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Sunday, June 23, 2013

38 weeks + an early lesson to newbie-parents

Has it really been FIVE weeks since I posted my last pregnancy update?

My blogging schedule has gotten a little bit irregular. As I mentioned last week, I have been trying to be intentional about getting rest in these last weeks before Baby arrives. So thanks to everyone for hanging with me. I do hope to get a few posts scheduled so it won't be total crickets around here once this little arrives.

On Friday, the mister and I ventured to take a few maternity photos. I think this was a lesson to prepare us for parenthood even before the baby even arrives. We had the not so great idea to multitask and bring the dog with us, so he'd get some outside time and we also stopped for coffee on the way.

We tried to juggle too much. I was carrying my drink and a little sample cup I couldn't pass up (thinking it would make a fun addition to our maternity photo shoot) in one hand and had the dog's leash in the other. Brandon was carrying his hot coffee, camera bag and tripod. You'd think one of us would have had the foresight to see things could end badly.

The photos I'm sharing today, were the only ones we were able to take on this outing because as soon as I picked up the sample cup, of which the contents had melted, I poured it down my front! My shirt and baby bump were covered in vanilla frapaccino...

A current pregnancy update:
  • How far along: 38 weeks 
  • How big is the baby: watermelon (19-22 in., 7+ lbs) *my doctor has assured me the baby will be at least 8 lbs so this figure seems inaccurate.
  • How I'm feeling: I totally get what the discomfort in pregnancy is all about. I just feel huge and rolling over in bed requires a lot of effort, so much so that I usually wake my husband while doing so (oops). 
  • Sleeping: I wake up whenever I roll over and my hips hurt a lot in the morning (from the weight of the baby), but it isn't terrible. I'm thankful I haven't had insomnia. 
  • Food cravings: Fruit and drinks that aren't water. I'm still drinking a lot of water, but enjoying flavored seltzer, decaf iced tea (Lipton mixes) and Crystal Lite raspberry lemonade. 
  • Food aversions: None. 
  • Doctor's appointment: I had one on Thursday and she said things look good. 
  • Movement: Lot of movement! And since the baby has grown, the jabs can be a bit painful, but I am still always excited to see him/her kick. 
  • What I'm looking forward to: Seeing this little one's face. 
  • What I did / got for baby: I've been making sure we have all the "boring" stuff like nail clippers and wipes and such. I also assembled the crib this past week, which turned out to be kinda fun (I'm not mechanically inclined so it felt like quite the feat when I was able to put it together myself). 
  • What I'm wearing: I have three tank tops I rotate with two or three pairs of capris/yoga pants. Since I've been off from work, I haven't had much need to get dressed to go out in public and I've been kind of enjoying it. Although, doning a skirt and top for my visit to the OB felt like I was getting very dressed up! 
  • What I learned this week: Every time I go to the doctor for a weekly checkup, I should bring my hospital bag. Several people advised me to do so, as well as a few people mentioned it to my husband. So, I did a trial run on Thursday, loading up one bag for labor/delivery and one for our two night stay after the baby comes (the hospital suggested we bring two bags).

Anyone have any advice for these last two weeks (or so) of pregnancy?

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    1. Sleep now, sleep a lot! :) Also, try not to worry and realize that you have little control over how this baby decides to be born, so just relax and go with the flow of things the best you can. Then, don't worry about making mistakes. You can always change your "routine" if something isn't working.

    2. Sleep as much as you can, watch movies, relax. Buy nursing pads and lanolin if you haven't already, and go to a La Leche League meeting if you can before you have your baby. I'm so excited for you!

    3. I can't believe you're at 38 weeks!! So exciting!!

    4. Enjoy these last few weeks :) Also, bringing the hospital bag is great idea! I was induced during my 39 week appointment, and I was totally unprepared...oops. I had packed a few things in a bag, but I was convinced that I would be overdue. It all turned out but it would have been a lot less hassle if I had gotten it ready :) ps. you are adorable! I know that the last few weeks can be uncomfortable but hang in there!

    5. Enjoy and relax! And maybe go ahead and get the car seat in the car and bags by the door!


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