This week, the sweet baby is the length of a lemon (about 3.5 inches!). The baby can suck its thumb, wriggle its toes, and is continuing to grow all those important organs so it'll be ready for the world! Meanwhile, I continue to feel much, much better and seem to be growing steadily! I can't wait until I can feel the baby moving around, but not yet!
As an update on the sleeping...when I wrote my last blog about having trouble sleeping on my side, my sweet, sweet, sweet Grandma read it and immediately ordered a special pillow that fits between your knees. It helps keep everything aligned, and because of the way it's made, keeps you from constantly rolling back over to your back in your sleep. What a wonderful, thoughtful Grandma I have! Thank you, thank you, thank you! (**Quick side story: When I was little Mama told Grandma not to spoil me...that it would make me a brat. Grandma responded, "I won't give her everything she asks for...I'll just give it to her before she thinks to ask!" haha! Well, she is still doing that! I didn't even know about these pillows...and she had it shipped before I even knew to ask for it! What a rotten grandbaby I am!) :)
With the combination of sleeping part of the night propped up and using the pillow part of the night on my side, I am really getting much better sleep. I really think that I will also be able to just "get used to" sleeping on my hips more. I mean, I'm pretty sure I can do most anything for this baby...especially since it's only till the end of August. This seems like very little to ask!
The awesome pillow from Grandma!
In other news, I have been reading a few more books. I know that many women have raised healthy, great kids without reading the volumes I am reading, but they make me feel a lot better and can't hurt me! Below has been my current read (and one of my favorites!). I am on Chapter 6, but I really like it so far. The author, Tracy Hogg, writes about good sleep schedules for the baby (and family!) and how to incorporate your baby into your family while not making them the epicenter of your existence. She also spends a lot of time in the book addressing "baby body language". She really teaches you how to read what might be wrong when the baby cries so you can help solve the problem instead of getting frustrated. I'm really hoping all this in the book will at least make some sense when the baby gets here! I know there will be a lot of things I am reading that will go straight out the window when the little makes their appearance...but I'm hoping this knowledge will help me! Thank you, Bethany, for this recommendation!
Last but not least, a picture of me and the baby! I can definitely tell a huge difference now! I still have a few things I can wear that totally hide all signs of pregnancy, but those are NOT my favorites! I really like looking pregnant (granted, I may not love it when I'm the size of a whale in the middle of August, but it's fun right now!) and so I mostly wear things that make people at least question if I'm putting on weight. (Not that I give them a lot of doubt, I told a lady in Wal-Mart the other day I was having a baby...right in the middle of the breakfast aisle!) Luckily, I am still feeling really super. The stuffy nose has gone away for a bit, and I've been able to exercise more! I am so blessed by such a healthy pregnancy thus far and such a supportive husband. Both things have made this whole journey so much better so far! So, here's the progress: