Tuesday, September 13, 2011
38 Weeks - Home Stretch!
How far along: 38 weeks
Total weight gain: 26 pounds and getting dangerously close to not posting my weight gained on the internet anymore.
Maternity clothes: Yes. Definitely.
Feeling: Pretty good, in general. I'm trying to hang in there just in case the baby picks two weeks past its due date as a birthday - because if that is going to happen, it's way too early to start whining now.
Sleep: Not great, but way better than last week. I think I've found the winning combination of pillow prop-age to keep my hands from falling asleep and/or throbbing.
Food cravings or aversions: I've been pretty bad recently. Chick-fil-a, Blizzards, you name it. I figure my days are limited, so I've thrown caution to the wind. I need someone to reign me in.
The 36 and 37 week appointments were both good and much the same as the 32 and 34 weeks. Blood pressure is good (and actually lower at my appointment last week than it has ever been), baby's head is down, and I have gotten the standard "You make this look easy!" comment from the doctor the last three appointments. I really love the doctor I've been seeing the last several times and am hoping he's on call when I deliver. Not likely, but one can hope! I go again tomorrow and will get the first internal check. I'm hoping it's somewhere in the middle of 0 cm and "whoa, the baby's about to fall out".
Movement: Consistent every day, and today was perhaps the most active the baby's ever been.
Gender: Getting very close to knowing!
Labor Signs: I feel crampy all the time and feel like things are happening. I think the baby's dropped and my hip joints are so loose. Or is that in my head?
What I miss: My wedding ring. I had to ditch it soon after the last update for fear that it would need to be cut off.
What I'm nervous about: I'm nervous about what labor will actually be like and hoping I can handle it.
What I'm looking forward to: Not a whole lot this week other than the weekend. :)
Milestones and new this week: The baby weighs about 6.5 pounds and is fully baked. I want it to have some more time, but that's for the baby to decide, not me! I think it's so cool that the baby actually sends a message to your brain to make you release the hormone that starts labor. If you still don't believe in God after having a baby, I'm not sure what will ever make you believe!