Movement – Baby girl is definitely running out of room! Now when she moves it’s as if I have an alien in me. Maybe I’ve said that before, but seriously, each week it gets scarier and scarier to watch my belly move and change shape.
Baby Prep – I think I’m as prepped as I’ll ever be at this point. I still have a few things to do in the nursery, but even that can wait. All of the baby gear is put together and just waiting to be filled with our chunky monkey.
Maternity clothes – My poor clothes must be praying for this baby to arrive! My workout clothes especially.
Food cravings — OH lawd. What food am I not craving/eating? Words can not express how hungry I was last week! Thankfully my hunger levels have mellowed out a bit, but last week was pretty intense! I’m still trying to eat as many veggies as I can, but carbs and protein are definitely my go to foods when I’m super hungry. Cereal has been my best friend, especially at 4AM.
Workouts – Last week Neal and I went on a few long walks and then I went to one spin class on Sunday. I felt awesome on the bike and had a really great workout! I’m just taking it week by week.
Sleep – Oh sleep, how I miss thee! I think I slept in the recliner chair 4 out of 7 nights last week and probably should have slept there all 7 nights. Sleeping in bed is no longer comfortable, but I do get fairly good sleep in the recliner. Plus I think Neal enjoys having back the space that my pregnancy pillow has taken up these past 9.5 months. Insomnia definitely set in last week, but I got some great sleep this past weekend. I’ve learned to just roll with it and nap when I can. Sounds like I’ve had the baby already doesn’t it?
Symptoms – PUPPP has subsided, yay, which makes me think it wasn’t PUPPP. My heartburn is also essentially non-existent, yay, and thankfully I haven’t battled swelling all that much. All in all I’m feeling great health wise.
Doctors Appointments – I have my week 38 appointment this afternoon and am really hoping the baby has dropped! At last week’s appointment the baby hadn’t dropped at all and my body wasn’t “preparing” for labor in any way. I’m hoping something changed during my 38th week of pregnancy.
Thoughts and feelings – I’m really ready to have our daughter. I’d love to think that her arrival is just around the corner, but I know there’s also a good chance she’ll arrive past her due date. Either way, my due date is just two weeks away!! I can either go through each day anxiously awaiting her arrival or I can enjoy this time before baby. I’m trying my hardest to do the latter, but some moments are hard. I know she’ll arrive when she’s ready or when the doctor kicks her out.
Now I’m going to be super honest for a second about something I’ve been feeling because I bet a million dollars other moms have or will feel the same way… One thing that has honestly been super overwhelming is just how eager people are to see the baby after she arrives. I know that might sound crazy, but let me explain.
Before this pregnancy I never really thought too much about how new moms must feel after having their baby. I figured they were crazy excited and eager to share their bundle of joy with the world. Now that I’m in their shoes I honestly feel bad for not respecting their time and space more. I feel like I should have given my friends space and time to heal and relax instead of being so eager to see their bundle of joy, because the truth is, I just wanted to meet their babies.
I know that people have the best of intentions, but as the new mom I’m going to keep it real and share just how overwhelming it is to have people want to get on your calendar long before you even know when the baby will be here, how she’ll feel, or how I’ll feel. At this moment all my brain is thinking about is delivering our daughter, resting and recovering in the hospital, bringing our daughter home, and then adjusting to our new life as a family of 3. The thought of having people over and having to entertain just stresses me out. No I don’t have to entertain, but I know myself all too well. I know that I’m going to feel lots of pressure to entertain and the reality is, I may have zero desire to get out of my pjs or to put down my daughter those first few weeks.
Long story short, I’ve just been surprised by how much more stressed I am about people wanting to come over than having a newborn (just keeping it real). Maybe I’m the only woman to feel this way, but I figured it didn’t hurt to say what other women may be thinking and/or feeling. As a soon to be working mom, I really just want to snuggle with my newborn and to enjoy the few weeks I have at home with Neal and our daughter before we all go back to work.
Week 39, here we go!