Had my 38 week appointment today! Technically, I’m about 38 weeks and 3 days, but who’s counting? Oh right, I am. Every. Single. Day. And don’t you try to cheat me of a few days, miss nurse lady who had my due date as May 30. I will correct you.
So, the update: Due to baby’s suspected size, my OB had me do an u/s to check measurements. Head and legs are measuring right on target, but his belly is measuring big (a sign of my borderline gestational diabetes) so they’re thinking he’s about 8 lbs right now. I assumed as much. BP was normal (110/78 I think), I tested negative for Group B Strep (yay for no additional IVs during labor!), and my fluid levels were high (a little over 21 cm) but my doc didn’t seem worried. She thinks my fluid levels are also due to the gestational diabetes thing. I’m still a “solid 1cm dilated” but my cervix is still mostly closed and baby is still “floating” a bit up there. The hubs and I both think I’ve dropped some, but apparently not enough to indicate labor just yet. This uterus of mine still has some contracting to do before baby is firmly in place and ready to come out and meet the world.
So what does all this mean? Basically, nothing. Now, we just wait and hope my body and baby do their thing. My OB isn’t concerned that baby will gain much more weight – and I’ve been told that babies sort of taper off their weight gain after the 38 week mark anyway. Here’s hoping! My next appointment is next Tuesday (our 6 year wedding anniversary!) so I assume we’ll talk about scheduling an induction then. I know some docs let their patients go a full 2 weeks past their due date before induction, but she said she wouldn’t let me go that late. So either way, we’re looking at a May baby!
Total weight gain: About 38lbs. I even lost a pound at this week’s appointment. Woot!
How big is baby?: According to my u/s today, he’s about 8lbs.
Maternity clothes: I have about 5 outfits I can wear – most of them dresses.
Stretch marks?: Sigh. Yes. Lower right side, I’m sporting some “tiger stripes”. Really hopeful that they’ll fade post-baby.
Sleep: Not great but not horrible. The hardest part is just rolling over from one side to the other. It’s much easier to just get up, go to the bathroom, and put myself back in bed on my other side. Rolling over is just way too painful.
Best moment this week: Well, it’s always fun to see the baby on the u/s machine and know he’s doing just fine. I think my favorite part was seeing him grab his little foot and hold onto it. He’s just chillin’ in there, practicing baby yoga.
Movement: Movement isn’t as forceful or obvious on the outside, but I still feel him doing SOMETHING in there, which puts my worrisome mind at ease, and most days he gets hiccups so I feel those too.
Food cravings: At the moment? Deviled eggs.
Food aversions: super hot or spicy foods because the heartburn later just isn’t worth it.
Labor signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks, particularly at night. Today I had a pretty intense contraction of some sort that stopped me mid-walk, but it was a one-time thing and probably a result of the doc checking my cervix a couple of hours before.
Belly button in or out: In, completely flat, and I check it a couple of times a day to see if it’s popped out. I don’t think it will, but it’s so close it’s scary.
What I miss: Too many things to list, but (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) I miss my squishy belly. A hard belly the size of a beach ball is even more uncomfortable than it sounds.
What I’m looking forward to: Having this baby!! I can’t wait to see him, hold him, snuggle him, spoil him, and show him off to all our friends and family. We’re just so excited to meet him! Now if only he would realize just how awesome life on the outside is, maybe he’d come on out of that comfy uterus and hang out with us.
Milestone: Knowing I could have this baby at anytime is pretty exciting. And the thought of having him here in less than 2 weeks is even more exciting. My OB says most women have their babies within 5 days of their due date (before or after), which puts my range at anywhere from about next Monday until May 31.
Other random thoughts: Remember when you were in grade school and how stir crazy everyone got in the last month before summer started? How you would just sort of check out mentally and spend your free moments daydreaming? Yep, that’s me. I’m ready. Physically, emotionally…ready. I used to be afraid of labor. I thought I would be a nervous wreck right about now, part excitement and part dread – of not just the labor, but of caring for a newborn baby when neither of us has any experience at all with babies. But I guess that’s what’s funny about pregnancy – as you near the end, you don’t fear much of anything. You just want your baby in your arms. It’s probably the only time in my life where I’m about to embark on something I know absolutely nothing about – it’s scary, it’s painful, and it’s completely foreign to me – yet I could not be more excited to jump (head first, of course) into this whole parenting thing and never look back.