37 Weeks 4 Days

I don’t have much else to do these days, so I thought I’d do my usual update.

Bed rest is going swimmingly.  I did a little bit of light housework today, and quite frankly wore myself out.  I don’t know if its the fact that I’m so far along and so close to giving birth, or that my body is just used to being at rest, but if I’m up for more than 5-10 minutes at a time I get EXHAUSTED!  So I loaded the dishwasher, wiped down some counters, and cleaned up the bathroom a little, all the while taking small breaks in between.

I did get out and go to Walmart a couple days ago.  I bought a few things for the hospital bag…mostly travel size toiletries: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, things like that.  I put it all in a gallon size ziplock bag. I figure that’s easier than trying to remember to throw all that stuff in the hospital bag at the last minute.  I also bought a few things to make some homemade sugar scrubs for Christmas!  It was super cheap and easy.  And it gave me something to do.

No bump pic today, but I am including a gnarly picture of my belly button.  Because it’s weird looking.  I’ve been overweight pretty much my whole life to some degree or another, and carry most of my weight in my belly.  I never thought or expected my belly button to be an outie.  And while I’m not quite sure what it is at this point…I don’t think it’s still an innie.  It’s somewhere in between.  And it’s weird.  Just look!

 

Baby is the size of a winter melon!  {What in the world is a winter melon?!}  Yay!  Baby has reached full term.  He likely measures around 18.9 to 20.9 inches and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds.  He’s gaining about a 1/2 ounce each day.  During week 37, baby’s practicing some skills:  inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking.  He’s also getting his first sticky poop, called meconium, ready for his first diaper!

How far along? 37 weeks (and 4 days)…Full term! it could be any time now!

Total weight gain: I think I’m still at about +16lbs. I had actually lost a pound at my last appointment, though I’m not sure how that’s possible!

Maternity clothes? Right now I’m mostly in yoga pants/pajama pants and big t-shirts. Since I’m on bed rest I have no reason to get dressed lol. I am glad I don’t have to squeeze into my scrubs anymore because they were getting very uncomfortable.

Stretch marks?  No new ones. But my old ones are stretching out a bit.

Sleep:  Horrible.  I’ve gotten myself in a bad habit of staying up late since being off work.  Mostly because I have such a hard time falling to sleep anyway.  And the last week EVERY SINGLE NIGHT I end up with a stuffy nose after laying down for bed! I’m fine all day after I blow my nose in the morning, but as soon as I go to bed, I’m up within a few hours not able to breath. Not sure what the deal is with that.

Best moment this week: One of my friends came over yesterday and painted my toes for me!

Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach. Believe it or not I actually miss having something to do during the day. Not quite sure I miss my job, but I do miss having a purpose lol.

Movement:  Yep.  Some days not as much as others, but still quite a bit.  Sometimes I feel like he’s sticking his butt out when my stomach gets real tight and hard, but I kinda feel like those might be contractions?

Food cravings:   Sugar. I have been craving anything sugary this week. Seriously, all I want is candy. I’ve destroyed a box of ice cream sandwiches.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not much.

Gender prediction: Sweet baby boy!

Labor Signs:  Frequent contractions, but nothing that progresses or has a pattern. They aren’t really painful either.  Oh, and here’s an interesting one.  TMI TIME, FOLKS! I’m about to talk about poop, so feel free to skip if you like.  I’ve been having a LOT of diarrhea.  I know.  Gross.  But it is what it is.  It’s all the time, no matter what I eat, and it happens very shortly after I eat as well.  I don’t feel bad, so I know its not a bug.  I just need to go, and when I do that’s that.  I’ve done a little reading into the matter and apparently this could be your body’s way of preparing for labor.  Your body is essentially “cleaning itself out” and preparing for the process that is to come.  Additionally, as you get closer to labor, most of your abdominal and rectal muscle begin to relax to all the baby passage…this also contributes to frequent and loose stool. Learn something new every day, huh?  While we’re on the subject of poop (might as well at this point) is anyone else worried about pooping on the table?? It happens. I know it does. And I know its stupid to worry about. But seriously?? Didn’t I go through enough to get here without shitting in front of everyone in the room? Maybe my body will have “cleansed itself” enough by that point and there won’t be anything left.  We can only hope!

Symptoms:  Fatigue, bloat/gas, VERY frequent urination.  Sciatic nerve pain. Heartburn and indigestion.  Shortness of breath.  Dizziness/lightheadedness. Braxton Hicks/actual contractions.

Belly Button in or out?  In, but it looks weird. Seriously. See picture below.

Wedding rings on or off?  They fit when I first put them on. After a few hours they get tight.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy! And tired.  And anxious.

Looking forward to:  Christmas. And meeting my baby boy. Which ever comes first!

Next appointment: Tuesday, December 17th.

Weird Belly Button!

Weird Belly Button!

37 Weeks

Exactly today.  It’s insane how far along I am.  Doesn’t seem possible!

Yesterday I finally had my follow up/weekly checkup with the doc.  My blood pressure was down to 144/83 and there wasn’t any protein in my urine, so Dr. L was very happy with that.  I also managed to lose a pound somehow, although I’m sure how since I feel like all I’ve done is eat and sleep all week.  Probably due to not retaining as much fluid with the blood pressure being down. But still….I’ve REALLY liked the food this week! Haha.. He wants me to continue the bp medication and “bed rest” because it seems to be working.  I did get permission to do “remedial” tasks around the house and short shopping trips if I’m climbing the walls, but he wants me to spend the majority of the day resting off my feet.  I’m thinking I’m going to at least need a lunch or dinner date with someone who isn’t my husband at some point…I love him and all but I think we’re starting to get on each other’s nerves lol!

The rest of my appointment was good as well, although I did get the biggest scare of my life!  Doc pulled out the Doppler and stuck it on my belly.  Usually I hear an instant thumping of that baby boy’s heart.  We’ve never had a hard time finding it, with the exception of my first OB visit, and we were just too early at that point.  This time, he moved the wand around to a couple of places, switched sides of my belly, pushed around a little bit….I’m sure this took all of 15-20 seconds, but as I laid there on that table NOT hearing my baby’s heartbeat at 37 freakin’ weeks, I panicked.  My face got hot, I felt tears well up, my body was pretty much paralyzed.  Then all of sudden, there it was. Thump thump thump.  “Is that him?!”  I asked, a little too franticly.  Dr. L assured me he was fine, and I admitted I had started to panic.  He said he was laying funny and “running” from him, so it just took him a few seconds to find the correct position.  I’m sure that’s normal, but I still didn’t like it.

I think I said before, I’m having more paranoia the closer I get to delivering.  I had a lot in the beginning of my pregnancy, and while it never went completely away, I got to a point where I felt mostly safe.  You’d think that in these last couple weeks it’d be smooth sailing without a care in the world besides when is this kid gonna get out of me.  But for me its like the total opposite.  I’m terrified of coming this far, of keeping him alive this long, only for something to happen at the last minute.  I’m obsessed with whether or not he’s moving enough, and I poke and prod on him way too much just for my own sanity.  I’m sad that my pregnancy is coming to an end, but at the same time I’ll be so happy and relieved when I can finally hold him and know that he is healthy and safe.

After my meltdown with the Doppler, Dr. L checked my cervix.  Nothing.  Not dilated.  Not soft.  Locked up tight.  I was a little surprised.  I was thinking this little guy might get here before Christmas.  Things can change fast, I know that.  And even if I was dilated, I could be at a 1 or 2 for weeks.  So none of this means anything.  Except he’s just not ready yet.  So we continue to wait.  Dr. L did go over some things with me about labor, and said if I felt like I was in labor, to not ask questions and go to L&D to get checked.  I had a few questions as far as what to look for…he assured me I’d know.  So that’s that.  We just wait, and I go back next Tuesday for my 38 week checkup.

In other news, I’ve got baby boy’s newborn photos all set up…sort of.  I spoke with the photographer I decided on and all I have to do is get in touch with her a day or two after he is born.  She likes to do newborn shoots 5-10 days after they are born.  I LOVE her work.  And she is fairly cheap, considering how talented she is.  She only photographs newborn through 1st birthday, so she does a great job working with babies since that is all she does. I’m pretty excited for his pictures and will definitely share some here when they are done!

So…so far all is well.  We are just playing the waiting game.  Bed rest is a bummer,  but it could be worse.  I plan on making a quick shopping trip tomorrow for some things I need for my hospital bag while hubby is at work.  I need out of this house, and Dr. L did ok me for a short trip to the store 😉 .  So I’ll leave you with my 36 weeks 6 days bump pic from yesterday.  It’s the first time I’d been dressed and fixed my hair and makeup in 7 days.  the first time I’d put pants on 3 days.  Don’t judge me.  LOL.

36 weeks 6 days

36 weeks 6 days