baby bump: week 33

It’s strange to think that in 7 weeks (ish) I will be beginning my maternity leave.  (Well, especially since I just started working again after being off the whole summer.)  I can’t believe we are getting that close to finally meeting her face to face!

Going back to work has been interesting.  I have enjoyed my summer exercising, getting stuff done around the house, and resting as much as possible.  I spent Monday + Tuesday sitting all day and was quite uncomfortable.  Now that the kids are back, I will be on my feet outside in the heat + humidity everyday for a few hours at a time.  Luckily, I am able to wear shorts + tennis running shoes and will be keeping my water attached to my side at all times.  It’s definitely hard to get comfortable these days, but otherwise, I feel pretty lucky that I have felt as good as I do throughout my pregnancy.  However, my ankles are definitely swollen from just one day on my feet.  Not good.  But, Baby Bug has LOVED listening to the kids while we were in the gym yesterday due to heat – she was rolling and kicking with how loud it was in there!

Although I am able to wear shorts + comfortable shoes every day, I have gotten to the point where most of my t-shirts that I typically wear to school leave my belly sticking out at the bottom.  I noticed this the other day when I was at the gym, and every time I did a squat, my t-shirt would ride up a tad more.  The belly can no longer be contained – and I need new t-shirts!

Let’s take a look back at the last time my co-workers saw me at the end of the last school year:


Yeah, I’m pretty sure I don’t fit into that t-shirt anymore:


I’ve come a LONG way in 13 weeks!

One thing I haven’t talked about a lot (or maybe I have and my pregnancy brain is clouding my memory) are my mood swings.  I wouldn’t say I am a crier – I cry at normal things (engagements, a death in the family, etc.) but not over little itty bitty things.  I have a pretty good life, so there isn’t much for me to be upset about.  But, pregnancy has definitely made crying an almost daily thing.  I can go from being laughing + happy to crying in a split second.  I have cried over not being able to get a falafel when I wanted to.  I have cried over feeling rushed to get from one place to another.  I have cried out of sheer exhaustion.  I have cried because I am crying so much… What is the deal?!  It makes me worry about what my “baby blues” will be like.  I know I’ll have “the weepies” after I have the baby as most moms do, but is it going to get worse?  I am so worried about post-partum depression more than I feel like I should be.  I hate not feeling like myself, and I’m afraid that’s what I’ll feel like after I have the baby.  Just one more thing to worry about when I know I shouldn’t be stressing!

After a wonderful couples shower this past weekend, I have another one this weekend that I am so excited about!  Like I said, I feel so blessed to have people who are just as excited about our Baby Bug as we are!  This child is going to be so incredibly spoiled – not only by Matt + me, but by her grandparents, aunts + uncles, friends, etc.

I’m especially excited for her to meet all the wonderful people who mean so much to our little family!  7 weeks can’t come soon enough!

  • Jen

    Great Post! I think you really summed up what most pregnant teachers are feeling right now! I’m a high school ESL teacher and 28 weeks pregnant so I can totally relate. Yesterday, I scared my husband because I started crying in the car. The only reason I was crying was because I was exhausted! I wasn’t sad or upset or anything – Just tired! I gotta give you props, though, for being outside all day. It’s tough enough teaching inside at the point – I can’t imagine being outside! Also, I’ve found that Vitamin D helps my mood swing/depression. You might want to check with your Dr. to see if you could take some.

    • Kristen

      Well, hopefully being outside will get me the Vitamin D I have been lacking all summer! All I can think about right now is maternity leave… I like being back and making money again, but I’m so looking forward to having 12 weeks off again after the baby comes!

  • I just cried watching a weather update on the hurricane. A bride was supposed to get married on saturday in the outer banks. Her wedding was cancelled and all 150 people had to leave the island. Sad. I find myself with a lump in my throat and tears on my face at least once a day – and i’m not a crier!
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    • Kristen

      Oh my gosh, how awful for that girl! Yeah, I definitely would have cried watching that too!

  • Jen

    You look great! I’m glad the return to school hasn’t been too rough! I’m insanely nervous about the baby blues too. Maybe we’ll both be fine 🙂

    • Kristen

      Oh Lord, I hope both of us go through childbirth and the transition to mommyhood flawlessly! That would be ideal!

  • Julie

    I cried at the doggie day care because they said my dog wasn’t as “social” as she should be… Yeah pretty much felt like she was telling me I was going to be a bad mom. Hormones certainly are interesting during pregnancy! I know you will have tons of support after baby comes, try not to stress about the what if’s, focus on the little one you are so ready to meet!

    • Kristen

      You’re not much of a crier either! Seriously, it’s all those little things that get me so upset! Definitely trying not to stress as we get closer!

  • I’m such a sucker for baby bump pics!!

    Must say though – glad it’s you and not me. Twice was nice, but that is all!!