Shall we go back to the beginning just a couple weeks into the pregnancy? Wow…how things have changed! I think pregnancy is wonderful and am amazed at what my body has been able to do, but I am so ready to try to get my body back to what it was like pre-pregnancy!
How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 7 pounds, the size of a watermelon! That’s sure what she feels like in there!
Weight gain/loss: Right on target, doing just fine!
Sleep: It’s been off and on. Some good nights where I am in a deep sleep most of the night, and some nights where I am up half the night with thoughts and just the inability to fall back asleep. I will have more time now, so I’m going to try to rest more because I want to have energy when this baby comes (if she ever decides to make an appearance – I’m convinced she won’t come out on her own).
Stretch Marks: No new ones.
Cravings: Nothing new.
Movement: She still moves like crazy. I think I can tell if she is anterior or posterior now by how much movement she is making and what type of movement it is. At my 39 week appointment this week, she was moving like crazy in the waiting room! I seriously thought people were watching because that’s how visible it was even from across the room, I’m sure. The midwife checked her and said she was definitely posterior (head down, but her face facing the front of my body which is not ideal for a vaginal birth) because of how strong her jabs and kicks were in the front and how they were noticeable all over my belly. Now, I think she flipped back around because I usually only feel what I believe is her butt sticking out at the top of my belly and her little heels sticking out now and again right under my ribcage.
What I’m loving: Hmmm….I’m loving that she is still doing okay in there and that apparently my uterus is a comfy spot for her. I’m also loving these last days with a big, round belly (no matter how uncomfortable it is).
Symptoms: Nothing new that I haven’t mentioned yet. Perhaps I’ve been a bit more irritable lately, but I’m not sure if that is pregnancy-related or just stress-related.
What I’m excited about: I’m excited for this baby to get here! I just can’t wait to see her for the first time. Honestly, this may sound weird, but this whole pregnancy, I’ve been SO excited to use a mirror to see her crowning. I can’t wait for that first glimpse of her head. Will she have hair? What color will it be? And then the second she’s put to my chest, I just know it is going to be the best moment of my entire life and that nothing will top it. We’ve waited so long for her and we know she is the greatest gift we have ever been given. I just can’t wait to see her, hear her, smell her, hold her, etc. I can’t wait for the hormones that will send me to the moon.
It’s officially a waiting game now and I’m eager to start trying natural induction techniques. The midwife at my last appointment told me about induction, which is definitely not how I want to go into labor (I want to avoid pitocin at all costs because I know how bad it makes contractions and I’m sure it would have me begging for an epidural which I also don’t want), so I’m going to do whatever I can to safely try to get her out of there in the next week just before I turn 41 weeks, since I’m writing this post a little late.
What I’m nervous about: I’m mostly just nervous about getting induced now! It’s funny to me how quickly my fears turned from fearing the birth to wanting to go into labor now, ASAP!