My hubby must of felt left out…he took this picture on self timer. It’s a bit creepy, but funny
Here I am exactly at 39 weeks, skin picture! It’s crazy how my body has changed these last 9 months.
I decided to go ahead and upload my 39 weekly pictures, which were taken on Saturday, 1/3/15, at exactly 39 weeks. Then today, 1/8/15, I put up my normal weekly stuff. A day early.
How far along: 39 Weeks
Size of baby: Size of a mini watermelon. Around 20 inches long from head to foot, and weighs around 7.25 lbs.
Baby’s developments this week: Baby should be fully developed by now, and just focuses on putting on weight prior to birth. Baby continues to pack on fat, about ½ pound per week.
Symptoms: Lower back pain, numbness under left breast, more intense Braxton Hicks contractions, exhaustion, itchy belly, sciatic pain on inner right thigh, swelling, losing part of the mucous plug, achy hands in the morning, lightening crotch, and colostrum leakage.
Total weight gain: 40 pounds total.
Maternity clothes: Yep.
Stretch marks: Unfortunately, yes. I noticed a few days ago that I got a tiny one right above my belly button, and it’s maybe 1 cm, and will probably be hidden when my belly button is an innie again. I still use lotion/belly butter 2-3 times per day, which I think has helped with the lack of stretch marks and it helps with the itchiness.
Sleep: Still good and bad. My husband said he caught me snoring a few times this week…so I guess that was good sleep. There have definitely been a few rough nights, especially on Sunday night, 1/4/15, the night of the full moon, the baby was kicking like CRAZY and I was getting some intense lightening crotch.
Best moment of the week: Watching the premiere of the Bachelor on Monday (1/5) with some of my favorite ladies. It’s so much fun during the season and we get together for our girls nights to watch the episodes. I’m especially excited about this season because the Bachelor is Chris, the farmer, who I really liked last season (he obviously wasn’t chosen). Also getting together with our friends, the Veens, for dinner and games last night at their house. We had yummy Mexican food and played Settlers and a card game called “Boot”. (I think that’s what it was called.)
Miss anything: Clothes fitting. I know I’ve said this before. But the only pants that I currently feel comfortable in are my maternity leggings & maternity yoga/sweat pants. The majority of maternity pants are too tight now. I know when the baby is born I will plan to still wear maternity clothes, but I am actually excited about some of my maternity clothes fitting me again, after the baby is born.
Movement: Yes. Still some very jerky uncomfortable movements. Also noticed breathing movements again this week. Overall his movements have slightly decreased, I’m guessing because it’s really cramped in there.
Food cravings: Greek yogurt, Cookies N Crème Ice Cream, prunes, and fresh fruit, like apples!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Have you started to show yet: Yes.
Labor signs: Stronger Braxton Hicks contractions (more intense, and more often), and losing part of my mucous plug. I’m also 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced.
Belly button in or out: Out.
Wedding rings on or off: Off.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time. And not so much moody, but emotional. I definitely have shed some tears this week at baby videos on YouTube. (I watched a few Labor & Delivery stories)
Looking forward to: Having this baby! COME ON BABY, get out of there!!
Any baby purchases: Yes, I bought a Snap-N-Go stroller for $30 from a lady on Facebook.
Nesting: So I’d say the past 3 weeks we’ve been in a constant nesting phase. Andrew and I both had a lot of time off during the holidays, so we were able to get a lot done. Andrew’s been busy doing house projects. Most recently he started putting up our blinds, which we bought for Christmas, and they were delivered a few days ago. So when he gets home from work, he has been working on putting those up. They look really good. He also has assembled a lot of baby items, such as the crib, car seat, swing/bouncer, curtains/curtain rods, floating shelves in the living room to display pictures, setting up the surround sound system in the family room downstairs, etc. Nesting for me looks a little different. I have been sewing a lot. I’ve sewn some blankets for my baby, a friend’s baby, and my niece. I also sewed 3 pillows for the nursery (for décor, teal and grey chevron). And I hemmed the curtains in the nursery, because they were all 1 foot too long. I also have organized the whole nursery, a few times. I make to-do lists almost daily to get things done. I got all my thank you cards and Christmas cards out in the mail a while ago. I made several freezer meals the past few weeks. And both Andrew and I have cleaned the house and done laundry. We got new tires on the Honda. I got an oil change. We got Bently’s hair cut. Andrew got his hair cut. We filed our homestead and mortgage exemptions at the Auditor’s office. I got a new driver’s license with our “new” address. We went to the fire station for the car seat safety check. We set up the pack-n-play in our room. I made baskets for upstairs and downstairs for diaper changes, with wipes, diapers, and some burp cloths in them. We stocked up on extras of: toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, paper towel, toilet paper, tissues, and non-perishable food, such as lot of cans of soup. Both of our hospital bags are packed. Yesterday I did a lot of photo edits on Picasa and today I plan to begin making a Shutterfly pregnancy book. We are almost running out of things to do, so I made a new to-do list today with some new projects I plan to start.
Doctor’s Appointment this week: I met with Dr. Murphy yesterday, 1/7/15. Early labor is progressing nicely. I’m still 2 cm dilated, 80% effaced, and I didn’t’ get the station number. Fundal height was 38. So this appointment was a little concerning in the beginning. I’ll provide some background info first. So the weather hasn’t been the best here this week. We probably have about 6 inches of snow on the ground and very cold temperatures. So yesterday and today schools were closed. Well I drove to my appointment, and the roads were very icy and scary, which was very stressful for me, being 9 months pregnant. So at the beginning of my appointment, my blood pressure was 158/80 (very high for me), and the baby’s heartrate was 193 (it’s never ever been that high). I told the nurse about the scary icy drive there, and that could’ve been the reason for the high numbers. Of course I’m now scared, thinking that they are going to admit me into the hospital or something. Well about 15 minutes later the doctor comes in, after I had been praying and taking lots of deep breaths, and she checked my blood pressure again, and she got a really good number, like 110/78 (or 100/78, I can’t remember). She didn’t believe the nurse’s numbers. She didn’t check the baby’s heartrate, but she said she wasn’t concerned about that. Then I was checked, and I am still 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. The doctor said the head felt “wrinkly” like a butt, so she had me go get a quick ultrasound down the hall, which showed the baby’s head is indeed down. (I’m guessing the wrinkly feeling might be lots of hair, possibly?). Then I was free to go, but I felt like I hadn’t finished my appointment with the doctor, because she never gave me a chance to ask my questions, and this may have been my last appointment before labor. So I met with the doctor, and asked about the cervical sweep. She said that they do them around this time frame, but they could just do one on me next week (probably because I was already dressed and ready to check out).
What I’m doing to Induce Labor: So this week, I’m really trying to encourage the baby that it’s ok if he’s ready to come out, because we are ready! The past week here are the list of things I have done to try to help out: bounce on my exercise ball, have sex, eat spicy foods, eat Chinese food, drink 3rd trimester tea (red raspberry leaf tea) twice a day, have Andrew rub my feet (that hasn’t lasted too long…unfortunately), and walk when possible. (The weather outside is too scary to take walks, so I plan to walk around later today inside some stores).
Next doctor’s appointment is next Wednesday, 1/14/15, with Dr. Rutherford. Hopefully I don’t make it to that appointment.
Here’s the picture I edited yesterday in Picasa. It was taken at 35 weeks on self timer.