How Far Along: 40 weeks… FULL TERM!
Baby’s Size: A pumpkin
Mama’s Size: +19 pounds
Symptoms: LOTS and lots of Braxton Hicks contraction, occasional back aches and lower-belly cramps, tingling and numbness in my fingers, aching and throbbing in my hips, a sharp pain that shoots down my left leg occasionally while I’m walking, sleepiness (oh, SO much sleepiness), restlessness at night and oodles of baby movements.
Cravings: Vanilla milkshakes… still. My food cravings haven’t been too intense throughout my pregnancy, but they LINGER. My past cravings for pot roast and cookies and fruit have lasted for weeks and weeks… and this craving is no different. I’ve had a few milkshakes in the last few weeks and may have one more before our little one arrives. It will be MUCH harder to justify an indulgent milkshake after baby arrives.
Baby’s Development: Our sweet girl is ready for her big debut. While she waits, our little one has been entertaining her mama by extending her foot into my right side. I am always startled by how far back it is… one tiny little foot. I love feeling my taut belly and reminding myself that the baby therein will soon be in my arms.
Highlight of the Week: I was fortunate enough to share my pregnancy with a sweet colleague. She and I were due only three days apart, both with little girls. We first shared our news before summer vacation, giggling and smiling over the excitement and anticipation. We blossomed growing bellies at the same time in the fall, compared notes about our doctor’s appointments, swapped nursery schemes and enjoyed the journey together. I am so grateful for her camaraderie throughout my pregnancy. So, I was over-the-moon when her sweet baby, Layla, was born on Saturday. The tiny photo on my cell phone is breathtakingly sweet. I couldn’t be more excited for her and her husband… two brand new parents. Congratulations, Denisa! I cannot wait for our little girls to meet!
Looking Forward To: Labor day!!! Now that we’re past our due date, I am seeing the OB and high-risk doctor twice weekly. I saw them both today and learned that my body is simply NOT ready for labor. No dilation. No effacement. This must be why I’ve been feeling so perfectly excellent… nothing much is happening. My doctor tells me that most pregnant women spend their final month in misery, with lots of contractions, back pain, upset stomachs, major fatigue and other symptoms that prime their bodies for labor. Not me, though. I’ve been feeling fine! So… we’re going to give it a week to see if anything is going to happen on its own (which seems unlikely). If not, I’ll be admitted to the hospital on Sunday night and given a medication that will “ripen” my cervix and prepare my body for labor. On Monday morning, if things are finally ready, they’ll break my water and start Pitocin to induce labor. My doctor said that our little one could arrive later on Monday or… Tuesday or Wednesday. There’s no way of knowing how I’ll respond to the Pitocin or how long my labor will last, so it will be a waiting game. One way or another, though, we’ll meet our little girl in about a week!
In anticipation of our little one’s arrival, gluteeny.com will feature less content in the coming weeks. As we get used to family life and settle into a routine, I’ll post more often. Until then, thank you so much for your support and understanding. Check back often. I can’t wait to introduce you to our little peanut!!!Read More