wall or for tummy time on the floor.)

 

As far as nursery “themes” go, we don’t really have one. I have some artwork I’ve found on Etsy but the bedding is all geometric patterns as opposed to animals/objects/what have you. In my mind I want a cheerful room with some bright colors and grey accents and white furniture, that is cozy and comfortable and a little bit whimsical. Depending on the sex of the baby I plan on adding a few teal or bright pink items, but in my opinion once the baby is born we will be innundated with all things blue/truck/train or pink/princess/dolls and I don’t feel a strong urge to start early. Speaking of sex…….

I figured at 30 weeks it would be a fun time to take a guess on the sex of the baby. According to the old wive’s tales….

  • Heart rate: If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy. This baby’s heart rate has been all over the place, but mostly around 150.
  • If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy. I have no idea how to describe my belly.
  • If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It is thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones. I had acne in the first trimester and then again for a few weeks in the second trimester.
  • People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl. I have craved at different times: lemonade, hot wings, apple juice, salt and vinegar potato chips, sushi (damn), and hard boiled eggs.
  • If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl. I…yeah. No idea. I think they are pretty much the same?
  • If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy. 100% clumsy.
  • The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. Girl. (Interesting to note: the baby’s due date is the last day of the Year of the Dragon, so if the baby is late, Year of the Snake it is!)
  • If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl. Blech. So much puke.
  • If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl. I prefer my right but force myself onto my left, dumb arteries.

 I was planning on using some sort of survey widget so you could just click on an answer, but I’m apparently technologically challenged and if you want to partake, it is just the old-fashioned comment system. And for those wondering: I have no gut feeling either way. At first I felt very strongly it was a boy, then a girl and now I have no idea. The good news is: either result is a 50-50 chance.

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