30 Weeks With Daphne Grace

How far along? 30 Weeks
Baby is the size of a:  Zuchinni,

Total weight gain: Still at 6lbs

Stretch marks? All the stretch marks, just across my belly. They’ve also come with these lovely purple dots that make me look like a character from Dr. Seuss. Some of them are painful, but I know it’ll be worth it in the end.

Baby Development: Daphne Grace is just getting fatter and fatter! She should be gaining about half a pound each week now. Her neck has full range of motion now and she is practicing turning her head. She is continuing to steal my protein to help her muscles functions properly! She is getting hiccups now as she practices breathing and swallowing. “They” say, babies at 30 weeks can now recognize mom’s voice and I hope that is true! Her Lanugo, layer of hair that keeps her warm, should be falling off this week.

Movement:  Daphne Grace is still kicking like crazy. This week, a few of her kicks stole my breath. She is sitting right on my lungs, making it really hard to take a deep breath. She gets shy when I try to let someone feel her kick. She’ll be kicking like crazy then stop as soon as I put their hand on my belly. I still can’t tell if she is in position or not. We’ll know at our 34 week ultrasound.

Food cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary. Still have to have something sweet before I go to sleep. Anything chocolate will do.

Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach and being able to roll over in bed. This has become quite the task and is getting a little painful.

Symptoms:  My sciatic nerve is in constant pain. I don’t know if it’s from sitting on the floor with WJ all day. Nesting is in full swing and I’m cleaning or sleeping 24/7. I can’t go to sleep unless the house is tidy. I’m getting the urge to purge again and I LOVE this part! I love decluttering and organizing alllll the things.

Wedding rings on or off?  Still holding on.

Mood?  Either frustrated or elated. I mainly slip back and forth between those two. I get frustrated that I physically can’t do all the things I would like to as well as I would like to. I move slower than I’d like and that get super annoying. At the same time, I couldn’t be happier. Winifred is doing wonderful, Daphne is growing and kicking, Will is healthy, and life is good. It’s a confusing mix of emotions and I’m just sitting in it.

This Week: This week was B-A-N-A-N-A-S. WJ had so many play dates and we had so much to do! In an effort to get her sleeping better, I tried to get us out of the house as much as possible and keep us busy! I did a deep clean of the house and that was honestly the greatest thing ever. We got to go to Dallas this weekend and attend the most beautiful wedding. Karissa was my Texas Tech Orientation roommate and we ended up in the same Education block and becoming extremely close. It was an honor to see her marry the man of her dreams this weekend.

Winifred Update: We have quite the little organizer on our hands! Winnie J has learned to put things back where she got them or on top of things and she is obsessed. She will put all her toys in then out of a box or on top of the couch, then take them off. She likes having things all together, and it makes my heart happy. I thought Winnie J was mobile but BOY was I wrong. This girl is on the move! She is crawling all over the house and getting into everything she can find! She wants more than anything to be besties with the dogs but Layla runs away from her and Zeus is just nonreactive. Its tragic and adorable. She crawls into the dog bed and waits for them to snuggle with her. Winnie J had a stomach bug this week and it was heartbreaking. It’s hard to see your baby hurting and you can’t do anything to take it away. She bounced back after 24 hours and was her bouncy self once again. The “cold front” was good to us and we spend ample time outside reading books together. She has started to show preference for certain books. This week it was Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. She loves turning the pages and cuddling with her fluffy stuff while we read. I’ve never met a baby more obsessed with fluffy things.

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