How Far Along: 39 Weeks*
Size of Baby: A Mini Watermelon
Weight Gain: 30 pounds
Movement: All kinds of it, though I am definitely feeling it in new places. She is still most active in the evenings, she usually starts rocking out around 8:30 pm and goes non-stop for about 2 hours. Last night I felt her lower than I have ever felt her before, which leads me to believe she she may be on her way fairly soon… which makes sense as my due date is, you know, tomorrow.
Still lots of hiccups, and now you can actually feel her little hands and feet bumping out as she stretches inside me. The Hubster loves being able to feel her feet as she pushes them out against my belly!
Cravings: Still noodles. I’ve wanted something noodle-y all week long.
Food Aversions: Nothing this week.
Symptoms: My cold is finally subsiding, and I think the Hubster is just as grateful as I am. I woke up early one morning to find his side of the bed empty, and I crept out and found him sprawled out in the spare room. Apparently my stuffy nose was causing me to snore sporadically… poor Hubs.
My feet and ankles are still quite swollen, though it goes down drastically if I just slow down and put my feet up. I find I get tired very easily these days, and I have to take breaks between most tasks I try and complete.
I haven’t had any back or leg pain, though my hips were a bit sore last night and this morning.
Lastly, I have made it to the end without any stretch marks on my belly! However, my thighs were not so fortunate…
Belly Button Watch: Still an inny, though the edges of my belly button have raised up a bit.
Baby Prep: We’re just wrapping up the last details to make sure we’re prepared for the day of her arrival. My hospital bag is packed, and my birth binder is ready to go. The wee-bean’s diaper bag is packed and sitting by the door, and the Hubster is putting his things together today.
I feel like we are just about as ready as we can be for her arrival. Today my “baby prep” tasks are focused primarily on cleaning the house and getting groceries so that I won’t be stressed about the state of my home when people drop by after she’s born.
Contraction Watch: A few here and there, but nothing consistent. I can definitely feel that she has dropped, so I expect to feel more of these in the near future…
Things I’m Thinking About: Today is actually the last day of my 39th week, which means that my due date is tomorrow.
I’m finally done work… though it still doesn’t feel like it. Right now it feels more like it did while I was on Christmas holidays–like I had a nice short break but that there was still more marking and prepping looming ahead of it. It definitely hasn’t sunk in that I won’t be teaching again until next October / November!
The Hubster also worked his last day on Friday… and he’ll be off with me for the next 14 weeks. I am so looking forward to this time together. :)
I think it’s rather funny that anytime I call or text someone, the first thing out of their mouths is, “ARE YOU IN LABOUR??”. I feel like everyone around me is more anxious over this than I am–I still feel quite relaxed and calm about what’s coming.
(You know, the whole pain bit.)
The secret little deal I made with the wee-bean expires tomorrow, which means that she can come anytime. Not that she couldn’t before, but in one of our quiet moments she and I had a heart-to-heart about how I needed to finish my work contract and have a few days to unwind before she arrived in order for me to be properly prepared to greet her with all the energy and enthusiasm she deserves. She has been a most obedient and wonderful wee-bean to date, and I’d actually find it funny if she arrived tomorrow, as that was the earliest we discussed.
(We actually talked about waiting until Tuesday to give me a full week off between work and wee-bean. So she may be honoring that date instead.)
So, any day could be “the day” now… I’ll keep you posted!