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41 Weeks | Baby Raisin

Before I get to the 41 weeks post, I wanted to let you all know that Celia Rae arrived February 12th at 1:11am.  She weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces, and was just under 20 inches.  She is the biggest blessing we’ve ever received and we love her enormously!  I am getting back to regular Youtube video posting now that I have time and stuff to talk about (it will be baby-related topics until we get into our new house in late March), so make sure to check back there for more content as we figure out exactly what direction we want to go with our blog.  Also, check out our Instagram account (Sarah: @sarahsyhakhoun  and San: @sansyhakhoun) for more updates!

Because I’m writing this after the fact, I’m going to write it in past tense because it’s just to confusing otherwise!

Here I was on the day I ended up getting induced (although I didn’t know it at the time!):



I had to have a little fun with it this time around!  It looks like the eviction notice worked!



And the beginning to the end:


How big is baby: She was 19.75 inches and 7 pounds, four ounces.  Perfect!

Weight gain/loss: I never did weigh myself at the end, but I think I gained about 35-40 pounds overall.

Sleep: I think I was getting decent sleep.  It’s amazing how little I remember from the week leading up to her birth!

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: The week before I was induced, she was moving like a mad woman for a good three hours every afternoon.  She would push down on my cervix so hard I thought her head was going to come flying out!

What I’m loving: I was loving those last moments being pregnant.

Symptoms: Nothing new.

What I’m excited about: I was just so excited to meet her!!!

What I’m nervous about: I was extremely nervous about getting induced.  I really wanted a spontaneous labor which didn’t end up happening.

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40 Weeks | Baby Raisin


How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 6-9 pounds, the size of a Jackfruit!  I’m not sure what that is, but I imagine it is huge!

Weight gain/loss: Right on target, doing just fine!

Sleep: I’m on maternity leave as of last Friday, so I’ve been getting better sleep now that I haven’t had to wake up at 4am for work.  I’m letting myself take naps when I’m tired and sleep until I wake up in the morning.  The carpal tunnel is constant now, but it’s mostly just a numbness in the tips of my middle fingers during the day and it doesn’t wake me up at night anymore, thank God!  That was excruciating when I would wake up in extreme pain and wouldn’t be able to sleep.  I often am up for an hour or so in the night and get up to go to the bathroom a couple times, but I’m so thankful I can get some sleep in now before Celia comes.  Any day now.  Right?  Right?

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: I can tell she is pretty much at her limit now since her movements happen less frequently and they tend to not be for as long.  I hope she gets uncomfortable enough to come out!

What I’m loving: I’m loving that I still feel really good overall despite it being my due date.  I’m loving having time to do things I want to do, although I do feel as though I am wasting my time off since she isn’t here yet.  I’m just trying to soak up each kick and wiggle like it is the last one.

Symptoms: Nothing new.

What I’m excited about: Hmmm…what could a pregnant woman at 40 weeks be excited for?  I wonder?… Let me think…  DUH!  I’m excited to go into labor already!  Never in a million years would I think I would be excited every time a Braxton Hicks contraction comes along or I feel a little cramp in my side.  I’m constantly waiting for a painful contraction, my water to break, a part of my mucus plug to fall out (sorry TMI), anything!  And yet, so far, nothing.  I just want to get the birth over with so I don’t have to dread it anymore and I want this precious little girl in my arms, stat!  On Friday, I’ll schedule an induction for next week.  I know I will be meeting her by the end of next week, but I really want her to come on her own.  The sooner for me, the better.  San is having a crazy-busy week at work however, so for their sake, it would be better for him to be there, but for our sake, we want our baby to come!

What I’m nervous about: I’m really not nervous about much.  I just want her here.  I just want her to be healthy.

I sure hope this is my last weekly pregnancy update!

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39 Weeks | Baby Raisin


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.

Aversions: None!

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!

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38 Weeks | Baby Raisin


I did some rearranging in preparation for Celia’s arrival, so I had to take my weekly photo in another spot with different lighting – hence the very orange background this week.

How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 6.5 pounds, the size of a swiss chard!  She’s not growing much more at this point.

Weight gain/loss: Right on target, doing just fine!

Sleep: I have been so thankful the last few nights (maybe it’s been up to 5 days?!?) when I have been able to get a decent amount of sleep and sleep through most of the night.  I’ve been wearing my splints more often throughout the day so the carpal tunnel isn’t as bad most nights.  Praise the Lord!  I’m going to need as much sleep as I can get before Celia arrives!

Stretch Marks: I think I’ve been getting more on my belly around my belly button. 🙁  I was hoping I would make it out without any stretch marks on my belly but they’ve decided to show up now.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: She is still a mover.  Sometimes I am just amazed by how she squirms around in there!  It won’t be long until you are out, little one!

What I’m loving: I won’t lie – I’m loving that I’m almost done being pregnant!  It’s been getting pretty uncomfortable lately and I am ready to have her out.  As I was falling asleep the other night, I googled “38 weeks and everything hurts” and was no surprised that there were tons of results!  Nights are usually when the pain is worst.

Symptoms: I would say the aches and pains have been getting worse.  San sometimes has to help me up if I’ve been sitting in one position too long, and don’t even get me started about rolling over in bed or getting out of bed!  PAINFUL!

What I’m excited about: I am BEYOND excited that we accepted an offer on our house!  We have now begun the official house hunt and so far, nothing we like enough to put an offer in on, but we are happy to be moving forward finally.  Two months of waiting after a few months of finishing the house was becoming very hard.

What I’m nervous about: I’m not nervous about much at this point.  I just want to make sure everything goes smoothly with the house sale and that we are able to go house hunting when something great pops on the market.  I have a feeling San may be leaving the hospital to go look at a house or we may be looking at houses in a groggy, sleep-deprived state during the first week Celia is here with us.  I’m not really looking forward to that, but it is very important to us to get a house soon and we don’t want to slip away because we just had a baby.  This move was mostly for her to be close to family, so we don’t want the right house to pass us by!

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37 Weeks | Baby Raisin


We made it!  Celia Rae can be born now any time and meet the world!  Shall we do a little comparison??


How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 6.5 pounds, the size of a large winter melon!

Weight gain/loss: I gave in and checked just to see, and I was right on target for the end of my pregnancy, so that made me feel pretty good!

Sleep: Not good.  I’ve been working at 6/6:30 every day and drive about 40 minutes, so I’ve been getting up at 4/4:30, but usually even earlier because San has been working at 5 so I wake up around 3/3:30 when he wakes up.  Not to mention the multiple times I wake up at night and the nights when I can’t fall back asleep.

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: She’s been really sticking out her elbows, I believe, right around my belly button.  It looks and feels like some kind of stick or something is protruding out of my belly.  It’s really strange but cool!  I can tell she is cramped in there.  She loves pushing off of my hip and my ribs with her hands and feet.  I often feel her hiccups and can visibly see them now too.

What I’m loving: Honestly, I am so thankful to be pregnant, but I am loving that I am almost done!  Walking, rolling over in bed, etc. have become very painful at night and in the morning when everything is locked up from all the pressure of this baby and the weight of my belly.  I am so loving being near the end!

Symptoms: Nothing new this week.

What I’m excited about: I’m so excited to meet our daughter!  I get teary eyed thinking about seeing her for the first time.  I can’t wait to meet her!  I’ve been waiting my whole life for that moment!  And, I’m SO excited to see San as a dad.  He is the cutest dad-to-be, so I can only imagine how much more I will fall in love with him when Celia is here.  He is even the sweetest pet parent to our puppy girls – my brain can’t comprehend how sweet he will be with Celia.

What I’m nervous about: At this point, I’m only really nervous about the birth (handling the pain) and where I will be when I go into labor.  I’m worried I won’t know I’m in labor or that I the pain will be too much for me.  I just wish I knew what it felt like going into it.  It’s probably better that I don’t, though!  I’m also nervous about our house.  We lowered the price a little bit and have had two agents tell our realtors that they “may” be putting offers in in the next couple days.  It’s just strange because normally people put offers in right away if they want a house.   I guess we’ll see.  Fingers crossed.  I really just want it sold so we can start actively looking for a new house soon!

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