We are actually in full term status over here right now. I can hardly believe it!
Baby is just over 37 weeks today and is about the size of a bunch of Swiss chard.
And, as always, here’s a look back at what 37 weeks looked like with Lucas! I looked so much more…refreshed back then.
HERE’S WHAT BABY HAS BEEN UP TO THIS WEEK:
- Baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches.
- Little guy is now considered full term! If I were to go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb.
AND HERE’S WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING WITH ME THIS PAST WEEK:
Weight gained: I think I’m around or just slightly over 30 pounds or so. And lately, I’m feeling every ounce of it. Stairs are becoming a challenge.
Workouts: Significantly slowing down. I think I did two last week – a barre workout and a 25 minute strength workout – and that was it. However, that doesn’t count the racing after Lucas at the softball fields as he ran away from me, or the inevitable running around up and down the street at home. So there’s that, too.
Labor Signs: I have no idea, but I don’t really think so? I wind up getting contractions almost anytime I stand up it seems like, but they aren’t anything intense, overly painful, or rhythmic.
- Low back pain, pelvic pressure, and menstrual-like cramps
- Braxton Hicks and/or contractions
- Fatigue – a lot of it
- Very tired/sore legs and feet
- I feel like my face/eyes have gotten swollen and puffy – blahh
Movement: Yep! Some of them are pretty fun to watch, too.
Food Aversions: Totally depends on the day, but there isn’t really anything that’s always a no.
Food Cravings: Not too many. Food has actually been sort of ‘blah’ at times lately, and I’m not all that excited come meal times (especially dinner…I had zero desire to do anything with dinners right now!). Cold dairy foods are all appealing (yogurt, smoothies, pudding, cottage cheese) and fruit has also been tasting extra good lately.
Sleep: I’m fine once I’m asleep but getting comfortable is rough. I’m still usually up 2-3 times a night to pee, and I’m sure I must wake Jay up every single time with my attempts to roll back over in bed to get comfortable (aka, thrashing around like a beached whale is pretty much what I envision at this point).
Stretch marks? Still in the clear, and I haven’t noticed any new veins lately either which has been nice!
Miss Anything? Definitely my energy and ability to get around like normal. I’d say I miss wine (because well, duh, I do) but some of the nausea is making that a little less desirable than it has been for these past 37 weeks.
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: Wednesday we actually get to have another ultrasound with the little guy. I can’t remember if I mentioned this before(?) but my fluid levels were apparently a little high at my last appointment, so they want to monitor those to make sure they’re not increasing. They said that they like them to stay below 25 (whatever that is?) and that I was around 21. I guess they can fluctuate all of the time though, so it’s possible they could also go down, too. I have no idea what it means if they increased, but I guess we’ll see what happens!
Belly Button in or out? Out, which barely happened with Lucas, but is definitely happening this time around!
Wedding rings on or off? Still on, but snug in the heat and in the mornings to the point where I can’t really take them off.
Happy or moody most of the time: I’d say happy, but not in a super bubbly way, if that makes sense. I’m quite uncomfortable and trying my best not to be crabby or moody about it, but some days/moments get the best of me. I’m also a little more emotional here and there right now (the current Johnson & Johnson commercials about moms and dads are total tearjerkers for me – anyone else?!) and the other day, I caught a glimpse of a little boy on a school bus that looked like Lucas which totally made me start crying while driving to work. Ay yi yi!
New Baby Items: We did get a few things over the weekend at Babies R Us, including some onesies, Dr. Brown’s replacement nipples for bottles, Medela storage bags for pumping, and a couple of pieces of wall art for the nursery.
And my mother in law brought over a few cute outfits the other day for the little guy, too.
And then I ALSO received this adorable package in the mail yesterday from the always incredibly sweet, Julie!
Looking Forward To: Finishing up the nursery, packing a bag (aka, feeling like I’m actually ready for whenever it happens, ha!), and just finally getting to meet our little guy!
Question for the moms and moms-to-be:
How long did you experience contractions and/or early labor signs before actually going in to real labor? I feel SO clueless in this department since I had to be induced with Lucas!