39 weeks… will I get in one more post?

How far along? 39 Weeks… the question is: Will I make it to next Thursday to post one more time?
Total weight gain/loss: Enough already!  Let’s stop gaining weight and be on the track to losing it!
Maternity clothes? yes and running out
Stretch marks? Still none
Sleep: Ha, what is sleep?  I guess my body is preparing for my sleepless days ahead.
Best moment this week: Few things… We put up the pack-n-play in our bedroom for when the baby first comes home.  This made it seem even more real- it was the last thing we needed to do.  My best friend, E, and her three kiddos came down yesterday to hang out for the day and keep me entertained- it was a great day.  I am excited to have Baby N and her third be so close in age.
Fitness Level: Walking, walking and trying to walk this baby out.
Miss Anything? I officially miss my pre-baby body and clothes.  As it gets closer, I am really missing my brother and wish so bad that he could be here for this exciting life event.
Movement: Yes.
Food cravings: not craving things, but only certain things sound good.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No, but I am back to chicken not sounding good or any type of veggie.
Have you started to show yet: one word: HUGE
Gender prediction: This week I am back to girl… I think it is all the adorable clothes for girls.
Labor Signs: Contractions here and there but not often enough
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off and I can’t wait to wear it again
Happy or Moody most of the time: I am emotional!  I am ready to be done and have our baby here.
Looking forward to:  The ARRIVAL and seeing my family one last time before the baby comes tonight when we go home for my Grandpa’s 80th birthday!

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The Waiting Game

First, some basic facts about me:

1. I am not a patient person.

2. I love routine, a schedule; and in my mind, everything is better when it is planned.

This baby is really working on these above facts.  I have heard that the last few weeks of pregnancy are the longest and I am learning first-hand the truth to that statement.

I stopped working last Tuesday after I took a fall running.  I know, at 37 weeks and 5 days pregnant people are probably wondering why in the world I was still running.  For that answer, see #1.  I had taken the day off of work to take our dog to the vet and complete the hospital tour and registration.  I set out (with our dog) for a fast walk before my day began.  I was feeling good, really wanted to run, and didn’t like the thought of not running until six weeks after I had this baby (again, see #1).  So, I added some run intervals into my walk and spent the last ten minutes running.  It was the last three minutes of my run and I was right around the corner from my house when my dog and I were turning the corner, she cut in front of me, and I tripped (really flew) over her torso.  I landed right on my stomach.  Terrified, I hurried home, called the doctor and was told to come to the hospital.  There I was hooked up and monitored for the day- luckily, Baby N was okay and so was I.  However, that was the end of my running and the end of my working.

At first I was thrilled to be done working.  I didn’t think it’d be too long before I had the baby, especially because when I was in the hospital, I was having contractions every 3-4 minutes, but they were mild.  In my head, it was only a matter of a couple days until they became stronger and I’d have the baby… boy was I wrong!

One week and a day later, I am still waiting.  I am off work, waiting for the baby and am trying to entertain myself.  Everyone says to me, “enjoy this time to yourself.”  Another thing to know about me: I like to be busy and have a hard time being a “lady of leisure” as my doctor requested.  The nursery is done.  The baby’s clothes are all washed and everything is put away.  This weekend I cleaned the house, and did all the laundry.  Now, I literally get up every day and ask, “Okay, is this going to be the day?”  I am really not enjoying this time.  I have the time off of work, so I would rather have it as extra time with our baby rather than time alone.

At 38 weeks and 6 days, I am also just OVER being pregnant.  I am ready to get back into a workout routine (see #2)  and a healthier way of eating that doesn’t revolve around what does and doesn’t sound good at the moment.  I am ready to lace up my shoes, put on my running shorts that will hopefully get looser, and stick Baby N in that baby jogger and pound the pavement!  Ahhh, I just got excited typing that!

So after a rather easy pregnancy, I am done WAITING for this baby to arrive.  I am ready to hold our little one and become a family of three.  Not to mention, I am ready to find out if we will be adding PINK or GREEN to the nursery.

It could happen today… it could happen in a week.  What is your prediction?

38 Weeks

How far along? 38 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Enough!!!
Maternity clothes? yes and running out
Stretch marks? Nope and I am hoping it stays this way
Sleep: I don’t ever sleep for more than 3 hours at a time.  I am usually up for a good two hours in the middle of the night, but I have been taking naps.  I guess I am preparing for what is ahead.
Best moment this week: My mom came down to spend the day with me and go to the doctor.
Fitness Level: Well, I originally couldn’t wait to report that I could run again, BUT that run was short-lived.  On Tuesday, I was running and fell on my belly.  I ended up at the hospital hooked up to monitors for the majority of the day.  However, Baby N is fine, I am fine and all is still well… PRAISE THE LORD!  Note to self: lose some of your stubbornness and don’t try running at darn near 38 weeks pregnant when you are very off balance.
Miss Anything? Running, hence my strong desire to go for a run.
Movement: Yes.
Food cravings: None really
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Have you started to show yet: one word: HUGE
Gender prediction: I am back to a boy this week… man, I can’t make up my mind.
Labor Signs: while in the hospital I was having contractions (albeit mild) every 3-4 minutes.  I am still having a few a day, but they are still mild.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off and my hands are getting more swollen by the minute
Happy or Moody most of the time: Excited, anxious, ready… I wake up every day thinking, “Is this gonna be the day?”  Since I am off of work now, I would rather just be home with the baby… I know everyone tells me to enjoy this last bit of “ME” time- I am trying to do that too.
Looking forward to:  The ARRIVAL!

37 Weeks

How far along? 37 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Not looking, but A LOT!!! I feel huge EVERYWHERE!
Maternity clothes? yes and running out
Stretch marks? Nope and I am hoping it stays this way
Sleep: I am uncomfortable once again
Best moment this week: Seeing my Grandpa today 🙂
Fitness Level: Walking and still doing light weights.
Miss Anything? this week I really missed being home with my family with everything that is going on with Gramps
Movement: Yes, it is trying to stretch, but clearly out of room
Food cravings: Nope not really
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Have you started to show yet: one word: HUGE
Gender prediction: I have come to Daddy’s side… I think it’s a girl
Labor Signs: a few mild contractions… I think.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off and there is no even putting them on for special occasions now
Happy or Moody most of the time: READY, ready, READY!!!!
Looking forward to:  Being done with work after this week 🙂

 

36 Weeks

How far along? 36 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Still not looking.
Maternity clothes? Yes and some of them are not quite stretching over my large belly these days!  I don’t have any room left….
Stretch marks? Nope and I am hoping it stays this way
Sleep: I am sleeping so well and am so tired when I get home each day.  Being on my feet and teaching all day long is exhausting
Best moment this week: Since I haven’t posted in two weeks, we have had many good moments: having my two baby showers, washing all of Baby N’s clothes and organizing the nursery, and having a great class this school year.
Fitness Level: I am done running…  I was at about 34.5 weeks.  My fitness level has actually been sucky the last week and a half.  I have been so busy with getting back into the swing of work and so tired when I get home.  This week, I hope to get in four workouts.
Miss Anything? As D-Day gets closer, I am really missing my brother.  I wish he could be here to share this happy time with all of us.  I keep reminding myself that he will be here in spirit and it will make the moment in February much sweeter when he comes off the boat and gets to see his niece or nephew for the firs time.
Movement: Oh yes, and sometimes a kick or punch hurts a bit.  It is funny when the baby moves and it makes my belly lopsided.
Food cravings: Not really… besides I am really loving coke, which is horrible for me.  I am going to try to go this whole week without one.  For some reason, since I have been back to work, I have loved a coke.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Have you started to show yet: At this point, I don’t think there is much more room for this baby.
Gender prediction: Girl… Daddy is 100% it is a girl.  I think that makes me think it is one even more.
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off and there is no even putting them on for special occasions now
Happy or Moody most of the time: READY!
Looking forward to:  The arrival of our little one and becoming a family of 3- I can’t wait.  I am overwhelmed with excitement and the love I have felt from all of our family & friends!