baby #4: 33 weeks

Baby’s size: We had a growth ultrasound this week, and she weighed 4 pounds 1 ounce, which is in the 21st percentile for size. So, she’s on the smaller side, but still looking great. My apps say she’s about 19 inches long, which is apparently about the size of a ferret. Her heart rate was 139 bpm.

Maternity clothes?: Yes, and I got to wear some shorts! I’m realizing though that my jeans are much more supportive- the belly panel is tighter and just fits better. I feel like the shorts just let the belly hang out there, even when I use my support belt.

Gender: Sweet sweet baby girl.

Symptoms: I’m just feeling like the belly is getting BIG! I’m not uncomfortable, but I definitely have noticed the extra effort it takes to get around, go up stairs, carry Nella, etc. I’ve also been having more Braxton Hicks (especially after a really busy day); they don’t hurt, they’re just tight!

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping a lot this week just due to being sick. I still really need that daily afternoon nap, and I’m so grateful that I get one most days. Hopefully this new princess will like naps, too!

Movement: I’ve had a few moments where I’ve actually said “ow!” due to her feet digging into my side or ribs. She is SO strong that sometimes I imagine she has steel-toed boots on in there! She also gets the hiccups every day now! At our ultrasound, we could see her diaphragm moving as she hiccuped, which was really cool. She also was practicing her breathing! (also… how cute are her lips?!)

Cravings: Hershey’s chocolate!

What I miss: Just being able to do more without getting tired so quickly.

Anything making you queasy or sick?: I always have a little nausea, but it’s been better this week. I also had some kind of unrelated upper respiratory infection and ended up doing almost nothing for 4 days, which is so unlike my normal self!

Belly Button in or out?: Flat.

Exercising?: Ran 26.3 miles (longest run was 6.5 miles); walked 1.5 miles. Best average pace this week was 10:47 min/mile. Fitbit total steps: 80,831.

Mood: I’m really generally feeling happy and excited, but it doesn’t take much to make me cry. This week, I sobbed because Kaya’s caterpillar died, and then cried again because Michael wasn’t helping me make lunch for the girls. It’s ridiculous, I know! I don’t remember being so tearful with my other pregnancies.

Best moment this week: Celebrating our 9th anniversary, and seeing her little face at our ultrasound! I can see Nella’s cheeks and forehead in this picture… what do you think? I can’t wait to kiss this sweet face!

Looking forward to: Having Michael home for an extra day due to Memorial Day! I’m excited for some extra rest and time to check off some of my to-do list.

Big sisters: They still have lots of kisses and cuddles for this sweet new girl. Kaya always asks how many more weeks until she comes out, and it feels crazy when I tell her it could be anywhere between 5 and 7!

Comparison: 33 weeks with Kaya; 33 weeks with Kaelyn; 33 weeks with Nella. I can’t believe we were at the beach at this point in my pregnancy with Kaelyn, just because I really haven’t felt like doing much long-distance traveling this time around. I can’t wait to go back, whenever that may be!