Wednesday, September 30, 2009

39 weeks

Ahhh 39 weeks! We've almost made it to the end. It's still hard to imagine that we will have a baby living in our house in a week or so, but we will.

After a week of a lot of pain, anxiousness, and an overall horrible mood, I am happy to say I am feeling great this week. I still have the aches and pains, but they aren't nearly as bad as they were. Mentally, I am calm and 100% ready. I am not stressing out about when he is going to come, but I am not comfortable going much past my EDD, so if he stays in too long we will have to give him a little help.

Last week I ended up going to the Dr twice because Henry wasn't moving as much. Because of his lack of movement, I now have to go for Non-Stress Tests twice a week to be monitored. Henry has been doing great, but sometimes he doesn't want to be woken up and will make the nurse use her noise maker on my stomach. My next regular appointment is tomorrow. Hopefully I will get some news about when he's coming.

* How far along?: 39 weeks.
* Total weight gain: 1.2 pounds this week.
* How big is baby?: He should be about 7lb 11oz and 20 inches long.
* Maternity clothes?: I only have 3 shirts that fit me again.
* Stretch marks?: Yep
* Sleep?: Rolling over is tough, but overall I'm getting a lot of rest.
* Best moment this week?: Realizing I am going to meet my little guy in a week!
* Movement?: He's a little less active, but he is running out of room.
* Food cravings?: Anything and everything. I am hungry all of the time!
* Labor signs?: None that really mean anything.
* Belly button in or out?: Out
* What I'm looking forward to: Meeting Henry
* Milestone: Henry is ready to be born...now if we could just let him know that.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

38 weeks

2 weeks left and I'm tired, sore, and sleep deprived (not nearly as sleep deprived as I'll be)....what can I expect though.

I had my 38 week appointment today where my Dr said he'd gladly induce me if I was at least 3cm dilated...I wasn't dilated at all so no induction for me. He also sent me for a growth ultrasound because he thought I was carrying a 10 pounder. I'm not, but my big boy is 7lb 7oz and has a ton of hair! He also isn't engaged in my pelvis yet and *could* turn, but he won't because he's a good boy.

So now we are playing the wait and see game. I was a little worked up after my appointment because I just want an eviction date for my little man. I really can't wait for him to meet his daddy and the rest of his family, but I've resolved myself to the fact that he will come on his own. I am taking this one week at a time. I've gotten through 38 weeks already. I can get through 1 or 2 more.

* How far along?: 38 weeks.
* Total weight gain: 2.8 pounds this week.
* How big is baby?: 7lb 7oz and about 19 inches long.
* Maternity clothes?: I'm mostly hanging out in sweats.
* Stretch marks?: Yep
* Sleep?: I snore now so Andrew leaves me in the middle of the night :(
* Best moment this week?: Getting to check on Henry during my ultrasound.
* Movement?: He likes to run his feet back and forth on my side.
* Food cravings?: Avocados...the best food ever.
* Labor signs?: Barely effaced, not dilated, some cervix bumping, and a few contractions.
* Belly button in or out?: Out
* What I miss: I don't really have anything specific.
* What I'm looking forward to: Meeting my baby!
* Milestone: My placenta is grade 3 which is a good indicator that Henry's lungs are mature.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

37 weeks

We are finally at the full-term mark and now all we have to do it wait. Starting last night, Andrew and I started telling Henry that it's time to come out. I doubt he's listening, but it's worth a try.

I have been having a few more contractions today and am really nauseous. I even got sick in my kitchen sink this morning...it's been quite a long time since I've done that.

* How far along?: 37 weeks.
* Total weight gain: 1.4 pounds this week.
* How big is baby?: He should be around 6.5 pounds and 19 inches long.
* Maternity clothes?: Only when I have to go out. When I'm at home I let my belly hang out of my pre-pregnancy shirts.
* Stretch marks?: Yep
* Sleep?: sucks
* Best moment this week?: Getting most of my freezer meals finished.
* Movement?: He is starting to slow down, but still moving a lot.
* Food cravings?: I'm not a huge fan of food right now.
* Labor signs?: We'll see in about an hour.
* Belly button in or out?: Out
* What I miss: Being able to walk without waddling.
* What I'm looking forward to: My appointment this afternoon.
* Milestone: Henry is a full-term baby now!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I've never been so happy to have a droopy belly!

It looks like Henry has decided to drop a ton today. My Dr said once he drops that I would probably start dilating. I am crossing my fingers he is right. We are so ready to meet our little man.

This is hideous, but I feel like an illustration of his drop is needed.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

36 weeks

36 weeks and only 28 days to go! At my appointment today, my Dr reminded me that next week I will be full-term and that Henry will be big enough to be born (like I could forget!). While I can't imagine becoming a mom in 7 days, I would definitely love it!

Henry has started dropping this week and I am feeling a lot of pressure. I sometimes feel like he is going to fall out when I'm walking around. My Dr said he still has to drop some more and that I will start feeling even more pressure. My whole body feels like it's falling apart. My back, hips, knees, and ankles hurt all of the time. My hands and feet are swollen and my belly is heavy. As much as it all sucks (for lack of a better word), I am almost at the end and my baby boy will be totally worth all of the pain.

* How far along?: 36 weeks.
* Total weight gain: too much
* How big is baby?: He should be around 6 pounds and 18.5 inches long.
* Maternity clothes?: I am in love with my Gap under the belly jeans.
* Stretch marks?: Yep
* Sleep?: I get up to pee like 6 times a night now, but I am still getting enough rest.
* Best moment this week?: Getting to eat Pizza King...yum!
* Movement?: See video below.
* Food cravings?: Cheese sticks and avocados
* Labor signs?: My cervix is starting to soften!!
* Belly button in or out?: Out
* What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach.
* What I'm looking forward to: the weekend
* Milestone: Henry is head down and starting to drop.

video

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

35 weeks

35 weeks and only 35 days until my due date! 35 days is soon, but right now I am looking forward to September 16th because that is the day I'm going to start having eviction talks with Henry. I can't wait to meet him...can you tell?

This week we had our first childbirth class. I walked in the room and most of the girls were hardly pregnant...ok they were probably in their 25th week, but there is a huge difference between 25 and 35 weeks. So we talked about false labor, all while I was experiencing it and about how Kegels are important...ooops it's a little too late for those now! I may have signed up a little late, but I did learn a lot too. The last 45 minutes of the class was "mommy massage" time. Andrew is supposed to give me a full body massage twice a day from now until labor, but so far I haven't gotten one.

I am feeling good this week. I wake up to pee a lot in the middle of the night and then find myself having a hard time falling back to sleep because I'm thinking so much. I just lay in bed thinking about how much our lives are going to change and how instead of getting up to pee I will be getting up to take care of my little man. It's all a little overwhelming, but I am 100% ready.

There is not much to say about my belly picture. I'm huge and will continue to be huge for the next month. The jeans I have on are my new Gap under the belly jeans and they are the most amazing jeans ever.

* How far along?: 35 weeks.
* Total weight gain: Up to 33.6 pounds...my goal of 35 pounds is slowly going out the window!
* How big is baby?: He should be around 5.5-6 pounds and 18.5 inches long.
* Maternity clothes?: Gap Maternity is wonderful...too bad I didn't discover it until 35 weeks.
* Stretch marks?: Lets not talk about them.
* Sleep?: I'm still getting my 8 (or more) hours a night.
* Best moment this week?: My "mommy massage"
* Movement?: A ton.
* Food cravings?: Avocados
* Labor signs?: A little bit of false labor.
* Belly button in or out?: Out
* What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach.
* What I'm looking forward to: My 36 week appt where they'll check for progress.
* Milestone: Henry not has coordinated reflexes.