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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Weeks 38 - 40 Pregnancy Journal

40 weeks here!

How Far Along? 40 weeks, 1 day - as of today 3/18/2017

Week 38 Began: Friday, March 3

39 weeks in this photo with our dog, Lily

Week 39 Began: Friday, March 10
Week 40 Began: Friday, March 17

Size of Baby (at 40 weeks): the size of a red panda, minus the fluffy tail or a watermelon (average is 20 inches tall and 7.5 lbs)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: hovering around 188-194 pounds most days

Maternity Clothes: I've finally really popped at 38 weeks, with the baby continuing to drop down I think I'm really showing now at weeks 39 and 40. Shirts can barely cover my stomach!

Nursery: We have been given so many gorgeous gifts the past few weeks - handmade items! A handmade quilt from one of my boarding school professors, two knit hats and a throw blanket from someone who trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with M, and the spouse of a coworker of M's sent him home with a stroller blanket and a throw blanket. So girly and sweet!

Quilt from one of my retired boarding school professors - gorgeous and matches the nursery perfectly!

Movement: Margaret is still moving a lot all day long. She has definitely dropped but she has still really active so the Docs have no concern about rushing to induce me before we get to 41 weeks and then we will reassess.

Symptoms: Heartburn, calf stiffness, and now hip stiffness on both sides from when I'm sleeping and moving from side to side overnight. Side-sleeping really has been an adjustment.

Side Effects: We've had some global warming weather shifts that have been really dramatic lately. So we've been running 3 humidifiers in the house but I've had more issues tied to that than this pregnancy - dry nose, dry eyes, sniffles, etc.

Sleep: It's fine... except I'm now getting up due to needing to pee all the time. I mean, ALL the time. Totally wild. But trying to keep up with as much sleep or naps as I can.

Cravings: Just hungry in general quite often!

What I Miss: No heartburn. No muscle aches. Being able to bend over easily to put on socks!

Best Moment This Week: Finding out at 39 weeks 5 days I was finally ONE whole CENTIMETER dilated. haha. But also good progress in that my cervix is anterior. She'll arrive when she is ready!

What I Learned This Week: You can eventually run out of things to do when you aren't working and your baby is due to arrive at any time. Also, I got a manicure and pedicure last week and that was really nice - that pedicure felt AMAZING!

Looking Forward To: Active labor starting at some point.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Week 37 Pregnancy Journal


How Far Along? 37 weeks

Week 37 Began: Friday, February 24

Size of Baby: a bunch of swiss chard (or "winter melon" (19" or more, around 6.33 pounds))

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: hovering around 186-192 pounds most days (apparently I "lost" weight this week and they thought I had caught the local stomach bug going around. Nope... just going #2 a bit more regularly now. haha). But in all honesty they have always weighed me on the heavier end as I usually have OB appt after breakfast, lunch, in mid to late afternoon with lots of clothes on!

Maternity Clothes: maternity yoga pants, Uggs, cardigans, shelf bra tank tops, and dresses if they can stretch around my ever expanding chest (more chest than tummy/uterus for me!).

Nursery: We ended up getting a few more gifts in the mail or from coworkers but we are basically done with all nursery items except for hanging up artwork! Note the sweet handmade throw on our chair in the top of the photo - it's pink and orange with a white border - that same former coworker also made us a little pink cape/shawl for Margaret as well!

Movement: Margaret is still moving a lot all day long. She lets me know if she doesn't like a position I'm hanging out in. Obstetrician today said she was still head down and in the right position but her head was kinda buoyed up a little bit more than she was two weeks ago. But still dropped.

Symptoms: some heartburn. Not as frequent but when it's there it is awful! Insomnia. Biggest symptom this week is from my calves cramping up, kind of a restless legs syndrome feeling more so than a charley horse.

Side Effects: Nesting, eye sensitivity, bladder pressure, feeling more full in the front which makes me a little off on my feet when I try to get out of bed in the morning (I have to roll around and out otherwise my muscles feel pulled around my pelvis).

Sleep: I have to get up more in the middle of the night to go to the loo. She is a bit more insistent in her kicks regardless of my sleeping on my left or right sides. Still trying to get as much as I can, while I still can. A crappy night is like 5 hours and a good night is 9+ hours of sleep.

Cravings: King cake gluten free cupcakes from Pearl's Bake Shoppe in C'ville for Mardi Gras.

What I Miss: No heartburn. No muscle aches. Not getting winded going up our stairs... so weird (but they are steeper than usual stairs)!

Best Moment This Week: M bringing me those King cake cupcakes after work on Mardi Gras!

What I Learned This Week: That even though we haven't had a cervix check in two weeks (last time I was still closed), I learned I was a fingertip dilated on Thurs 03/02... so some progress which is good but surprised it was still less than 1 cm. I also remembered that it was exactly like all of my reading and the classes we took at the Birthing Center told us - it just sets you up for disappointment so don't take it personally or think too hard about the cervix checks. Remember they are optional in my situation so I could refuse one next week and it would be no big deal. So I wasn't bummed out but I was a little surprised... that I was relieved I wasn't more dilated. When you know you know I guess. Also learned more about perineal massage from an actual friend and not just from the birthing center or from my readings... as I continue to look into it/try it out. Super gawky but really neat concept. Got some real talk from honest friends - including one classmate who is pregnant with her 4th child and each labor has been different for her. Always good for perspective. Everyone is different and I keep telling myself that.

Looking Forward To: Continuing to savor every pre-baby moment with M. Which is mostly just in the house watching stuff I recorded on our DVR from 31 Days of Oscar as going anywhere is just exhausting for me. haha. Also when this is over I'm looking forward to sleeping on my stomach again!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Week 36 Pregnancy Journal

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How Far Along? 36 weeks

Week 36 Began: Friday, February 17

Size of Baby: a head of romaine lettuce (18.5" or more, almost 6 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: hovering around 183-185 most days

Maternity Clothes: Chucks, anything I can bend and move in relatively easy. This week I purchased two nursing bras just to be more comfortable and have them ready to go!

Nursery: The bassinet has been assembled and placed in our master bedroom: Upgraded the basic mattress in this bassinet to a more firm organic one, waterproof mattress pad, and organic fitted sheets. I also finalized getting items together for our hospital bag!

Movement: Margaret is clearly running out of room - she moves ALL day long now and it pretty aggressive

Symptoms: Heartburn isn't terrible now... just occasionally awful. Seems to have alleviated with her dropping this week!

Side Effects: Sleepiness.

Sleep: It was a busy week - relatively speaking. I had a cold but it seems to have finally passed. Sleep has been a little harder with her dropping. Lots more pressure on bladder.

Cravings: Chocolate peanut butter. Chinese food (thank goodness for PF Changs).

What I Miss: HOT steaming baths. A nice rose or white wine with the hot weather we've been having.

Best Moment This Week: No evening obligations as we have finished all of our prenatal classes and the like. Really enjoying just being lazy-ish.

What I Learned This Week: Different baby bottle brands have different periods of time required for sanitizing bottles. From 5 minutes to 10 minutes to 20 minutes... kinda crazy that there is such a range!

Looking Forward To: Enjoying every pre-baby moment with M.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Week 35 Pregnancy Journal


How Far Along? 35 weeks

Week 35 Began: Friday, February 10

Size of Baby: a bunch of carrots or a mini-lop rabbit (18-19", should be at 5-6 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Ballpark of around 14-19 pounds from starting weight. Still yo-yo-ing due to slow digestion...

Maternity Clothes: Anything soft and comfortable. Yoga pants. Broken-in t-shirts that still fit. This comfy long-sleeve tee M bought me while on a work assignment/trip. My black Chucks.

Nursery: We picked up a floor/reading lamp this week to put behind the recliner/glider in the nursery. It really will add a lot of helpful light to Margaret's room (we have several table lamps but no overhead light in room, unfortunately a project we didn't get completed this past year). So now we'll have direct and indirect light. Finishing touches continue to occur as we think of them!

Movement: Margaret is still a night owl... But is good about making her presence known throughout the day as well! Sometimes I think she is break-dancing in there!

Symptoms: M treated us both to a pre-Valentine's Day treat on Saturday of a couples massage. It was JUST what I needed - I hadn't had one since before Thanksgiving and that was far too long for me. It did me a lot of good. I've already scheduled another deep tissue/mom-to-be massage for the 24th, when I will be 37 weeks!

Side Effects: Heart burn not AS bad but still pops up from occasion. Always sleepy.

Sleep: Still loving sleep. Even with her moving around, I can make sleep happen for at least 9 hours. I really have to chalk it up to being able to not worry about anything/turn phone off/no 9-5 job to distract me.

Cravings: Chocolate peanut butter. Celery. Steak. Shrimp. Caesar salad.

What I Miss: Not too much of anything. Just comfort measures like no heartburn or less aches and pains.

Best Moment This Week: M surprising me by taking off Valentine's Day so we could enjoy the day together pre-baby.

What I Learned This Week: Lots of comfort measure tips from our childbirthing class. So grateful M is my partner. He really is a PARTNER and is so enthusiastic and helpful. He's been such an active participant in our classes, it's just... it's been a huge help for me mentally and emotionally!

Looking Forward To: Margaret's arrival being not-too-early but being here soon. Our bassinet arriving so we can put it in our master bedroom. Getting my hair done next Friday!