I have a recipe all ready to post finally! It will go up in a few days but I thought I’d give you a little pregnancy update in the meantime. 

Pregnancy 27_28_30 weeks_Collage ~ ElephantEats.com

I’ve been MIA and missed a couple weeks of a belly pics because I managed to somehow throw my back out. I woke up one morning with it hurting and by the next morning I literally couldn’t move. It wasn’t fun.

My doc told me to head over to the PET unit at the hospital which is basically the ER for pregnant women. I didn’t know it existed but it sure made the wait better! 

I wasn’t worried about the baby since he was kicking a ton, but wanted to make sure I didn’t have some sort of bladder infection. Turns out it was just muscular and they gave me some pregnancy-safe muscle relaxers that I took for a few days and then switched to Tylenol. 

I was back at work this past week but still in some pain. I got this pregnancy back support thing that you wear around and it seems to help a bit. I think I just need to take it easy and be careful of my posture now that I have what looks like a soccer ball strapped to my belly. 

I stupidly decided to paint in the nursery right when my back was feeling better and managed to take my recovery back a couple days. Oh well. 

I painted birch trees in the corner of the nursery where the crib will eventually be. I’m going for a Woodland Theme as I think I mentioned in my last post. Here are some before and after pics :)

Nursery Before ~ ElephantEats.com

Nursery “Before” (Excuse the mess of stuff- the nursery was a dumping ground while unpacking)

Nursery Progress ~ ElephantEats.com

Nursery “Progress” – Still need furniture, obviously

You can’t see it in this pic since I added it later, but I “carved” the baby’s initials into one of the trees. Nate thought I should add a little heart with his and my initials in another tree, which I think would be super cute!

I’d seen a bunch of other blogs doing this little pregnancy update and although it’s not quite as fun since I haven’t been doing it all along and so can’t compare now to then, I stil thought it would be nice to look back on later: 

How far along:  30 weeks

30 week Pregnancy Pic ~ ElephantEats.com

Gender:  Baby boy!

What Fruit are you? He’s the size of a large cabbage now- about 15.7 inches long now and weighs almost 3 pounds

Due date:  September 8, 2014 – At 12 weeks they told me I was measuring a week ahead and he seems to be measuring consistently according to that now. At the last appointment his head was measuring large (thanks a lot, Nate!) but his body was right on track.

Total weight gain/loss:  At my 29 wk appt, I was up 20 pounds according to my scale at home, but my doc is claiming 23. They told me this is right on track and I should be gaining about 1 lb per week now. 

Exercise: I walk about 40 min a day with my commute, so that’s good. The last two weeks when I was out of commission from my back I basically did nothing. I did meet Nate at the train a couple days (20 min walk total) and he also suggested taking a walk with me a few days. 

Stretch marks: None so far (fingers crossed)

Swelling: None

Belly button: It’s still an inny…seems it will prob stay that way.

Sleep: I’ve been feeling really tired lately. I seem to fall asleep easily but then wake up throughout the night to shift positions (very difficult now!) or pee. I also haven’t been sleeping deeply and so have been remembering some weird and vivid dreams. 

Food cravings:  I’m back to craving what I did in my first trimester- anything juicy, specifically watermelon, nectarines, grapes, etc. Also craving meat whenever I smell someone bbq-ing. 

Symptoms:  Major back pain (I somehow threw my back out), feeling generally large and heavy. I don’t enjoy having to bend down to pick things up. Pretty good otherwise!

What I miss:  Stomach and back sleeping :(

What I’m loving: Baby kicks :)

What I’m looking forward to:  Feeling better prepared for the baby- we’re getting some baby things now but keeping them in a closet til the baby comes home. I finished painting the trees on the nursery wall as you can see evidenced in my belly pic from this week.

We’re also taking a birthing class and that’s making me feel a little more ready. 

Latest Concern: I have a different complaint every week. The doctor told me she’s never had anyone with such odd maladies…but we already knew I was a hypochondriac :) 

Also the birthing class taught us about epidurals and c-sections last class, and I’ve decided I really hope I don’t have to get either. They’re scary!

And just for fun, here’s a collage of my pregnancy thus far…

Pregnancy Collage thru week 30 ~ ElephantEats.com


  1. What a beautiful belly!!! So sorry to hear about your back Amy…the nursery does look gorgeous though ;-) – love what you’ve done with the sage background and birch trees. Peaceful, organic and definitely unique. Your son will love it I’m sure. I’m in awe of women who only gain 20 pounds at the 30 week mark… all I can say is, that wasn’t me; lol. I skipped the epi the second time around but I’m pretty sure they put screaming gas in that laughing gas tank!! :). (Still, the best birth experience ever. wouldn’t trade it for the world), xx.

    • Thank you, Kelly! Thank goodness my back is healed and I’m onto the next ailment…stay tuned! Haha, gosh I’m starting to get pretty scared for labor and delivery. I wonder if I’m gonna scream ;)

  2. Yikes! Pregnancy was uncomfortable enough, I can’t imagine throwing my back out while 30 weeks pregnant! So sorry to hear about it, but I’m glad that you’re feeling better! Take it easy lady! On the bright side, the nursery is SO cute and is totally worth any bodily pain, haha. :)
    P.S. The epidural was my absolute favorite thing ever, I labored while doing crosswords and watching Law & Order and have zero regrets! Take an internet stranger’s opinion with the biggest grain of salt imaginable.

    • It was certainly no fun. Haha, I’m glad I got the painting over with even if it delayed my recovery by a few days ;) Next up are some animal drawings I’m gonna do to hang up. I’m still on the fence about the epidural…we shall see!

  3. I love you, here’s why: because i now have a friend who would throw there back out during pregnancy and then come home and paint birch trees so they could make sure the nursery progress was moving along steadily. You’re a girl after my own heart, Amy. :) And those birch trees look AMAZING! don’t be surprised if – when we move and the Wee one gets to design her room – if i fly you in to help. Not even kidding, i’ll watch the baby.

    Now sit down and rest that back: those last 10 or so weeks are the hardest in terms of feeling heavy and having things happen that normally wouldn’t b/c of the extra baby floating around in there. I think i had two ER trips (that resulted in everything being fine, obviously) and it sucked both times to rest up. :)

    • Um, I would LOVE to paint something in the Wee One’s room! I def will be resting as much as I can…mainly because it’s hard to do anything besides rest. I get tired so easily now!

  4. *so rest up. oy: too early to type! :)

  5. Hi Amy – so glad your back problem wasn’t anything too serious. Sounds pretty scary but glad you’re on the mend. That wall looks amazing…but please wait til you’re all better to take on anything too strenuous! : ) Great to see your update!

  6. Aaw you look gorgeous mama! I’m sorry to hear about your back though. Hope you try to get as much rest as you can. Love love the wall – it looks amazing! Take good care of yourself and can’t wait to see more of these updates :)

  7. I might have to hire you to come do birch trees on my guest room!
    What a great job. Sorry about the back!

    • I’d love that! Thanks so much. I would love to start a little mural painting business (when i’m not pregnant) but can’t figure out the best way to get my name out there. Maybe one day…

  8. I’m loving all your pregnancy photos but I’m so sorry to hear about your back issues. I’m glad you’ve now recovered. I love what you’ve done in your nursery – you’re such a talent with a paint brush xx

    • Thanks, Charlie :) The pregnancy photos have been kind of a pain to do, but I’m glad I’ve pretty much kept it up. I don’t wanna miss any pics in the last 10 wks since so much changes!

  9. I can’t believe you’re already 30 weeks!
    The trees you painted look great! I love the idea of doing some painting in our nursery, but we’re not planning on staying in our house much longer, so I’d feel silly painting on it. Maybe I can find some cute decals or something.
    I started seeing my chiropractor pretty regularly for back stuff. Are you going to one? I had some low back yuckiness and some hip/leg issues so I figured I should nip it in the bud.
    I also got a massage last month. It was lovely. I’m getting another one for my birthday.

    • Gosh, I know…this pregnancy is flying by. Yours will too! Yeah, I def think it doesn’t make sense to paint if you’re gonna move. There are so many decals out there tho. I’ve never been to a chiropractor before so I don’t want to start now…although it prob would help. Sadly, I’m too ticklish for massages! :(

  10. So sorry about your back pain! Back pain is pure misery. You are getting so close now. It won’t be long :)
    Love the birch trees!

    • Thanks, Christin :) The back pain was horrible but is luckily gone…tho i hear it coudl flare up near the end. Can’t believe i’m almost there…

  11. I can’t believe how fast the time is going by – LOOK AT THAT BELLY! I can’t wait to see the baby boy inside :) I love the trees in the baby room, too! so cute! Now SIT THE FRICK DOWN AND REST YOUR BACK FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THINGS HOLY <3

    • I KNOW!!! It’s literally less than 2 months to D-day now. Where did the time go?! And more importantly, where will I find the time to do/buy everything I need to for this lil’ guy.

  12. I’m sorry that you had problems with your back but glad it wasn’t anything serious. Your nursery painting is wonderful…love the idea of the initials carved in one of the trunks.

  13. Looking so cute! It’s amazing how fast other people’s pregnancies seem to go.:) I love what you did with the nursery. Take care of yourself, though! :)

    • Haha, I know what you mean…i think they also go fast because the people usually don’t update you constantly. Although I feel like my pregnancy is going quickly too!! Thanks, Nicole :)

  14. Oh, Amy, I loved the detailed pregnancy update…it reminded me of mine x 3! Your nursery is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  15. You look adorable. I love the trees on the wall in the nursery.

  16. Those trees are incredible, and the idea to paint in the ‘carved’ initials is brilliant — it makes me really miss having a baby around!!

  17. Oh my! I love the trees you painted. What a wonderful choice for a nursery. It will be appropriate for a long time too. Too sweet to see your tummy/baby grow. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Carol! I hope he doesn’t outgrow our woodland theme anytime soon. Can’t wait to decorate it a little more…

  18. Boo to throwing your back out, but you are looking GORGEOUS love!! My coworkers who is pregnant has been having crazy dreams also…it’s always so fun to hear what they are about!

    • Aw, thanks, Joanne :) Yeah, i hear that weird dreams are common in pregnancy! I just wish they didn’t keep me up all night…

  19. I noticed that I’m the only guy commenting,so I hope you don’t mind Amy.Just wanted to say that your pregnant belly pics are SOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I totally relate to being stressed out during pregnancy. I had a ton of anxiety and ended up using Rescue Remedy some stuff I got at Whole Foods. I don’t think it worked but it made me mentally feel better. I’m glad your back is feeling better, I love the trees in the nusery,so cute!

    • Haha, yeah I’m trying to just tell myself that it will all get done…and whatever doesn’t doesn’t. The baby certainly won’t know the difference as long as he’s got clean diapers and food. Thanks, Katie :)

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