*Each bumpdate is from the week before. I am currently 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant *
37 Weeks as of March 21, 2014
Considered full term! Woo hoo! The start of weekly doctors appointments and the start of my time at home!
Baby This Week:
The baby is around 6.5 pounds now! Growth slows down at this point and Baby is practicing for life after birth. If born now, Baby would not need an incubator to keep warm because of the presence of sufficient fat stores. Lungs are fully developed, which means the baby would also be able to have no problems after birth to breath on it’s own. Right now (according to my App) baby is the size of Swiss chard.
If I could just get away with walking around naked, I would. Baby is sitting so low in my pelvis that I hate anything around my waist. Pants sitting on my hips just feels awkward now. Shirts kind of stick out at the bottom now! There are a few of my maternity clothes that just simply don’t work anymore. I am definitely starting to repeat lots of outfits now that some stuff just simply doesn’t fit
So I actually didn’t weight myself at home but at my 37/38 weeks doctor's appointment I was down 2 pounds which I wasn’t surprised about. My stomach capacity is so low now and after about 5 bite of something, I am full. I can EASILY get away with one meal a day.
The stretch marks on my lower belly are obviously still there and a little darker this week as Baby is putting pressure down there. I know a lot of people say that a baby “ruins” a woman’s body. And I totally get that and have even uttered those words myself. But, I’m making myself stop. Because the baby didn’t ruin my body. It has just changed it, altered it. I am still a very healthy and functioning woman and I feel blessed to have been able to carry a baby to full term!
Yes! Surprisingly lots! Especially in the evenings! I know they say baby movements slow down right about now but it certainly wasn’t this week!
Liquid diet is my friend! Smoothie’s, yum! Had a movie date this week and had a YUMMY movie theatre popcorn! So good! Always so thirsty and I am constantly downing loads of water! More water then I have ever consumed in my life. Still really loving fruit more then any other food category!
No real aversions this week. Just hate cooking right now because I don’t really want to eat anything big.
Big ol’ belly and boobs! Baby dropping has far more perks then negative in my opinion. No more heartburn is the best part! It was like I woke up one morning and my boobs were no longer resting on my stomach which I haven’t seen happen in quite a few months! Pelvic pain has increased which makes the waddle worse. I also prefer sitting on my exercise ball then anywhere else to help relieve pain. I get very tired in the day too and I think it is just from trying to lug my large belly everywhere all day long.
What I Miss:
This week I actually missed work. No I didn’t miss the early mornings or uncomfortable office chair but I missed being there. I hate not being up to date on what is going on. I miss the social time with my brother and bestie Jill. It’s a big adjustment that is going to be harder then I thought.
Low baby! Lightening is the biggest sign. Doctor said at my last appointment that baby is sitting at 0 station and is “locked and loaded”. It’s just a matter of patiently (ha!) waiting at this point.
I think now that my belly is sitting lower it is causing some confusion. I have been hearing of people changing their girl vote to boy lately. Its one of the hardest things at the end to be patient about. I just keep day dreaming about the doctor announcing which gender we have. It makes me giddy just thinking about it.
Belly Button In or Out:
Wedding Rings On or Off:
Unfortunately off and stored away until after baby arrives.
What I’m Looking Forward To This Week:
I cannot wait till my next doctors appointment just to see if I have made any progress from my last check. Also want to make sure things are healthy as can be as we enter into the final stretch.
Looking forward to a movie date! Was really hoping baby would hold on so that I could go see Divergent in theatres! It’s amazing to think that it could be the last movie I see in theatres for some time.
Dedication service for our godson/nephew, Everett!
Daddy This Week:
Daddy is sick as a dog and has officially been kicked out and into the spare bedroom. His snoring has been OUT OF CONTROL and was causing Mommy to have no sleep at all!
We have a problem Baby! Daddy and I have conflicting tastes in hockey teams. Daddy got gifted this “lovely” jersey from his parents. Daddy will have to dress you himself if he ever wants to see you in it because Mommy refuses! ha ha!
9 months pregnant + solo kingsize bed = PREGNANT LADY HEAVEN!
Best Moment Of The Week:
Being at the doctors is always the best! Hearing that everything is still normal is a relief as I was starting to notice myself swelling a bit and worried the doctor would say something was wrong. Doctor has always said how cooperative Baby is and this week was no different. The ONLY problem with this past appointment was that the doctor mentioned he would be away this coming weekend which made me worried in case we went into labour.
At the start of the week, I was able to get a HUGE load of groceries for post baby cooking! Ryan and I aren’t really casserole people so instead we planned out 6 weeks of suppers for after the baby arrived. We shopped for the stuff we needed and then I chopped and marinated everything before it headed to the freezer! We have meatballs, chopped chicken, BBQ pork chops and lots of other yummy (and easy meals) planned and ready! We will fill in the weekly fresh items with quick trips to the store but the majority of what we need is here.
For Christmas this year, Ryan got me a baby journal book and I have been slowly filling it out. Finally this week, I finished what I could but now have to wait until our little one arrives! Feels great to have it done!