Well I was secretly (or not so secretly, if you’ve been chatting with me recently!) hoping that I wouldn’t get the chance to write up this post. Buuuut, apparently my body likes to grow babies that get nice and cozy up in there, with no need to come out any earlier than necessary. So here we are, at just over 39 weeks!
Baby is 39 weeks + 2 days today and is supposedly about the size of a mini watermelon (although I’d say it’s a pretty good sized watermelon at this point…I’ll get to that in a sec!).
HERE’S WHAT BABY HAS BEEN UP TO THIS WEEK:
- Baby 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: I haven’t gained any in the past two weeks (and may have actually lost a pound, if I remember correctly) so that puts me right around 30 pounds gained.
Workouts: I think there was maybe one or two at some point over the past week and a half, but I’ve pretty much given up at this point. Of course, chasing around Lucas is always a daily workout, so I totally consider counting that towards exercise at this point!
Labor Signs: Contractions and/or Braxton Hicks, although nothing consistent. I always get the ones where my belly hardens but more recently I have been experiencing a lot more cramping that wraps around all the way to my back. Last Thursday evening, I actually thought that it may have been it because I had about a half hour of sitting on the couch where the contractions/cramps were really getting a bit painful. But I went to bed and wound up waking up the next day with nothing, so just a false alarm.
Symptoms: Mostly the same…
- Low back pain and pelvic pressure
- Braxton Hicks and/or contractions
- Thinking my uterus is going to fall right out
- Also feeling like little man could easily bust right through my abdomen at any point during the day
- Fatigue/more sleepy
- Occasional nausea
- Some swellings in hands, feet, and ankles
Movement: Movement has begun to slow down a bit and the movements I do feel are less jab-like and more just him likely trying to get comfortable up in his increasingly cramped space.
Food Aversions: Nothing that really stands out, but some days food just sounds and tastes less appealing than others.
Food Cravings: Cold things are definitely at the top of my list right now (I made a fruit salad earlier this week which has been awesome) and peanut butter has also been a winner. Then on Tuesday, I suddenly found myself making a funfetti cake with rainbow chip frosting (aka, the BEST canned frosting and only one I’ll buy since I always prefer homemade).
So yes, that has been thoroughly enjoyed this week, too.
Sleep: Crappy. I’m usually up about 3x a night for the bathroom, but tend to wake up every hour or two needing to roll to the other side because my sides and/or hips will start to hurt and wake me up.
Stretch marks? Still stretch mark free (knock on wood!)!
Miss Anything? Sleep. And being able to move like normal. And have the stamina to keep up with Lucas.
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: We had another ultrasound yesterday to check on my fluid levels again; the good news is that they didn’t increase any and actually dropped from 23cm to 22cm. They’re still in the high end (my doc likes to say that he’s “swimming in an Olympic sized swimming pool in there”) but they’re not concerned at this point.
MY concern, however, is the fact that this guy just keeps on growin’! Right now, they have him estimated to be about 8 pounds. Yikes. But really…those cheeks.
Of course there is always room for error, but it still makes me a bit anxious! I’m still only about 1-2cm dilated and only about 50% effaced, so there hasn’t been much happening in that department.
At this point, I do have an induction date scheduled for June 8th (the day after my due date), if needed. I really hope that I don’t wind up needing to go the induction route, since I’ve already experienced that and really, really would like to experience going into labor on my own. But I guess we’ll see what happens within the next week, and I’ll just have to trust that whatever is meant to be, will be!
Belly Button in or out? Out, but I’ve noticed that it pops more or less depending on where he’s located.
Wedding rings on or off? Still on, but snug in the heat.
Happy or moody most of the time: Totally depends on the day. I’m mostly happy, but I can also get a bit moody and I’ve had a couple emotional moments here and there, too. The moodiness just tends to come from being uncomfortable and frustrated (or trying to tame a toddler who’s quickly entering the “threenager” stage…). It’s a good thing he’s cute.
But honestly, I’m good and I’m just happy and hopeful for a smooth delivery and a healthy baby at the end of all of this!
New Baby Items: He’s gotten a few new things here and there over the past couple of weeks (and his closet is SO not organized the way I’d like it to be right now, whoops!).
But I did cave and buy a few new outfits from Target the other day…
- Carter’s All American Guy Outfit (*Just One You by Carter’s outfits are buy 1 get 1 50% off this week!)
- Carter’s Mighty Cute Outfit
- Cherokee Stripe Top and Shorts Outfit
I bought them all in the 3 month size, and I’m glad I did because at this point, I don’t think we’ll be wearing too many newborn outfits for too long!
Looking Forward To: The obvious…getting this show on the road!