30 Weeks — Baby Shower, Heartburn, and Doula Fun (Oh My!)
Hi All! I am almost 30 weeks pregnant — YAY! I can’t believe that we are moving into single-digit countdown territory — oh my goodness. The time is moving so quickly — it feels like the weeks are just flying by and that January will be here before I know it. YAY!
It has been an exciting and wonderful 2 weeks full of a lot of baby fun. First, my sister-in-law hosted an amazing baby shower for me. Every detail was perfect from the amazing baseball-themed invitations to the delicious food and the fabulous decor. She really outdid herself planning everything. I know she had a lot of help from my mom, her mom, and my best friends, and I am so grateful to all of them for their continued love and support. Baby W received SO many presents — he has a complete wardrobe for the next 9-12 months, and his nursery will be fully stocked with his crib and other baby goodies like his bouncer, swing, pack and play, and high chair. We also received a lot of books — I can’t wait to read to him! We have a lot of work to do to get his nursery ready, but can’t get started on it until the end of December. We rent out 2 rooms in our house, and one of the rooms is going to be our nursery. We have the basic nursery stuff planned out and are going to pick out colors this weekend, but it will be a mad dash to get everything done before he arrives. Thankfully, we will have a lot of help from my brother, best-friend, and other close friends :). I just can’t wait to see it all done and organize everything in his room!
Second, my heartburn is awful. I hate heartburn — I suffered from it at times before pregnancy, but now it’s just terrible. It basically flares up every time I eat or drink anything, even water. I take tums often, which provide quick, but not continuous relief. It’s definitely worse at night — I can literally feel it burning a hole through me — which often prevents me from sleeping. I wake up every two to three hours to pee and to take some tums. Lately, I have been struggling to fall back to sleep around 4 or 5 in the morning. I am not sure if it’s related to heartburn, but it’s annoying to be so tired and not be able to sleep. Most mornings, I just get up around 5:45 and start my day instead of laying in bed getting frustrated. On the bright side, if I’m able to find time for a nap then I typically wake up feeling great :).
Finally, we had our first appointment with our Doula, and I am really glad that we chose her! She is knowledgeable, funny, and friendly as well as supportive. She is actually a nurse by day who works with newborns, but as a doula, she will only be providing emotional and physical support; she won’t actually do any nurse-like activity. Our first appointment lasted a little more than 2 hours. We reviewed our birth plan and discussed the stages of labor. We also practiced a few different pain-relieving techniques. We also asked a ton of questions about everything from what’s normal in labor to breastfeeding support. We have our next meeting with her scheduled for early January… I can’t wait!
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I’ll write more about my fun family-filled holiday soon.