38+1

Down to the last two weeks! Honestly I love having an induction scheduled at this point because I know the end date. My type A personality doesn’t do well with “unknowns” so knowing that we won’t be going past 9/11 is good for my mental health LOL

Weekly Update

How far along: 38+1

How big is baby: about the size of a Pomeranian…closing in on about 7 lbs and getting close to 20 inches. I don’t feel like she’s as big as my own kids were (they were 8.5lb & 8lbs) so I’m curious what her birth weight will be

Symptoms: increased BH with a couple more painful ones thrown in (not super painful, but sometimes I have to stop what I’m doing for a minute and wait for it to pass), heartburn, restless legs at night

Movement: she’s more active when I’m at work because I’m sitting a lot. She’s most active first thing in the morning and in the evenings.

Sleep: Making sure I walk for 30 min in the evenings has made such a huge difference for my sleep. I’m still up several times to pee, but I’m able to go right back to sleep and my restless legs don’t bother me near as much (of course as I’m finishing up this post I started yesterday I’m going on 2 hours of being up in the middle of the night 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️)

Miss anything? not having to pee all.the.time. Not bumping my stomach into stuff constantly LOL

Food cravings? some sweets, but mostly fruit…same as last week. I can seriously not get enough fruit…also salads. This might explain why I lost 1.5lbs between my 36 and 37 week appt

Anything making you queasy or sick? eating too much

Progress: I didn’t have any cervical change from my 36 to 37 week appts so I was still at 2cm. I have another appt Wednesday, but I don’t think I’ll have her check. Last week I wanted to know if there were any changes because we were going to my brother’s wedding 2 1/2 hours away from the house. Since there wasn’t any I’ll just skip it this week. Today I’ve had a couple contractions that were different from the regular BH’s I’ve been having. They felt more like a real contraction although I’m nowhere near labor contractions yet, they just felt differently.

Best moment of the week? We had so much fun at my brother’s wedding on Saturday. Wyatt especially was in his element with so many people around and dancing. Liv took awhile to warm up, but by the end of the night she had her shoes off and was dancing up a storm. I’m glad that this little one didn’t decide to show up last week as I would have hated to miss it.

Here’s this week’s bump pic. I definitely feel smaller than I was with my kids because my belly button is just now starting to pop out and I’m pretty sure it happened much earlier before

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37+1

For whatever reason 37 weeks sounds so much further than 36. We’re at the point now where even though she would be considered “early term” she’s good to come any day now. Obviously we want her to wait until her parents are here so they don’t risk missing the birth or trying to find last minute international flights and a place to stay until their rental condo opens up.

Weekly Update

How far along: 37+1

How big is baby: about the size of a skunk (really, they couldn’t come up with a better animal than that?)…probably a little over 6 lbs and around 19 inches long.

Symptoms: off and on BHs, sore hips, swollen/sore feet. If I remember to take a heartburn pill at night it really helps keep it at bay the next day…but remembering is hit or miss LOL

Movement: She seems to have perked up again the last few days. She’s had a couple really big movements that I hope aren’t her moving from her head down position. I think it’s mainly her swinging her bum from one side to the other.

Sleep: I may have found what makes me sleep better. I used to walk for a half hour on the treadmill pretty much every night, but since summer started it’s been hard to make the time because we’re always outside until late. I finally made the time Saturday and Sunday night to hopefully help with the restless leg issue. After each time I spent some time on my yoga ball that arrived on Friday and the difference has been amazing already. I slept so much better both nights. I will have to continue to try and make the time to walk because it really does seem to help.

Miss anything? not having to pee all.the.time. It’s 1:30pm and I think I’ve gone to the bathroom maybe 10-15 times…it’s getting a little ridiculous. I can’t wait until I’m about to explode either because that triggers BHs and once I stand up the additional pressure from her makes it hard to get to the bathroom

Food cravings? some sweets, but mostly fruit…like all the fruit LOL my favorite it to get some strawberries, grapes, and blueberries (or whatever other berry is on sale) and mix in some vanilla Greek yogurt…sooooo yummy!

Anything making you queasy or sick? not really…my gag reflex has gone back to 1st tri status and I have to try to keep it in check when I brush my teeth

Progress: Honestly I’ve felt like a ticking time bomb. I have absolutely no reason to think she’s going to show up early, but I’m constantly wondering/worrying I’m going to wake up in the middle of the night with contractions or that my water is going to break any minute. I think it’s because if she decided to make her appearance now it’s likely her dads would miss the birth, but things are about to get really hectic in our family schedule with my oldest starting Kindergarten on the 5th. So while it’d be great if she came a little early that would mean her dads missing her birth and that would be really sad. So then it’s better if we make it to the induction date of 9/11, but that seems so far away and I’m feeling kind of done at this point. Anyway, all that to say I’m not having any labor signs. I have an OB appt on Wednesday. I don’t know if she’ll check dilation or not. If she was planning on it then I won’t refuse, but if she wasn’t then I don’t know that I’ll ask her too. Being so type A and wanting all the information even if it doesn’t predict labor might make it hard to not ask so we’ll see how I feel that day. At this point we/I won’t be doing anything to try and bring on labor. She can still benefit from cooking a little bit longer and of course we all want her parents there when she arrives. That being said I wouldn’t have a problem if she wanted to show up the night of 9/2 the day her parents get to town, although I’m sure they’d like a day or two to settle in first LOL

Best moment of the week? we got the kids a little 10 gallon aquarium for their room this weekend and they are so excited about it. They each got to pick out a fish for it and they love watching their fish swim around.

36+3

So where have I been? I had been so good about weekly updates…honestly I was doing better than I did with my own kids. Then our whirlwind last 3 weeks hit. The kids went to my parents’ house for 4 nights as their babysitter was on vacation. The hubs and I spent that entire time working and getting ready for our two week camping trip. I would get home from work and not sit down until at least 10pm every night. I was exhausted! Then the kids came home on Thursday and Saturday we left for 2 weeks of camping which was so much fun.

Our first stop was Loon Lake with my husband’s family. We all had a blast (even though my 3 year old was still refusing to poop and spent most of the days whining unless she was on the boat). The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold. It was great to just hang out with family by the lake and relax a bit.

After we were done at the lake we headed to the coast with my side of the family. While we were at the coast the temperatures at home climbed above 100 degrees and we were thrilled to be 30-40 degrees cooler. Some people might be bummed about 60 degree temperature during a beach vacation, but I certainly wasn’t. First off, it’s the Oregon coast and any day it’s not raining is a good day. Secondly, we had some sunny says, but honestly the summer sun beating down on me was not what I was looking for. Our best days on the beach were overcast, about 60 degrees, and no wind. It felt amazing. I enjoyed not sweating like a pig and not having my feet swell up everyday 🙂

Now we’re back to reality and heading into the home stretch of this pregnancy!

Weekly Update

How far along: 36+3

How big is baby: about the size of a Chihuahua…about 6lbs and 19 inches long

Symptoms: more BH contractions, some painful contractions (but not full on labor painful), heartburn fairly constantly, tired, achy, swollen feet….all the super fun end of pregnancy stuff 🙂

Movement: She’s not as active as she was a month ago because she’s running out of room, but she still passed her kick counts with flying colors.

Sleep: honestly? It sucks…I typically wake up around 4:30-5 and can’t fall back asleep for a couple hours which is right when I need to be getting up for the day.

Miss anything? a good night’s sleep…this might be what I’m looking forward to the most after delivery

Food cravings? sweets and fruit

Anything making you queasy or sick? not really, if I eat too much (for example a huge salad and personal size pizza LOL) I’m more just really uncomfortable not nauseous

(Adding in a new category since we’re getting close to the end)

Progress: I was going to call this part “labor signs”, but that seems misleading since none of the signs/symptoms are going to signal labor until I’m actually in labor so I went with “Progress” instead. As I mentioned, I’ve had some more painful contractions, but only like a 3/10 on the pain scale. They aren’t terrible, but I definitely notice them. At my OB appt on Monday I saw a doctor other than my regular OB and she did a cervical check. I was super surprised when she said I’m about 2cm dilated already. That absolutely doesn’t mean that labor is anywhere close, but I looked at it as 2 cm I don’t have to do later LOL It also means that if we make it to the 9/11 induction date that it has a better chance of going smoothly. I’m not sure if my regular OB will do another check next week or not. Some people refuse them because they don’t like them, don’t want to get their hopes up that labor is near, don’t want to irritate the cervix, or a number of other reasons. Me on the other hand like to have all the information I can. I already know that it doesn’t mean I’m having this baby anytime soon, but I like knowing that I only have 8cm to go instead of 10! The doctor also confirmed that she’s head down (which she has been for several weeks) which is good. Hopefully she’s comfy that way and doesn’t try to turn around. Some of her movements feel huge so after them I’m usually checking to see where her body parts are.

Best moment of the week? enjoying the cooler weather last week and just being on a family vacation. I love watching our kids have so much fun with their cousins and just enjoying camping like my husband and I did when we were kids (although our kids are pretty spoiled by the fact that we have a travel trailer that includes bunk beds for them).

33+1

So apparently I never add the bump pic and posted this…oops! I’m going to write an updated post soon. We’ve been out of town the last 2 weeks so there’s some catching up to do!

Weekly Update

How far along: 33+1

How big is baby: about the size of a ferret…the pregnancy app says that at this point there can be a large discrepancy in size from baby to baby. They go through growth spurts at different times so they’re not all around the same size like earlier in pregnancy. So she’s 4-6lbs and between 17-19 inches long

Symptoms: Continued Braxton Hicks…heartburn especially when I’m hungry, some minor swelling in my feet, but nothing bad

Movement: Still moving a lot. My daughter was playing with her on Saturday. She would put her hand on my belly and shake it a little bit saying “wake up baby” and the baby would push back against Liv’s hand. Liv thought it was hilarious.

Sleep: I’ve been waking up with back pain between my shoulder blades which isn’t fun. There have also been some nights where I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep for an hour or more.

Miss anything? not being tired all the time

Food cravings? sweets, Mexican food, hamburgers

Anything making you queasy or sick? eating too much sugar or eating too much

Best moment of the week? Last week was pretty uneventful other than a 5 year old with a monster heat rash and a 3 year old that decided to refuse to poop…not just refuse to poop on the toilet, but to go at all….so that’s been fun.