How Far Along: 38 weeks 4 days
How Big is Baby: Not really sure, but the last ultrasound projected baby to be 7 lb. 15 oz. in 3 days from now, but our midwife told us that the Perinatal place we went to has a history of overestimating by a lb, so we really won’t know until Baby Keytar arrives.
Gender: Not finding out, but we’re 99.9% sure it’s a boy.
Baby’s Milestones This Week: Baby Keytar is preparing for birth! All systems are almost go! Vernix and lanugo continue to shed from baby’s body into the amniotic fluid. He/she swallows that amniotic fluid and some of it winds up in his or her intestines where it — along with other shed cells, bile and other waste products (triple yum) — will turn into his/her baby’s first bowel movement (meconium) and perhaps our first diaper change. His/her lungs continue to mature and produce more and more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in his/her lungs from sticking to one another once he/she starts to breathe. Most other changes this week are small but important: He/she’s continuing to add fat and fine-tuning his/her brain and nervous system.
Total Weight Gain: about 26-27 lbs.
Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: Mostly everyone knows.
Maternity Clothes: Yup, mostly, although I do have a few dresses, shirts, and skirts that fit from pre-pregnancy because they’re hippie/flowy. I’ve been spending a lot of time in skirts, yoga pants, and my Yankees t-shirt.
Stretch Marks: nope, nothing new since the few on my breasts that happened early on in the pregnancy, but they’re pretty light.
Sleep: lots of tossing and turning and pillow switching between legs and under arms and lots of peeing. not sleeping well at all!
Best Moment of the Week: reaching 38 weeks! And officially finishing all my responsibilities for work. I am sad to not be working some of my shifts, especially my Psych center shift, but it’s exciting to relax and wait for our little miracle to arrive! We also had our breastfeeding and pumping classes, which were extremely informative!
Food Cravings: I’m still holding out for some pizza, Olive Garden, cheesecake, sushi, and pretty much anything I haven’t been allowed to eat since starting the gestational diabetes diet. I ate 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream a couple nights this week and it was pure heaven.
Food Aversions: Starting to get really sick and tired of quesadillas!
Symptoms: tired, carpal tunnel (although massage is really helping that!!!!), large and in-charge belly
Labor Signs: Not really. I have had a few Braxton Hicks. Last night our evening walk was pretty tough. I was really waddling and had a couple contractions. Baby feels really low now.
Belly Button In or Out: out but not crazy pointy
Wedding Rings On or Off: Off
Mood: starting to get a tiny bit nervous and anxious but overall, feeling great!
What I’m Looking Forward To: meeting Baby Keytar!
What I Miss: eating whatever I want to
Nesting: Yup! The house is ready for baby’s arrival! I’m finishing up my pregnancy scrapbook and we finally just finished the last of our baby shower thank you notes. I’ve been trying to keep this place in tip top clean condition! I also made 14 belgian waffles last night and froze them to add to our stash.
Hubby took some really cool photos of me when we were on our way to the birth center today! We always pass this great alleyway that has some awesome graffiti, so since we were running a bit ahead of schedule and happened to have the camera in the car, we decided to stop and take a few.