34 Week Pregnancy Update

This week marks my 34th week of pregnancy, which means we have only 6 weeks to go until Mandu’s due date!

I’d ask, “Where has the time gone?” but I’d be lying. Time has been crawling (baby pun intended) as I’ve become increasingly anxious to meet Mandu. But not too anxious. She and I have an unspoken agreement that she will be one of the 5% of babies born on their actual due date.

Now that there is a light at the end of the tunnel (in her case, a very bright light), here are a few updates and random musings I’ve been wanting to share about my pregnancy thus far:

  • According to my What to Expect app, Mandu is currently the size of a pineapple, weighing in at ~5 lbs and measuring ~20 inches long. So far I’ve gained a little over 25lbs, which is basically like carrying around more than two bowling balls strapped to your belly (three if you’re like me and can only handle the 8 pounders.)  I haven’t been great about taking regular belly shots, but here are some recent ones:

28 Weeks (the beginning of third trimester):

Mandu 28 Weeks 1-15-15

31 Weeks:

31 Weeks

34 Weeks:

34 Weeks

  • The Gollum Complex. I’ve developed a habit of talking to Mandu regularly, which really means I talk to myself a lot. And when I’m actually engaging in conversation with another person, I often use the pronoun “we.” As in, “We are starving. We haven’t eaten since a half hour ago.” Or “We just got back from the grocery store. Can you help us carry our bags inside?” I call it the Gollum complex. It’s only a matter of time before I begin referring to Mandu as “the Precious.”
  • Pregnancy Brain. Apparently a legitimate thing, pregnancy brain is a great excuse to cover up any acts of stupidity that you may find yourself committing (in some cases my case, on a regular basis). Like this morning when I went downstairs to get some water and took my laptop instead of my water bottle. Or that time I went to the grocery store specifically to buy ingredients to make stuffed shells and brought home taco shells instead of pasta shells because I had simply written “shells” on my grocery list.
  • Maternity Clothes. Realizing the temporary nature of my situation and the fact that I don’t have a gigantic disposable income, I’ve tried not to invest in too many maternity clothes, which means I end up wearing the same 3 pairs of pants and 5-6 maternity shirts all the time (some of which don’t even fit anymore!). I’ve tried also wearing my pre-pregnancy shirts as much as possible, but these days my T-shirts are getting dramatically shorter by the week and my loose-fitting button-up shirts are literally bursting at the seams. My beloved T-pants, which in my pre-pregnancy days referred to “Thanksgiving sweatpants”, are now just “pants.” And zipping up my jacket is simply a luxury of the past (which thankfully I can get away with in Northern California). While it’s really tempting after seeing all the fashionable pregnant celebrities and other stylish mom-to-be’s out there to want to follow suit and buy a whole wardrobe of super cute and trendy maternity clothes, it’s hard to justify spending the money on something I’m only going to be wearing for a few months! Agree or disagree?
  • The Name Game. Despite having completely opposite opinions in names, Patrick and I finally have one picked out! Taking advice from friends and family, we are keeping it between us until she is born. Though it took awhile to decide upon, the name fits all of our criteria. It’s a one or two syllable word to offset our long last name. It has roots in history and several different cultures. It’s common enough that it is frequently featured in top 100 baby name lists, but unique enough to be excluded from the top 10. And most importantly, it rhymes with a food item.   Have I said too much?
  • Movement. Her favorite activities inside the womb of late seem to be yoga (stretching), martial arts (kicking), and hiccupping (which she gets 3-4 times a day!). And every once in awhile mistaking my bladder for a squeeze toy 🙂
  • My Birth Plan. Check into the hospital. Get an epidural. Take a nap. Wake up and push. Deliver happy, healthy baby who hardly cries and learns to use the bathroom on her own right away.
  • Nursery.  Still a work in progress but our theme is currently a complementary cross between Woodland Animals (my pick) and Space (Patrick’s pick). In some cases, Woodland Animals in Space. And a lot of Ikea.
  • In Utero Adventures. We’ve been trying to be more spontaneous while we still can – visiting some local gems like Santa Cruz, Sausilito, and Muir Woods, and we even sneaked in a last-minute babymoon to Hawaii last December. Of course, Mandu has still been along for the ride. Here are some of her latest adventures (in utero):

Reflection from our Hotel Balcony’s Sliding Glass Door in Kauai, Hawaii:


Watching the Sea Lions from the Pier in Santa Cruz, CA:

Sea Lions in Santa Cruz

Walking Along the Beach:


Checking Out the View at Twin Peaks in San Francisco:

Twin Peaks in San Francisco

Hanging Out at Fisherman’s Wharf:

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Passing by Some “Adult” Clubs Somewhere b/n Chinatown and Little Italy:

Strip Club in San Francisco

Checking out the Redwoods in Muir Woods:

Muir Woods

Checking Out this Historic Military Pillbox from WWII:

Pill Box

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6 thoughts on “34 Week Pregnancy Update

  1. Susan says:

    Monica, I love, love, love the blog. You look great! Enjoy the last few weeks. Being pregnant was one of the best times of my life. Love you, Aunt Susan

  2. Ashley says:

    hAHAHA Love the pictures of the belly. Totally cute way to shoot the belly in a fun way. Love!

    Can’t wait to find out the name!!!! We were SOOOOO close to naming Xavier “Sagan” maybe Patrick can relate.

    I bought a ton of maternity clothes at the Goodwill and DAV because that’s how I roll. Some of my maternity clothes were cuter than my real clothes. Love the pants. Mmm. So comfy.

    I remember Xavier’s pregnancy DRAGGING on…and Bea I blinked and she was here.


    Pregnancy brain will NEVER, I repeat, NEVER go away. Sorry.

    • Monica says:

      Thanks cuz! Yeah, we’re already subjecting the baby to cheesy photos and she’s not even born yet, hehe. I’ve never heard the name Sagan (though may have heard you mention it before).. crazy to think if that was his name instead, since I’m so used to Xavier now!

      I do like my maternity pants and will probably continue to wear them for a long time post-maternity 🙂

      Re: the pregnancy dragging on, I imagine with a second child you have less time to focus on pregnancy since you’re preoccupied with the first!

      And yeah..I hear pregnancy brain turns into “Mom-nesia”, so hurray for that 🙂 xoxo

  3. Great, great post! I love all of Mandu’s adventures. I’m sure I’ll continue to think of names that rhyme with food in the hopes that I guess correctly … haha. Let’s see … what rhymes with grilled cheese?? So many possibilities! 🙂 I also love the term ‘T-pants’ … gotta start using that. And yeah, my regular winter coat is about to bust its buttons … come on, warmer weather – I’m not going to spring (pun intended) for a maternity coat!

    • Monica says:

      Ooh excellent pun – I see what you did there 🙂 I tried wearing Patrick’s coat once or twice but the sleeves were too long! And yes, so many rhyming food name possibilities out there.. I’m getting new name ideas just trying to come up with them myself! For now, I’m sticking with calling her Paco (Taco).

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