Friday, September 16, 2011
Well, well, well....here we (still) are at 40 weeks
How far along: 40 weeks
Weight gain: 30 lbs
How big is baby: 7.5 pounds and 20 inches long (although, who really knows at this point...!) Greg and I asked our moms what our measurements were at birth. I was 7 lbs, 1/2 an ounce and we think 20 inches long (there may have been an error on my birth certificate, LOL). Greg was 7 lbs, 7 oz and 19 inches long. Wondering if Ben will be similar in size?
Maternity clothes: Yep.
Stretch marks: Still in the clear!
Sleep: Still annoyed by the frequent (as in hourly) bathroom trips and heartburn, but I still wake up feeling rested. Sleeping on my stomach is something that will be an option for me again soooo soon. Yippie!
Best moment this week: Hmmm. "Best". I spent a lot of this week mildly annoyed that things didn't seem to be progressing, but in between pity parties, I did squeeze in a few fun things :) Over the weekend, Greg and I watched our friend Collin skydive and then had a lunch and movie date. (Contagion was a great movie - I highly recommend it)! My friends Lisa and Rachel came over and hung out for awhile on Sunday evening - always fun! Also, my friend Kim took me out to dinner on Wednesday night, which was super nice of her. I swear, I have been SO spoiled throughout this pregnancy. I know I say it a lot, but I feel so incredibly lucky by the amazing support system Greg and I (and soon Ben) have.
Movement: Yes - and uncomfortable again. In fact, this is the foot that I am constantly feeling dig into my right ribs:
Food Cravings: My appetite is still about half what it was during most of my pregnancy.
Labor Signs: Ha. I think that most first time moms can relate to what I'm going through, in that I'm having a hard time determining what is and is not a labor sign. From what I'm told, I will KNOW when what I'm experiencing is "real" and when it's just a "pre-labor" symptom. I do know, however, that I'm experiencing a lot more braxton hicks lately and a lot of cramping and back aches. I have also progressed since last week's appointment in that I'm slightly dilated (maybe 1/2 - 1 cm) and 50% effaced. After about 4 hours of appointments yesterday (weekly check up, ultrasound, fetal heart rate monitoring, etc.) I went to my friend Willow for a labor-inducing massage. She basically focused on pressure points on my feet, ankles and legs that DEFINITELY made me have contractions while I was there. I had some cramping throughout the evening as well, but that is about it. Maybe it will kick start something soon?
Belly button in or out: Sometimes out, sometimes flat - always disgusting.
What I miss: I know that I am not the most patient person in the world....but making someone like me wait potentially another week for their baby is a mild form of torture ;) I can tell Greg is getting anxious as well! For now, we will continue to wait...
What I'm looking forward to: This week is going to be the week, that much I know for sure. Unless Ben decides to arrive on his own, I'm scheduled for induction next Friday!