There’s not much news on the pregnancy front this week, and certainly no BIG news like we are hoping for any day now. We have come to a stalemate and now it’s just a big waiting game for the next couple weeks. That being said, there are a few changes going on with me…
Baby is now the size of: A winter melon (whatever that is… anyone?) weighing in at around 7 pounds and measuring around 19 to 20 inches.
Total weight gain: 38 pounds.
Sleep: I can’t even look at my side of the bed these days without getting major anxiety about sleep. It is very uncomfortable and I wake up having contractions and cramping sensations all through the night. I have avoided some of the things that other people and the doctor have suggested, such as taking Unisom as a sleep aid or sleeping in a comfy recliner, and I even contemplated just staying awake until the baby gets here, but I don’t think that would go over well. Hey, maybe it would help me go into labor?
Cravings and favorite foods: Food? Meh. I am definitely hungry, but nothing really sounds that appealing. It’s a conflict of interest.
Food aversions: Pepper and anything spicy.
Exercise: We didn’t do any hiking this week, but with good reason. I knew my doctor had the weekend off and wouldn’t be on call, so I didn’t want to do anything strenuous that would risk me going into labor. I know it sounds silly, but I REALLY want my doctor to be there for the birth of our little boy. I’ve still been walking around 3 miles, 4-5 times a week.
On Sunday, Justin and I went to the pool and I did a 1500yrd swim, which felt really good. However, after Justin made the comment “what if your water breaks in the pool,” I wasn’t so sure about swimming. Seriously, what if that happens? I assume I would know, but would I?
One thing that has put a real damper on outdoor activity is the amount of smoke in the air. It is REALLY thick around here and there are all kinds of air quality warnings. My lungs are already working hard, so I have been trying to avoid exposing them too much to the smoky air.
Mood: I feel like my mood has been pretty apathetic lately. I’m trying to stay positive and just enjoy the downtime, but to be honest I’ve reached a state of boredom. I don’t handle “downtime” very well. There is only so much TV one can watch. The problem is that nothing really sounds fun at this stage in my pregnancy. Going out to dinner? Nah. Movie? Too uncomfortable to sit in the theater. Shopping? No way. I guess my daily walks will have to do.
Best moments this week: We had some great news at our doctor appointment on Wednesday and learned that I am 2cm dilated and 75% effaced. Progress! There is some comfort in knowing that things are beginning to change and a light DOES exist at the end of the tunnel.
We also got our car seat properly installed at the fire department. This was one of the last things on our to-do-before-baby-arrives list, so now everything is all set and ready to go. Yes, I look tired and my back hurts.
Symptoms: Emotional and crampy. Lots of random contractions. Tired. General discomfort 24/7. And a little bit of spotting here and there, which is hopefully a good sign that the wheels are turning down there.
Worst moments this week: This week the emotions, stress, and uncertainty hit me like a pile of bricks. This part of pregnancy is SO STINKIN’ HARD!!! My friend posted this on Facebook the other day, which pretty much sums up the way I have been feeling.
Missing: Sleep, running, wine… oh that first sip of wine…. only weeks away.
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: I am definitely nesting and in baby-prep mode. One of the huge things I am trying to prepare for is my work/life balance once the baby is here. I am not taking any time off work and will start teaching fall classes toward the end of September. Typically I use the time between terms to prepare for my classes, but since we are expecting the baby during that time, I am doing everything I can well in advance to have my classes prepped and ready to go. With all of this downtime that I have, I am highly motivated and working like a madman to get things done. It’s kind of nice being ahead of the game.
Best Quote: “I am officially on a mission to meet Baby Yax!” – Me
Dreaming About: Going into labor. It’s consuming my mind.