Just a few more days until I am considered “full term”, although it will be early term, but whatever. I had a really good week so far. The holidays were really nice and pretty relaxed. I was not allowed (doctor’s rules) to travel more than an hour away from the hospital, so we stayed around here and celebrated with my family. We basically went from event to event for a little over 36 hours, so I was pretty glad to have a break last night. We will be hosting M’s mom and dad and their spouses tomorrow, so that should be interesting. After that, we are basically free until Arlie gets here. I will be grateful for some more downtime this week.
We had an appointment on Monday. I got the strep B test done, no results yet and I also got checked. The NP said that I was a fingertip dilated and 50% thinned out. She said her head is way down, so I will probably progress from where I was on Monday. I go back in on Monday, so we will see if I have made any progress. I’ve definitely been getting some contractions lately. They are not consistent, but they definitely are different than the braxton hicks I have had in the past. I can also feel a huge difference in my lady parts. It is really pretty uncomfortable lately, but I know I am in the home stretch now so I can handle the pain. Just 24 days left!
How far along? 36 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain: 41 lbs. Not ideal… I honestly don’t really care at this point, but I am a little concerned for later on when I am trying to lose the weight. I hope I can do this.
Maternity clothes? I am living in pj pants and huge t-shirts while I am off work. I’m really not sure what the hell I am going to do when I have to go back to work next week. I guess wear the same pair of jeans every day.
Stretch marks? None on my stomach still but my legs and butt are pretty covered. I am hoping that these will fade.
Best moment this week: Hearing the heartbeat again and seeing my whole family for Christmas.
Miss Anything? Sleep. It is a constant battle to fall asleep for longer than a few hours. I feel exhausted constantly. M told me that it was getting kind of frustrating to go out of the house with me because I am normally very decisive and on a mission, but lately I am all scattered and weird. I think this is directly related to how little sleep I am getting.
Movement: She definitely is running out of room. Sometimes I feel like she is trying to stretch out and she has no where to go so her limbs are all over the place sticking out of my bump. Her movements are big rolls and stretches now.
Food cravings: Candy, chocolate, sweets in general. I don’t really think these are cravings so much as really poor decision making
Anything making you queasy or sick: Chicken. And some smells, but nothing specific.
Have you started to show yet? Yes.
Labor Signs: Definitely having contractions now. They aren’t consistent and they are not very strong, but they are happening. I swear I can also feel my cervix either thinning or opening.
Symptoms: Swollen everything. Stuffy nose. Exhausted. Heartburn and acid reflux.
Belly Button in or out? It is flat on one half and sticking out on the other half. It looks ridiculous.
Wedding rings on or off? OFF 😦
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m pretty happy. Feeling rather content with life right now. I am really quite impatient at this point and I am hoping that she makes her debut sooner rather than later.
Looking forward to: Another appointment on Monday, and a few more days off from work. Really though I am just looking forward to her being here. It is so close now.