Tuesday, December 17, 2013

38 week update... Surrogate Side

Date:  December 17th, 2013 (Happy birthday, Ma!!! xo)

How Many Weeks:  38 weeks! (K texted me wishing me a happy 39 weeks - I think she's trying to rush things and I can't imagine why..... wink,wink!)

Total Weight Gain: 25lbs - I'm guessing since my appointment is tomorrow (if it doesn't get snowed out due to the fact that we are supposed to get another 4-6" on top of the 11+ inches we just got on Sunday...)  I certainly hope that it doesn't get cancelled since this is a big appointment!  If I am at least 3cm dilated, we are going to scheduled an induction date for 12/23/13!  If I'm not dilated enough yet?  Well, we wait...

Baby Size:  PUMPKIN! (Yikes! For real?)

What is going on with this baby:
  • He may have about an inch or so of hair already.  (I'm thinking blonde...  Just 'cuz.)
  • He's slowly shedding that white goo on his skin (called vernix caseosa), but you might see some of it at birth. (His birth day is right around the corner!!!  So freakin' exciting!!)
Maternity Clothes:   I have somewhat packed a bag for the hospital.  I have a set of my comfy jammies in there (whether or not I will actually wear them is still up in the air) and an outfit to go home in.  I have, however, pulled together a fully prepared "go-bag" for my children that is all packed and ready to go; just in case, of course, because they are most important.  Forget my own needs.  So long as my babies are ready to go, that is all that matters. LOL!  

Sleep:  Still going well, believe it or not!  I'm not even needing to get up in the middle of the night to use the toilet!  This baby is so sweet to me.  I'm still contracting periodically through the night (and during the day, for that matter) and they can be somewhat uncomfortable.

Movement:  He's definitely running out of space.  His movements consist of sticking out his bottom as though he wanted to eject through my belly button and shoving his foot/feet outward so much that it's like he's playing tag with my sagging breasts.  I like to tickle his little feet when he does that. 

I still think he's on the smaller size (I say 6-7lbs).  My belly hasn't stretched nearly as large as it had with my previous pregnancies.  I think this is the smallest I've ever been during this stage of pregnancy.  I'll be surprised if he's a biggun' (in comparison to my 9 & 10lb-er).  Although, I've been known to be wrong.  I can honestly say, I am not a good judge of just about anything when it comes to pregnancy/birth, etc.  I've been wrong each time when guessing sex, size, due dates...  I thought my son was a good 7lbs and he turned out to be 9lbs.  My daughter?  I thought she was a boy, for sure.  We didn't have to guess her size since we had weekly ultrasounds for monitoring purposes.  We KNEW she was at least 9lbs a week before her birth.  (Docs weren't letting me go past my due date with her...)  I thought this baby was a girl - wrong - and I had/have a feeling that he'll come early.  Given how I feel right now and have been feeling for the last week; I'm thinking I'm wrong there, too.  But, only time will tell. 

Symptoms:  Apart from the contractions and monstrous stretching on baby's part, I'm good.  Really good, actually...  Yes, my back hurts and I have a difficult time getting up from a squatting position (which I find myself in constantly with two small children), but I feel good.  So, I'll take it!

Food Cravings/Aversions:  I find myself very hungry these days.  I'll eat a good lunch and still be ravenous afterwards.  I try to keep some "healthier" options for me to snack on at work, but given the holiday season, there is just way too many people baking and bringing their goodies in to share...  Don't worry K&J, this baby will have a well-adjusted palette.  :)

I'm looking forward to:  having the baby!!!  I wake each morning wondering if today will be the day.  I also wonder if I should pack a spare set of pants/undies just in case my water decides to break because we all know that I won't be going anywhere looking as though I've just peed myself... I haven't done it, but the thought has definitely crossed my mind.  I've never had my water break on its own before, so maybe that is keeping me from taking the plunge.  Maybe I should.  (Just asked Siri to remind me to do this tonight when I get home.)  Ain't nobody got time for that!

38 weeks!  I was actually contemplating about sharing a bare belly pic.  I thought twice. 

1 comment:

  1. My water broke naturally with my second daughter. I would pack several extra pairs plus a couple of towels. I still wound up leaving a wet spot on the chair in the triage waiting area, lol