Pregnancy Update (Weeks 37-38)

Still pregnant! Tomorrow I’ll be 39 weeks, so I’m posting this recap of the past two weeks today.

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Really good when I can sleep. I’ve been good for the most part (aside from getting up about 3 times), but I’ve had a few nights when I woke up and could NOT fall back asleep. My mind was racing and I was having just all around anxiety but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was from. I know I’m at the point in the pregnancy when all we can do is wait until she’s ready to come, but I’m still so, so worried will happen…I hate writing this and I’m NOT being negative- just being truthful. I know it’s my anxiety that’s getting the best of me, but I’ll go into more detail later in this post.

Best moment: Feeling her moving around…I absolutely LOVE this about pregnancy. Spending evenings and weekends with Tyler. We’ve been grilling out, watching movies at home, going to the movies (well, only twice as there isn’t much out that looks good), and it’s nice having this time together without rushing to do last minute things. My brother got me a baby book for her that I spent time earlier this week filling out (well, I filled out what I could about the pregnancy and whatnot). It obviously mostly focuses on her first couple of years, and it was probably my most favorite gift. My grandma gave me my dads a few months ago, and it’s so cool to read. I know it’s not something she’ll appreciate until she’s way older, but I think having stuff like this is important. I’m sure every first time mom says that, but I’m pretty good with keeping up with things like that 😉 We also got our maternity pictures back (had them done at 37 weeks exactly), and I LOVE them!

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Miss anything? Aside from some of the food I’ve mentioned in the last couple of posts, no.

Movement: Yes- some days she’s more active than others though.

Food cravings: Nothing sounds great anymore. I like breakfast and dinner the best and like looking forward to these meals, but seriously nothing sounds appetizing. So no, there haven’t been any cravings. My homemade smoothies are probably what I want the most though, but I always crave these when the weather is hot.

Anything making you feel queasy or sick: Not really. Easy, simple meals are what sound the best though.

Workouts: Walking a shit ton!!! Seriously, I’ve been using my Fitbit after not using it for basically the entire pregnancy (walking to and from the bathroom was my exercise the first 4-5 months, haha), and I’ve been logging in at least 10,000 steps a day which may not sound like much, but when you’re almost 40 weeks pregnant, I’ll say that’s pretty damn good 😉 The weather is beautiful here and I really enjoy these leisurely walks- sometimes alone and sometimes with the dogs (one at a time, I can’t handle walking both of them together!). Light free weights as well. And stretching. I’m still so not flexible, haha.

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37 weeks.

Showing? Yes.

Gender: Girl.

Symptoms: Lower back pain -it’s really hard to get comfortable. I think I stand/walk so much because sometimes that feels better than sitting down. This is probably TMI but it’s a fact that I didn’t know about beforehand, but leakage. We actually went to Triage about two weeks ago because I thought there might be a leak in my amniotic fluid sack (it’s a clear liquid). They tested it and it wasn’t, but yeah. It’s a lot, no fun, and kinda freaks me out sometimes. Contractions but nothing consistent.

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Belly button in or out?  Out.

Wedding ring on or off? On

Emotions: As I mentioned above, I’ve been pretty anxious. Don’t get me wrong- I’m enjoying this time with myself and my husband before everything changes. I’m relaxing, watching shows, reading books, enjoying walks, etc., but I’ve had some not-so-great moments. I’m pretty sure many pregnant women get like this at this point, but I’m also terrified and I’m not sure if that’s relatable to those that have not experienced a loss or infertility. Losses haunt you no matter how far along you were. Infertility makes you think that this is too good to be true, and with these two aspects coupled together, you live in a state of apprehension and fear.

With someone that deals with anxiety to begin with, it’s quite…overwhelming…when you’re pregnant and have these issues behind you. Medication (though I wasn’t on it that long- just after our miscarriage and when Tyler deployed), exercise, and having a drink (not a good way to deal with anxiety or depression, I know) were ways that I dealt with this before…and I had none of this throughout the past nine months to help calm my emotions. It’s been challenging, but also an awesome thing as I’ve had to find other outlets to push out my fears, such as talking through them with those closest to me, crafting, organizing, and really just taking a good, hard look at what I’m feeling at the moment and why. I could go on about this, but I’ll stop here. I just want it to be known that while we’ve been so incredibly blessed to be experiencing a pregnancy, it’s still very scary.

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Belly is SO tight!!!

Looking forward to?  Meeting our baby girl- hopefully within the next WEEK!!!!

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Pregnancy Update (Weeks 35-36)

Today I’m 37w2d! The past couple of weeks have been somewhat nerve-wracking, but all is well 🙂 At my OB appointment during week 35, the doctor wanted me to get another ultrasound done to recheck her growth. This is a huge pain in the ass because they send me to a diagnostic place to get it done, but before it can be scheduled, my insurance needs to authorize it first. Standard, but when your anxious about your baby, it’s annoying with how long this process can take. I was able to get in six days later- the day before my next OB appointment.

Everything was measuring fine (just a couple of days behind), but the tech couldn’t get a good measurement of her head….again. After 45 minutes of trying everything to get little girl to move her head, the tech finally just said she was going to take the best read and sent me on my way, but told me that her head was measuring in the 2 percentile. UMMM, WTF?! Thank God my doctor appointment was the next day- it was such a long night trying not to think about what this could possibly mean.

My husband surprised me and showed up at the appointment which was awesome. He hasn’t been able to go to any of them except the initial appointment here at like 25 weeks because of work which is totally fine, but I was nervous going into this one. We saw one of the OB’s that we haven’t met with before and he seemed really great- I’m glad that I’ve met them all now and will feel comfortable delivering with any of them! Anyways, we gave a quick background of what’s going on and he looked up the results…everything looks fine! The reason why the tech couldn’t get a good read is because of how low the baby’s head is in the birth canal already. He said there’s absolutely no way she could get a good picture at this point and seemed a little annoyed that she told me what she did and didn’t realize it. He also checked and I’m 2cm dilated and 100% effaced…and he could feel her head, haha. This was a little creepy, and no, I ain’t about to try and check myself. Those checks aren’t fun at all 😉 This doesn’t mean much as I know I could stay this way for a while, but at least there’s a little progression!

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Maternity clothes? Yes.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: It’s good, but I’m getting up at least 3 times. I’m ready to stop using that damn Snoogle as well (although it’s super comfy!).

Best moment: Getting the good results from the doctor! My mom and my dad and his girlfriend also sent me the most touching Mother’s Day cards (obviously separate, haha). It was an awesome surprise and really made me feel good…It’s the little things- I remember stuff like that 😉

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I unfortunately fell off the wagon with taking these pictures…there’s a gap between weeks 25-31 and 31-36, haha. Oops!

Also, I wasn’t planning on getting maternity photos done. I’ve taken a million selfies (sorry, people) and Tyler’s taken a handful of nicer shots with our nice camera that I’ve edited a bit to look cooler (the background and lighting and stuff- I’m still learning!)…so I didn’t see the point of spending money on them. Plus, we’re like super awkward when taking photos together, haha, and he could care less about being in any of them. However, I REALLY want newborn pictures. I’m sure I could do them myself and save a ton of money, but it’s not the same and I didn’t want that extra stress. After some discussion and searching around, I found a local photographer who does newborn shoots that look great (it’s imperative to ensure that photographers have worked with newborns before! Don’t just hire any photographer for this…at least, I didn’t want someone messing with our daughter that didn’t have much experience handling a tiny baby). Anyways, she had a deal going on that you got a mini maternity shoot when getting a newborn session done, so we, of course, took it. However, I had nothing to wear…serious issue, I know. I wasn’t about to go buy something for one day and I didn’t want to wear the dress I wore at the shower (it was outside and just didn’t fit with the feel of where we were at)…so I wore a boho type flowy short dress…it’ll be interesting to see what I looked like, haha. I just hope we got some good pics of Tyler and me- all we’ve pretty much had are selfies the past four years!

Below are a few that Tyler took at exactly 36 weeks. Part of me feels so weird taking lots of photos, but the other part of me gives no F and is embracing this time. Some people may be uncomfortable with belly shots, and there was probably a time I may have given it an eye roll as well…but I’ll never forget the days that I longed for this…that I’d look at very pregnant women and wonder what it was like. I mean damn, I see gym selfies all the freaking time documenting #progress, so why the hell not document my #bellyprogress 😉 Anyways,  my husband did good with the pics, but I’m only showing a few. I was wearing lace underwear in some of them, but don’t worry, I cropped that out, haha. Nothing was showing and they’re super tasteful, but I do draw the line…sometimes 🙂

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Miss anything? Sushi and over easy eggs over avocado and cheddar on toast. I seriously want both SO bad. And a turkey sandwich (I’ve avoided all lunch meat).

Movement: Yep! Most active in the early morning and evening.

Food cravings: See above. No real cravings, but smoothies are still great.

Anything making you feel queasy or sick: Nope!

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Workouts: Walks and light free weights. Lots of stretching but nothing of a routine.

Showing? Yes…although I’m not as big as I anticipated I’d be. I don’t know if I thought I was going to get ginormous or what, but I’m glad I didn’t buy more maternity clothes. I’ve actually only worn my one pair of maternity jeans that I found on clearance at H&M for $7- they’re my favorite and don’t look maternity at all! I wish I would’ve taken back the other two pairs of Jessica Simpson one’s I got because I’ve literally worn those once each…oh well.

Gender: Girl.

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Symptoms: Lot’s of shooting pain towards my crotch. Doc said this is her resting inside my pelvis. Fatigue. A bit hormonal, but I’ve felt much better these past two weeks than the two weeks prior. Lower back aches as the day goes on.

Belly button in or out?  Out, but it’s not like super out.

Wedding ring on or off? On

Emotions: Nervous and excited! I can’t believe we’re almost there…and I can’t fucking wait to become a family of three.

Looking forward to? Getting one last pedicure and a hair touch up this week (don’t tell Tyler, haha). I know I won’t be completely tied to the house forever, but I’d rather relax and pamper myself a bit now and not be bitching about how God awful my hair looks in a month 😉 I’m just really enjoying this time now, and I’m so glad I got things done pretty early. The house is super clean and organized (scrubbing kitchen floors at 37 weeks pregnant is no fun though), and I can basically do whatever I want right now…sit outside and read, take the dogs on a walk whenever, come and go to stores just to browse around (although our options are very limited in this town…boo), take a nap or watch TV if I please. I know everything is on the verge of changing, and I don’t plan on being a SAHM for longer than the first year, if that, so when and if I do get pregnant again, it’ll be an entirely different experience. I’m really grateful for how the timing worked out…although we like money…so having only a few stores in town is good, haha.