as of yesterday we’re “full term”! it’s so crazy… i still catch site of myself in the mirror or feel him move and my immediate reaction is “holy crap, i’m pregnant!” he could arrive any time now and i still haven’t fully accepted that i’m in fact (very) pregnant… it’s just gone so fast. so surreal, even after 8 months of knowing he’s in there.
we had our maternity pics done 2 weeks ago – we’ve only seen 2 so far and they are beautiful. not that i doubted my photographer (she shot our wedding and is all around amazing), but i doubted i could look pretty being this big… i was wrong. and my wife looked even more amazing – the joy on her face is just overwhelming.
we had our baby shower just about 2 weeks ago. it was lovely. it was ridiculously hot here, so that kind of put a damper on the desire to have a backyard bbq, as i couldn’t be outside very long without getting overheated, dizzy, and a bit faint. but the generosity and love we felt from our family and friends was overwhelming. and with my nesting urges getting stronger and stronger, i spent a very satisfying sunday in the nursery putting things away.
this past weekend, the wife and i spent all day sunday shopping for all the last minute necessities that we didn’t receive at that shower & washing all the baby clothes. we also installed the car seat bases in both cars and packed our bags for the birth center. it’s getting so real! we took mr. beans to a parade and the city carnival on the fourth of july and then came home to set off our own little batch of fireworks. it was a fantastic long weekend and i was glad for the special fun we got to have with mr. beans as his days as our only child are coming to a close.
my pain has been a bit better this week. i think little man may have been in an unfavorable position for the prior weeks and perhaps moved off my pubic bone this past week. when i say unfavorable, i mean in terms of my pubic bone, but i think he was actually in a more favorable position for birth. at our appt last week he was head down and i was measuring right on time for the first time in like 10 weeks. yesterday, he was still head down but slightly slanted (head sort pointed/resting on my left hip bone and i was back to measuring 2 weeks ahead… so my guess is he came out of the pelvis a bit giving my pubic bone less pressure and my size a bit of a lift. obviously i’m not complaining about a break in the pelvic pain, because oh.my.god. even the slight relief is amazing. however, i am anxious about him popping back out of where he should be.
anyway, the midwife said he’s not engaged (despite me feeling and looking like he’s sitting super low), but he is head down and i had a contraction while i was there – so things are at least looking good for now.
we went to the Adele concert last night, i’d be almost willing to bet he’s a bit more engaged now. i stood for almost the entire 2+ hours and even did a little dancing. by the time we left he felt significantly lower (if that’s even possible) than he did when we got there. there was so much pressure in the nether region and i had a handful of contractions during the concert – followed by a slew more overnight. things seem to have calmed back down now, but oh man… the pressure remains and my hips are so sore from standing. worth it tho, it was an AMAZING concert.
we’re leaving tmrw afternoon for a little weekend getaway. it should be very relaxing and i’m very excited for the time with my wife. but once sunday hits, we’ll be working on all the tricks to get this little boy to come on his own (i’m still super nervous about not going into labor on my own).
all in all, we’re ready. i have a package of last minute labor “necessities” being delivered tmrw, but beyond that… we’re all set to meet our baby.
How far along? 37 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? 10lbs! i can’t believe it… the first midwife was so particular about telling me i was overweight and needed to keep my weight gain between 15-20lbs, which sounded rude and impossible (i gained almost 40lbs my first pregnancy), but it seems like i might actually be able to do it.
Maternity clothes? almost entirely. i can still get by with my regular pants w/ a belly band if i have too, but i try to avoid it now because it pinches a bit. my maxi skirts/dresses and leggings are basically what i live in at this point!
Stretch marks? i have SO many from the first time around, i can’t really tell.
Sleep? slightly better with the little bit of pain relief i’ve had, but turning over still pulls and hurts, so i am for sure still waking up a lot. tylenol pm continues to be my best friend as it keeps the insomnia away.
Miss Anything? sleeping. white wine.
Movement? still a lot, but the movements are a bit smaller now – he’s running out of room!
Food cravings? still finding myself with a lack of interest here. i’m usually pretty hungry and ready for any kind of food in the morning, but by mid afternoon i find myself feeling permanently full and uninterested in meals.
Anything making you queasy or sick? the iron supplement if i don’t eat food with it.
Have you started to show yet? i’m huge.
Gender? little mister
Labor Signs? some solid contractions
Belly Button in or out? out.
Wedding rings on or off? on. still no swelling in the hands, yippee!
Happy or Moody most of the time? mostly happy. the pain, when it’s bad, really gets to me as it’s so limiting.
Looking forward to? our mini babymoon this weekend!