Wednesday, February 12, 2014

37 Weeks Pregnant

How far along? 37 Weeks! (Posting a day late) I am now considered pre-term. :D Vince should be weighing approximately 6 1/2 lbs now. I am so ready for this little man to make his appearance. After the shower on Sunday, I looked down at my belly and said: "Okay! Whenever you're ready, dude!" 
Total weight gain/measurements: No weight gained this week
Maternity clothes: I got the nursing tank I wanted yesterday at Walmart! It is SO comfortable, just like the bra. I was going to wear it around the house, but decided to pack it up in the hospital bag. As far as actual maternity clothes, they are just about all I can wear at this point, because my belly is so big! Unless I wear Mike's big shirts. 
Stretch marks? Those stretch marks that turned out to be cat scratches? I guess I lied - they are stretch marks. xD And what do you know? I have a couple on the other side of my belly to match them. Sad day. :/ I hope I don't get any more, but with as much belly I've been gaining the past few weeks, I won't get my hopes up!
Sleep: What's that? I am exhausted just about 24/7. Even after I've just gotten up. Ironically, my insomnia is terrible, which isn't surprising. I have SO much on my mind now and when I do sleep, I dream about the things on my mind! I actually look forward to getting less sleep because of the baby as opposed to the backaches, the frequent bathroom trips and other random physical discomforts. 
Best moment this week: I had so many great moments this week! One of which was my mom arriving on Saturday, as well as my sister in law. The second was the baby shower! I was so incredibly overwhelmed by the turn out and everyone's kindness and support. I was blown away by how much we received for Vincent - he isn't even here yet and already, he is so loved! I had the most wonderful day and so did Mike! :) Once I get the pictures sorted through, I will make a separate post about it.
ALSO, we found out how much we will be getting back on our tax returns and are super excited - the timing could not be more perfect, with Mike being in between jobs and baby boy arriving soon!
Miss anything?: Pretty much the same things as last week
Movement: Same types of movement with one addition; on Monday night, I was sitting on the couch on my phone and noticed my right hand and arm were moving up and down slightly. I put my hand on my belly and felt this rhythmic pushing up and down....I guess it was him practicing breathing! It was the coolest thing.
Food cravings: Eggs this week! Mike had been planning on making french toast the other day, and we ended up having to run to the store because I forgot and ate them all! Whoops :D
Anything making you queasy or sick? Really only lack of sleep - other than that, nothing. 
Gender: Boy! :)
Labor signs: Lots of braxton hicks contractions, especially at night. They are getting to be more and more uncomfortable. At my appointment, my cervix was checked and I am still 1 cm dilated, 60% effaced and baby is at -2 stage. My midwife thinks he has dropped a bit more though, since my uterus is still 35 cm. 
Symptoms: Lots of back pain! I've been needing to use my heating pad on the lowest setting every single night. It's often accompanied by period-like cramps. They aren't contractions, because the cramping is constant, but man, they suck. I've also been noticing headaches during the day. Just like the nausea, I tend to get them when I'm lacking sleep. If I take a nap, they are usually gone by the time I wake up. 
Belly button in or out? Out!
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and sleeeepy - and tend to be a bit nuts when I go into nesting mode, which has been happening a lot lately, especially since the baby shower.
Looking forward to: Mike and I ended up deciding he will stay here until the birth. We are so uncertain about when baby boy will arrive and whether or not Mike would make back in time, so we do not want to take any chances. So because he will be here, I am now really looking forward to Valentine's day! :D I am so glad that I will get to spend it with him! <3

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