bump #84: 31 and 31 weeks

31 weeks looks like this:

Andrew's parents and my mom came down to San Diego for the long weekend 
and we had our third and final 4d ultrasound at The Ultrasound Experience.

Feeling Oliver move around inside my tummy has been the most amazing experience of the whole pregnancy, but seeing him move around on the big screen and getting to share that with our friends and family is incredible.
He seems to be pretty easy going and mellow. He moves around a lot, but looks peaceful and cozy.

He even gave us a little smile this time! And the dark spots on his head are shadows; 
he doesn't have a comb over!

He can open his eyes now. A little strange looking, but you can tell he is a very deep thinker, obviously really inquisitive and intellectual :)

From here on out he's just packing on the pounds. Look how his little arms and cheeks have filled out!

Here is is smirking again and you can see both hands and a foot in the lower right corner. 
He has some big feet!

And here he is all squished up in a ball with his chubby little legs and shadows that make it look like he has crazy thick hair. He has hair, but it's light and fuzzy.

At 31 weeks I'm feeling...

Excited: about 2 baby showers coming up next month! I can't believe this is my life! I get to have a baby shower because I'm really having a baby?!

Nervous: about the whole delivery thing. I honestly never thought this day or the ones ahead would come, so I never planned that far ahead. I'm in the beginning stages of making a birthing plan. So far it just says "epidural."

Happy: that we got to see the baby smiling. How cool is that?!

Uncomfortable: This week I got my second cold/flu of the month and it made sleep impossible. Fever plus can't breathe plus a cough that won't end equals misery. I just hope the baby is developing a strong immune system and antibodies in the process. I am incredibly grateful for this pregnancy and elated that Ollie is healthy and growing on track, but with the third trimester, I am also experiencing sciatic nerve pain in my back, numbness in my legs, intense exhaustion, and gag worthy acid reflux. It will all be worth it though! There is a part of me that wants to keep him in there forever, but as the weeks get closer I'm beginning to understand why most pregnant women are like "get it out!"

Ready: for the 6 week childbirth and infant care preparation course we signed up for at our hospital. It starts next week and I'm hoping it will put my fears about labor and delivery at ease. It will also be fun to meet other expecting couples and make some new friends. And of course, compare belly sizes and maternity wardrobes because I'm mature like that.

Relieved: there's still no sign of stretch marks and even though I feel swollen everywhere, all my jewelry and shoes still fit comfortably.

Silly: I've started my "push" mix playlist and it makes me giggle. I'll post it once it's done.  I added Semisonic's "Closing Time" after watching this video about how the song is really about a child exiting the womb, and not getting bounced from a bar.

Well travelled:  We flew to Austin for Andrew's graduation last month and just got back from a whirlwind baby moon / birthday weekend in Canada. Pics here. I am now 31 years old and 31 weeks along. Yay!

Tired: I am presently in that special place where pregnancy exhaustion meets illness exhaustion and I have succumbed to the Benadryl I took right before writing this post.



  1. How are you 31 weeks already!!! Crazy! I can't believe it. So exciting girl. Ollie is adorable already and so are you!! I thought the third trimester was more grueling than life with a newborn. Take it easy. He'll be here before you know it!!!

    I started a new blog Partdeuxparenthood.blogspot.com. Parenting after infertility.

  2. So far it just says "epidural."--- haha. That actually made me laugh out loud. Love you , Bren. So excited for all the fun days ahead. Here's to baby showers and birthing plans!

  3. Omg! That pic of Ollie with his eyes open!!! Amazing!! Wow, I'm in awe, and am so excited for you!! XO

  4. Can't believe u are almost there! Those shadows on Ollie's head looksike hair. My niece looked the same way and she came out with a bunch of hair.


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