40 Weeks!

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40 Weeks

Maternity Clothes? Anything that takes little effort and allows me to be comfortable.

Sleep: Fairly restless. Between the back pain from being in one position to long to small contractions here and there and thoughts racing through my mind, sleep is a little rough.

Best moment this week: Our best moment was also our worst moment this week. Had a bit of a false alarm and while it was pretty disheartening to realize it wasn’t the real deal I loved getting to be hooked up to the monitors and see that stats on our girl. It was also neat see the contraction monitoring to really understand what was a contraction. It was great to get a test run through the hospital.

Miss anything? Still trying to stay present. As much as I want to say I miss my old body I know I will miss this belly in some ways so I am embracing the big belly.

Movement: While we were at the hospital and I was hooked up to the monitors this girl refused to stop moving. She really never stops.

Food Cravings: The usual… anything sweet!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Only if I over eat or eat poorly do I feel sick.

Have you started to show yet? Yes

Gender: Girl

Labor signs: Light contractions but nothing strong enough or consistent enough.

Symptoms: Back/hip pain and swelling.

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On but a bit more snug.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I was still saying I am happy most of the time but I had some pretty grumpy moments/hours/days this week so I guess I must be honest. I am pretty moody these days. It is frustrating to be so ready and prepared to have this baby yet we must be patient and continue to wait until she is ready to come. I honestly posted this 40 week post later than normal because I really just had a hard time accepting that I have really made it to the later of my two due dates.

Looking forward to: Finally having this baby girl. Waiting for her over the last 2 weeks has been one of the hardest things I have endured. I think there is something for me to definitely learn from this process.

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39 Weeks

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39 Weeks

Maternity Clothes? My choice in clothing consists of leggings, yoga pants and tank tops these days.

Sleep: Still sleeping but I wouldn’t say the quality is amazing. Beginning to feel like I can’t get into a deep sleep because my mind just won’t shut off.

Best moment this week: This isn’t really a particular moment but gosh have I been productive. I have been a cleaning, or should I say, nesting fool! It feels so good to be on top of it and check so many things off of my todo lists. I think I have officially entered the I have nothing to do but wait stage.

Miss anything? I wouldn’t say I really am missing anything this week because I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel so instead I am trying to stay present.

Movement: I am surprised by how much movement I am continuing to experience. She is one wiggly worm.

Food Cravings: Sweet breads like pumpkin, banana or corn bread! Maybe its because these are the things I have been baking lately.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Have you started to show yet? Yes

Gender: Girl

Labor signs: Mild cramping that carries into my back and a contraction here and there but nothing substantial yet.

Symptoms: Swelling because I’ve been on my feet trying to keep busy and active in hopes of moving things along.

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Since the end is drawing near, I would say I’m happy most of the time.

Looking forward to: The arrival of our girl, obviously! There really is nothing else to look forward to at this point. We are just ready for the entire birth experience and ready to be parents.

38 Weeks!

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38 Weeks

Maternity Clothes? Nothing really new as far as clothes are concerned. I did however look at my closet the other day and got excited over the realization that I would be able to wear my normal clothes in the near future. It brings a new excitement to clothes I was getting tired of just before I got pregnant.

Sleep: Sleeping well but constantly exhausted. I’m doing what I can to sneak in naps here and there.

Best moment this week: Staying busy! I know this isn’t one particular moment but we have been busier than ever lately and I couldn’t be more thankful. It keeps me distracted and prevents me from dwelling on thoughts like “When will she come?”, “What will my labor experience be like?”, and “How will I know that I’m in labor?”

Miss anything? Nothing other than the usuals, wine, my old body and feeling like myself.

Movement: Still lots of movement and hiccups. It used to be that I could go from standing to sitting without her moving positions (or at least without me noticing) but lately any change in my position almost always results in baby movement.

Food Cravings: Sweets, sweets and more sweets! Just call me Betty Crocker. I have been a baking machine. Our freezer is stocked with breads and cookie dough; now its time to make a few dinner meals to freeze.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Dealt with some nausea this week, which was no fun! The Dr. said it was simply the fact that I no longer have much space for food.

Have you started to show yet? Yes

Gender: Girl

Labor signs: I am definitely making progression but I’ll save those nitty gritty details for a less public forum. I am dealing with some on and off cramping but no true contractions yet.

Symptoms: Just the typical final weeks symptoms of swelling, exhaustion and nesting.

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On but tight.

Happy or Moody most of the time: The best way to explain my moods would be that they are constantly swinging. Last night I had the perfect example. In a matter of 30 seconds I went from stressed out, lovey dovey, happy and then began tearing up. At this point in pregnancy you a no longer a human being, you are some sort of uncontrollable creature.

Looking forward to: My doctors appointment next week! I have a feeling after the busy weekend we have a head of us, (if that doesn’t send me into labor) I will have a decent amount of progression by the next appointment. Just can’t believe we are so close to being parents!

Showering Charlotte James

Charlotte James is one loved girl already! While the shower was almost a month and a half ago, we are still riding the high from all of the love we received that weekend. Not only did some of the most special women in my life threw the most incredible shower EVER, but friends and family traveled from all over to share in the excitement of this time in our life.

Since it was a weekend full of activities and excitement I made a conscious effort to be present through out the entire weekend. I stopped myself from looking forward to the next event in the weekend but rather I made sure to enjoy where I was and who I was with in that moment. I also managed to keep a handle of my emotions over the weekend. I typically am a firm believe in allowing yourself to feel and experience things in the way you need to; and for me, that more often than not means tears. However, with pregnancy hormones I knew that during a weekend like this it would not have been just a few sweet streams of tears; it would have been an ugly ocean of sobs.

All this to say, while I may not have shed any tears, it was a such a beautiful and memorable weekend. B and I were left beyond grateful for the people we are surrounded by in our life. We cannot wait for Charlotte to meet our incredible community that has already supported, loved and encouraged us thus far.

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*Photo credit Myah Firch.

37 Weeks

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37 Weeks

Maternity Clothes? Now consisting of lots of yoga pants and tank tops since I’m working from home. It’s amazing the difference these wonderful stretchy pants make!

Sleep: Waking up to go to the bathroom more frequently and waking up pretty achey and sore.

Best moment this week: Our doctor’s appointment! While we didn’t actually get an ultrasound, hearing that she is no longer breech but is head down as she should be was so relieving. The doctor said she should be a pretty average size baby of about 7 to 8 pounds. Everything is getting so real!

Miss anything? My normal body but I know I will soon miss the belly so just trying to stay present.

Movement: She is as wiggly as ever. The movement is so newborn like that it makes me almost frustrated when I feel it because I’m ready to actually see her movement outside of the womb!

Food Cravings: Not really.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Have you started to show yet? Yes

Gender: Girl

Labor signs: More of the round ligament pains but nothing labor like.

Symptoms: I have some back pain that is spurred on by being in any one position too long. Also putting any type of shoe on other than a flip flop is beginning to prove to be quite difficult. I also have that look that I am due any day… I had my first stranger comment that I look like I’m “ready to pop”.

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? Off but only because I’m getting them flashed and cleaned. Just another item on my nesting to do list.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I am feeling a bit more on the, “happy most of the time” side of things. I recently started working from home and it has helped me stay more comfortable through out the day and my body doesn’t feel quiet as exhausted as it did after siting at a desk for 8 hours a day. Ultimately I think being more comfortable helps with my mood swings.

Looking forward to: The next appointment, the next week, really anything that gets us that much closer to her arrival.

36 weeks!!!

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36 Weeks

Maternity Clothes? Beginning to care less and less about what I wear. All that matters is that it is comfortable.

Sleep: Still sleeping well and could not be more thankful!

Best moment this week: Spending my birthday relaxing with my family watching football with a taste of fall weather!

Miss anything? Yes, me. I miss being my normal self. I get frustrated that I am not 100% myself, especially when I’m with B. We only have weeks/days left just the two of us and its hard to feel uncomfortable and hormonal when I want to make the most of our time together.

Movement: Is changing. I am beginning to wonder if she is changing positions and possibly no longer breech because the movement I feel is very different than it was before. I can feel more of her limbs an not just her butt and back. Not sure though because the doctors asked for me to pay attention to where I feel her hiccups and I have felt them both up high and low over the last few days so go figure!

Food Cravings: Nope not this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, not really.

Have you started to show yet? Yes

Gender: Girl

Labor signs: Just some round ligament pains here and there. Also noticing braxton hicks are more frequent and more easily spurred on these days.

Symptoms: Fighting the swelling the best I can by drinking water non stop. Water is my best friend these days.

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: If I’m being honest… I’m moody most of the time. This last month of pregnancy is brutal. I want nothing more than to finally have my child in my arms yet I have ZERO control over when or how this might happen. This leaves me feeling frustrated and hormones only magnify anything I feel emotionally.

Looking forward to: Our doctor’s appointment next week. This weeks appointment was super disappointing. We were so looking forward to the ultrasound but when we got to the appointment our doctor had been called into an emergency surgery so no ultrasound this week.

35 Weeks

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35 Weeks

Maternity Clothes? Still not investing in any additional items for the rest of this pregnancy. I am determined to make due with what I have.

Sleep: Still sleeping well and through the night; other than the trip(s) to the bathroom. Beyond thankful to be sleeping well!

Best moment this week: Noticing changes in my body that are preparing me for labor! Things are getting more real by the day.

Miss anything? While I am so ready for this pregnancy to be over, I also feel like I am already sad and beginning to miss the journey of pregnancy. I know I’m crazy but I can’t believe all of these huge milestones I have been looking forward to have all passed and now the only milestone left is our girl’s arrival!

Movement: These movements now feel like they should no longer be happening inside the womb.

Food Cravings: Nothing really in particular.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I feel like I am hungry all the time but just moments after eating anything, big or small, healthy or junk I feel sick. Found the best trick is drinking lots and lots of water all throughout the day.

Have you started to show yet? Yes

Gender: Girl

Labor signs: The girl has officially “dropped”. I woke up last Friday night in the middle of the night and realized my stomach shape had completed changed. I have been having “pelvic girdle pain”; which is caused by the baby dropping. It is very similar to nerve pain (sciatica pain) in which it starts at my lower back/butt and radiates down to my ankle. While this is uncomfortable it makes me excited that things are happening and she will be here before we know it!

Symptoms: Since she has dropped I am literally peeing every 20 minutes or any time I stand up, I find myself needing to head straight to the bathroom. Gosh, I thought I had to pee all the time before but this is a whole new level!

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: This week I am feeling alright. Not really one extreme or the other; just pretty content (other than obviously being anxious to meet Charlotte).

Looking forward to: Our next Dr.’s appointment! We found out at this last appointment that she has been breech for a while. I know… Shouldn’t I have known once they first noticed it? My Dr.’s office is pretty conservative and try to avoid scaring new moms; which I am actually thankful for. All that to say, our next Dr.’s appointment we will be doing an ultrasound to check on her positioning. So we will see. My “boring” pregnancy (as the Dr.’s have been calling it) is becoming a bit more eventful! Overall I am not too stressed about her being breech; I trust that God’s got us.