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31 March, 2014

Bump Watch: 37 Weeks

How far along? 37 weeks according to my NFP chart, but midwife is counting about 38 according to baby's growth chart.  

How big is baby? 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 1/2 ounce each day.

That "average fetus" size is scaring me NINE POINT TWO POUNDS at 37 weeks. Oh my!

Total weight gain? 32-35 pounds

Maternity clothes? Nothing new.  My pile of too small maternity clothes is quickly getting bigger than the pile of clothes that fit.  For tops & dresses: all I have left are my two longer dresses, my two Jessica Simpson shirts, and my two Gap Body Maternity shirts.  My JS skinny jeans are too tight.  My two pairs of shorts and jean skirt fit perfectly and the weather is warm enough to wear them now. THANK GOD!  

I treated myself to two new pairs of yoga pants and then got a discount on two nursing tops.  I probably got suckered into them, but at least I have two cute outfits for the hospital.  And you know what? Worth every penny. 

Stretch marks?  I don't have any entirely new stretch marks, but 3-4 on my belly have angry red tails on them the size of a pencil eraser. I don't know if they stretched more or what.

Belly button?  Almost perfectly flat.

Exercise:  Still taking the stairs, doing chores, and trying to walk 1-2 days a week inside like around Target, Sam's, or the mall.  Any more than that and I'm exhausted.

Sleep: Really thankful to have another two good weeks of sleep. I only wake up to roll over and reposition.  Or to pee. Some nights it's just once and some nights is as many as five times.  Fortunately, I've been back to sleep quickly.

Movement:  A week ago she rolled from being OP to the left side, but she has since dropped TWICE and I can't figure out what's what anymore.  She'll have a quiet day followed by a day of gymnastics competitions.  I can feel distinct limbs and it really truly feels like a person in there now, not a creepy alien feeling.

Food cravings:  Mango Tango smoothies from Whole Foods.  And Pizza.  And REALLY good chocolate.

Food aversions: Woof. Smoked pork. I just cannot do it.

What I miss: So many putting on my shoes, getting up off the floor, rolling over in bed....aahh the good old days.

What I am looking forward to:  Starting labor.  I'm crazy for looking forward to spontaneous labor, right? I was induced last time, so this is the "new" "fun" part of this pregnancy!

Milestones: We've made it to full term!  Baby and I qualify for water birth should we go that route. Which reminds me...I need to go pack my water birth certificate for the hospital.

Say What?
This weekend I went on a Silent Retreat.  It was an incredible experience.  The two priests that gave the retreat are friends of mine.  They're young and we have lots of social time, so this wasn't weird. Rather really funny.

Remember my Monday night wine nights? This story is about that priest.

So he's giving the big Saturday Night Talk of the retreat.  I had heard the story before, so I knew there was another 15-20 minutes to go.  My back was K-I-L-L-I-N-G me.  I decided to wait for the next joke and sneak down the aisle to stand/stretch in the back of the room.

The laughter subsides and the priest looks up at me in the back and grasps his chest in fear, "ARE YOU OKAY?!?!"  I nod yes and give two thumbs up, as it's a silent retreat.  He replies, "Okay good." And then laughing, "Didn't know if I need to run to get the salad tongs"  And proceeds to make a Jaws of Life motion in front of the whole room.

Sooo good. Love him!

Sweet moments:  Evie woke up from her nap the other day while my mom was over helping around the house.  My mom went in to get Evie and her eyes got big.  "Nana! Let's go to the hospital!  Let's go get [insert baby's name here]!"  So Evie spilled the baby's name to my mom.  Oooops!  But! It was such a sweet moment for them.  Honest, I'm surprised Evie's made it 16 weeks without spilling it! PS: Don't pester my mom about the name. She's really good as secrets. Like, really good.

Make room for baby:  I think we're just about done!  Car seat is in the car.  Cradle is put together and in our room.  Her coming home outfit and blanket are in the washer right now.  Hospital bag is half packed.  Disposable diapers dropped off at Nana's and at preschool.  Everything else is just details :)

Oh, and THIS:  I had a pregnancy massage today. It helped release my sacrum quite a bit. So much relief.

There is a PINK full moon with lunar eclipse on April 15th.  Dear God, I hope I go into labor before then....If the old wives tales are true, the labor and delivery wing is going to be NUTTY!!

You're welcome to join in the Baby Bookie pool to guess the baby's due date and stats. The more the merrier!  No money and super easy sign up / to use.  

Compared to Evie:

  • about 10 lbs difference in weight gain
  • waaaaay less carpel tunnel
  • less bed rest - but still high blood pressure
  • same cravings - pizza & chocolate!
  • still not carrying as low
  • not writing this post on the way to the hospital to be induced like I did Evie's 37-38 week post!

Not-so-secretly hoping this is our last Bump Watch post :) 

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