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Weeks 31-33
~ How much longer do you have?

I'm sorry I've been absent on here the past couple of weeks; they have flown by and I have hardly had any time to breathe. I've had two more baby showers, a trip to Richmond, VA and had to attend my nephew's infant baptism. The baptism was beautiful and I'm glad I was there to see it. When I'm not working, I'm trying to go through the bags and bags of baby stuff to get the room ready. I have a feeling I'll never see the end of the laundry.

Our trip to Richmond wasn't as relaxing as I had hoped. I did have an amazing time and loved seeing our friends, but it did get me pretty tired. Jamie drove the entire time from Charlotte to Richmond and back. He never once complained of having to stop so many times for me to release the pressure on my bladder. He didn't even bat an eyelash when I had to call him from one of the gas station bathrooms to find me a roll of toilet paper.

On top of all the excitement from the showers, baptism and our trip, Jamie now has more free time to help around the house. His dad owned a restaurant that Jamie managed, and it closed this past weekend. We knew it was coming, so it wasn't a surprise when it happened. Now Jamie can focus more on the upcoming addition to the family! He was going to have to change his hours anyway since he will be the one staying at home with Michael, while I go back to work.

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As of right now I have a steady salary and decent benefits and a boss who understands the importance of family. I couldn't have a better job than the one I have now. So, Jamie gets to watch Michael during the day, and find a part time job for the evenings. If everything continues going well, I'll work right up until I have Michael.

My pregnancy has been progressing well, and as of my 32 week checkup, everything was fine. I'm measuring perfect, Michael's heartbeat is around 140 (he wouldn't stay still long enough for them to get more than a couple of seconds at one time) and my blood pressure is 120/68. I've gained a total of 19 pounds which the doctor is very happy with.

While I know that 19 pounds is really good, sometimes people's comments still tend to hurt. I can't tell you how many times I've heard the phrases: "Are you sure you're not having twins?" "You can't last that much longer!" "You're about ready to pop!" "There's no way you're going to make it to your due date!"

While no one is meaning to be hurtful, and it's possible to let the first three or four comments slide, by the time I hear the same thing for the 15th time, it can really get me down. Not helping the matter is the stretch marks I've accumulated. They cover my entire stomach and are angry red. I know that they will eventually go away after pregnancy, but right now they really suck.

The doctor has told me to do kick counts to monitor Michael's movement. As of right now, every time I see how long it takes to feel 10 separate movements, it's only taken 2 to 3 minutes at the most. I still can't believe how active he is! She also told me to make sure I'm drinking plenty of water, which should help with the contractions. I have had no problems with the water, as I'm drinking my weight in it every day. I never thought that ice water could taste so good!

The past two days have brought one ailment I haven't had much experience with so far . . . swelling. My feet and hands are the only body parts to be affected, and after having done nothing but lay on my left side with my feet up yesterday after work has helped tremendously. I now have a box under my desk big enough for me to prop my feet up on, so hopefully that will help also.

With less than two months left, part of me is ready for Michael to come out now! However, the other part is in freak out mode since nothing is as ready as I would like it to be. I just have to stay calm and patient and let nature take its course . . .

~ Sarah

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