Life has been cuh-razy lately between packing, moving, cleaning, and being nine and a half months hapai – hence the reason I haven’t written a blog post in weeks. The baby is fully developed now [baby was considered full-term at 37 weeks] and as such my family and friends are all on Baby Watch 2012.
Because we didn’t need an ultrasound and don’t care to know the sex, our family and friends have bets going on the baby’s birthday and sex. I’m taking bribes but honestly have as little control over the whole situation as anyone else, so I’m excited to see who ends up winning.
“Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long. She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.
Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get "lighter" or more blue.” [Source.]
The little one sure has been feeling heavier and more active lately… squirming, stretching, and hiccuping. I’ve been getting more and more excited to meet and get to know the baby’s personality outside of the womb.
Speaking of the womb, I thought I’d show you all what’s happening inside again, since I got some really fun comments the last time I posted an internal view.
[Before Pregnancy vs. 36 Weeks Pregnant]
I have had such an incredible pregnancy – full of light and love, naps, adventure, and even regular massages – and am so fortunate to have had very few stressors or scares. In fact, I’m grateful that the past few weeks have been the most emotionally stressful for me, first with finals, then Ben leaving for vacation, and finally the moving process. Truly, it could be way worse.
Nonetheless, I just have to be completely honest and say it: I’m exhausted.
[Ben + I spent 8 full hours scrubbing and cleaning our old home this week]
Packing, cleaning and unloading a houseful of stuff is physically demanding. Add in the hormonal changes and big life events – like creating an intergenerational home and becoming a mother – and you’ve got pure exhaustion.
The new home is wonderful [it’s an old home, but it has tons of space and feels really good], and you’d think that with all the physical work I’ve been doing I’d be able to get some really good rest, but I’m still getting used to the new house and haven’t slept well in a week [which is probably a combination of being in a new space, being so physically uncomfortable, and having to pee every hour].
There’s so much to do every single day, which has really helped with the nesting urges, but I’ve definitely been feeling scattered and a bit overwhelmed with it all. For example, I’d love to post photos of the new place for you all to see, but I honestly have no clue where my camera is [hence the droid shots].
The new house has more than enough space for all the baby stuff, so Ben and I have been having fun putting together a space just for the little one. And I definitely feel comfortable and safe enough to birth here [I was a bit worried when I first found out we’d be moving so close to the due date], which is great.
[19 Weeks / 38 Weeks]
Physically, I’ve been feeling very pregnant lately. The baby has finally dropped a few centimeters in preparation for his/her arrival, which means less heartburn and pressure in the ribcage but much more pelvic and bladder pressure – I am waddling up a storm! Working out has been much more difficult as of late, but swimming and yoga still feel really good for me.
I’m also at the point where I stand naked in front of the mirror every day and just awe at what my body is doing. I’ve found a whole new respect and love for my physical body through this pregnancy journey that I hope stays with me for the rest of my life.
Week 38 Tidbits:
Preparations: We’ve got everything set up here for the homebirth, including the blow-up pool, our birthing kit [in case baby comes before the midwife gets here], and snacks/coconut water. The car seat has successfully been installed, and the breast pump I was gifted is ready for me to figure out [seriously, it looks pretty daunting].
Group B Strep update: Negative! Which means that if I do need to go to the hospital, I won’t need to do the whole antibiotic treatment thing. In case you’re interested, I heeded the advice of my midwife and douched with hydrogen peroxide before being tested [I’m not sure whether I had it, but a large percentage of women have GBS and don’t realize that it can be treated this way].
Signs of labor: I’m still not sure what contractions feel like, but I have been having more menstrual-like cramps, pressure, and feeling like my pelvis is opening up. Nothing too intense yet, though.
Cravings: Lots of carbs being devoured over here lately [my midwife says it’s probably my body getting the sustenance it’ll need for the marathon of labor]. Cold fruit (especially watermelon and papaya), ice water, eggs (yes, STILL), and hot sauce. Also, being in the water and Ben Time – it may sound ridiculously needy, but I love being able to spend every waking moment with him.
Aversions: Being hot. Foodwise, nothing really. I’ll eat just about anything.
Weight gained thus far: 18-20ish pounds… depending on the day.
Things I’m excited for: Meeting the baby, sleeping on my back, having family visit, eating smoked salmon again [if anyone wants to give me a post-natal gift…], laying on my belly to get massaged.
Things I’ll miss: Having a constant sidekick, feeling hiccups and kicks, and being irresponsible.
Alright, back to getting everything set up, and then hopefully a nap is in my near future!
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