I decided to do my post a little earlier this week than I normally do because of the holiday and the shower and everything else. I figured I would take some time on Saturday evening to do another post about the shower too. This week is going pretty well. On Monday I had a routine appointment where the nurse practitioner told me (after a rather awkward external examination of my pelvis) that Arlie is definitely head down and ready to go. It was actually kind of a funny moment because up until that point it was all casual and fine and then when she saw how low Arlie is, she started asking me all kinds of questions about how prepared I was. I guess I satisfied her questioning because she seemed to ease up a bit after that. I feel like I may be having Arlie early even if we don’t have a scheduled c-section. She seems almost ready to be out of there and I would love to have her here. I just need her to stay in there for a few more weeks. 5 would be nice. Perhaps someone can pass her that memo….
We also met with the maternity care specialist at the hospital yesterday. That was the highlight of all my appointments so far. This lady was awesome and funny and had SO much information. It was nice to have someone who actually seemed on top of her shit for once. She helped us create a birth plan which was really nice because I have been struggling with that. We also signed all the releases for Arlie, got her birth certificate applications, got a run-down of visiting hours, chose out support team (just M and my best friend K) and went over pretty much everything else. We also got pre-registered, which was scary and so exciting. Basically shit got real this week and we only have a few weeks to get everything done. The good news is that her room is completely done (with the exception of washing the cloth diapers and any new clothes we get this weekend), the bags are packed, carseat will be installed by the weekend and house is almost in order. Now we play the waiting game. I hope we don’t have to wait too long.
How far along? 32 weeks 2 days
Total weight gain: 31 lbs. No one seems concerned about it, except for me. Plus, all my vitals are better than they were before I was pregnant, so I guess it’s no big deal. I am dangerously close to 200 lbs now and that is terrifying.
Maternity clothes? All the time. My favorite maternity jeans are starting to get a little uncomfortable. I live in pj pants and athletic shorts at home. I have also started breaking my own personal rule of wearing sweats or pj pants in public. The shame!
Stretch marks? Still none on the stomach, but plenty on my thighs, butt and lower legs.
Best moment this week: Finding out Arlie is head down and getting ready to come out. And setting up the birth plan and all that jazz. It’s real now. No going back.
Miss Anything? Sleep. I would give anything for one good night of sleep.
Movement: She has been moving a lot more, which is so reassuring. I feel her a lot in the evenings and in the early morning. I love feeling her move. I also love when she shoves a foot or her butt out of the top of the bump.
Food cravings: Last night I had my first legitimate craving. I actually make M go to the store to get me the crunchiest potato chips he could find. And they were delicious.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I hate chicken so much.
Have you started to show yet? Yes, it is even bigger than last week.
Gender: Baby GIRL!
Labor Signs: Having a few Braxton Hicks. They aren’t hurting at all so thats good at least.
Symptoms: Stupid stuffy nose. I am so tired of this. And now I am experiencing swollen feet and hands. And no sleep at all.
Belly Button in or out? Almost completely flat. I’m not sure if the last little bit is going to pop out or not.
Wedding rings on or off? On but soooo tight. It leaves a mark when I wear it.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Fairly happy. The relief of not working in a job I hate is so nice. Plus I am just so excited for the next few weeks!
Looking forward to: Thanksgiving tomorrow, seeing my sister and my nephew tomorrow, my shower on Saturday and then the appointment with the specialist next week. We are moving forward so fast now! So much to look forward to!