Baby Tooth: 39 Weeks

Hopefully, this is the LAST pregnancy update I’ll have for you all since Baby Tooth’s due date is this Fridayyyy!

39 Weeks

Baby Tooth is just over 39 weeks today and is about the size of a mini watermelon. And just for fun, here’s a little side by side comparison while wearing the same top…

31 Weeks vs 39 Weeks

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Holy moly. Smile

Here’s what Baby Tooth has been up to this week:

  • Baby Tooth continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.)
  • The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

And here’s what’s been happening with me this past week:

Weight gained: At my last appointment I hadn’t gained any more weight so my doc said it’s possible that I’ve reached the height of my weight gain. That would put me at 29 pounds.

Workouts: I did attempt a short walk on the treadmill over the weekend, and I’ve been able to do some different exercises while in the pool (along with my killer doggy paddle) but that’s about it at this point. Just merely existing is practically a workout these days.

Labor Signs: Contractions and/or Braxton Hicks, although if I’m being honest, I still don’t know the difference. I get the ones where my belly hardens but it doesn’t necessarily hurt; then I get the others that are like strong menstrual cramps that wrap around all the way to my back.

Symptoms: Mostly the same…

  • Low back pain and pelvic pressure
  • Braxton Hicks and/or contractions
  • A feeling like my uterus is basically going to fall out…yep, it’s the truth
  • Fatigue/always sleepy
  • Occasional nausea
  • Itchy belly/skin
  • Sore feet – still tough in the mornings
  • Some swellings in hands, feet, and ankles
  • Lots of potty breaks

Movement: Movement has definitely slowed a bit this week. Honestly, I have no idea where he even has room to move at this point. He’ll kick his little feet around and stick up his little butt occasionally, but they don’t really move out of their place. Winking smile

Food Aversions: Nada.

Food Cravings: Cheeseburgers and watermelon sherbet. Not necessarily pregnancy related, but I’ve been lovin’ them both big time.

Sleep: So-so. I’ve been so sleepy that I really have no problem falling asleep. I’m up definitely once, sometimes 2-3 times each night to head to the bathroom, but I probably wake up 5-6 times with needed to switch positions. Can I tell you how excited I am to finally be able to sleep on my stomach?!

Stretch marks? STILL stretch mark free! Apparently I have some nice elasticity in the ol’ belly.

Miss Anything? All the same stuff as I’ve mentioned before.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: We had our last appointment last Thursday and the doc said I was up to 1cm dilated and 60% effaced. Nothing crazy, but I suppose it was nice to at least see a tiny sliver of progress!

This week has also gotten significantly more difficult in the moving/merely existing department. Regular daily tasks are becoming more and more of a challenge, and my desire to do much of anything is pretty low.

Since I’m still working right now, I try to save up most of my energy for that. Many of you have asked and yes, I plan on trying to work right up until my due date, which is this Friday the 19th. Why? Well, I’m getting 12 weeks of maternity leave, but they start as soon as I’m out of work…whether the baby is here yet or not. So that being said, I’m trying hard to get every last bit of that 12 weeks for when the babe is actually here. Smile

Belly Button in or out? About the same, partially out, but still has a little indent too.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on, but snug in the heat.

Happy or moody most of the time: Hmm…how to answer this one? I will say that I’ve definitely been experiencing moodiness. I’m anxious, I’m uncomfortable, and as much as I’ve enjoyed pregnancy, I’m ready to be done with it. I get into occasional funks” where I just feel sort of blah/annoyed/sad.  Those of you who haven’t gotten to experience week 39 of pregnancy? You’re lucky. And those of you who have experienced 40+ weeks? My godddd, how did you do it?

That being said though, it’s not like I’m walking around as a cranky pants. Yes, I have my moments, but I’ve still been thoroughly enjoying life and getting in plenty of laughs, especially with Jay. We’ve been having some great times together, and I honestly feel like I’ve been enjoying his company even more these past few weeks.

New Baby Items: None for the baby, but this baby’s mama got herself some new bras for after he’s here. Winking smile

Looking Forward To: I’m pretty sure this one is fairly obvious…getting the labor party staaarteddddd!! And don’t worry…as long as no major catastrophes happen, I’ll be sure to pop in somewhere (either the blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) to give you all a heads up when it does!

Comments

  1. says

    I found I could tell the difference between Braxton hicks and real contractions by getting up and moving around. If they go away or subside they were Braxton hicks. Make sure you are drinking enough water. Sometimes Braxton hicks are a sign of dehydration. Good luck with tummy sleeping after baby arrives. If you are nursing the “girls” will make that uncomfortable.
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  2. Josie says

    You look so ready Courtney. Your mom must be going crazy! I remember my biggest annoyance when I was pregnant with Heather… Clothes. I couldn’t wait until I got home from work to take them all off. I worked right up to the end with her like you are doing. I hope you go soon.
    Josie

  3. says

    So excited for you and Jay!!!!! You look great and I along with the rest of the blog community are so excited to “meet” your little one!!!!

    I am merely trying to exist in this heat + humidity without a baby nestled in my belly, so you are amazing and have every right to be a little moody!

    Best of luck this week!

  4. Nicole says

    Oh yay! I’m so excited for you, and can’t wait to hear the great news! Wishing you all the best for a smooth and healthy labor and delivery :)

  5. Shannon says

    Yay! You are almost there. The last week was the worst. So worth the wait though. Just a little advice….I would take your rings off now. When my water broke at home the last thing on my mind was my rings. Thankfully they were already off. I swelled up pretty quick and wouldn’t have been able to take them off. My doctor was telling me how she has had to cut them off before. Good luck!!

    • Courtney says

      Oh geez, thanks for the advice! I didn’t realize…I can’t wear them during labor??
      Did you make it to the full 40 weeks, Shannon?

  6. says

    Come on baby boy!!!!! He needs to be evicted ASAP. If I were you, I’d start bringing a towel to sit on in the car and and at work… juuuuuuust in case. 😉 Merely existing is a workout for me these days as well. And I still have a loooooong way to go. Man oh man.

    • Brenda says

      Definitely sleep on a towel! Also, you may hear a ‘pop’ right before your water breaks. Rather than wonder, “Did my water break?” Just run to the bathroom!

      Baby tooth will be here soon! Sending positive vibes your way.

  7. says

    You look great!!! All belly, really!
    That last week is tough, I won’t lie – And I went to 41 weeks and one day! At my 40 week appt, my Dr gave me 2 choices – Be induced at 41 weeks or just schedule a C section. I burst into tears b/c I had no idea what to do and it felt like a lot of pressure to make that decision. We decided for me to be induced at 41 weeks. I was lucky enough to work from home that 41st week after my due date passed to save all 12 weeks for after the birth. I’m having flashbacks to that time right now – it was a tough week – i was hot, anxious, nervous, uncomfortable, etc but it was all worth it and I delivered at 41 weeks, 1 day after being induced. I remember going out to dinner 2 days before I was induced and the hostess asked when I was due while seating us and I said “Um, I was due last monday” and she jokingly said “I better seat you right away so you don’t have the baby here!” Surreal to think about that now….Best of luck to you and hang in there!!!!!! Baby Tooth will come out when ready, I truly believe that!! And if you go past your due date and have any questions or need someone to commiserate with, feel free to email me :)

  8. Erin says

    I have 2 kids, a 2 year old and a 15 week old. We had to evict the first one (first ones are always stubborn!) but the second one my doctor told me about a tea that is supposed to help. Its called Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. I would drink around 6 tea bags of it a day. I started on a Friday night and my water broke early Tuesday morning. I know everyone wants to tell you about some ways to make the baby come so I thought I would throw in my experience!
    Good Luck!

  9. Samantha says

    I got to 41+3 in the middle of summer before my daughter was evicted! I found the waiting game the hardest part. Every day I thought ‘today might be the day’ and then nothing. Never even had a contraction!

    Just wanted to say I am really in see of you working right up until the baby is born. I’m in Australia and we’re fortunate enough to have some really great maternity agreements in place here. I worked until 35 weeks and I have 12 months of leave at half pay (this is a very very good perk from my employer!). I don’t know how you’re still doing it but I definitely applaud you.

  10. Krystan says

    I understand COMPLETELY how you are feeling! I was so anxious/excited/exhausted from 39 weeks on, that each day seemed to take forever. It’s tough especially when everyone tells you its so close, but it feels like forever for you. I just delivered yesterday at a day shy of 41 weeks. Also, I don’t know about your hospital, but I wore my wedding ring the whole labor and didn’t have any issues. You probably would only have to take it off for a C-section. Hope you go into labor soon and good luck with everything!

  11. says

    YAY! You are any day! I remember when I did my 39 week post I though it would be last, then I did a 40, but he did come 3 days after my 40 week post! I think he will be here before you turn 40 weeks!

    You look fab Courtney and I can’t wait to see the little guy! I am wishing you the best with labor too! All will go well!!

  12. says

    Thankfully, I sleep on my back so hopefully when (or if) I ever get pregnant I’ll be able to sleep somewhat………… Probably not. Haha! I can’t wait for the little guy to get here!!!

  13. Ruthie Hart (@ruthiehart1) says

    I will be anxiously watching twitter and Instagram for the announcement! I will be praying this week for you girl, I cant wait for you to meet your little guy!

  14. Annie says

    You look so great Courtney! I need to know…did the stretch between 32 weeks and now go quick?! (I am 32 weeks today and already starting to get a bit anxious and impatient!!)

    • Courtney says

      Looking back, I’d say yes, weeks 32-37 went by super quick…then they started to slow quite a bit after that 😉

  15. Kathryn says

    You look great! I went 41 weeks and was 2 cm dilated for 2weeks. He was born 6/25 and worth the wait. I was 9cm when i got to the hospital and they still had to break my water. Don’t get too excited about sleeping on your stomach (I was too). I’m typically small chested but breast feeding increased my size quite a bit. Best of luck!

  16. Nala says

    You look bright and happy at 39 weeks! I hope everything goes well for you and I’m we’re all excited to meet Baby Tooth just as you are!

  17. says

    Hi Courtney!

    You are looking fantastic! I am so excited for you, and cannot wait to see what your little one looks like! You are radiant, glowing, and a beautiful pregnant woman! Wishing you all the best that’s ahead for you and Jay! <3

    Claire

  18. Julie says

    I was 2 weeks overdue (not sure if they let you go that long anymore – my daughter is 13 now) when I was induced. I felt great, though; no swelling ankles & I was doing Jazzercise (high impact) up ’til the day before I had her (I remember actually being annoyed when they told me I had to report to the hospital by 6 p.m. ‘cuz I’d have to miss my class). :)

    • Callie says

      I was two weeks overdue last summer, but I had to beg my OB to let me go that long because I wanted to go into labor naturally. Finally we had to induce when it never happened…those were far and away the longest two weeks of my life.
      Hang in there, Courtney! This will all be a memory soon!
      Side note: my due date was actually 7/19/12!!! Of course, I didn’t have my baby until 7/31…but it’s been so fun watching you take the same timeline and reminisce on where I was last year!

  19. Lindsey says

    Congratulations on 39 weeks! I have been following you through your entire journey and I am 10 weeks behind you… Knowing you are almost at the end makes it a bit more real for me! Good luck with everything and I will keep you and baby in my prayers! :)

  20. Jenna says

    Hang in there girl! I just had my little boy 2 weeks ago (after being induced at 41 weeks!). The last couple weeks are the hardest, soak up all the laying around, foot massages, and early nights to bed while you can. These little people require a lot of work! Just remind yourself that every ounce of uncomfortable pregnancy is SOOO worth it when they put that little man in your arms! Biggest blessing of my life. Best of luck on your delivery, you will do great!!

  21. kat says

    GOOD LUCK! You must be so uncomfortable right now, but hang in there! Can’t wait to see pics of your baby!

    • Courtney says

      I’ve always referred to the baby as baby tooth as a play on words from sweet tooth on the blog. Not everyone gets it :)

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