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32 Weeks: What I Know Now

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32 Weeks: What I Know Now

32 Weeks: What I Know Now


  1. 2 months to go!
  2. Sleep is not happening. It’s hitting number one on my list because I was thrown awake by a charlie horse in both my calf and shin at the same time this morning.
  3. I can only lay on my left side. If I spend more than three seconds on my right side or my back {even when propped up}, I get nauseous. I can’t even lean back in my chair. So in the middle of the night, when I’m ready for a new position, I get to move my ankles and wrists {while adjusting my three pillows}. Yes, that feels *much* better.
  4. When I read {or do crosswords} before I go to bed, I sit up. I rest my arms on my head. This gets my boobs OFF my stomach for 10 glorious minutes.
  5. At my last appointment, my doctor said I was very calm. As my belly gets bigger, I’m feeling a little less calm. The baby gets bigger, but his doorway is *not* getting bigger.
  6. I’m embracing these last two months. I haven’t been comfortable or slept well in weeks, but this is my last chance to be together with him like this. And somehow his roundhouses to my bladder, even in the middle of the night, are adorable.
  7. I’m eating smaller meals, more often. When I’m full, I’m even more uncomfortable.
  8. A couple of weeks ago, I was up in the night three times to the baby kicking, while my husband snored away. Is this foreshadowing?
  9. My whole life I could never get over feeling guilty as I pictured my husband heading off to work while I stayed at home to be with the baby. After that sleepless night, I think that guilt washed away. He’ll see the bags under my eyes and know that my work will be equally as challenging.
  10. My hubby will help me put on my shoes, but he’s not interested in clipping my toenails.
  11. If you think I’m being especially candid in these posts, you are mistaken. There is SO much going on in the pregnant body, I don’t even tell my husband some of it.
  12. My poor friends who have never been pregnant shudder at each new symptom. Sorry you asked?
  13. I feel very lucky. I’ve had no major problems in my pregnancy, and the baby is healthy.
  14. When I get pedicures now, I get extra long massages. Strangers are sure good to pregnant people.
  15. I got a massage last week, and the masseuse said she keeps “seeing butterflies with {me}.” I told her the baby had been kicking the whole time, and she thinks that was the fluttering she was seeing. I had so much more I wanted to ask her about that, but didn’t get a chance.
  16. Will the baby actually be born on April Fools Day? That sounds like such a fun birthday!
  17. Oh, and yes, that’s my hair after my new CHI. I can’t believe you all had a CHI and didn’t tell me. I feel like the kid with bad breath that nobody wants to play with.

And here’s how my husband sees it…

  1. Brooke and I have taken our relationship to a new level with this new addition, however there are still things best left to mystery.
  2. Brooke has become the loudest sleeper in the world. Period.
  3. My bed….my sanctuary from the world…..my place of solace has become a breeding ground for pillows.
  4. After our hospital tour, when the nurse said the words “we will wheel you to your car and once we hear the click of the car seat, you are on your own” I nearly ran home to my mommy.
  5. I have developed a spidey sense since hearing the big news. In the last several months I have saved at least 5 kids from certain death!
  6. I never want to hear the term “it is different when its your own” again. Poop is poop and snot is snot no matter who it comes from.
  7. I can never be grumpy when he is rolling around in mom’s belly.
  8. In the beginning of her pregnancy, I have never wished harder for someone to vomit. I guess I was waiting for that moment to make it real. She still hasn’t vomited, but… I don’t think she’s making this up anymore.
  9. My realization from writing this: this is really happening…..oh crap!

My past ramblings:

28 Weeks
24 Weeks

20 Weeks

16 Weeks
14 Weeks

33 Comments On This Topic
  1. Diane said: February 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

    LOL! Cute post. Re: # 5 – so true! Re: # 8 Oh I’m sure you’ll see to it that he wakes up for those night time feedings.

  2. leslie j said: February 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    A very fun post! Thanks for sharing your journey.
    I hope you do have an April Fools baby! My birthday is April Fools, and I love it. I’m a notoriously loud laugher, and I think it’s because I was born on April Fools :)

  3. Susan said: February 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Yay! I can hardly believe you’re at 32 weeks already!

    These sleepless nights are only getting you into the habit of being up at all hours of the night. I hate to tell you this, but while you may get a small break here and there, this “up at all hours of the night thing” may last for several years. And if you look into problems that plague most older women, it’s the actual inability to sleep. Can you even believe that??? I’m practically crawling every night before my head hits my pillow. Especially if you have anymore kids!!! Just warning you. I don’t think I’ve had a full night’s sleep in… five years or so now. Sheesh! When he’s able to be home, though, and especially on weekends, my wonderful husband does take the kids out for me though, so I can take little naps. I don’t know how I’d do without them and my favorite under-eye cream!!!

    Your husband’s list was awesome. I particularly loved his recounting of “saving children” and his thoughts on what happens after “click”. So frighteningly true at first. I never see my husband drive more cautiously than on those first few car rides with our new babies in the vehicle. When you finally get them home, though, all you want to do (and all you have to do really) is simply cuddle them and love on them. And feed them and change them, too, of course :) There is no real parent training outside of on the job training, but it just so happens to be one of the world’s most amazingly wonderful jobs, ever. The perks absolutely outweigh any negatives you might happen upon.

  4. Audrey said: February 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I love that you had your husband post his side of the story as well. It’s crazy to think that you’re so close to the end! Oh, and I love how candid you are. Yes, it makes me freak a little and want to avoid my husband at all costs, but it’s also nice to hear the truth for once. :)

  5. Jess LC said: February 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    This is so cute! I love these posts so much. I feel just a twinge more aware of what I will face one day.

    :)

  6. Chantalle said: February 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    So exciting! OJ always helped with my charlie horses. I only get them when pregnant and would get the all the time at night, so the doc said to up the potassium. Good luck sleeping!

  7. pam said: February 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Brooke,
    I love reading your updates! It brings back some great memories. Strange, I know, but you will miss being pregnant, having that little baby inside of you. One– because you don’t have to share. Two– because you feel all the love without all the hassle. No poopy diapers to change, no babysitter needed. You can take a shower whenever you want.

    BTW, with my second baby I even tried sitting in the rocking chair and rocking in the middle of the night when I was 8 months pregnant so she would stop doing somersaults in Utero. C’mon, you get creative (desperate)e when you lack sleep.

    P.S. You’re husband is hilarious! That sense of humor will get you through the first few weeks of parenthood to be sure!

  8. jessica said: February 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Just found your blog via Making it Lovely, and am feeling your pain! I am 6 months pregnant with our first and had no idea just how much of my body would be involved with this gestation crap – not just my stomach. I thought I would like big boobs, but am totally over them. You look great, though. Hang in there. Love your site.

  9. Julia said: February 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I laughed out loud when reading this. I’m 7 months along as well and I do feel your pain. I’m getting comments on my under eye circles (eek) and this baby kicks like crazy. I think I unlodged a tiny foot from my ribs last night.

  10. Shelley Hunter (Gift Card Girlfriend) said: February 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Doodle Bug – you’re the best. I love reading this. Both remembering what I survived and sorta knowing what you will face. But also aware that your story will be different.

    Jason is cracking me up. Given that he took my son to a Hockey game last weekend, I’m wondering if Matthew survived a near-death experience without telling me? Was there a puck headed his way?

    I’m so excited!!!

  11. Whitney @ Whisker Graphics said: February 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I so enjoy your updates (and your husband’s too)! Thanks!

  12. Amanda said: February 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    You make me smile. Isn’t it more than you have ever imagined?! And oh, just wait! I’m very happy for you…..

  13. Natalie said: February 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    lol! I think your hubbie’s #8 is my favorite!

  14. Megan said: February 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

    You look adorable. The perfect outfit for Valentines. I love the post. Love Jason’s thoughts too. He is cracking me up! He’s going to love picking up those whoppers on the carpet! Ha! I love reading this and can’t wait for more.

  15. Auntie Paige said: February 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I can’t believe you’re actually going to have one one of those baby things. I guess I’ll have to have mom sing with me on the way to the hospital. So EXCITED!!!!!!! I’m getting the Christmas shakes and starting to get a little impatient. Will you please just have it already???

    Love Jason’s post. What a special thing for you two to share!

  16. Tessa said: February 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    What an adorable post, I loved it. Enjoy your last 2 months ;)

  17. Amy said: February 6, 2010 at 12:51 am

    You and J Dogg crack me up! I am excited for you both and the new world you become a part of! Enjoy the next few weeks…. after that baby gets here, it goes by WAY TOO FAST!

  18. Jenny B. Jones said: February 6, 2010 at 7:23 am

    That totally cracked me up. Loved the two versions of this post. : )

  19. Montanna said: February 6, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I think butterfly’s are a beautiful peaceful connection with mom and baby. I had a difficult pregnancy (preterm labor at 31 weeks), but my fiance took me to our Botanical Garden park while I was pregnant. They have a live butterfly exhibit you can walk in and a butterfly landed on my check. I instantly felt at peace and that the baby would be healthy no matter what happened. A few short days later is when I went into preterm. Today is a perfectly healthy 17-month old!

  20. Julie said: February 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Oh Brooke you guys are so cute. I am a little prejudice probably but you guys have been so cute through this pregnancy. And Jason you are wrong. Poop is not just poop and snot is not snot when it’s your little one. You have had some very graphic experiences in that department with your nieces and nephews.

  21. Jessie said: February 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I just found your blog and I love that umbrella picture! I have a cure for the charley horses in the middle of the night, I had them in both my pregnancies.
    1. Its often caused by not drinking enough water, so drink more water before bed, although then you have to pee more…
    2. When the charley horse happens- do NOT point your toes, flex them. This will help the muscle to not cramp for too long.
    Congrats and feel good!

  22. Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said: February 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! (I’m new around here)

    Enjoy these last few weeks!! That cute, squishy, wonderful little baby will be here before you know it! =)

  23. Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists said: February 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I agree with Pam. Pregnancy is such a trickster. You really will miss it later. Amazing, isn’t it? So, so tricky.

    Course, now that my daughter is 14 sometimes I wish I could stuff her back in, just to shut her up. Just kidding. On BOTH levels…or am I?

    Feel good, Brooke, baby and husband.

  24. Michelle said: February 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I LOVE these posts! It’s always good for me to read what I have coming in a few weeks, and then to compare how different some things are for each of us!

    Jason’s comments are SO funny! I noticed that he was all over Weston the other night! He is going to be such a great dad!

  25. shalini said: February 9, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I’ve loved reading all your posts as you progress in your pregnancy. I’m about 4 weeks behind you and I seeing what’s coming up next!

  26. Lydia said: February 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I love hearing your take on this. Did you hear, Katie had her baby on Feb.5th. She named her Janie Marie. I can’t wait to see photos of your little one. I will be in California for Isabel’s wedding on April 11th so hopefully I can meet him then.

  27. Brooke said: February 10, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Ah! This was so precious to read, I loved each one!!

  28. Emily said: February 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Brooke- I’m 32 weeks as well and I was nodding to every single sentiment you posted. Oh, the things the don’t tell you about! And, I’m sure my husband would agree! Best of luck! It’s going to be a wonderful Spring, isn’t it!?

  29. .tif said: February 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I’m now 36 weeks and just stumbled upon this site. Reading this list made me laugh enough to get kicked in the ribs by the babe. I really can relate to pretty much everything you wrote, and I have the strangest feeling that hubby would smile and nod to the other list. Thanks for sharing!

    By the looks of things, we’re only a few weeks apart. Hang in there and don’t lose your sense of humor! :D

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  31. Mrs. Kim said: February 25, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I some how totally randomly came across your site when I was out looking for new designers to read on. This post had me cracking up. I hit 32 weeks today and what you put is beyond every word I could say myself :) SOOO funny because its so true :) {Don’t worry, my husband tells me every morning how “loud” I was last night}

    Congrats to you and best wishes on your new sweet baby!!

  32. Gabreial said: March 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hysterical. I just came to this post after reading your most recent one. I’m in tears, I laughed so hard!

    I hope you and your baby make it through the big day all healthy and happy.

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