I’m a little late with my weekly pregnancy update, but that’s a reflection of the type of week I have had → spacey, a little unmotivated, and low energy. What I would consider to be “normal” days are definitely few and far between anymore. I continue to wonder how I am going to make it to 40 weeks without losing my mind. At least with each day that goes by, it is one day closer to meeting our little guy.
Baby is now the size of: A 5.5 pound coconut. At this point he won’t grow much in length, but he’ll continue to plump up at the rate of an ounce a day!
Total weight gain: 31 pounds.
Sleep: Continues to get more uncomfortable, but at least I can still fall asleep like a champ.
Cravings and favorite foods: I honestly don’t know how any food is fitting into my stomach these days. I eat very small portions throughout the day and never really “crave” food.
Food aversions: Pepper.
Exercise: Justin and I took our last trip up to the mountains last weekend and did a brutal 8-mile hike on the Six Lakes Trail. I could tell that my body is starting to wear a little quicker these days, and by the time we were finished I was in a good amount of pain. My pelvic region and lower back just can’t take the weight and pressure like they used to.
Our doctor also advised us to start doing activities a little closer to home. While a lot of the hiking regions are only a 30 minute drive (give or take), if anything were to happen when out on the trails in the middle of nowhere, it might not be the best case scenario. Now that I can technically go into labor at any time (especially while exercising), I don’t want to risk being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Otherwise, I’ve been doing a lot of walking and cleaning. That counts, right?
Mood: Meh. I am starting to have more ups and downs as I enter these final weeks (which I hear are the hardest). Sigh.
Symptoms: Things are really starting to slow down and random pains keep popping up all over the place, particularly in my lower back and pelvic region. I have also been having a lot more Braxton Hicks contractions and am paying more attention to their frequency and intensity.
Best moments this week: Hiking and being outside is always a highlight. I just realized the other day that I have logged more miles and spent more time hiking in the mountains this year compared to any other. Pregnancy really allowed me to branch out and explore new areas around Central Oregon.
Putting the finishing touches on the nursery and doing our first loads of baby laundry. I usually hate doing laundry, but there was something about washing sheets, blankets, and little outfits that had me smiling from ear to ear.
Worst moments this week: Justin had to head over the mountains to Eugene for a work meeting this past week and I decided to go with him for a little get-away and relaxation. The car ride takes about 2 ½ hours and for some reason, on the way back to Bend, my body was hating being in the car. I had excruciating back and leg pain for a majority of the trip, to the point where I was in tears.
Missing: Everything. I just want to throw a pity party for myself at this point.
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: The ring! I’ve noticed other moms-to-be mentioning whether their ring(s) were on or off. I haven’t really thought much about taking off my wedding ring until last week when I woke up and my fingers were really swollen. Well, the swelling has yet to subside and my ring is officially stuck! Justin and I have been researching various ways to get the ring off, using dental floss, mineral oil, ice compression, elastic string, etc. but so far nothing has worked. We are going to try and spend some time in the pool to see if cooling off my body temperature in general will work, but otherwise we may have to have it cut off if it gets too tight. Yikes!!! I wish I had been smarter about this.
Best Quote: “You’re not going to have your baby up here on the trail, are you?” Apparently when you hike with a little human baking in the oven, anyone who passes you on the trail wants to remind you that you are pregnant and could go into labor at ANY time.
Buying: I took advantage of a huge clearance sale at Macys and bought a number of summer outfits for the baby to wear next year. Yes, this is planning ahead, but when you can buy 7 outfits for roughly $30, why not?
Dreaming About: What it is going to be like to train and race next year with my little guy by my side. While we were in Eugene, I spent some time outside reading A Life Without Limits and it sparked a lot of excitement for what’s in store for next year. I can’t believe how much life is going to change.