We are officially in pregnancy “taper” mode, knowing the race to the hospital could happen any day now. I can’t believe that in less than a month we will be holding our little baby boy! People weren’t kidding about the hurry up and wait that occurs during these last weeks. I feel as though I could watch molasses move faster than my pregnancy these days. Just one day at a time.
Baby is now the size of: After a visit with my doctor on Wednesday, he says I am measuring 37 weeks and the baby is now almost 7 pounds! What? Does this mean I am going to have a big baby? Please come a little early, baby boy!!
Total weight gain: 37 pounds. I have officially surpassed the “recommended” weight gain for a healthy pregnancy and still have a couple weeks to go. And yes, I had a meltdown right in front of my doctor about it. He assured me that my weight gain is normal and has a lot to do with a slowing metabolism and the body doing what it needs to prepare for baby. This post from Nicole could not have come at a better time. Things I need to remember…
Sleep: I am now at a place where I dread going to bed. Everything about sleep, if you can even call it that, is uncomfortable. I get up a few times during the night to pee and walk around the house, wishing for the pain and discomfort to go away.
Cravings and favorite foods: Chicken and veggies.
Food aversions: Pepper and anything spicy.
Exercise: I may be slowing down, but I’m still getting out there! I am trying to do walks and hikes a little closer to home these days, so Justin and I went out to the Metolius River on Saturday and did a 6 mile hike along the river. It was beautiful and mostly flat.
The first three miles were fine with the exception of a short stretch of serious bushwhacking, but once we crossed the river to loop back around my body really started to feel achy and fatigued. Thankfully I made it back to the car without too much struggle.
We did a little sightseeing around the river, went to the fish hatchery, and walked around a little more before heading back to Bend.
On Sunday, Justin and I went to the pool and I was able to swim 1600yrds before calling it a day. I was secretly hoping that being in the cooler water would reduce some of the swelling in my ring finger, but no luck. The ring is going nowhere.
I’m still trying to do a combination of walking and hiking a few times a week and will likely spend more time in the pool since it’s currently the only thing that feels really good on my body.
Mood: This week was rough. I am so over pregnancy. There, I said it. While I really am doing my best to stay positive, I’m really struggling. I wish I could just go for a run and clear my mind. At least I have a great support network and loving people all around me. This card from my mother-in-law “Tutu” (which is the Hawaiian word for grandmother) arrived earlier this week. It says “tackle it one day at a time.” Made me smile!
Symptoms: Like last week, I am still having a lot of pain in my lower back and pelvic region, similar to cramps. I am also having a lot more Braxton Hicks contractions, particularly in the evening. My doctor said these are all good signs that my body is prepping for labor. My response… less prep please… bring on the pain!!!
Best moments this week: Justin and I celebrated our THREE year anniversary on Tuesday! He was able to take a half-day off work, so we went out and visited some family friends before going on a hike at Smith Rock State Park.
We definitely weren’t prepared for the hot weather and ended up cutting our hike a little short because of being out there in the heat of the day. It was still fun to get out, nonetheless.
Worst moments this week: Walking around the house helpless at 3am. There is something incredibly lonely about being awake and in pain in the middle of the night, while the rest of the world is sleeping. This is almost a nightly occurrence these days.
Missing: Sleep and feeling comfortable in my body.
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: I know it is fairly common for pregnant women to experience nesting type behaviors, but nobody mentioned that the dad-to-be could experience this as well. Just this past week my husband has started showing signs of nesting instincts. For example, he all of the sudden wanted to clean and dust everything in the house, including the baseboards. You know something is up when you “want” to clean baseboards. He also made an itemized list of everything he wants to include in the diaper bag, and was working on putting together his own hospital bag at 6am. Who’s pregnant again?
Best Quote: During our last doctor appointment, I once again reminded my doctor that no one else is allowed to deliver my baby. He reminded me that as long as he is on call, he would be there to deliver.
My response: “If you aren’t on call I will hold him in.”
His response: “Somehow, I believe that.”
Buying: A few personal items for myself that everyone says I will need. Tucks pads, nursing pads, hands free breastpump bra, and comfortable granny panties that I will likely throw away.
Dreaming About: What he is going to look like. I just can’t wait to meet him.