This post is coming a bit late, I am closer to 39 weeks now, but I really want to document and take photos of these final weeks and even days. I know this pregnancy I haven’t taken nearly as many photos as I did while pregnant with Evie. I’ve packed baby girls bag for the hospital, and started mine the other day. Need to finish that today. I will be sharing what all I packed another time. I am so thankful for friends who have all reminded me what to pack, I have some serious prego brain going on and have been worrying I’d forget something. Sure enough they all reminded me of things I needed to pack. We still have a lot of organizing to do around the house, which I is why I am so thankful to be on maternity leave now. We NEED to get Evie into her big girl room, so that I can organize her old room back into the nursery. This is first and foremost… anyone want to watch a preschooler for a day for us?
How far along? 38 weeks and 4 days-ish (I am so losing track at this point)
Gender: Another sweet little baby girl. That being said, I have a few gender neutral and boy items just in case we have a huge surprise at delivery.
Name: We have a couple first names now that we like. One middle name for sure. The second middle name we are still talking about. It’s tradition in my family to honour someone with the middle name. I really like the idea of doing that again. Our first born has the name of a friend of ours, who is one of Evie’s honorary aunties that she loves to pieces.
Weight Gain/Loss: My weight is going back and forth by a pound or two now. Last appointment I was up another pound, making it 11lbs gained. I’ll see where I am at this week Thursday at my next doctor’s appointment. I definitely appear much smaller than my pregnancy with Evie. I’m hopeful that it means I will be able to get the baby weight off sooner, but I’m not stressing about it.
Maternity clothes? I am to the point of all maternity shirts being to short, they were all pretty much short for me in the first place. I really wish companies would make longer versions for those of us who are taller than average or have long torsos. So thankful for my nursing tanks that are longer and I can layer with those.
Belly Button in or out? Depends on the day now. It was half popping out yesterday, but is back to being in this morning. We’ll see if I end up looking like I have a turkey timer at Thanksgiving this coming weekend.
Sleep: I actually had a decent sleep the other night, even with having to get up to use the washroom a million times. I went to bed incredibly early and got the reset I needed. It was glorious. My husband and I are trying to figure out a game plan for when baby girl gets here. It seems she has her nights and days backwards already. We did not do well when Evie was like this, it was brutal. For now it looks like I will be the one up all night with baby girl, and my husband will be getting up with our preschooler in the mornings. At that point I will sleep when baby girl sleeps during the day. Whatever happens, we are hoping to make it work better this time round.
Best moment this week: We went for a walk as a family around the Stanley Park sea wall. We had a bit of a time crunch as dear hubby had booked in golf earlier than I wanted him to. Still we got about 8kms in. I am on a mission to walk this baby out. While walking the sea wall we saw jellyfish, and two seal in the water. Evie loved it, plus she was with a lot of her favourite people. I cannot wait to do outings as a family of 4, and have baby girl in our carrier with us.
Movement: This girl parties late at night, and early in the morning. I keep trying to get a good video of it, but it’s like she knows I’ve started to film and stops. During the day there is not a whole lot of moment, which some times concerns me but the doctor reminded me that at this point baby girl is very much like a newborn and has sleep cycles going on.
Food cravings: I have had a lot of cravings recently. Spicy food. Orange juice. Chicken. It’s been weird because for so long I haven’t really had any, at this point if a cravings comings a long I want that item now.
Miss Anything? I miss being able to roll over in bed, and just move without it hurting. Thankfully going to chiro has been helping with this and it is not as bad as my other pregnancy. Still, it’s not fun but there is not much I can do. I hate complaining about it too, because I am so thankful for this little girl.
Have people started asking when is baby coming?: The “You’re ready to pop!” comments have started, and I really dislike them, but tend to ignore the people who say them. This is part of why if I am still pregnant at Thanksgiving I plan on staying home. I cannot deal with the comments again like I experienced during my pregnancy over Christmas. Not doing that again.
Labor signs: After our walk around the sea wall I had a lot of contractions. I actually was not sure if my husband would be going golfing. There have been a few other signs too, like my mucus plug losing pieces. I am not getting my hopes up though as I know it can regenerate within a day.
Wedding rings on or off: I’ve noticed recently that if I am dehydrated at all my ring fits more tightly. It’s a bit of a late indicator to remind me to drink more water. I’ve been much better about drinking lots of water this pregnancy, still have my bad days. For now my rings are still on.
Happy or moody most of the time: I’ve been really moody lately. Sorry honey. Anything can set me off.
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, though it may just be that our little family has dinner on our own at home if I am a grump. Ultimately I am really looking forward to little girls arrival.