Pregnancy Update Week 32

I am 8 months pregnant. 2 months to go.

The cottage vacation was nice, but it is SO much more relaxing to be at home. I got very little sleep while away because  family would have the TV on until midnight every night (and I would be in bed from 10pm with a pillow over my head trying to drown it out), I would wake up 5+ times a night to pee or readjust (I even ended up on the couch at 3am one night because the bed was so uncomfortable), and then our 3 month old nephew would start crying for breakfast at 5:30am.

However, we spent the last night and day of the vacation alone, and it was lovely. My wife worked on baby room projects like the mobile and painting some shadow boxes, and I did some writing work sitting out on the deck overlooking the beach and the water. We went for an evening canoe (because GOD was it hot during the days), and I spent a lot of time floating in the cool water. It was a great end to a somewhat hectic and bustling 5 day vacation.


I had my 32 week midwife appt this week and asked about birth registration. Apparently by Aug 31st Ontario will have a new online birth registration form that will allow you to list whichever parents you want despite who gave birth. I confirmed with the midwife, and she said we could put my wife’s name as parent, even though that has so far been illegal when there is a known sperm donor in the mix. So… I THINK this means no need for a second parent adoption! The details are still really fuzzy though, and more parental rights laws are expected to be passed by the end of September.

Bodily Experiences This Week

  • Sleep problems. My wife wonders if the reason people in their third trimesters have sleep problems is to prepare them for the sleeplesness of new parenthood. I don’t think that makes any sense from a sleep science perspective, but it does help a bit to think that my restless, sleepless nights have a higher purpose.
  • Baby movements are getting more awesome by the week. We watched what must have been a baby bum pushing out super far and wiggling around, like she was shaking her butt at us. Movements feel very controlled and powerful now, unlike the earlier reflex kicks.
  • Lower back pain. It’s actually more muscle tightness than pain.
  • Breathlessness and racing heart. I feel like I am horrendously out of shape and unhealthily overweight, but I’m not. It’s just pregnancy…
  • Memory problems (AKA pregnancy brain). My memory keeps getting worse. I am all confused as to what day it is and when meetings are. If I don’t triple check my calendar, I guess wrong and end up at the wrong place at the right time, or the right place at the wrong time.
  • Gained 11 pounds since last midwife appt (2.5 weeks ago). Midwife noted it as a big jump but wasn’t concerned since I’m still within a reasonable weight gain at 26 pounds total. I’m wondering if the water weight is finally affecting me now that it’s super hot and I’m drinking a ton. My face and extremities aren’t swollen or puffy yet.

Baby This Week

  • 3-3/4 lbs, 18″ long
  • nothing new to report… she’s just putting on the chub!


3 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update Week 32

  1. Aargh people and their late-night televisioning. My family does that, too. Whenever we family with them, I have to bring ear plugs or pillow my ears because they need that constant TV noise. My brother even uses it as white noise to fall asleep some nights.
    I’m glad you were able to get at least one relaxing day out of it, though.
    And oooh, fingers crossed that that means no second-parent adoption! That will be so much less stressful.

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  2. Don’t you just love vacations that leave you feeling like you need a vacation…? But you look great, and yay 32 weeks! That was one of my big milestones in terms of knowing even if baby came she was going to be ok. You’re in the home stretch now!

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