How Far Along: 37 weeks. This is it- the last month and I’ll have a February Baby. The plan is to be induced at 40 weeks (perks of being AMA). It’s a Leap Year so this kid could get gipped on Birthdays if born a day past due, we’ll see.
Baby This Week: 19 inches 6.5 lbs (according to an app) the size of a Doc Marten Boot! One thing I did find out was that this kid’s head is in the 90th percentile. Oh sweet baby jesus- save my lady parts please!!!
My weight gain: So as of now I am about an even 40 lbs. Looks like I’ve kind of plateaued which is good- I really hope I can keep it here. I can’t eat too much at one sitting.
Purchases/Things done to prepare: I think we have it all. I just went to Khols and walked in right in the middle of baby clearance!! I couldn’t help myself and got a couple outfits (even though I have plenty). I am a sucker for anything that says “Little Brother” – We also went to Costco and I loaded up on some snacks and juice boxes for Elliot- Oreos..for me and Toilet Paper for us all. What I really wanted was to check out prices for diapers and formula (NOT breastfeeding this time around) and also adult diapers for that lovely post partum never ending 6 week period.
Sleep: So I am still sleeping, but it is interrupted by turning every half hour or so cause of my hips hurting – or going to the bathroom every hour. I can fall back asleep pretty easily so I feel well rested in the mornings.
Food: Getting full fast- sweets..cookies, Danish, candy..whatever has sugar I’ll eat it. I’ve really enjoyed cereal this pregnancy as well. I do eat some healthy things- but nothing that seems exciting enough to share.
Symptoms/Signs of Labor: Nothing really to speak of. I had some crazy Braxton Hicks a couple weeks ago and thought I was possibly in labor- but wasn’t. Otherwise I don’t feel like he’s dropped or is making any sort of evacuation plan.
Mood: Surprisingly good. Actually this whole pregnancy I have had less depression/anxiety/mood swings then I have in the past 5 years. I do suspect a lot of my mental health problems are directly related to hormones and will look into all that once this babe is here and we’re all settled.
Movement: So much movement. I have an anterior placenta so it was hard to initially feel him moving/kicking but he has sure made up for that and is just stretching out like crazy. My stomach looks possessed most of the day.
What I miss: Hmmm, I have missed Sushi- an occasional drink- smoking and laughing like crazy with my husband (hey it’s legal where we are :-))- we still laugh but it’s just not the same level of silliness.
Looking forward to: The arrival of my second Son!! His name is Arthur James after my grandfather- we’ll call him AJ most likely. Most days it seems a bit surreal. Like I know there is this thing inside me that’s moving all around- I am going to Doctors all the time and talking about “when I give birth” and yet it still seems like “am I really though??”…I do look forward to being a “new” mom once again BUT having experience. Elliot is simply THE BEST kid ever and I don’t doubt he will be such a big help and good big brother. He has by far been the best little gift- so much love and joy he brings it’s insane.