baby bump: week 34

When we decided to we wanted to get pregnant, I was not anticipating on it being the hottest summer in St. Louis since 1954.  (Which just so happens to be the summer my grandma was due with my mom, also at the beginning of October.)  We have had more than our fair share of 100+ degree days and multiple heat advisories.  Luckily, I was able to stay inside the majority of the summer, but that has also left me not acclimated to this torturous heat.  I’ve had people come outside with their class and say how nice it feels – 80 something degrees still does not feel “nice” to this very pregnant girl.  And of course, the first day of September calls for 100 degree weather.  I’m ready for the summer weather to be over… is it October yet?

With only 6 weeks left until our baby arrives, I have started feeling a little overwhelmed with all there is left to do.  Luckily, the 2 showers I’ve had so far have really helped take care of most of the stuff we need.  However, there is still so much to get done before October 9.

  • Birth announcements – want to have the design ready to go and just fill in with pictures + statistics
  • Buy cloth diapers – we have decided to go for the bumGenius Elemental All-in-Ones, which are a little more pricey, but seem to be much easier since there is no stuffing of an insert


[image source – also the store where I am getting my cloth diapers]

  • Wash sheets + newborn to 3 month clothes – OK, so the sheets are on the bed, but I will be taking them off to wash them along with the clothes + diapers (diapers have to be washed at least 5 times before use)
  • Freezer meals – I’m sure I will be fairly overwhelmed once the baby arrives and with being a vegetarian, I know it will be more difficult for people to bring us over meals, so I want to at least have a few prepped and ready to go in the freezer
  • Pack hospital bag – I have a few things tucked in there (an afghan for pictures, my toiletries) but I’m not even close to being prepared
  • Install carseat + get it inspected to make sure it is installed properly – I need to call our local fire station to make sure they do this
  • Buy “coming home” outfit for baby – This will be what she wears for pictures in the hospital and then will come home in it, so it needs to be a little bit special
  • Get everything else we feel we might need before the baby arrives!  Thank goodness for gift cards!
  • Read up on breastfeeding + baby’s 1st few weeks of life – I want to be as prepared as possible for my little bundle of joy to arrive!

Is there anything I’m missing on this?  I feel like that’s a pretty big list to accomplish in just 38 days, so I am trying to diligently get stuff done just in case she decides to come early.  (Please, PLEASE stay in there as long as possible!)

In addition to my to-do list, I have been thinking a lot about having to go back to work after my maternity leave.  I never ever thought I’d want to  be a stay at home mom.  My mom was always a working mom (at least after I was born and with one exception in 1993) so I’ve always grown up with both parents working.  I like to work because I hate being bored.  And I like what I do – not too many jobs allow you to come to work in workout clothes everyday!  Plus, when I am not making money, I feel like I am mooching off Matt’s salary.  I get a little more “play money” when I am also working.  So, I’ve never really thought of being a stay-at-home mom as an option.

But, now, I am already dreading having to leave her at the babysitter.  I can picture myself bawling my eyes out because I can’t be with her all the time.  I know that I shouldn’t be thinking about that yet (since I still have 6 weeks before I even have a baby), but as my maternity leave approaches, the more I think about having to come back to work and how much I just really don’t want to leave my little girl.  How do working mom’s do it?  How do you handle leaving your baby to go to work?  And how do you handle getting everything in now that you have a baby?  I just can’t imagine working and having time to do anything besides snuggle with my baby all night.

My bump has definitely been getting a workout from my little girl lately.  I have figured out Baby Bug likes the car, loves when I eat (except she tends to get the hiccups at those times), and likes listening to the kids.  She has been extremely active lately and I love it!  She also knows exactly when bedtime is – as soon as I lay down in bed and the lights are off, all movement stops.  Of course, this is also the time Matt likes to feel her move, so we have to beg her to “kick for Daddy”. 

I am also feeling a lot rounder this week.  My bump is much more round and I am seeing a lot of changes in my face + arms.  I’m still right on track as far as weight gain, so that doesn’t worry me too much, but it can be difficult sometimes to see myself in this body that is so different from what it once was.  But, as much as I am looking forward to running like normal again and getting my “body back”, I am still not ready to not be pregnant anymore.  I love being able to rub my belly all the time and feel my little girl kick + roll.  It has been such an amazing experience and I know I am going to miss it!


Only 6 more weeks – getting so very close!  Is it October yet?! 

  • Mom

    I hate to tell you this, but it is going to be harder than you can imagine to go back to work! Brian was 18 mos. old before I went back to work, and then I only worked 2 or 3 days/week. You were 3 mos. old before I went back — and again, just 2 or 3 days/week. It was still difficult, and I cried a lot at first — and I actually WANTED to go back to work to have some “adult time” for myself. But it’s so hard to get everything done that you want to do! Just hug and kiss on that baby and spend as much time with her as you possibly can because it goes by SO FAST! (I still sometimes wonder how you went from being a toddler to having your own baby in the blink of an eye!) Every stage is wonderful — watching her learn about herself and the world! Enjoy every minute! One of my aunts told me when I was pregnant to not do anything but play and love on my babies until they were 20 years old! Of course, no one has that luxury (and when she’s a teenager, you will a lot of times NOT want to be around her!) As far as all the other things you have to do, Grandma Linda (Gigi or Mimi – not sure yet) is always here to help! So just tell me what I can do to help. As far as veggie meals, I’m not too good at that, but I can follow a recipe! So if there is something you would like to put in the freezer, just give me the recipe and I can do it. Geez, I have to use this new kitchen for something! Also, remember how close we are (emotionally and physically) — only a short 20 minute drive, so I can be there is a heart beat to help in anyway that you need! You look beautiful, and you are going to be a wonderful mother! Love you, my baby girl!

    • Kristen

      Love you Mom!

  • You can DEFINITELY do all that in 38 days! I’m due in 3 days and I still haven’t installed the car seat (I am going to as soon as I finish typing this). I also meant to make a bunch of freezer meals and never got around to it… oops!

    I haven’t even thought about going back to work yet! I’ll be going back when she’s about 3 months old and I’m sure it will be tough, but I can’t imagine not working…I just love my job too much (I’m a teacher too)
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    • Kristen

      I’m not too worried about the freezer meals. We have plenty of family close by that would be more than happy to bring us stuff – I just like to make it difficult by being meatless! Thank goodness for those 3 months in the summer! I think I will be like that at the end of the summer next year too!

  • Jen

    You look great, Kristen! I am so sorry you’re having a hard time about going back to work. I felt the SAME way until the decision was made for me. I hope everything works out for you! 🙂
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    • Kristen

      I shouldn’t complain about having a job to go back to, I know. I hope everything works out for YOU too!

  • Isn’t it amazing how much there is to do towards the end? It’s overwhelming. And then you get it all done and have to wait…and wait…and wait..
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    • Kristen

      I don’t know how people can start their maternity leave before the baby comes – I would be so anxious! I’m doing my best trying not to be overwhelmed with my to-do list!

  • The feeling of being pregnant with life can compare to nothing else in the world!!! Missing the tummy, the intimate kicks & moves of baby inside is totally natural to miss. That’s the reason we “mom’s” tend to want another child. The labor is always intense for some more than others, but it’s easily over looked afterwards because we remember the beautiful 9months of pregnancy inspite of the labor pains! Congratulations.

    • Kristen

      I already know I will gladly go through all of this again. Best experience of my life!