Part of me can’t believe I made it this far, and the other part of me can’t believe how far I potentially have left to go. I wobbled between “she’s going to be EARLY” and “she’ll be late” so that probably means she’ll be born on her due date, right?
39 Weeks (10/7/2013)
How far along? 39 weeks
Baby’s Size: Watermelon
Maternity clothes? Usually! I do live in my non-preg yoga pants still though.
Best moment this week: Having a surprise shower thrown for baby girl!!! It was so much fun and I cannot believe how sweet it was of our Orlando friends to think it up. And on the same day- my Twinner welcomed her beautiful daughter into the world! My heart was SO FULL this week!
Miss anything? NOT BEING PREGNANT.
Movement: Yep, it’s even more regular than ever. She’s just always trying to kick her way out. I have tried to politely guide her to the exit but apparently she’s not into that.
Food cravings: The world. Everything. All the time.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, not really sick or nauseated at all.
Labor signs: Nope. Not a single contraction. Thanks, baby. The lack of contractions (Braxton Hicks or otherwise) makes me feel like I might be pregnant forever.
Symptoms: Still with the hip/pelvic pain and pressure. Although honestly? It’s been easier to deal with this week. I assume this is just me getting used to another new reality of daily pain. It’s amazing what you can learn to live with.
Belly button in or out? You can’t call it an innie anymore, really. More like a “flattie.”
Happy or moody most of the time: It’s been a week with a lot of joy, but I am feeling moody. The whole not knowing when baby will arrive thing – and having to think about plans for the hypothetical times she could come. So many floating variables. Oh, and if one more person tells me to enjoy being pregnant I will cut my own ear off. There is not much to enjoy about this. I’m ready to enjoy my daughter!
Looking forward to: All of this being over!
We are just so ready for her to be here. I’d say the waiting is the worst part right now, but then I’d be reminded how quickly I forgot my debilitating 30 weeks of nausea. Still, it’s pretty bad. Is today the day? Is that a contraction or do I just have to poop? ALL DAY LONG asking yourself those questions. It’s not fun.
My doctor’s appointment this week was actually pretty awesome, even though I had no progress since last appointment. My blood pressure first # (I forget the second one, EVERY TIME) has never been higher than 118 (usually around 110) and it was a 130. Why? Oh because B came with me to my appointment, haha. He was getting his Tdap vaccine – but he’s a night guy, so he’s not very fun in the early morning before coffee! The doctor also was great about answering my questions about the complications we discussed in the previous week. It made me feel a lot more confident and empowered for our birthing experience.
I was also on cloud nine last week over the birth of my Twinner’s daughter. I think that is making me even more ready and excited for our baby to arrive! Seeing her and her husband enjoying their gorgeous girl makes me and B very anxious to do the same!
That same evening, my friend Jess threw a baby shower for me and baby girl! She had invited me over for a girl’s night… when I arrive and realized it was a surprise shower, it all made sense why B asked if I was going to shower for my girl’s night, haha! We played some fun games (which I love since I’m super competitive!) and my favorite foods too. Huge thanks to Jess, Liz, and Kelly for planning such a fun evening! It seriously made my entire month. Little miss is so spoiled by our friends!
I also got a lot done over the weekend. More washing of clothes and organizing/cleaning. I also set up our foam floor tiles for our “baby corner” of the living room. I also fixed the Snugabunny bouncer that B put together. It looked weird to me- turns out the connectors were put on the wrong sides. I only spent an hour crying and eating Reese’s peanut butter chips out of the bag while taking it apart and putting it back together. I shouldn’t be allowed around baby things requiring assembly while pregnant. Unfortunately I’m pretty good at assembling things- just not good at handling the stress that accompanies it while pregnant. Wish us luck as we eventually tackle the very daunting looking glider/swing thing.
I’ve gotten a few smaller things done lately too… like creating a draft of friends/family email addresses so I can easily notify them about our daughter’s birth before we plaster her cute face on facebook. I also am working on writing up a birth plan. Or “birth preferences” as I am calling it. I feel like there’s a thin line before you come off as rude, and I want the hospital staff to know my wishes, but also that I trust them. I think it’s honestly more for B than anything else- so he can be acutely aware of what our goals are and help make sure things go the way we’d like, if medically possible. Honestly, I’m not worried- our hospital and the doctors in the practice I go to are amazing and they seem to be really in line with my wishes.
At this point, most of the things we need for baby we have (other than maybe clothes sized 9 months +, and the little things we’ll find out we need after she’s here based on her needs/preferences.) It feels weird to have so little left to do to prepare now. I’m actually going to ask you all for some suggestions (ha!) – what are some last minute, small to-do items you did, or wished you did before baby came? And if you say sleep, I will cut your face. Anyone who says sleep forgets completely how miserable it is to be pregnant and try to sleep (or was way luckier than me.) I can’t turn over without whimpering in pain, I get up to pee at least six times a night now, and often when I wake up to pee I can’t fall back asleep. But all other suggestions are welcome!
Hope everyone has a great week! And I wonder if this will be my last bump update? I could potentially have two more (and I think that small number makes Mr. Reluctant Photographer very happy, haha!) Crazy to think the shirt is almost all crossed out!
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