How far along? 39 weeks!
Gender: A sweet little baby boy!!
Baby's size: According to Baby Center, about the size of a mini-watermelon.
Maternity clothes? All the time! I can't wait to wear normal clothes again. I'm so over wearing maternity. I didn't buy a lot this time knowing I wouldn't need it again, so a lot of what I've worn is from 4 years ago when I was pregnant with Owen and feels outdated. I've bought some plain tees and sweaters that I can't wait to wear.
Stretch marks? Nope. I had some with Owen that are still there, but no new ones this time around.
Sleep: I could sleep all night and then take several naps a day if it were a possibility, but Owen has been up once a night for the last couple weeks, and doesn't nap regularly, so... I've been turning on a show for him in the afternoon just so I can take a cat nap on the couch. #justsurvivesomehow (<-- that's for my fellow The Walking Dead fans)
Best moment this week: Knowing this has been our last few days before our family grows, and changes! Trying to soak up time with just Owen and focus on him. We've been to the movies, to the Lego store, to see Santa and we've been doing a lot of playing.
Miss anything? Being normal! I really miss being able to physically do whatever I want like run or whatever. I also miss working out, which unless you count walking, I haven't done in months.
Movement: Oh yeah. He's rotating side to side, moving his butt around as I type this. His head is down and his bottom is up on my right side. He moves a lot, and my doctor and NST nurses always comment on it. At every NST they do an in office ultrasound to check my fluid, and I've gotten to see him each time. For the last two he's been holding his foot in his hands and in front of his face.
Food cravings: No real cravings, just eating what I like and trying to stay away from anything that will make my heartburn worse.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Heartburn, and being tired. I'm taking Pepcid in the morning and at night, but it is not lasting me all day, so I usually wake up with it in the middle of the night. Can't wait for that part to be done!
Symptoms: Heart burn, braxton hicks contractions, puffy, tired.
Health: Good! Because of my low PAPPA, I'm having once a week NSTs (non-stress tests) to make sure the baby isn't in distress, and that I don't develop preeclampsia -- and he's been totally fine! I had them with Owen too starting at 38 weeks because he had a one-time fetal arrhythmia. This little guy passes all the tests (fluid, 3 heart rate peaks, etc.) and my blood pressure has been great this time.
Mood: Pretty good! I'm just tired of feeling tired and like I can't physically do all the things I want or need to do. I have to pace myself and I've finally become okay with things not getting done. Earlier in my pregnancy it would stress me out to not have the house cleaned up or to not get things done, but I'm okay with it now.
Big brother: He's looking forward to meeting "his baby"! He thinks I should be pregnant again after I have the baby. I'm a little worried about how he's going to feel seeing me in the hospital and having me gone for a few days. This will also be the first time Keith and I will have both left him over night, so I'm hoping that goes well.
Looking forward to: Not being pregnant anymore, and of course meeting our son!
Are we ready?: I think so! I mean, can you ever be truly ready for bringing a new baby home?
Concerns: I'm nervous about having another c-section, but from what I hear a planned c-section is much more pleasant (if you can call it that!) than an emergency one. My experience with Owen was pretty exhausting, so I'm looking forward to being able to stay awake after my c-section and hold this little guy asap. I missed out on that with Owen and I really regret it. I talked with my doctor about how nervous I feel about the surgery and how badly I want to stay calm so I can spend time with the baby right after he's born and she's
Please say a little prayer for us! I can't wait to share the news with you once he's born!