I am so excited to feel that this pregnancy is nearing an end. It's not that I hated pregnancy, it's just that the whole reason we got ourselves in this situation is going to be here so soon! Sometimes I feel a little nervous, but I really am more excited than anything else. It's sort of strange how obvious it is that my body is preparing for this.
Here's what's going on:
Baby's size? She is just under 5 lbs and 18 inches long! I think they say they gain about a half a pound a week or something at this point. So really, that would get us a 7.5 lbs baby or so. Sounds great to me!
Weight Gain? Well, I still think this is nosy. The numbers are getting up there, but at this point, I don't have a whole lot of control.
Stretch marks? ahhhh!!!! Yes. I just noticed some last weekend. I had a freak out. They aren't too bad, really. And it's not like I ever had this incredible body and would prance about in my skivvies. Oh wait...I think I change my mind. Looking back, that's exactly what I used to do. Haha, oh well!
Belly button in or out? It's pretty flat. Some days you can see a little dot thru my shirt. My belly is so strange looking.
Sleep? Getting more and more difficult. Preparation...
Foods I am loving? I think sweets. I normally do not have a major sweet tooth, but I find myself snagging Culver's frozen custard from work (they bring it over every month!!) at 9:30 in the morning. WHAT?!
Foods I am hating? I can't say I'm hating anything out of the ordinary, but I do need be choosier as heartburn has made it's debut on a regular basis.
Best moment this week? It may have only lasted for 24 hours or so, but I think the baby moved into a different position because I had GREAT relief from the hip and back pain I had been experiencing. I sort of thought it was normal to not be able to get into a standing position without wincing, and I sort of thought it was normal for me to not be able to take a single step without feeling absolutely miserable. Then, BAM! All of the sudden and get in and out of a chair, I was walking briskly, I felt like going for a jog!! But VERY quickly realized that would be a terrible idea. The discomfort has settled in again, but hey, that's life.
Movement? She's slowing down and I compare her to a manatee. Very slow but strong movements. My belly will kind of stretch and morph where she's hanging out. I've been able to feel individual parts a little more now. It's a little creepy, but absolutely amazing. I feel like I'm holding her already.
Symptoms? Heartburn. Back pain. Leg cramps. Braxton Hicks. Swelling. Pregnancy Brain.
Hair growing EXTREMELY fast, fingernails are growing faster than I can bite them, so I've tried to cut back on that, and they almost look "nice" now. Chapped lips. Anyone else get that?? It's miserable! My lips bleed! I am constantly applying lip balm and drink tons and tons of water. Nothing is helping.
Gender? A girl. If she decided to change half way through though...sorry dude. You are gonna be girly.
What I miss? Hmm...I have gotten used to some of the things I miss, so I won't really say I miss them right now, I'll just say I look forward to experiencing them again soon. I look forward to get my old body back (yes, I know, this may never happen), I look forward to having a couple of glasses of wine, I look forward to putting on socks without feeling like I'm gonna puke.
What I'm looking forward to? Oops! I didn't read ahead. I am also looking forward to moving through the holiday season and having this little munchkin!!
Weekly Wisdom: "Enjoy it while you can" just kidding!! I had some strange woman say that to me as I was waiting in line at Harry & David fanning myself because it was about 90 degrees in there. I gave her a dirty look, put my merchandise back on the shelves and walked out. IN YOUR FACE, strange lady! What does she even mean by that??
Milestone: I can say I'm having my baby next month!
Emotions: In general, feeling very positive. Besides the irrational behavior brought on by chick hormones, I feel like I've been doing pretty well the last couple of weeks.
And now I'll leave you with a few photos taken over the last few weeks:
November 4, our 4 year anniversary--before dinner
November 17, at the shower that my friends had for me!
My doggie and me, November 27