Friday, December 6, 2013

39 Weeks: Ice-pocolypse

How far along? 39 weeks
Baby’s size? A watermelon.  A WATERMELON.
Total weight gain/loss: 31 pounds according to the doctor

Stretch marks? None. 
Sleep: Yuck.  It's bad, ya'll.  I didn't expect it to be fabulous at this point, but I'm sad.  And I know the lack of sleep is just going to get worse.  But I'll have such a sweet reward!!  Basically, about 9pm every night, my nose gets congested.  Mr. has told me if I want to sleep in the recliner I can, but I am not as comfortable there.  I still get up frequently and have a hard time getting back to sleep.  
Best moment this week: Probably the continuous thought that we are going to meet out daughter so soon.  Mr. keeps talking about how he can't wait to hold and snuggle her which of course makes me cry EVERY. TIME.  It's so strange to think that our lives are about to change so drastically.  And I have no idea when that will be.  Obviously  in the next week (or two I suppose), but I have no control over it.  Seriously so weird.  Mr. and I are SO ready.

Miss Anything? Yes.  NOT BEING PREGNANT.  
Movement: Lots as always.  She's an active little girl in there.  And she likes to stretch out or jab me with her little feet.  It's so reassuring, but sometimes it takes me by surprise.  Mr. and several of my co-workers have gotten used to me gasping and grabbing my tummy.  They don't even ask if I'm okay anymore. 
Food cravings: Nothing really. Well... I've eaten Eggo waffles with crunchy peanut butter and a big glass of orange juice almost every breakfast this week.  I bought two new boxes of Eggos today.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Coffee. 
Gender: Baby girl! 

Labor Signs: Contractions on and off.  Cramping.  Feeling like her head is camped out on top of my bladder.  I'm dilated at a 2 and 80% effaced (as of this past Monday).  My next appointment is Monday.  I'm curious to know if I will have made any more progress.
Belly Button in or out? Out.
Wedding rings on or off? Wedding band was on all but Wednesday.  It was pretty warm on Wednesday, so I think that probably made my hands swell a little more than usual.  I couldn't even get it on Wednesday morning.  I was not happy.  And my feet and toes look like little sausages lately.  I've already got some fat tootsies (my mom said that baby shoes NEVER fit me because my feet were so wide and thick!), so shoes can be tough to get off at the end of the day.  I just feel like I keep swelling.
Exercise: I've been pretty adamant about Mr. and I getting out and walking.  We walked around Target for about an hour and a half on Tuesday and then walked around Kroger today (Friday) after he got off work.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy... until the ice-pocolypse hit.  More on that below.

Looking forward to: Meeting Clara. 
Please pray for: Healthy baby and healthy mommy.  For me to have complete confidence in my body and WHO CREATED my body when labor does begin!



If you're not in the DFW area, basically we got hit by a BUNCH of ice and sleet on Thursday night.  And it's messing up all of my very calculated and prepared plans (God is teaching me something here...).

I don't want to be one of those women who sits at home all day during the last few weeks of her pregnancy and freaks out about every little twinge of her body.  I want to stay busy!  I want to get things done.  I want to GO PLACES so I'm not obsessing about when Clara is going to make her debut.

So I had a very busy social schedule planned for this week in addition to work (I'm working until I give birth).  LOTS of Christmas parties, a holiday market that my friend Erin has every year... I was nice and busy through my due date.

And then the ice-pocolypse happened and all the parties and the holiday market got rescheduled.  And I sat at home all day by myself.

Mr. went into work.  He's a PT and works in outpatient rehab and all of his patients cancelled today, but the inpatient PTs needed help, so he was there to lend a helping hand.

I stayed at home and took 3 naps (I went to bed REALLY late last night) and basically wondered when I was going to give birth.

BUT, I know that this time is precious, so I tried to change my focus and treasure this time by myself because it isn't going to happen again for a VERY LONG TIME.  So I did a face mask and took a bath and watched some YouTube makeup gurus.  I know I'm really cool a dork.

When Mr. called to tell me he was on his way home, he KNEW I was probably going stir crazy.  So he offered to come pick me up and we would go pick up some groceries and walk me around Kroger.  Seriously, he is my knight in shining armor on a white horse.  Or in khakis and driving a pick-up truck. :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

38 Weeks: Let's do this!

How far along? 38 weeks (39 tomorrow)
Baby’s size? Pumpkin (for Thanksgiving!)
Total weight gain/loss: 30-ish pounds

Stretch marks? None.  I actually had Mr. check last night.  
Sleep: Pretty terrible.  Last night was rough.  I had a hard time going to sleep and ended up watching a few episodes of Friends on my iPad.  I finally fell asleep about 1am and was up at 1:30am to go to the bathroom and then it took me forever to get back to sleep... this happened at least 3 times last night.  Thankfully, I'm not a complete zombie during the day (I'm so thankful for that!) and I think I'm somewhat pleasant to be around still.  I won't let my lack of sleep steal my joy!
Best moment this week: Thanksgiving was so great.  Mr. and I didn't go anywhere this year (my family is in Houston and his is in Mississippi and we were given strict instructions by the doctor to NOT TRAVEL) and no one came up here since they all want to come when the baby is born, so it was just the two of us.  Which I don't think will ever happen again so we just soaked it up.  We had a quiet morning and watched the parade and ate french toast casserole.  Mr. mowed one last time (in the COLD!) and I decorated for Christmas.  We both showered and went and got Boston Market for a late lunch/early dinner and then I took a nap before we went to see Frozen.  It was seriously wonderful.  I'm soaking up these last few days of being a family of 2.  Love that guy!

Miss Anything? Right now I'm at the point where I just miss NOT BEING PREGNANT.  Although I'm SO excited and thankful to be a mom, I have not loved being pregnant.  I'm so thankful that the last 4 months have been much easier than the first 5 were, but I'm ready for it to be over.

A friend of mine told me that when it came time for labor, she knew without a doubt that God created us to be willing to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get that baby out.  It's like he created the perfect timeline for women to be pregnant.  What an amazing Creator we have! 
Movement: Lots of movement.  And I'm pretty sure that she has the best time head-butting my bladder.  
Food cravings: Nothing in particular this week.  Though I did buy some more honeycrisp apples yesterday!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Coffee. The usual.  I'm hoping that I'm just like my mom and as soon as I give birth I will want a large cup of coffee.  Black.
Gender: Baby girl! 

Labor Signs: Contractions!  Nothing regular by any means, but still contractions.  There have been a few other things as well, but I don't want to scare/gross-out any of my teensies that may read this.  Or any dudes.  I definitely feel like my body is getting ready.
Belly Button in or out? It's an outie.  Just a little pop, but it's definitely out.  :)
Wedding rings on or off? Wedding band, no engagement ring.  I put my engagement ring in my hospital bag just in case I unswell enough in the hospital to put it on.
Exercise: Mr. and I walked the mall on Friday night (yup, with all those crazy Black Friday shoppers!).  I got tired pretty quickly and had to go to the bathroom (shocking).
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!  I've been getting stuff done which is always good.  I'm staying as busy as I can to avoid the whole sitting on the couch and over analyzing every little twinge of my body.  

Looking forward to: Meeting Clara. 
Please pray for: Healthy baby and healthy mommy.  For me to have complete confidence in my body and WHO CREATED my body when labor does begin!

We are so ready.

Mr. put the carseat in the car yesterday, and it was completely surreal.  In a matter of 2 weeks (or less) we are going to be parents.  

We are excited and nervous to meet this sweet baby girl!