pregnancy: week 32
I know I say this every week, but whoa. How did we get here?
From our doctor’s visit: Rico’s heartrate = 143, the belly measures at exactly 32 weeks, I’m up 5!?! pounds this time for a total weight gain of… 27 lbs (am hoping this weight is not all gathering in my butt, as that is the one area that I cannot reliably check out right now – the rest of me seems to be okay).
Also, Rico appears to have moved into head down position, which is causing a huge sigh of relief from this girl since no one in our area will even attempt to deliver a breech baby and I’m hoping to avoid a C-section. Thanks for cooperating, Rico! Now, maybe you can just stay there for a few weeks (at least 6, please), and when it’s time to come out, just make one definitive break for it. None of this 50 hours of travel bit that I’ve been hearing about other babies pulling. Mmmkay?
Also this week, we met & picked out a pediatrician, and JT’s been working his butt off trying to get all sorts of odds & ends finished up around the house. I know Rico doesn’t care whether the bathroom fan works or how pretty/functional the laundry room is, but it makes me feel better knowing that these are things we won’t have to worry about this summer when our house is full of Rico-loving visitors.
We were assigned to watch a really long video about natural childbirth for this week’s class (it was seriously an hour or more of naked ladies birthing babies), and while both JT and I were urging the film to quickly come to an end (so we could go back to watching Criminal Minds), it’s probably good to have the affirmation that all this birthy stuff is completely natural and miraculous and wonderful and all of that mushy sentimental crap that I usually roll my eyes at. On a related note, my latest plea to Jason is DO NOT LET ME WALK AROUND THE DELIVERY ROOM NAKED, even if I seem to think it’s a good idea at the time, DO NOT LET ME DO THAT.
Also in news this week, I discovered the joy that is the green smoothie. Green because there’s spinach in it. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound awesome, but it is. I’ve been told to get more iron & leafy greens in my diet, so I’ve been trying to force myself to eat a lot of spinach lately and I’m completely over it. The green smoothie rocks my world because I can get at least a cup of frozen spinach (2 servings!) in without actually tasting it. If you’re brave enough to try the green smoothie, my version contains ~1 c frozen spinach, a frozen banana (and sometimes other frozen fruit), plain yogurt (either regular or greek – but the greek yogurt has more protein, which I also need), and OJ. The secret of the smoothie is that you’ve got to add banana to naturally sweeten it — other fruits won’t sweeten the smoothie as much. Bonus points for you for combining spinach & vitamin C because vitamin C increases the amount of iron your body can absorb from the spinach. And that is 2 hours worth of inet research coming at you.