Happy Sunday lovely people! Mr BBB and I have had quite the productive yet relaxing weekend (which appears to be theme of our weekends of of late). More baby items were purchased, many white hot chocolates were consumed, the house was cleaned and I am just about to give Mr BBB a haircut. I also caught up with a dear friend for brunch this morning, who just happens to be pregnant with a little girl (due 3 weeks after me!). It really was lovely to chat all things ‘babies’ over eggs and toast, without fear of ‘boring’ my brunch companion. Not to mention knowing that we will each have a “coffee and chats” buddy when we are both on maternity leave at the same time in a few months! How far along? 32 weeks, 4 days (meaning there is only 50-something days to go!) How big is baby? Apparently this week baby BBB has grown to the size of a jicama….whatever that is. Although during month 8 she will grow to the size of a melon. How I’m feeling? Physically, this has been a rather unusual week. During a couple of our evening walks I developed some rather annoying pains / tightness in my lower abdomen, which seemed to stop whenever I stopped walking. Round ligament pains perhaps? I am not sure whether it is due to baby BBB’s size, or perhaps her position, but everyday tasks are starting to become more uncomfortable (and more comical) and I can only imagine what it will be like in another 6 weeks! Weight? My weight was actually down very slightly from this time last week, which I must say was rather unexpected. My weight does have a tendency to fluctuate a fair bit, however, so I am not too worried. Particularly given that I am still towards the top end of average weight gained for this stage in pregnancy and baby BBB is still measuring right on track. How I’m changing? I am starting to feel "ready". And not just because I have purchased most of the big baby items, but ready in the emotional sense. This week I really noticed a shift in my thoughts from “I still don’t believe this is happening” to “omg I am so freakin’ excited and getting so very impatient to meet our daughter”. All in good time. What I miss? Being able to lick the bowl when making a cake. Raw eggs = no bowl licking Symptoms? More stretchmarks – this time on my lower belly. And yes, I vainly and quite unreasonably almost burst into tears upon their discovery (much to Mr BBB’s disapproval / frustration). It seems that no amount of oiling and moisturising are going to stop these little buggers from making their appearance. Cravings? Chocolate. Reese’s peanut butter cups in particular. Can’t. get. enough. Highlights this week? Continuing to feel our baby girl move and roll inside me, which I swear, never ceases to amazes me. Oh and getting my baking groove back. There is a banana maple cake in the oven as I type….