Asymmetrical Belly - 30 Week Update

Note: I am actually about 31 weeks pregnant now, but once again I'm late in posting the update. I put the highlights in bold print, for you scanners out there.

We're into the 30s, People! Just a little over two months until my due date!

The last couple of weeks have been really busy with Christmas preparations, so there's not too much progress to report on baby preparations at the moment. We are still working on refinishing the dresser and painting the changing table, and the nursery is no where near set up yet. I'm just hoping to be done with those two items before my shower on the 9th, and then I can start setting up the nursery after that. The jury is still out on whether to paint the nursery or not.

I've still been feeling good - no significant symptoms to report. I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep because I felt uncomfortable one night, but that was an isolated incident.

I had a tight feeling across my lower belly when Derek and I were out on our Christmas-light-drive, but I'm not sure if it was just discomfort because of how my pants were sitting, or how the baby was sitting, or a full bladder, or a Braxton-Hicks contraction. I'm not ready to label it a Braxton-Hicks contraction yet, because it's the only time it happened, and I'm still not sure.

My sweet boy, on the other hand, has been moving like crazy the past couple weeks, and his movements are getting really distinct. I can actually feel body parts now, and he's big enough to actually change the shape of my belly.

Shortly after the last pregnancy update, I was laying on my left side on the couch, and I think he just decided he didn't like sitting on the side of my belly anymore. He pushed himself up into the right side of my belly - it was so cool because you could see the shape of my belly change, and when I touched my belly I could feel his little back right under my skin! It was so cute, and it made me impatient for the day when I can actually hold him.

Since then he has been doing similar things almost daily. Yesterday I could feel him stretching, and I reached down to feel my belly - I could feel a little foot or hand right there. It's really funny when I'm just sitting and all of a sudden you can see him stretching and pushing out on different parts of my stomach.

My belly has grown quite a bit in the last couple weeks - it's getting harder to feel my ribs, and my whole rib cage is sore on some days because it's expanding. At times the little man will stretch vertically, and push against my ribs, and then I have to sit up really straight so it doesn't hurt.

It makes it feel that much more real when I can actually feel his little body through my skin - I can't wait to snuggle him outside my skin in a couple months!

We had a doctor's appointment yesterday, and Munchkin's heart rate was nice and strong in the 140s, and the doctor measured my uterus and declared that he's growing very well. He should be at least three pounds by now, and still around 14-16 inches long. I am going to the doctor every two weeks now.

I also think I finally felt him have the hiccups! This whole time I've been wondering how women know if their baby is having hiccups, and I looked it up. Apparently they are supposed to feel like rhythmic baby movement for a couple minutes or so. Well, on December 22nd, I was working on the computer and I felt these tiny little movements that came every couple seconds and they lasted for about two minutes. His normal movements are much more random and noticeable, so I think he was having the hiccups! I was very glad to finally feel some, because it's a sign that his lungs are maturing.

And here are the 30 Week belly pictures, taken on Christmas morning!





And from the front:




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Rachel and John said...

You look so great! Glad to hear you are still sleeping well and feeling great. I can't wait to see what you do with the nursery!

Brittney Galloway said...

Wow! 30 weeks, that's crazy! I've been wondering what those hiccups will feel like too, so it was good to read your description!

Amber H said...

So cute!! I bet it's awesome to actually be able to tell what body parts are what. I've tried a few times, but it's too early. And look at that belly! I can't believe you're already in the 30's!! That's insane! Time has passed so quickly.

And I bet it was a Braxton Hicks contraction you felt. I'm already getting them. I just didn't know it. I was having one during my anatomy ultrasound and the tech asked me if I could feel it because she could see it on the screen. It's totally normal to have them this early, so I'm not worried at all. The other night I had two in a row. Pretty weird feeling. Your whole uterus just gets really tight for a few seconds, and then it goes away. If I change positions or move around, I usually won't get another one. I also notice them more if I'm not getting enough water.

Can't wait to see the little boy in the flesh! He's going to be adorable!!

ashley said...

Aww, glad to hear that everything is going well! I still think that is so amazing that you can feel, and see, your baby boy moving from the outside! So cool! :) Not too much longer!

Kelley said...

oh my goodness! Your update got me so excited! I can't wait till I'm at your point in my pregnancy! I hope you continue to feel and sleep great!

Jenene said...

Yeah, I've been wondering what hiccups feel like as well. I have a doctor's appt today, so I'm going to ask her about it.

I can't wait until I can actually tell whether I'm feeling a foot, or the baby's back. It's still all the same for me right now.

Jennifer said...

Your so cute!

cait said...

glad you are feeling so well! You look great!! You still look to be all belly...so adorable!

Looks like you all had a great Christmas!!

Megan said...

Callie - you look fabulous!!!

Katrina said...

Glad everything is going good for you, and that the baby is developing healthy and strong. You look great!! Only a couple months left!!

Tatiana said...

You're looking great! I'm glad to know that you're pregnancy is going well and that your little man is developing so well :-) It's so amazing that you'll get to meet him in less than 10weeks!

Melanie said...

That is so neat you can feel your baby boy move around like that! I had heard people say they could feel 'feet' and things moving around in their tummies..now I can't wait to feel that one myself!! Its funny you said your shower was going to be the 9th..I was thinking of emailing you to see when you were having yours!

Mrs. Lukie said...

Callie, you look gorgeous...can't wait to "meet" that lil baby you've got growing in there :)

Emily P. said...

Aww! So jealous that you're so close to being able to hold your baby! I want to snuggle mine SO BAD!

Lori said...

You look so good! You look like you feel good too, which is great at this point in pregnancy! I too can feel her movements so much more now, and can make out which body part is pushing against my belly sometimes. It is so cool!! Loved your update!! WOW, we are in the 30's now!!

Fair Maiden said...

You look so good!!!! So you must be near 32 weeks now. :) So exciting!!! I loved when I passed the 30 week mark. Just so you know, I haven't been online much at all the last 2 weeks, so I'm "catching up". :)

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