Things are getting closer and closer over here! I had Brooke a little early so I’m really wondering (hoping;) if this one will also come a few days early too!
*Real quick flashback to when I was pregnant with Brooke at 37 weeks:) With Brooke I was craving sour gummy worms big time at 37 weeks but with this pregnancy those sound awful and I’d much rather have garlic bread, pie or hot chocolate right now.
*Running is all about the run-walk method for me right now. Run a little, walk a little, feel good a lotta. Probably not too many more miles of running will happen before she comes and so I’m taking advantage of each and every one that I get until then. Turns out the key for me to not get injured is to run all of my miles at an easy pace because during this pregnancy NOTHING has hurt… my joints, bones, muscles, everything feels great.
*This made me laugh pretty hard. Still waiting on that cake Andrew;) I’m kidding. These last few weeks I’ve felt more and more like myself and I’ve been a lot nicer again ha!
*Two things about the below picture. 1. I am having more and more down-time each day. I’m not napping but my body tells me to hang out on the couch more and read and I’m loving that. As soon as I sit down my brain tells me that I NEED TO BE PRODUCTIVE AND GET THINGS DONE and then I remind myself nope, there is nothing wrong with relaxing and getting way too emotionally involved in a book for a bit before getting things done. 2. I eat a lot smaller meals right now which means I eat something about once an hour. I just can’t fit that much food into my body right now so I just have to be eating often and that is a win-win situation for me right now. Toast with almond butter and jam happen many times throughout the day.
*I had my first (that I can remember) ‘ANDREW, GO TO THE STORE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I NEED ______’ for this pregnancy. I sent him to Cinnabon to get me a cinnamon roll and it was everything I could have hoped or wished for. It was actually really fun to need something food related so bad and have the craving fulfilled. Nothing compares to the center of a cinnamon roll.
*They handed this to me at my last doctor’s appointment and it kind of caught me off guard. Sometimes I think pregnancy is a ‘going to last forever and ever’ thing and then seeing something like this brings me back to realizing that she is going to be here before we know it!
*The doc did an ultrasound at our appointment on Monday to make sure she was head down (she is). LOOK AT THOSE CHEEKS AND THAT NOSE. Yep, I’m in love. He said I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced! I just wish we knew exactly what those numbers mean and how far away labor is—> my doctor’s told me those same numbers the day before I started labor with Brooke!
In addition to my randomness about this last week of pregnancy… I’ve got 10 more random thoughts to share!
*The next few weeks Andrew has a bunch of shifts up at the hospitals in Salt Lake City. He can obviously miss those days (this is probably the only reason they would let him miss) but I’m REALLY hoping that she decides to make an appearance on one of the days he doesn’t have a shift. It’s crazy how we can plan and plan and plan as much as we want for this but really we have no control over it at all!
*I’m going to miss these little baby kicks and hiccups that I feel all day. It’s so fun to be going about my day and feel her move around but I am more excited about feeling her move around outside of me:)
*Braxton Hicks are my middle name at this moment. Aren’t those things weird? They don’t hurt at all but they leave me a little breathless. They usually happen towards the end of the day after doing the whole dinner/bedtime routine with the kids and then boom… Braxton Hicks. I remember when I started feeling my first contractions with Brooke and thinking, ‘these are WAY stronger (and super painful ha) than Braxton Hicks and I can never complain about those again.’
*I’m already dreading the idea of birth control again. I talked about here how I didn’t love the IUD so I really need to figure out something that I love SOON!
*My skin has been so much better during pregnancy than normal life and I’m just going to pray that it stays that way after having the baby ha… although, I’ll happily say goodbye to all of the huge brown shapes of randomness that have popped up ALL OVER the rest of my body!
*Did anyone else feel like the very last couple of weeks had hours added to each day? I swear things were going by so fast and now it feels like each day has 36 hours.
*Last night I am positive I was having dreams about her the entire night.
*Thank you pancakes for being a constant for me throughout this pregnancy. When nothing else sounds good, pancakes always do. For a while I only wanted Bisquick pancakes but now I use the KodiakCake pancake mix. I should have kept track of how many pancakes I have eaten over the last 37 weeks because that would be a fun fact to know.
*I’m washing my hair more than ever now. I’m being ridiculous and I’m nervous I’ll go into labor and not have a chance to wash my hair before going to the hospital so I’m staying on top of it for the first time in my life and keeping it clean always;)
*Post-pregnancy question… how often would you like baby updates on this part of the blog? Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly?
Did you have a birth plan? Did things go according to plan or completely opposite?!
Have any random pregnancy thoughts to share with me? I would love to hear them!
Did pregnancy change your skin at all? How so?
Any good books to bring to the hospital to read while we are waiting? That is the last thing I need to pack!