The due date is here. The countdown has somewhat ended (although it still continues on because baby has not made his grand debut yet). I cannot believe I have officially been pregnant for 40 weeks! The time has flown by. Within the next few days I will be HOLDING and SNUGGLING and LOVING my baby boy and that is just unreal! Gabe and I are of course very anxious for his arrival. I’ve been having a few contractions here and there, and a few other signs that labor is approaching, but so far the official labor has not begun. No baby yet, but that’s ok as long as he is healthy and happy in there. I don’t plan to get induced unless it is medically necessary, so we’re just waiting it out.
How far along: 40 weeks
Weight gain: 29 pounds (give or take). My weight is kind of fluctuating now and has actually gone down, which they say is normal at this point in the game.
Last Doctor’s check-up: October 11. I was dilated to 1 cm and 25% effaced. A little progress is better than no progress. Baby’s heart rate was perfect.
Sleep: Sleep has gotten infinitely more uncomfortable. Between lower back pain, contractions, a HUGE belly, and baby moving a lot, I wake up a lot throughout the night. And my husband has a terrible cold so he has been snoring and been up a lot throughout the night as well. We are really just getting ready for running on no sleep when baby comes.
Best moment this month: These past two weeks I have finally really gotten myself prepared for the baby’s arrival so that has been my “best moment.” I have washed all his clothes and blankets, purchased the co-sleeping baby bed we will be using, have diapers and wipes, and plan to get the car seat installed today so all the essentials are covered. Hospital bags are packed and we are ready to have this baby whenever he is ready! It feels good to feel prepared.
Worst moment this month: Waiting is hard. 🙂 I’m getting very antsy now to have the baby. But I am trying to be patient and I know he will come when he is ready!
Miss anything: I miss being able to comfortably bend over. Putting on my socks and shoes at this point in time is a seriously daunting task.
Movement: He is still very active, which is a good sign, although I can definitely tell he is getting more cramped in there. He is taking up my entire abdomen – it seems like there is absolutely no more space in there, it is all baby!
40 week belly! SO big!
Cravings: Really just all about the sweets, but I’ve always been a sugar-loving girl. Ahh.
Looking forward to: Birth date! I am nervous for labor and I’m not going to deny that, but I am also weirdly looking forward to getting to experience it. Throughout my pregnancy I have done a lot of research and reading and have decided to go all natural, no pain medications or interventions, and only plan to have any medical intervention in the case that it is necessary. Now I am fully aware that plans could change and I am preparing myself for that possibility as well, but I am just looking forward to watching my body do exactly what it was built to do – bring a baby into this world. I have done a bit of serious backpacking in my life (I don’t even know if this is really comparable to labor because I’ve never had a baby before) but I keep thinking about those experiences of climbing a mountain with a huge pack on my back, getting hardly any sleep, and being in pain from the hiking. I think about the feeling of FINALLY reaching the top of the mountain, after climbing for hours and experiencing many times when you think you have made it, only to find out you still have miles more. That feeling of reaching the destination, after an incredible amount of hard work, is unreal. I feel like that is similar to how I will feel when baby is born. If I can climb mountains, I can have babies. (All you Moms who have already experienced having babies may think I’m crazy, but just let me live in this little euphoria while I can! 🙂 )
Next post will be a BABY POST with pictures of my little guy! Can’t believe it! I thank Heavenly Father every single day for giving me this opportunity to be pregnant and bring one of His children to this earth. Life is so good.
*Featured image by Crista Ballard Photography