Not much to report for this week. Baby continues to grow and I find myself out of breath with very little effort and I get heartburn if I eat a normal-sized meal since there's not much room for my stomach to share with my uterus. So, I'm eating more often and much less at a time and keeping it at bay. I have all but abandoned thoughts of wearing shoes that tie unless someone else is around to tie them for me and pretty soon I'll have to have help getting my own socks on at this rate! Movement from the baby is no longer an interesting or even awe-inspired time for me, now it is bordering on the painful most often. I swear she's in there trying to stretch out instead of just remaining confined to her little space. Sometimes she kicks me so hard it takes my breath away! She's still a fiesty one, my little bun in the oven!
I took time this week among all the Christmas shopping and wrapping to update and pretty much finalize my baby registry online. It is weird for me to even go through the motions of registering and talking with friends and family about baby showers since I always thought it was tasteless for people who have already had a baby to have a second baby shower. It's like having another wedding shower 40 years later just because you renewed your vows, or so I thought until it had been eight years and I have very little to welcome this new baby with. All the people willing to give me gifts are now much appreciated! I took a trip to my parent's house to pick up the bassinet and make sure the crib was still in functional shape after lending it to my brother to use when one of my nieces was born. I found a treasure trove of things I thought I'd gotten rid of years ago just hanging out in storage which made me pretty overjoyed. I spent this week cleaning up the bassinet - luckily they come apart and are washable! And it is now setup in the master bedroom ready for baby to arrive. The hubby is still moving at a snail's pace in clearing out the art supplies from baby's room but I think seeing the bassinet all ready and waiting gave him a dose of reality check. Or at least I hope so!
Christmas and New Year's are around the corner and then it really will be the end game. I am in my 33rd week which means that about three weeks from now I could be having this baby and she'd have all sorts of chances of having zero issues. Hell, in four weeks she'd be the same gestational age big sister was when she was born. I probably should think about packing a hospital bag but somehow it seems too early. Murphy's Law pretty much guarantees I will go into labor before I'm packed regardless of when I do it so I'm just going to wait until after the holidays. I have the first of my weekly doctor appointments later this week which really makes things real for me!