Hi there! I’ve been a terrible blogger this week, but I did manage to put together my 37 week update. It’s getting close!
Side note: I might post the last (couple? few?) updates a bit earlier in the week since by Friday I’m actually X weeks + 4 days. Plus if you go by my LMP instead of my ultrasound, then I reached 38 weeks yesterday. I’m leaning toward the later date, though, since it’s what my doctor has followed since March, it’s what I’m measuring, and because my cycle is generally longer/more irregular than “normal.”
This week has been good, but long! The last couple of weeks the exhaustion started hitting me on Friday, but this week it had caught up to me on Thursday. I still feel decent, though, just generally uncomfortable, slow, and awkward. The cooler weather has been a life saver!
I had my 37 week appointment this afternoon. I’m not going to share measurements or numbers (too paranoid that somebody may feel the need to share that labor is impending or something), but I am progressing. My doctor even said that I’m progressing better than most, though she didn’t sound concerned about me going early. I think all of the walking I do has helped move things along. I’m confident that Baby M is cozy in there. She also informed me my Strep B test was negative. Woot! After the appointment I met the other doctors. One of them was warmer and friendlier than the other, so if I do go into labor while my doctor is on vacation, I hope the one who made me feel more comfortable is on call.
Anyway, enough blabbering. I think it’s time to move on to the update.
What’s Baby M up to this week?
- He is considered “term” or “early term,” but 39-40 weeks is still optimal and considered “full term.” Spending these next 2 weeks or so in the womb allows his lungs and brain to fully mature.
- He weighs around 6 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel—about the size of a bunch of Swiss chard!
- Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long, but it’s anybody’s guess as to whether Baby M’s will be light, dark, or anything more than a little peach fuzz.
How am I feeling this week?
Per the nurse, 31 pounds (same as last week)
Same old, same old. Barre class Tuesday night was awesome (and I might try going back next week!) and with the cooler temperatures this week, I was able to take longer walks on my lunch break. Other than that, I just want to rest!
- Gassiness (sorry, but it’s true)
- Pelvic pressure (mostly after I’ve been sitting at my desk a while)
- Stuffy nose
- Minimal lower back pain, but it’s there sometimes
- A few Braxton Hicks contractions
Much of the same. Back to loving unhealthy, carb-filled things!
It’s been ok. I fall asleep quickly but still wake up around 2 AM (last night it was 4 AM) to go to the bathroom. Sometimes I go back to sleep easily, other days (last night) I toss and turn.
Still looking good!
Wedding rings—on or off?
On, but snug. If it warms back up into the 90s again, I may not be able to keep them on. We’ll see.
Belly button—in or out?
Flat—sometimes the edges stick out, but not enough to see through my clothes
Signs of labor?
Nope (although as mentioned above, I’m progressing well)
Happy or moody?
I’ve been extremely cranky most of this week, although little things will make me smile and send me back into a good mood. I guess it’s better to say I’m happy but easily aggravated?
Nothing new. I’m just wearing whatever fits well these last few weeks.
Nothing. Apart from needing extra breast pump accessories, we’re pretty much set. Car seat is installed, diapers are stocked, and clothes/blankets are washed!
Looking forward to:
- My last work week before I go on leave!
- Relaxing this weekend and maybe doing some cleaning
- Enjoying a movie, dinner, etc. as simply a couple
Having energy and the coordination to bend over to pick something up without feeling like I’m dying! Yesterday I skipped making our bed and sat down on the toilet while drying my hair. The rush of getting ready in the mornings is exhausting, although I do find I feel better during the day when I get up and move every hour or so.
Basically I miss feeling like a normal (non-pregnant!) person. I’ve loved being pregnant and am grateful for having an easy time, but the discomfort and fatigue are catching up to me. I want Baby M to stay in there till at least 39 weeks, but I finally understand why women in their last month are just ready for pregnancy to be over!
This didn’t offend me but it did make me shake my head and laugh a little. You know how you generally move to the side when passing somebody down a hall or narrow passageway? Well, I was walking through the hangar to the restroom in between a ladder and something else (there were at least 4-5 feet there, it wasn’t narrow), when a person drastically scooted to the side to allow me to pass. I was thinking, “dude, I know I’m big, but I’m not that big!” It could’ve been offensive but was just plain funny.
On Wednesday afternoon, Baby M had been quiet and still since 3:00 or so. As I was getting in my car at 5:00 to go home, the song “All About That Bass” came on. I felt a sharp kick on my right side (per usual) and then felt this butt jumping up and down on my left side. It seriously made me laugh—because I guess Baby M is all about that bass, too!
Oh, and another one of the “barre babies” was born last week (I’m now the last super preggo left—there’s just one other pregnant girl there and she’s not even showing yet). Just like the last girl, this baby was out in 3 pushes and the doctor agreed that barre must be it. I’m hoping to keep the trend going!
Questions for moms & moms-to-be:
No questions today—but what is your advice for these last couple of weeks?