Here we are at 31 weeks! Can you believe it! A lot of people have said that the time will start slowing down... well, I am still in high gear and the time is flying! Robby and I had a panic attack last weekend on Saturday as we casually gathered the supplies to fix up the baby's room... we realized that we only had that Sunday to paint and decorate before the shower on the 20th and then the beginning of June! AHHHH! So, in panic mode we were able to recruit Alexa and Chris to help us out painting. (THANKS AGAIN BIG TIME!!!) I was banned from the painting process due to fumes (which was no fun at all), but I WAS able to use the nail gun on the chair railing to feel a part of everything (Now, that WAS FUN!) The room looks absolutely great!! Robby will be doing some touch-up this weekend and then the slow process of adding our vintage baseball touches will begin. Here are some pictures of the painting fun... There's even a picture of myself with my HUGE belly using a power tool! (cue Tim the tool man's power hungry call here!)
On another note, Robby and I made the very unusual but needed decision to change our doctor this week for the pregnancy. It was a bit nerve-racking considering we were only 10 weeks away, but we have been praying about this and researching our options and felt this was a needed change because of some disappointing and unsettling meetings with our current doctor. We met with a wonderful certified nurse/midwife on wednesday who delivers at the Woodlands Memorial Hermann hospital and has a very reputable doctor that she works with if there are any major complications and I need a C-section. Through a consultation, we were able to discuss our desires and expectations for this pregnancy and she was able to tell us her background and philosophies. Robby and I left with a much more comfortable and confidant feeling of how this will go and how our doctor will handle all possible situations. In all this, please continue to keep us in your prayers concerning this change and the course of the pregnancy and delivery. We truly feel that God led us in this change and has continued to bless us with the people that our surrounding us... and that includes ALL OF YOU!
Now on to the good stuff :) The baby!
This week, your baby measures about 16 inches long. He weighs a little over 3 pounds and is headed for a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and he's beginning to accumulate a layer of fat underneath his skin in preparation for life as a newborn. As a result, his arms, legs, and body are filling out.
Have you noticed the muscles in your uterus tightening now and then? Some women feel these random contractions — called Braxton Hicks contractions — in the second half of pregnancy. Lasting from 30 to 60 seconds, they're nonrhythmic and irregular and, at this point in your pregnancy, they should be infrequent and not painful. (When you're within a few weeks of your due date, it's normal for Braxton Hicks contractions to become more frequent and even somewhat painful; in fact, they're often called "false labor" because sometimes it can be hard to tell them from the real thing. Until 37 weeks, though, your baby is still premature. So if you're getting frequent contractions (even if they don't hurt), it may be a sign of preterm labor.