I can’t even believe I’m saying this (because during that first trimester I was positive that 38 weeks would take 10 years to get to;) but I am now in my 38th week (officially on Friday) of pregnancy!
*Getting out of bed is quite the struggle at this point! I have found a way to kind of roll out of bed because going from horizontal to vertical is harder than a 4 mile run for me right now;)
*This belly button of mine. I can’t tell you how many stares I get each day, especially while running because you can’t see it as much in my normal clothes.
*Shark Tank got me… I bought one of the products they featured. I saw it and bought it two seconds later because I think it is such a brilliant idea—> SnoofyBee Portable Changing Pad! The pad makes it so that the baby can’t reach their hands down to their diaper while you are changing them. Brilliant.
*The best time of my entire week last week, the massage chair:) I was in heaven. I lucked out because I don’t have back problems during pregnancy (except for when I am driving the car… then my back starts to hurt) but this felt like heaven.
*We have another doctor’s appointment today and according to the internet, she should be around 6.8 lbs right now! Wowzers!
*My ankles have started to swell up a bit but nothing too bad yet! I remember with Brooke I started to really swell up about 2-3 days before I had her!
*I counted how many races I did while pregnant this time around—> She has done FIVE races with me. Look at her already crossing those finish lines left and right. Four of those races were half marathons (my last one was at the end of July ((in the picture below))… haven’t run that far since) and one 5k! I’ll have to make sure to save the medals we earned together and give them to her!
*I bought a maternity/nursing robe for the hospital and I pretty much just want to wear it from now on until I have the baby!
*The nesting stage officially ended on November 26th, 2017. Up until then I was loving getting as much done as possible to prepare for the baby and then Sunday hit. The idea of doing productive things does not sound fun anymore but luckily everything is ready for her to come.
*Yep, hot chocolate is still very much a part of my life. I want all red meat, pizza and soda to explode but salads with fruit on top, bread and noodles are free to stay:)
*Cereal continues to be a very big deal for me lately too. Easy, delicious, simple and satisfying… all I could ask for in a meal:)
*My nephew was pretty shocked when he felt her kick the other night!
I am pretty sure I have asked every woman that has had a child that I come in contact with over the last few weeks this question—> “HOW DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE IN LABOR or at least close to going into labor?” Now you get to add to my survey (aka my current obsession with knowing everyone’s story) of how they knew they were going into labor!
With Brooke, I remember losing my mucus plug and that being my realization that things were real and that I was going to have her soon! It freaked me out because it was earlier than I expected but I am still positive that Brooke came to me early because she knew I needed a buddy asap because hours earlier I had just moved away from my family to live in California. After I lost my plug, the contractions started getting stronger and stronger and closer together but even though it was a slow process, I knew it was game time. My mom was on a plane right away (even though I had just said goodbye to her in Utah) to come be there with me!
I was just a little nervous in the hospital;)
As you can tell, because I love trying to control things I cannot control, I have been thinking a lot about how it will all happen this time. Thanks for sharing your stories and experiences with me… I can’t tell you how much I look forward to reading your comments about this kind of stuff!
Here is my IMPORTANT question for you… How did you KNOW you were in labor? Did your water break? Did your contractions start small (ps do they ever start as Braxton contractions and turn into real ones)? Any other signs that led you to believe it was baby time?
If you have more than one kid… how did your labor differ from your first to your next kiddos? I am wondering if labor will be way shorter this time around!
I was really nervous about going to the hospital too early and getting sent home so I tried to wait as long as possible before checking in… When did you go in to the hospital? When your contractions were 4-5 minutes apart?!
If you are pregnant right now—> What things are sounding really good to you right now and really awful to you? Do you feel like you have a lot of energy right now or are you feeling drained?!