Oh my gosh, I'm almost to thirty. For some reason, in my mind, I associate thirty weeks with "officially pregnant." And boy, do I feel that way. I hadn't felt pregnant until about now. I can feel how so much of my energy is going to this boy. I don't feel sick or miserable, just more tired and slow.
I've officially hit the 20 pound mark, which makes me want to punch someone in the neck. I'm making a person what a miracle I should only worry about being healthy blah blah blah. I'm still a female with a fragile sense of self.
Braxton Hicks contractions have shown their ugly face. They're not painful, just uncomfortable, and we're just going to blame the amount of self-peeing that's been happening on those. They happen when I walk a lot, when I stand up after sitting for a long time, or when I'm dehydrated. So basically, as long as I drink a lot of water and sit down for a while (but not too long), I can avoid them.
There is a person inside me. We all knew this, of course, but now it feels like a person with actual body parts. I can feel his little elbows and heels poking my organs (usually my bladder). A midwife friend of mine was able to feel all his little parts and tell me what position he was in, which was the most magical thing. "This hard, flat part is his little back, and his head is down low, so he's upside down and facing the right." Favorite sentence ever.
I'm getting waaaay too into imagining what he'll look like. Of course, there's not really a way for me to know at this point, but I'm almost sure he'll have blue eyes, be totally bald, and have freaky long legs like his dad. Also, probably a shapely nose like each of us.
My brain is filling with questions.
How do you decide what your baby will call all the grandparents? Do they decide?
Is it normal if my belly button doesn't pop out?
Will I get hemorrhoids?
Will my belly sag forever like those pictures online?
Should I buy a giant workout ball? And what the heck are those good for, anyway?
What if I wait too long to go to the hospital?
Can I hire someone to come do all the items on my nesting list?