As of today, we have officially reached full term! A lot has happened in the last few weeks, and I can’t believe how close we are to welcoming our little girl into the world!
Robert and I have spent most of our weekends nesting, putting together baby gear, and trying to get caught up with school before her arrival. I’m scheduled to finish my master’s program just 10 days before her due date, so we’re hoping she stays in there until then!
Medically, I’ve had a couple of “scares”, but nothing major. The first was that my blood work was coming back with very low blood sugar levels, and i was getting very lightheaded, dizzy, and my arms felt heavy and numb. I retested several times, and luckily was not officially diagnosed with hypoglycemia, but I do need to eat every 2-3 hours and have a glass of OJ when I start to feel symptoms again! Keeping up on protein-heavy snacks and eating first thing in the morning has all but eliminated any issues I was having. I’m feeling great now!
The other issue we had was that baby girl was measuring small for several appointments in a row. They sent me in for a fetal growth ultrasound just to double check and make sure everything was alright in there, and it was! She’s just a tiny little nugget, perfectly healthy and in the 45th percentile. They estimated that she’ll be around 7-7.5 pounds at birth, so we’ll see! While it was scary to think something might be wrong, it was so exciting to get to have a couple more pictures of her cute little face. We weren’t expecting to have any more ultrasounds, so we had accepted that we wouldn’t get to see her again until she was born. I also got to see her foot, and her hands were right up against her face like a little damsel in distress. We definitely woke her up and she was NOT HAPPY.
As far as “baby checklist goes”, the nursery is finished, the pack n play bassinet is set up in the bedroom, the swing is set up in the living room, and the stroller and carseat are put together. As of now, the last thing on our baby to-do list is to set up the baby monitors for when she naps in the crib and install the carseat! We even spent a good amount of time fixing up the house, hanging pictures and taking care of big to-do’s that we wanted to take care of. I cannot believe she’s almost here.
And now for some pictures!
I’m feeling A TON of movement, and she’s been head down for about 3 weeks now, just hanging out and waiting for her big debut.
How Far Along: 37 weeks
Weight Gain/Loss: Up 27 pounds! Grow, baby, grow!
Sleep: sleep has been okay, I switch sides a lot because my hips get sore, and I get up to pee about 3 times. I usually fall right back asleep though.
Exercise: Still using the treadmill as much as I can, with some weights thrown in now and then. When it’s nice out, we’ve been walking the dogs and I’ll count that. 🙂
Best Moment: knowing she’s happy and healthy in there, even if she is a little small!
Food Cravings/Aversions: Oddly I’m only craving sweets right now. I usually choke down some dinner with the promise that I’ll get a bowl of cereal afterwards. Not a big fan of meat, but we’ve been eating a lot of chicken and steak!
Pregnancy Symptoms: BH contractions sometimes, and I’ve definitely got the “waddle” going on. Congestion is still here, and a new symptom in the last few weeks: tinnitus. SO ANNOYING.
What I Miss: my family! I’m excited for people to come out and visit soon!
Stretch Marks: The dreaded linea nigra has finally made it’s appearance. Other than that, I have a few stretch marks on my hips but nothing major!
Mood: Mostly great, with a few days of being a grump for no reason at all. Oh, and the occasional mental breakdown/am I going to be a good mom/How am I going to do it all cry sessions. Luckily, Robert is always great during these and just holds me until it passes. Then I laugh at myself and apologize for being a crazy person. Yay, hormones.
Milestones: Full term!! We can officially deliver at our base hospital (the transfer you if you are under 36 weeks) and she shouldn’t need any time in the NICU if she’s born any time between now and 42 weeks. 🙂
Upcoming Appointments/Events: Just the regular weekly checkups! As far as events go, BEING DONE WITH SCHOOL. I’m so excited!
What I look forward to: Enjoying time with family and having a HUGE GLASS OF WINE after she’s born. With a turkey sandwich on the side.