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~ Week 39 ~

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Week 39 Watermelon!!

Hallelujah! We have a watermelon! Week 39 and baby is now about 6 1/2 – 8 lbs in weight and probably won’t get any bigger than he/she is now but that little brain is still developing rapidly. It’s a bit surreal to think we are nearly there!

I have read that there is a decrease in fetal activity now due to the lack of space in there, but  I must say baby is still pretty strong with the kicks, jabs and wiggles and everytime I stop moving around and sit down (even on public transport) those antics start up again. Baby still hasn’t ‘dropped’ yet and with tomorrow being D-day (December 15th) and no Braxton Hicks at the moment I don’t think baby will be making an appearance just yet. Not that you can tell these things….but I think I feel too good to be about to go into labour!

So if there is no show over the weekend,  it’s off to the hospital Monday morning for anti-natal testing to check everything is still okay with baby and if there is still no sign by the 23rd (Robins birthday!)  then an induction it will be.

I really don’t think I will have to wait that long (here’s hoping) but I am happy to hang on as I am still enjoying being pregnant even with these full term aches and pains and swelling and getting fatter by the week! ^_^ Speaking of getting fatter (I’m 195lbs now!)  It’s interesting how people like to share their own opinions- even strangers – on ones size during pregnancy! Now I am carrying a full term baby,  I am ”SO big” (the cheek!) and sometimes it is the opposite and Im told it’s very neat.. (I really think I’m just average – afterall I am only 5ft 3inches tall and ready to give birth!)   If it were any other situation though, those kind of remarks would be just plain rude…SIGH … why is it okay in pregnancy for people to get over familiar and opinianted…perhaps I should start to have a smart answer like ‘Not as big as your arse or nose’. Then blame the auld pregnancy hormones *wink!* The other thing that is becoming a tad testing,  is this being able to tell from the shape of your bump etc. Every single culture seems to have their own theory and each one contradicts another yet they all are right (!)  It’s very simple. You can’t tell! The odds of the guessing is 50/50 so you have a pretty high chance of guessing it right. But it really is just that! A guess!!

Anyway, we will see soon enough if baby is big ‘un and a boy or girl! (SO exciting!!!)

But judging on how I feel right now,I will leave it up to baby to ‘decide’ when to arrive ..as they say only baby knows when it’s ready to be born!

 

Bump Progress!

Week 39 the size of a watermelon

 

 

 

~ Week 38 ~

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Week 38 Pumpkin

Our little pumpkin is now the size of a pumpkin! Week 38 has gone pretty much the same as the last. I don’t feel any difference physically, nor has baby ‘dropped’ just yet. I kind of expected it to happen this week but sometimes it doesn’t until labour begins either so I guess I will just have to wait and see.

My Oedema is a little bit more under control and bearable as long as I sleep on my left side with my feet propped up a lot.  Not the most ideal sleeping position but it means I can wear my flip flops each day which means I can go out (Unless it rains again!)

Baby continues to get bigger and stronger! I have gained quiet a good bit in the weight area these past few weeks and currently am a whopping 190lbs which probably means baby has packed on the weight a bit too (I hope – it can’t all be me !! O_O )  I continue to have a lovely waddle going on, a lot of the time but it’s to be expected now and all a good sign that D day is nigh. I see my OB weekly now too just to check babys heartbeat, my blood pressure, weigh in and measure my ever growing bump.

So he / she  is pretty much ready to be born…and we are as ready as we are going to be too!

 

 

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~ Week 37 ~

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week 37 watermelon

Woohoo!! Baby reached full term this past week and is now the grand size of a wintermelon! This means he/she is fully developed but is in a ‘refining’ stage and getting healthier, stronger and gaining about 1/2 an ounce per day and I should probably more freaked out by the melon comparison!!

At this stage I’m pretty much waddling my way through each day, and biding my time. I can’t move about as much as I’d like to, mainly from the pressure of babys head in my pelvic area – this discomfort can come and go when I move and even be so sharp that it stops me in my tracks. My lovely swollen ‘cabbage patch’ legs and feet are still on the increase too, so now I have one choice of footwear  and this week it actually rained! It hardly ever rains here so it was a bit tricky getting out and about esp to my OB appointment which I have on a weekly basis now until December 15th. All looks well with baby and I gained 3 more lbs in the past fortnight and the size of bumpo increased by 2 cm but baby hasn’t ‘dropped’ yet and honestly I don’t want to think about how much more pressure I will feel once that does happen which I expect can be any day soon now  O_O

And now that I am ”big” – I don’t think my bump is that big personally – AKA  9 months pregnant!  The boy / girl guesses seem to be leaning more towards a boy with many old wives tales and cultures helping people in their guessing.  [ a Fillipino lady in Walgreens who physically looked about 10 years old herself told me I was ” very big so it had to be a boy” – the cheek! }

I guess it’s part of the fun of it though!  I have no idea and no ‘feeling’ and I love the surprise and excitement of not knowing… we will all know soon enough though!  ^_^

~Week 37 ~

Bump Progress!

Week 37 the size of a watermelon

~ Week 36 ~

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Week 36 has flown by and without too many changes from the last, with the exception that now baby has officially reached full term and me the 9th month of pregnancy.  These last weeks are not really about me anymore but all about getting those last vital bits n’ pieces together for babys arrival!  I am trying to take everyones advise and rest as much as possible, but I find it hard to stop some days and do just that when there is still so much to do.. Now that the nursery is finally coming together I think I might be able to relax a bit more about it all. *sigh*

Physically I am doing well, apart from Oedema  which has been my only major pregnancy complaint (My Mum tells me, she had this too in all her pregnancies)  and also pelvic pressure which is really a good sign for baby, but an absolute b**ch to deal with daily for me.  But I will keep waddling on for the next 21 days! Emotionally we are so excited now and I am trying not to dwell on labour and pain too much.

Bring on the pain relief is all I can say!

 

 

Bump Progress from Week 36!

 

 

 

 

 

~ Week 35 ~

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Week 35 recap!! *Squeel!* Baby reached the size of a coconut (This is weight wise methinks as I am definately carrying more than a coconut in there!) and is technically full term or ‘late pre-term’. Reaching the full 40 weeks is very important though for brain development which is still going strong.

This past week went really fast! Maybe it’s because we are nearly there, I think time is going faster that normal and I am in nesting overdrive at home. There is still lots to buy and do and I really want to have my hospital bag ready just in case! The Nursery isn’t finished just yet but we are nearly there with all the essential bits n’ bobs so I can

I had my  OB check this week too, which included an ultrasound, weigh in and measurement of bump. It had been four weeks since my last check up and I gained 10lbs in that month! O_O  Which was a lot in such a short space of time even Doc said, but this is the weight gaining time and baby is fully grown in length  just getting plumper and plumper til D-day. I blame Hallowe’en and all the left over choccies mostly! Also the fact I’m not really exercising like before as when I do move it’s just too slow and waddley to count. Lots of my maternity clothes are even getting too small and tight now but it doesn’t feel worth it to invest in some more at this stage.

The ultrasound showed that baby is turned the right way around and descended down  {which I knew from the pressure that’s there all the time and loo trips every 30 minutes like clockwork} but my bump is still very high so I am still getting kicked in the ribs.  Everything is right on track though and Doc thinks that baby will arrive on the expected due date of December 15th.

Now if only we could decide on names..

Bump Progress Week 35

 

~ Week 34 ~

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Another recap/update this week as I have been so tired but I am going easy on myself as the weeks edge nearer to D-day and just keeping up with this project of mine at all,  makes me happy.

– Week 34 was the size of a Butternut Squash – very seasonal ! Baby is still getting fatter – I can feel heavier each week that passes and slower! Sometimes when I catch sight of my own reflection in a shop window I am surprised at how much larger bump looks and even though I don’t forget I am pregnant it’s still a shock for a split second ^_^ This past week I was able to breathe slightly easier again but trips to the loo have increased due to pressure which means baby has begun it’s descent lower into my pelvis. Speaking of trips to the loo, baby is now passing up to a pint of urine daily! That extra pressure ‘down there’ has added to the attractive pregnancy waddle and some days can feel very uncomfortable and pinchy.It’s a hard one to describe!

All the reading sources say that baby can recognise simple songs I am singing to him/her which is endearing. I like the idea of our baby being born with a familiarity of musicals, traditional folk ballads and Indie rock!

Back aches, Oedema,Braxton Hicks and fatigue are the main complaints I have now,  sometimes all at once, and will probably continue to have until D-day. Shoes/boots are a no-no, and I can just about manage to wear my chucks on the cooler days (every other day it’s flip-flops – thank goodness I am in a climate that allows summery footwear I must say!) really loose and only  if Robin ties my laces for me. I tried one day to do them by myself and after much huffing, puffing and straining followed by being nearly close to tears I gave in and called himself to take over. All in all though, this last trimester is going really well for me. It is hard to believe the end is nigh! This has been the fasted 8 months of my life.

Over the past few months, thoughts on pregnancy in general have popped into my head randomly – nothing unusual about a pregnant lady thinking of pregnancy, I know! But I really am loving the whole experience and thankful for it too. I think I may even miss being pregnant once it’s all over. Nature is mind blowing and this reminds me of how much so, daily. To be able to grow another person and go through so many physical and emotional changes in a reasonably short space of time, is in itself mind blowing!  I can understand the whole ‘miracle’ references now. I suppose it feels like that in a sense, especially the end result – a healthy baby, another person who is an extension of both of you.. Maybe this is just the hormones talking, but hey I’m allowed to sound a little bit high on life I reckon.

I have many sleepless nights and my mind is in over-drive but I feel happy and excitment is building now for both of us! We can’t wait to finally meet our baby and know if it’s a boy or a girl.

Gender guessing continues especially from strangers. Even the barista guy in my local Starbucks had his guess this week too – he reckons it’s a boy as I am looking more ”round” now. His words, not mine.

50/50 must seem like very tempting odds,  not so sure about risking calling any woman ’round’ though!  * smile *

Bump Progress!  (I hope to have our ‘real’ camera back next week -yay!)