May 18th, 2015. The day that’s been in my head since early September when I found out I was pregnant. My due date is here! I can’t believe it, and I especially can’t believe that I’m writing a 40 week update! It’s exciting and weird to think that I’ve cooked this baby for two full weeks longer than Kevin. I’m so looking forward to meeting him and seeing his little face for the first time!
This week baby is the size of a jackfruit, whatever that is! He could be anywhere from 6.2-9.2 pounds (or more!) and about 19-21 inches long. At my appointment last Tuesday my midwife felt my belly and estimated that he was approximately 7 1/2 – 8 pounds. However, that was almost a week ago now so who knows! He’s continuing to perfect his lung development and grow his hair and nails- and he’s fattening up!
The good news is that my allergies/cold/whatever it was I was dealing with the last couple of weeks is SO much better, which has made me feel better overall physically and emotionally. This is also helping me sleep a little better. At this point, sleep is SO important so this makes me very happy!
Onto the things that are a little tougher to deal with these days. This week it’s been harder to walk, due to almost constant pelvic pains and pressure. My joints also feel very loose this week, most likely due to the relaxin that’s building up in my body. My hips and pelvis feel like they’re constantly moving and popping in and out. My ankles and legs also feel a little like jello, which is making it harder to run (more on that later). Along with that, I’m continuing to have a LOT of Braxton Hicks contractions – sometimes they seem to last forever and it feels like my belly is constantly hard. Lately they’ve also been coming with menstrual-like cramps. I also keep seeing signs of cervical effacement (mucus) – TMI :) My former doula/Bradley teacher/friend has been so encouraging telling me these are all amazing signs that my body is warming up to slowly bring me into labor, rather than throw me into it too early like last time with a slow leak in my water. I keep thinking about that and it’s reassuring!
I had a doctor’s appointment last Tuesday and everything looks great with the baby. He’s head down and in a great position, and as I mentioned above seems to be of average size, around 8 pounds. She’s not worried at all that this pregnancy is lasting longer than my first and is pretty sure things will start happening soon. She also agreed to write me a doctor’s note at my next appointment tomorrow, so that I can stop working now that I’m overdue. I’ll explain more about this in the next section, but I am SO thankful for that!
I’ve felt a lot better mentally since I know that tomorrow will be my last day of work. Everything has been ready for the baby for weeks now, so when I am at home I feel very relaxed and ready. However, having to continue to work has kept me extremely stressed. Teaching is not a job that you can really relax or stay off your feet while doing. If I am at work I’m expected to WORK, and it’s been very difficult to do that lately. I’m a reading specialist which requires me to be up and walking all day, working with groups of students/in classrooms all day, and keeping very busy. It leaves me exhausted and gives me BH contractions all day long. It’s also been difficult to get to and from work since I commute, and with traffic it takes 1.5-2 hours to get home some days. Not comfortable at this point :( Needless to say, I’m so relieved that I can stop working as of tomorrow. I have been feeling so much more at peace with the fact that my due date is coming and going knowing that I can stay home and relax until it’s time.
Things are amazing when I’m at home. I’m really enjoying quality time with my little boy while he’s still the only child. He’s been super sweet and snuggly lately and very attached to me. He tells me he loves me constantly and that he wants his brother Kyler to come out. I can’t wait to see him as a big brother- he looks like such a big boy to me lately!
However, one thing I could do without are the comments and questions asking if baby is here yet. People have seemed to be so confused for weeks now why I haven’t had him yet, even though today is my due date. I’m trying not to let it get to me because I know they only care about us, but I don’t want to feel as though my body is doing something ‘wrong’ or failing by not giving birth yet. So instead I’m choosing to focus on the positive. I keep thinking about my baby, what he’s going to look like, and what his birthday will be. I wonder if he will be laid-back or not so much (like Kevin was as an infant). Will he be a little peanut who wears newborn sized clothes for 3 months like Kevin did, or will he be bigger? How will labor start and how will it all unfold? How will Kevin adjust to not being the ‘baby’ anymore and transition into the big brother role? So many unknowns, and while it can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming to think about, it’s also so exciting at the same time! I am so ready to finally lay eyes on this kid that never stops moving inside of me and have him join our family.
I did much better this week with food! We planned out all our meals and actually stuck to them. I ate better than the last few weeks and I think that’s why I felt so much better too (duh- makes perfect sense, doesn’t it!?) I’m not going to lie though, I’m really getting tired of cooking. Thankfully, my amazing husband has been doing a ton of cooking since he knows I’m tired and over it. I’m ready to start eating some of the amazing freezer meals I made, but I refuse to do so until baby is actually here! One of the best meals we had this week was pasta with spicy zucchini-tomato sauce. Perfect for using up summer produce like zucchini and tomatoes! We just added some white beans for extra protein :)
As I mentioned earlier, running got hard this week due to the increased pelvic pain and loose joints. I was still able to manage 4 runs, one 3 miler and three 2 milers, but I’m definitely feeling it. I expected it to get hard, especially because I’ve now surpassed how long I was able to run during Kevin’s pregnancy by over two weeks. I’m just trying to enjoy myself while I’m out there and remember that I am so lucky to still be able to do what I love and run!
Still no Body Pump for me this week, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to stay that way until after baby. I’m just not able to make the 5 a.m. classes anymore during the week and I’d rather spend the weekend mornings relaxing with family than going to the gym. I don’t feel bad about that at all :) The best part of this week was definitely yesterday morning, when my family went out to spectate and cheer on the runners at the Historic Half Marathon! I love this race and was sad to not be running this year, but it was awesome to see so many friends out on the course. We situated ourselves right before mile 12 on the last big hill to encourage the runners (the course is super tough!) While we were out there I ended up running a total of 2 miles and felt pretty good. Kevin was able to jump in and run with 4 of my friends and ended up running a total of 5 miles! Little Kev had fun giving high fives to everyone, which made a lot of people smile even while running uphill. It was an awesome experience!
- Monday – rest day
- Tuesday – 3 miles @ 11:04 pace
- Wednesday – 2 miles @ 10:54 pace
- Thursday – rest day
- Friday – 2 miles (untimed)
- Saturday – rest day
- Sunday – 2 miles (untimed)
- Run – 9 miles
- Strength – 0x
Week 40 Summary
- Weight gained this week: +0.6 lbs.
- Total weight gained: +28.2 lbs.
- Belly button status: Obviously poking out of my shirts now.
- Linea negra status: Faintly there.
- Stretch mark status: Still none, but I check every day!
- Best part of the week: Cheering at the Historic Half yesterday!
- Looking forward to: Tomorrow being my last day of work until late August!
- # of days until my next appointment: 1!
Will I be writing a 41 week update? Eek!! I guess we will find out!