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  • October 7, 2014
  • By Brittany

Hello!!!  The last time I gave you all an update about the bump it was weeks ago (about 6 to be exact), so I figured with only 6 weeks left, it’s time for a little bumpdate!  And while I love talking about myself (who doesn’t?) I have to say that I’m pretty excited to find out that at least three people I know are expecting soon.  How awesome is that!?

Baby B is about the size of a cantaloupe.  Basically he’s huge.  I went for my 32 week ultrasound and he weighed 4 lbs and 10 oz.  That’s the 70th percentile.  Then I went to my doctor’s appointment and found out that his head is measuring about 2 weeks ahead of schedule (so he’s the size of a 36 week baby instead of 34), although at this stage in the game the ultrasound can be off by as much as 1lb!  My doctor was a little surprised because, well, I’m petite and the Hubs is not exactly the size of a linebacker. I like to think it’s because his father and I have such big brains that his head is so big.  However, I do think we need to have a serious talk about any additional growth since if he is too big I may have to have a c-section.

See. Big heads.

Besides finding out that we have a little porker on our hands, we also accomplished a few big things recently!  Besides spending some quality time together on our babymoon in Crete and Athens, we attended a Caring for a Newborn class.  While there were no passing/failing grades per se, I have to say that I think we passed with flying colors!  We’ve got the swaddling and diapering down pat.  It helped that the dummy baby didn’t move, however.

28 weeks

We also took a tour of our hospital.  It was interesting…  They don’t actually let you past reception on L&D floor because its active so I didn’t get to see the actual delivery rooms but at least we know where to go now.  We did, however, get to see the maternity ward (aka where you go after the baby is born).  So, at my hospital there is one floor that is completely unrenovated and two beautifully renovated floors.  I almost started to cry on the unrenovated floor.  It looks like a prison!  No joke.  While I kept these thoughts to myself, other members of my tour group were quite vocal with their thoughts. 

29 weeks

But the best part is the room situation.  So here’s the deal, you either get a private room or a semi-private room (meaning you share with one other person).  The semi-private rooms are pretty small and separated by a curtain.  You can’t really fit family in the room with you and your husband can’t stay with you, he must go home after 10pm!  But, your neighbor can choose to have the baby in there with her allll night if she wants so you can be woken up not by your own child, but someone else’s!  And on the unrenovated floor the shower is in the hallway!  The private rooms are of course huge with a chair that folds into a bed for dear husband and comes with loads of amenities (mani/pedi anyone? Massage? Mini-fridge? Private bathroom?).  So for a cool $750 a night and UP you can get yourself a private room that may or may not have views overlooking Central Park.  Even if this is up your alley, don’t expect to get what you want.  There are only 13 private rooms and you can’t reserve in advance.  Honestly, our tour lasted an hour and almost every question had to do with the room situation!  Lol. 

30 weeks

Oh and the BEST part of the tour was that we got to go by the nurseries.  Oh the babies were soooo tiny and so adorable.  Luckily the hospital has a baby safety zone, which is marked by a yellow line in front of the elevators.  If you take a baby from the nursery and try to get on the elevator with it, the alarm will go off.  Good thing because the moms-to-be in my group looked like they wanted to walk out of there with those tiny humans.  Although, if you were going to steal one of the babies, wouldn’t you just take their bracelet off so the alarm didn’t sound?  Just saying… 

31 weeks

Weight Gained: No idea!  I asked my doctor not to tell me unless I’m gaining too much or too little.  I feel good so that’s what I’m focusing on.

Workouts:  I’m still working out but I feel so much slower.  Even workouts that were relatively easy at the beginning of my pregnancy are very challenging now.  I did Zumba the other day and I must have looked ridiculous trying to move the Brittany mountain.  I’m determined to keep going since the no. 1 piece of advice I’ve gotten from recent moms is how much staying active during their pregnancy helped with their labor and after the baby was born. Here’s the list of my favorite prenatal workouts and my favorite prenatal dvds.  I also shared a few favorite prenatal yoga moves and prenatal pilates moves.  And here and here are my two prenatal barre videos! 

32 weeks

Symptoms: My upper back hurts so much all.the.time.  Plus I just feel huge and heavy.  I’ve had a little bit of nausea on occasion but for the most part I feel good.  The edema in my feet and now even my hands and legs is out of control.  It’s so much better when I’m not sitting at work all day.

Food Aversions:  None!

Food Cravings:  Nothing much although I did make the Hubs go to the grocery store to buy me ice cream recently.

Maternity Clothes:  Is it socially acceptable to wear yoga clothes for the next six weeks? Please say yes! I’ve posted here and here about maternity fashion (including an amazing rental brand!).  I also recently bought a couple of things to help get me through the cooler weather since I mainly have summer dresses.

33 weeks

Stretch Marks: Nope!  There was a scare but luckily it turned out to be a scratch.

Sleep:  Ugh. So bad recently.  I’ve been tossing and turning and up multiple times a night.  I’m so exhausted but I think I am just so huge that no sleep position is comfortable, except of course for flat on my back, which is not recommended.

Gender: It’s a boy!

34 weeks

Kicks: All day, everyday.  It’s so fun to watch.  My belly moves all over the place!

Looking Forward To:  Meeting the little man!  He’ll be here so soon!

Baby Items Purchased:  Honestly, it would be easier to say what baby items I haven’t purchased… The list is so long!  But we are seriously in crunch time now and are getting things together.  We have all the clothes we need plus his bassinet, stroller, baby carriers and all kinds of other things.

Readers, have you ever stayed overnight in the hospital?  Any tips for the last six weeks? What goes into a hospital bag?

By Brittany, October 7, 2014
  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    October 7, 2014

    Aww he must already be smarter than other fetuses!! sounds like you’re going to have a little prodigy on your hands 🙂 This made me laugh out loud- “Stretch Marks: Nope! There was a scare but luckily it turned out to be a scratch.” hahaha glad it was just a scratch!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    October 7, 2014

    That’s great that you don’t have any food aversions. That’s what worries me about getting pregnant, being put off all my favourite foods.

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    October 7, 2014

    lol at the Brittany mountain. Yes, I stayed in the double room, and it really wasn’t much of an issue, I actually lucked out and got a free room for a couple nights because I was there for 4 nights both times due to c section. also, sometimes everyone is wrong…my second baby was measuring at 8lbs and he came out 6.9oz. You never really know! You look AMAZING mama, we are getting so close!

    • FitBritt
      October 7, 2014

      Thanks Nellie! I know the whole thing is ridiculous! I just couldn’t believe that we spent an entire hour talking about it. I just wanted to go check out the babies in the nursery. I’m sure where I am will be the last thing on my mind when I am there!

  • Allie
    October 7, 2014

    I also loved the “Brittany mountain” comment. And, you look great and totally like a healthy pregnant woman should. I love that you don’t know your weight. I should have done that same thing!! As for the weight of the babies, they can be SO OFF. They told me the twins were 6 and 7 pounds and they were both 5. Crazy.
    You’re in the home stretch! Just think, right now when you wake-up in the middle of the night you just roll over and try to go back to sleep. Pretty soon you’ll be waking up (assuming you’ll be sleeping in the first place) to change and feed a very loud, very tiny human. 🙂

    • FitBritt
      October 7, 2014

      Haha I know! I feel like I am getting prepared for the real thing in a way, although nothing can really prepare you! I can’t believe they were that off with the boys’ weight. Makes me feel better that I will not have a gigantic baby!

  • Kim
    October 7, 2014

    Super cute pictures!!!
    I had Hunter at 34 weeks – he weight 5 pounds 9 oz so I was sort of happy he came early:)
    Funny, I just assumed that all maternity rooms were private – I hope that not a lot of women have babies when you do and maybe you can get a private room!!

    • FitBritt
      October 7, 2014

      Oh my gosh! I can’t imagine having the baby now! I’m not ready! Did you have any idea you would have Hunter that early?

      I have no idea if the private/semi-private thing is an NYC thing or if it is common elsewhere but I was kind of shocked!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    October 7, 2014

    Look at that belly!! Here’s hoping he doesn’t grow much more. 😛 Good luck!!

    • FitBritt
      October 7, 2014

      Right!? I would prefer not to have a C section if possible! But I’m sure you can tell me it’s not that bad, right?

  • GiGi Eats
    October 7, 2014

    BABY B is going to be the NEXT BILL GATES!!!!!!!! Prepare yourself! HA AH AH!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    October 7, 2014

    Awww, I love getting to see how your belly has progressed from one week to another in all of these pictures! I’m laughing at your talk about the size of the baby & the hospital rooms. I know someone who just had a baby that was almost 10 POUNDS! Eeeeeek. Are you planning on shelling out the dough for a private room if they have it available? 🙂 You might be so tired that you’ll offer your left arm to be in a room by yourself!

    • FitBritt
      October 7, 2014

      Oh my gosh my brother was 10lbs! He was such a fatty. He’s not now though!

      I definitely want to try and get my own room just because it will be more convenient for visitors and the baby. Plus, I would really prefer it if my husband didn’t leave. I’ve never stayed overnight in the hospital and am not looking forward to it.

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    October 7, 2014

    Oh you look so cute and I’m so excited for your baby to arrive! I’m sorry you haven’t been able to sleep too well lately though. Those last weeks of pregnancy are the worst! I think it’s so great that you have no idea how much weight you’ve gained either. What a great idea. It’s so depressing to see the scale go up so much!

    That shared room at the hospital thing doesn’t sound too fun. I would hate that. We had a bunch of visitors and I really enjoyed my privacy. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that you’ll have a good experience!

    • FitBritt
      October 9, 2014

      Thanks Melanie! 🙂

      It’s funny because I keep looking forward to getting this baby out so I can sleep well again but then I probably am not going to sleep well again for…ever! Haha.

  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    October 8, 2014

    I hate that in the midst of the stress of having a baby you have to deal with hospital issues and drama! That would drive me nuts! But I love that he’s the size of a cantaloupe 🙂 how adorable! I bet you’re thinking of 8 million name possibilities – is it bad that that’s the thing I’m most looking forward to about having a baby one day? Brainstorming names? haha

    • FitBritt
      October 9, 2014

      It was definitely one of the most exciting parts for me, especially at the beginning before we even knew what we were having!

  • Holly
    October 8, 2014

    Big Baby B or Small Baby B — he will still be tiny and perfect. No worries about a potential C-section as
    your expert medical professionals will take good care you and your baby and you will be quite fine and content.

  • catherine gacad
    October 12, 2014

    you look great! i’m so excited for you. can’t wait for the big head baby to arrive 🙂 i’m so glad that all of the rooms in my hospital were private. i can’t imagine sharing; that’s insane. i wore a tank top and granny underwear the whole time i was in the hospital. i put all this stuff in my hospital bag, but barely touched it. mainly, bring a laptop to keep you occupied, camera, phone and chargers. that’s all you need!

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