(Family photo 40 weeks +2 days)
How far along: 40 weeks and 2 days
How big is baby: full grown between 7 and 8 lbs
Weight/ Weight gain: Steady at 174/175lbs. Actually pretty happy about this. I have said before I gained quite a bit at the very end with Wes and retained a ton of water and got very puffy looking. This time I gained about 30 lbs total and feel smaller and less puffy. I don't feel like I 'did' much of anything differently. I am probably more active day to day and eat better but I also have had little to no time or energy to walk or try to 'exercise' this time. Different babies, different pregnancies!
(40 weeks +1)
Sleep: Oh man its been kind of total crap. Anticipation of my mom and step dads visit coupled with just thinking that any night I could go into labor means I am up a lot. I go to sleep fine but then 2-3 hours later I have been waking up for at least an hour or two then back asleep and the cycle continues. Last night was better and hopefully tonight will be even better. Naps don't make the nighttime better or worse so I have been sneaking those in during the day when I can.
Food cravings: Pie, chicken... I had some heartburn this week for the first time. I cant believe I dealt with that crap for most of Wes's pregnancy. Its a pain! Chocolate makes it worse, boooo.
Food aversions: No strong ones but I am interested to see what I crave the few days after this baby is born. Its always the things I tended to avoid while pregnant. With Wes it was yogurt and bananas and they tasted SO GOOD again after he was born.
Symptoms: Of labor, still NONE. She is low so that's good, I will get checked at my appointment on Monday morning if I am still going strong. Sleep has been rough but that is more due to anticipation than anything. I have these quick thoughts of "oh is that a crampy feeling?!" "is that some lower back pain?" but then its just gas pains or I have to pee or something. With her feeling lower I get some shooting crotch pain now and then and a sore groin if I walk too much. All to be expected at this point! I'm big and awkward and feeling like a turtle on its back, ya know, the usual at 40 weeks.
Movement: Still going strong. Hiccups every evening, lots of movement around dinner time. Lots of hands and feet and pushing on my right side.
Ups: My mom and step dad came to visit. They just left actually. It was SO NICE to have them. They puttered around the house, cooked us dinner, did laundry, cleaned, gardened, played with Wes. I really was able to take it easy and relax. My mom and I got pedicures. They got to spend some much needed quality time with all of us, so in a way it was almost good this baby did not show up while they were here.
Torrey is slow at work and able to help out more. Its been cool and nice out. All my pregnant buddies who were due near me have had their sweet sweet babies and seeing all the photos makes me so happy for them! I cant wait to cuddle them and meet them. MAYBE I will be still pregnant this week and get to get some of that newborn smell love in my system before mine comes. I hear it was a mad house at the hospital so it could be a good thing she is taking her time.
Downs: My mom won't be there for this birth. She was able to be a strong support person through the long birth of Wes and it was so wonderful to share that experience with her. But due to some family care taking she could only come up for those few days this time. Its super bittersweet. I know what she is doing is very important and I know I don't need her at this birth and it will go well without her. But it was plan A and the best outcome we could have hoped for to have her there. A little redemptive too as I am sure it will be shorter and smoother than the birth of Wes. The circle of life and roller coaster of emotions is a crazy thing. We all did our best to wish this baby to make its appearance during or before her stay and that is all we could do. Plan B is in the works, hopefully she can plan to come up in a few weeks. I am so thankful I have my husband and wonderful Doula Francesca to be there for the birth and know we will be sending lots of videos and photos to my mom.
The sleep being messy was mentally challenging. I am one of those people that kind of FREAK OUT in my head and worry all about the next day if I am not sleeping well at night. Its like a crazy night paranoia. I have learned with experience that I am usually FINE the next day and that is more mental than anything but hopefully I will get some good sleep in before she comes I really dont want to go into labor tired even though I know adrenalin will kick in and get me through.
Now that my mom and step-dad have come and gone I don't feel any real hurry to have this baby on the outside. If she wants to take 41 weeks she can. If she wants to be born in September so be it. As long as I am healthy and she is doing well then that's all I can ask for. I would rather not be induced and I want to hold off on having my membranes stripped unless it gets to the very end. Either way it looks like she will be a Virgo like me and not a Leo!
Next Appointment: Monday morning
22 month old Big Brother Wesley