How far along: 39 weeks (WHAT?!)
How big is baby: About the size of a pumpkin!
Gender: It’s a BOY
Movement: Yes lots of movement. I can feel his head tucked into my pelvis now and can feel him turning side to side – pretty strange. I love feeling the frequent hiccups and even the jabs to the ribs. Every time he gets the hiccups now I wonder if it’s the last time I’ll feel them on the inside.. It’s tight quarters for everyone nowadays though so I would be happy to witness those hiccups on the outside ANYTIME.
Sleep: I no longer sleep well… I can be completely exhausted and lay awake for hours, tossing and turning, getting up to pee, rearranging pillows, overheating. I had 38 weeks of really good sleep (for pregnancy) though and 1-2 weeks of rough sleep before a newborn arrives and sleep doesn’t exist is fine by me.
Symptoms: Exhaustion. Occasional swelling but usually only when I’ve been on my feet for more than normal. I am nauseous in the mornings again and really have to watch how much food I eat. Heartburn gets bad at bedtime/when I lay down and I’m having lots of braxton hicks. These contractions are getting stronger as I get closer to my due date so my body is definitely trying to prepare.
Pelvic Pain: The pain comes and goes as expected. Some days are manageable and others are more difficult. I have noticed that if I stay up too late or get overly exhausted the pain is significantly worse the next day. I still see the chiropractor once a week for adjustments and they help so much. I am usually pretty sore the day of but then feel great for at least a couple days afterwards. My lower back is becoming more unstable as the baby drops, but that’s expected this far in the game. The pelvic pain is also increasing again with the added pressure of baby being low (I assume). BUT we’re almost to the end and it should get significantly better when this baby decides to arrive.
Labor signs: Still just lots of braxton hicks. They are getting stronger as we get closer to the due date but they still don’t hurt – just are pretty uncomfortable. If I’m laying down during one they usually take my breath away – not because of pain but because it does something to my lungs. I don’t like that at all. I’ve had a few painful contractions too but I think those were from dehydration.
Cravings/Aversions: Still loving (cold) fresh fruit and ice cold water but unfortunately both of these things make the heartburn worse. Still loving grilled cheese sandwiches/sandwiches in general. Craving carbs too.
Maternity clothes: Yep! Either maternity or Mike’s shirts. It’s usually Mike’s shirts and sweatpants though if I’m being honest. I’d rather be comfortable than cute.
Workouts: No workouts due to pain.
Nursery: I am hoping to take photos this afternoon of the “finished” nursery. I still want to add some sort of curtains to the window and will obviously make adjustments when the baby arrives. Mike and I both love how this space turned out and I love walking by the room and seeing everything all set up and ready. Now we just wait for baby!
Mike: His life is just BUSY. I feel like I’ve been saying that every week, but it’s our reality right now. We had a little time this weekend together for our weekly Cracker Barrel breakfast and some TV shopping. Time with just him is always so great and I find myself just craving it before the baby comes. His schedule doesn’t allow it, but we are definitely soaking up the moments we do have.
Missing anything: Umm… sleep, being able to roll over in bed, using my abs, not being in pain, walking, working out… The list goes on and on.
Best part of the week: Friday morning with Mike was so so great. We had breakfast at Cracker Barrel and then drove all around trying to find the best deal on a TV for our living room. It was so fun just being with him and constantly laughing with him.
Looking forward to most: Baby’s arrival.
Worries/Concerns: No worries or concerns right now! Please pray for us as we continue to prepare for baby and for labor.