32 Weeks: Lumpy + Bumpy

July 11, 2012

32 weeks-21

It’s getting closer and closer and closer….!!!

32 weeks-16

What I am loving about my bump this week is that it is full of lumps! I guess because there is less space in there and because the babe is growing big that his limbs, butt and body make shapes on the outside all the time now. They aren’t so obvious that you can see the imprint of a leg or foot, but you can most definitely feel them – hard little knobs. Nearly all the lumps are on my upper right side, just under my ribs. So I’m assuming I’m feeling lots of legs, knees and butts. My favorite one to feel is a pointy knee! I’m surprised my uterus can stretch that much to feel them so clearly. I have tried to feel his little head down there, but I think it’s buried deep inside. I’m still feeling hiccups waaaay down in the deep depths of my body.

32 weeks-10

Matt and I have started called him “The Gloop” because of the noise Matt makes to animate his shifts in position. “Gloooooop” – imagine a noise you’d make to imitate swimming through jello!

My body seems to change minute by minute. One minute I feel small and firm and then next minute I feel huge and….like I’ve gained a lot of weight. Same with photos! Sometimes I feel like I look the same with a basketball strapped on, and other times I feel like you can see this pregnancy on every inch of my body. I actually feel some of my best when I’m at the gym – and some of my worst when I’m dressed up (I think dresses are the least becoming clothing right now). I’m definitely getting excited mentally about returning to my healthy body (version 2.0 at least). While I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed this whole year so far, I really do miss my old life at times – getting up at 7 to run, long bike rides with Matt, wine tastings…

Basketball belly!

32 weeks-12

Feeling really good physically!! Back is OK, sleeping is good. Even last week’s heat wave didn’t bother me too much. People keep asking me if it’s been a lot worse because I am pregnant and my response is that unless my stomach is attracting the sunshine more than usual, I’m about as hot as I would have been before! That and I get sweat rings on my belly button now : ) [Omg, you STILL can’t see the bottom of my belly button! It’s come out nearly an inch circumference and the bottom is still no where to be found!]

32 weeks-15

I will say I’ve noticed a difference in my intestines….slowing down. But that’s all the details I’m going to share : ) Just something to note since I haven’t had any difference from pre-pregnancy until now. I’m guessing things are just running out of space. My abs still hurt : (

I have started to waddle just a bit at times – like when I’m just getting up and walking away. Getting up from a cushy sofa is hard (because of no ab strength!) and getting up from the floor takes me longer than it used to, but all in all, feeling good! No trouble breathing, eating, heartburn, etc. I’m feeling pretty lucky.

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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa July 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

I had the same problem with my intestines too 🙂 I took colace, which also helped after delivery when it was really painful if things weren’t moving easily.


2 Mary July 11, 2012 at 8:54 am

Loving your posts. Your blog has kept me sane so far in the 16 weeks of my pregnancy!


3 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) July 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

The intestines do a crazy thing during pregnancy. Mine “slowed down” quite a bit and then the week or so before I delivered they starting “speeding up” big time. I’m sure you get my drift. 🙂 I hear that is normal as your body is prepping for labor and delivery. You are getting SO close!!


4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

It’s so crazy to me that you can feel “hiccups.” I mean it makes sense when you think about it, but it’s totally one of those things I don’t think I would ever expect and therefore it would totally catch me off guard the first time.


5 susan July 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

No heartburn??? I envy you.

Slow intestines get me every time I’m pregnant. What are you taking/eating to get them moving?

My belly button is much like yours … a bottomless pit.


6 KERF July 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

I’m not taking anything – they’re moving OK – just not like they normally do.


7 Ashley July 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

Oh my gosh, I completely agree about the dresses! They were my favorite earlier in pregnancy when I had the tiny adorable bump, I felt like it just emphasized it perfectly. NOW, though, I feel like they hang straight down from my belly and make me look like a tent! Which is unfortunate, because I have about a million adorable maternity dresses! But I’m going to suck it up and just wear them through the rest of summer, flattering or not. No point in buying more side-ruched tops (so much more flattering!) with only 7 weeks to go. Plus it’s nice to have some breeze in the Texas heat 🙂

Also, when do you take your prenatals? With the extra iron in them, I find if I take them before bed it doesn’t have as big of an impact on my intestines as when I take them in the morning!


8 KERF July 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

3x a day with B, L and dinner


9 Tiffany July 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

I think you still look fantastic! I am so jealous that you aren’t feeling any warmer in temperature. I had my daughter mid-Aug and had major hot flashes in the heat outside. As someone else mentioned, a few weeks before I had my daughter, my intestines sped up prepping for labor and delivery. I don’t know if that will be a welcome change or not for you! 🙂

I know you miss your old life and I’m sure you’ve been told this a million times already, but life doesn’t ever really go back to the same. I had heard that, but totally wasn’t prepared for how much my body would still feel different after having my daughter! It really took me almost 6 months until I felt much more normal (part of that is when my daughter started sleeping through the night!). I wish someone had told me that beforehand (though I probably wouldn’t have listened!).


10 Sarah July 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

You and your bump are so adorable! I have no desire to have kids but your blog is so much fun to read, I learn a lot!


11 Liz July 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

Same here! I’m not planning on children, but your blog is a joy to read & learn from. 🙂


12 Savannah July 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Same! I figure even if I don’t go through the process, it’s all good to know for when others I know do!


13 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

You’re still so tiny! =]

I hope you have an easy labor!


14 Nikki T July 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

You look great Kath!! I’m 10 weeks behind you and also have that feeling where sometimes the belly is all that’s different- round and hard, and other times I’m like…WOW, I am huuuuge!! But, embracing every minute of it!
I’ve also been lucky with no trouble sleeping (not even waking to pee!!), no heartburn and not a ton of back pain (I think due to my regular chiro adjustments maybe)
This blog has been one of the greatest parts of my pregnancy 🙂


15 KERF July 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

Aw so great to hear!


16 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength July 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

I’m getting so excited for you! You’ll always miss certain things about your pre-pregnancy and pre-child life (especially the freedom and spontaneity types of things), BUT you’ll also realize how freaking awesome it is to be a mom and your life (2.0) will be so wonderful and fulfilling.


17 Jennifer July 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

You look FANTASTIC! You don’t look huge at all and you really have a glow in all of those pictures. 🙂

He’ll be here soon!!!!


18 Brianne July 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

I ate about 5 prunes a day while pregnant for the last 10 weeks or so (and postpartum). It really helped!


19 Brianne July 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

*dried prunes


20 Allison k July 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

I don’t think it is possible to see the imprint of a foot from the outside….isn’t there too much between? Or maybe it was just impossible for me due to the extra padding I started with!


21 KERF July 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

I don’t know if you could count 5 toes, but I’ve heard of women saying they could tell foot from knee based on shape. There is a cool image on the internet, but of course it could be photoshopped


22 Allison K July 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

I think I could tell the difference in anatomy (based on my assumption of the babies position) but I couldn’t ever SEE it. I know the image you are talking about, as cool as it is, I think it’s photoshopped. But, when you are pregnant, the image certainly is a striking reminder of the fact that there is a little life in there, just waiting to come out and change your life forever!


23 Johanna B July 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

My daughter had the hiccups when she was in utero. Funny little tickling movements. She had them a lot after birth too.


24 Sara July 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

I went to the Body Worlds exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia, and one of the most fascinating things to see was the size of a woman’s uterus! It is SO SMALL. I just stared in awe thinking “How can that stretch THAT much and hold a baby?” WOW!


25 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles July 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

You are looking great! I keep meaning to ask what you plan to do about sleeping…Are you going to have your little man sleep in the crib from Day, get a co-sleeper, or keep him in bed with you? So many options…


26 KERF July 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

Rock n Play in the beginning and hopefully crib sooner rather than later. Our nursery and master are about 10 feet apart, so I think it will be close enough to transition soon. I’m probably going to sleep in the nursery in the twin for a while – assuming that bed is comfortable enough!


27 Liz July 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Some advice about the rock and play – vary where you put him down to sleep so he gets used to a flat surface. My little one LOVED the snugness of the rnp and we have had a very difficult time transitioning to crib. I wish I had never started using it.


28 Liz July 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

The striped henley looks cute! – another Old Navy find?


29 KERF July 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

Either ON or Motherhood – I think ON though!


30 Lolly July 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I think you look glowy and healthy and perfectly pregnant! Why two shirts though? I think you explained it once but I can’t recall the rationale and it seems to be so “hot-making” at this time of year.


31 KERF July 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

On this day it wasn’t too hot 🙂 But I just like layering


32 Christine July 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

You really look great Kath!
Such an inspiration to eat healthy during pregnancy.


33 Nikki July 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

Not related to the topic…. I’m 11 weeks and just had my first bout with insomnia last night! I was thinking about getting a body pillow. Would you still recommend the one you purchased? You look great btw!


34 KERF July 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Haha – I am doing a post on this TOMORROW!! Stay tuned! (The short answer is…I don’t know : ) It kind of depends on how thick you like your pillows, but I might buy just a regular body pillow if I were you )


35 Kelley July 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

My belly button was cavernous too until the last couple of weeks. Maybe it will still pop! You never know! Enjoy these next couple of months! It will go by so fast!


36 Kristi July 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Can’t believe someone has a deeper button than me! I’m 16 weeks and noticed my belly button getting shallower before I even had much bumpage. So weird!


37 Heather (Cake and Green Beans) July 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

If you think your intestines are slow now, just wait until right after you have your little guy! You’ll want to name that first bowel movement because it is basically like giving birth again, ha!


38 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

The Gloooop sound. I can hear it now 🙂


39 Tonya July 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

You look great. I had my “baby” almost 15 years ago. 🙂 The healthy lifestyle I practice today would have definitely helped!


40 Presley @ Run Pretty July 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Heartburn was the WORST symptom for me. Well, it was tied with backaches. I hope you never have to deal with it!


41 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles July 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Oh I hear you on getting out of soft couches – the hubs has to pull my arm up and then push on my lower back to help me stand. It is ridiculous!


42 Jill Will Run July 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I kind of want to say that I hate you for not having issues… but I can’t say that because it isn’t true. I’m actually glad you’re not dealing with it, I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. I’m due two weeks before you and I am pretty uncomfortable. I’ve had heartburn and constipation issues the whole pregnancy, both of which were completely new to me prior to this. Ugh…


43 jane July 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm

just a question on bump size. what did your doctor say this most recent time when you went in? did he/she comment on the size of your belly, or does every woman’s bump vary so much the doctor just doesnt really notice? i have two friends who are pregnant now (due 3 weeks apart) and one is a tiny lady but with the largest bump i have ever seen! and the other (who is due earlier) has a belly kinda like yours-obviously pregnant but not huge. it will be very interesting to see the sizes of the babies. i remember thinking that caitlin htp was going to have a 9lb baby because she was so big and Henry is a little bitty baby (handsome one at that). so i guess i don’t really have a question, just random rambling musings!


44 KERF July 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Well I measured right at 32 weeks, so I guess I’m normal! I’m still puzzled with the way I’m carrying – he seems to be embedded inside me more than poking out, but I guess all of the different shapes even out with measuring tape


45 Celeste July 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I actually asked my doctor this while I was pregnant, because I had SO much back pain and my bump seriously looked like an egg – I thought my baby was lying on his back, toes to my spine, reclining like he was sunning. He said everyone cares differently – posture, uterus shape and tilt, the positions we sleep/sit in and what the baby prefers. As long as you measure fine (I did) its ok.


46 jane July 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

lol. I did not intend to insinuate that you are abnormal (what the heck is normal anyways?!?) I just find pregnancy so so interesting. I am not planning a pregnancy soon but I just love babies and think pregnancy in general is amazing, unbelievable, and fascinating and cannot wait for my turn. I just wonder what makes a woman carry so differently and then have the same sized babies! And what makes a tiny woman carry such a big baby (my sister is 120 lbs soaking wet and had a 10lber!)? Interesting stuff and no matter if you believe in God or what, someone out there is creating something pretty amazing. eek you are so close and hopefully you will deliver right on time because that day=the best (aka my bday!)


47 KERF July 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

It’s strange for sure! I always assumed all women carried pretty similarly – and it’s not until going through it that I realize how untrue that is!


48 Erin July 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I’m a long-time reader of your blog, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. I love the way you’re covering your pregnancy so far and putting it all out there. I have a 17 month old daughter, and I remember saying the same thing about “missing my old life” when I was pregnant. I’m sure you’ve heard this a ton already, but your life will never be the same. Newborns sleep pretty much anywhere you take them, so I didn’t see this at first. We went out to dinner with friends at 8, went to friends’ houses in the evening, etc, but then around 4-6 months, babies became so much more aware and need a lot of consistency. Now we have a 6:30 p.m. bedtime that grounds us every night like clockwork, and naps have to happen at home. Life will be different. You can definitely include the baby in almost everything you do, but it takes some patience and planning to figure it all out. Best wishes in the last weeks of your pregnancy!


49 Meredith July 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

You look great! Enjoy the final weeks…they go so quickly!


50 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family July 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I drank metimucal all the time…worked like a charm…pregnancy does such lovely things to your body! good thing babies are so freakin cute to make up for it 🙂


51 Janna July 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Don’t be afraid to take the colace the last two weeks of pregnancy. Your doctor will likely prescribe it immediately after birth and in the weeks after.
The best way I can describe it: it’s like your body forgets how to poop.
Yep. I said it! 🙂


52 Amelia July 13, 2012 at 1:29 am

You look darling!


53 Melissa July 14, 2012 at 8:17 am

For what it is worth, I’ve been having success sitting upright and Indian Style when I first get up (success with intestines). (I’ve got about 3-4 days to go! :),) I love that you are blogging your pregnancy. I don’t think I would have ever considered a body pillow, because it is an investment you are just taking a plunge into, but with you reviewing it or sharing your experiences (in general) it really helps the pregncany walk!


54 Lauren July 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

You should try magnesium glycinate to help with the bowel movements. Take 100-400mg before bed. Works every time and safe in pregnancy 🙂


55 Angel7 July 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I waddle a lot!!! I look like Humpty Dumpty when I walk, and probably because my belly is so HUGE!



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