34 Weeks: Christmas Part 2 and Ringing in 2015

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Is it really 2015?! It's been a whirlwind 2 weeks and despite having a lot to look forward to in the next few months, it's sad that the holidays are over. After just a few short days in NYC between Christmas and New Years, we were on the train again, this time heading down to the Philadelphia area to visit Brian's family in southern New Jersey.

But before I get into our New Years celebrations, I'm happy to report that our last doctor's appointment went very well. I had gained 2 pounds since our last visit, and the baby appeared to be head down. We'll have an ultrasound next week to confirm the baby's position, but it's a relief to hear that my predictions have been correct.

And speaking of the baby, we celebrated Christmas with Brian's family this past week and the baby had its own stocking this year and was spoiled rotten by its grandparents. Evidence below.

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And no, we are not having twins, the above picture shows just how excited Brian's family (specifically Brian's mom) is to have a grandchild. My mother-in-law gave us two enormous bins of both boys and girls clothes so that we won't have only gender neutral clothing when the baby arrives (she is planning to return the box of clothes that is not used when we find out if it is a girl or boy). All of the outfits were adorable! 

We celebrated New Years Eve with Brian's parents enjoying a nice, quiet dinner at home. Brian and I bought duck breasts from the butcher in New York, and we made seared duck breasts with a cherry-port sauce, cornbread stuffing and steamed asparagus. We capped off the meal with a delicious Brooklyn Blackout Cake from Two Little Red Hens bakery (basically heaven for chocolate cake lovers). 

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We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing, spending time with family, eating delicious food and going on long walks in the neighborhood. 

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Here's what's happening with Baby Riley this week:

  • Baby Riley now weighs over 4.75 pounds (similar to the size of a cantaloupe!) and measures over 18 inches long.
  • He or she is fattening up and his or her skin is getting smoother
  • Interesting fact: Most babies born between 34 to 37 weeks generally do fine if they don't have any other health problems

And what's happening with me:

Weight Gained: I continue to get bigger and bigger, and I'm certain that my stomach grew by at least an inch between Christmas and New Years. According to the doctor's scale last Wednesday, I have gained a total of 19 pounds since our first appointment.

Favorite Moment: Feeling the baby kick, push and squirm for almost two straight hours while I was sitting in the movie theatre watching The Hobbit on Friday. It was so funny. Brian and I were both shocked by how active the baby was that day.

Workouts: My workouts this week were all over the chart this week. We went on multiple walks while we were in New Jersey. Most of our walks were 45 minutes or longer, and on a few occasions I had to stop walking for a few minutes because I was experiencing a bit of pain/side cramps. They went away after just 2-3 minutes of standing still, so I wasn't overly concerned but it definitely helped me realize that my body is slowing down. I also went to the gym a few times this week and swam laps for 20 minutes in the gym's pool in New Jersey. I didn't overheat this time (the water was a better temperature), but I did have a small rash near my wrists when I got out of the pool (is it possible to be more sensitive to the chlorine and chemicals in pools during pregnancy?!) and had to take some breaks due to side cramps. It's too bad that swimming hasn't agreed with me during pregnancy because it feels great to be weightless in the pool at this stage.

Symptoms: Occasional back pain, fatigue, and a few mild cramps and pain (that have lasted for only about 15-20 minutes thankfully). I also re-aggravated my piriformis (butt) muscle the other day and it was very painful at times over the weekend. Thankfully it has been better today, but it's frustrating because I had thought that I was doing better.

Food Aversions/Cravings: No aversions as usual, but ever since having runny egg yolks last week (my younger sister kindly bought pasteurized eggs for us to have over Christmas), I wish that I could have them again! But I have no real complaints because my father-in-law made us a delicious steak chili and a veal, eggplant, and prosciutto dish (called veal oggi) over New Years weekend.

Sleep: I slept well for the most part and slept in late!!!

Looking forward to: The nursery furniture is arriving this Wednesday....I'm so excited! I have to admit that I am also a little nervous to see how much space is remaining in the room once the furniture is in. Our nursery is tiny, and by tiny I mean it is 10.5 feet long and 8 feet or less wide.