31 weeks

1 Jul

Written Monday, July 1, 2013

20130630_143449Forgive the cell phone photo…as well as my wet, post-working-in-the-yard-shower hair and squinty eyes.

How Big are the Babies?

My sources say the babies are as big as coconuts or pineapples this week, measuring more than 16 inches, head to heel, and weighing about 3 1/3 pounds.

How I’m Changing

I’m getting bigger (but not gaining any weight) and getting tired out way more easily. It’s getting to be a lot of work to go grocery shopping for an hour; I’m tired, my back and feet hurt, and I’m out of breath. But it’s still in my disposition to do as much work around the house as possible. I can’t be stopped.

My carpal tunnel is still bugging me — some days it’s painful, other days it’s just annoying. I’m able to go to work, but I definitely have less of a desire to do so, as it’s not exactly easy to type with numb fingers.

How I’m Feeling/What I’m Thinking

We’ve been in our house a little more than a week. Saturday was the big moving day.

My dad and brother, as well as Christopher’s parents, came down to help. We picked up the 14-foot U-Haul truck about 9:30 a.m. Chris’ mom and I packed up the kitchen, while the boys loaded the truck and every single vehicle at the house. We then unloaded everything at the new house and returned the truck about 1 p.m. We were so prompt and so clean, that the U-Haul guy only charged us for an in-town move — a savings of about $85!

We made a quick lunch of grilled hamburgers, unpacked some essentials and moved a bit of furniture. Christopher’s parents took off, and Christopher and I, my dad and my brother then went to the old house to do a final cleaning. We sweated bullets with no windows open, no fans going and no air conditioning, but we got it done in about an hour — and that was even with the half-hour or so that Christopher spent getting the cats over to the new place.

We then showered and headed to the Dixon Beer Festival. The boys enjoyed several much deserved, tasty beers, while I tagged along and snagged a few sips of the best brews. We grabbed a bite to eat at a new bar and grill, too.

Dexter, Zak and Sara all responded remarkably well to the adjustment — especially the cats, who we were worried would be too stressed and would take it out on the house by peeing on the carpet. We enjoyed sleeping in our bed (with its box spring and new sheets) in an air-conditioned house.

Christopher and I and my dad had quite a bit of unpacking done by Sunday afternoon — enough that we could get to work during the week without scrambling to find things.

Throughout the rest of the week, we tackled projects: Weeding the front flower bed, unpacking other rooms and cleaning up junk.

I had a minor meltdown moment Wednesday. I didn’t have to go into work until lunchtime, since I had a school board meeting to cover. We made breakfast, then, after I had showered and gotten dressed, we sat on the edge of our bed. I didn’t want to go to work. I cried. I would have preferred to hide in a cave, away from obligations, phone calls, text messages. I really wished for the time and money to take a “babymoon” because our time as a twosome is swiftly waning.

Saturday (technically week 32), we spent the day together alone. We didn’t do anything too date-like; we went out to breakfast, worked on the yard, unpacked all the baby gifts, grocery shopped and rented a movie. It was a busy and productive day, but it was exactly what we needed — time to ourselves to do what we wanted, when we wanted.


  • Weight gained (to date): 29 lbs.
  • Workouts: Just two – 1 hour weeding and a 20-min. walk, plus more cleaning, unpacking and sweating. I’m generally staying active and ensuring I’m moving for a bit after work.
  • Food aversions: Still none.
  • Food cravings: Slushies, fruit bars and lemonade — basically anything cold, sweet and a little tart. Also, doughnuts, biscuits and Greek food. Watermelon sounds great, too.
  • Maternity items purchased: None. I NEED to get a few things soon, though.
  • Baby items received: A couple more gifts arrived in the mail.
  • Channels received via antenna at the new house: About 10, only two of which (both PBS) are worth watching.
  • Awesome moment of the week: On Saturday (technically week 32), a random woman came up to me as she was on her way out of our favorite breakfast restaurant and said, ‘You are beautiful.’ I was so touched. And I was so floored by her kindness, given all the horror stories you hear about strangers making comments to pregnant ladies.
  • Next prenatal appointment: Monday (today), 31 1/2 weeks. (I’ll write about it next week.)

8 Responses to “31 weeks”

  1. beckykearney July 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Wow, girl. You’re looking so good! I really can’t believe you’ve got two babies in there.

    Also, I totally understand that feeling of just not wanting to go to work. I feel like that a lot too, I’m surprised I haven’t had a meltdown about it yet! I just want to be home, resting, no stress, taking care of myself and just getting ready for the baby to arrive. Maternity leave can’t come soon enough!

    • kaylabee18 July 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Thanks, lady. That makes me feel good. 🙂

      And yes, it can’t come soon enough. What are your plans? Are you working up to your due date? Or are you taking a week or two off beforehand?

      • beckykearney July 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

        Right now, the plan is to work up until my due date… but I’m also going to keep a close eye on how I’m feeling. If I need to, I’ll definitely try to take as much time off as I can beforehand.

        Also, I manage 4 different projects at work, so I’ve been trying to get things ready now to hand over to another manager… just in case the baby decides to come early. I’d hate to leave behind a mess for others to try to figure out!

      • kaylabee18 July 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

        That sounds like a good plan. And that’s mine, too. I work as a newspaper reporter, so every day is different, and it’s summer, so my beat (education) is quiet, which makes it easy to hand over to someone else. But I’m thinking I might like to take a few days just to be at home, you know? If only I knew the exact day these babies were going to arrive…

  2. thebabydoctorswife July 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    How nice that you are all moved in! I agree with you random woman…you are so very beautiful! Enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy mama. Before you know it, your beautiful little girls will be here!

    • kaylabee18 July 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      Thanks, sweetie. 🙂 Got a few things left to do around the house — assembling cribs is a big one — but we are moved in enough to function! Can’t wait to bring them home to our place.

  3. Karin (mom) Herd July 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Couldn’t you have kissed that lady? I’m not surprised though, because you are beautiful. Did she know you’re carrying twins?

    • kaylabee18 July 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      I could have, yes, but I refrained. And no, I don’t think she knew…it didn’t come up.

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