Well ladies and gents… this is it! The last and final bumpdate. I’m officially 40 weeks pregnant. It’s hard to believe yet at the same time it isn’t. Sort of surreal I guess?! Anyways, I have an appointment today with the doc and she is going to induce my labor naturally so by the time the weekend is over, we should have a baby! I haven’t taken any decent pictures this week (don’t worry- we’re taking lots before I go) so I thought I’d give you another sneak peek of our maternity shoot. Courtney from Hartness Photography did an amazing job… we love how the photos turned out!!!
How far along: 40 weeks!
Due date: July 17th
Baby size: My baby book says he should be around 7 to 8 pounds and about 19 to 21 inches long. We are just guesstimating that he might be closer to 8 pounds. I like the number 8 because my birthday is 8/8… so 8 pounds and some change seems like a good number!
Total weight gain: 30 pounds… I predicted from the beginning that I would gain 30 pounds… looks like I’m basically a fortune-telling genius!
Symptoms: I have major spurts of energy and then I’m sleepy and tired. I can kill it around the house for a couple of hours but then I’m beat. Sleeping is becoming difficult. Once I finally get comfy though, I basically sleep like a dead rock… until I get insomnia. I know I sound like I’m contradicting myself but it’s all true. I lay down in bed and it takes a while to find a comfy position; however, once I’ve made my nest, I fall asleep almost immediately and sleep really well… until I am wide awake for no reason or need to use the bathroom (which can be 2-6 times a night sometimes) or have heartburn. And I take a nap most days so that’s a plus.
A lot of heaviness and soreness in the pelvis has been getting worse by the day. I guess that’s to be expected at this point. And the heartburn, which I think has lead to some nausea, has been pretty uncomfortable. But it’s all a small price to pay!
Food cravings/aversions: Meh… food has sort of been neither here nor there for me really. I’m not really craving anything that I can think of. I’m just eating to survive really. It’s not that I’m sick feeling, I just haven’t been “dying” over anything recently. Nothing seems amazing but nothing seems to be a turn-off either. My aunt did make some soup for us the other night and it was delicious! Thanks Aunt Cole!
prediction: Boy! Jackson Jace Ross to be exact!!!!
Looking forward to: Meeting our son!
Speaking of taking naps, my doctor took me off of work July 2nd. I went in on the 3rd to give them my doctors excuse and wrap a few things up, but by 9am I was heading home. This has helped my swelling. Let me rephrase, my swelling is completely gone. Sitting at that desk all.day.long was really wearing on me. I know that sounds crazy but my feet looked like they belonged to a hippo by lunch and I was pretty miserable at work. When I found out I was pregnant, I planned to have all of my work done about a month in advance just in case I had my little guy early. So, when the doctor took me off of work, I needed to wrap up two little things and that was it. It was definitely a good feeling to have my tasks done.
I’ve been filling my days with washing clothes, washing dishes, tidying up the house, little projects here and there, resting, propping up my feet, writing thank you notes, etc., etc., etc.! The doctor did not put me on strict bed rest, she just told me to take it easy and enjoy the last two weeks… and that’s basically what I’ve been trying to do.
Even though pregnancy has been a bit of a challenge for me, even from the very beginning, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. There are SO SO SO many women who never get the chance to carry a child of their own, so I don’t take this wonderful privilege lightly. I’m so thrilled to have carried our baby this long and I actually think I’m going to miss being pregnant. In our spare time, we sit around and watch my belly. It looks like a little earthquake going on in there. When we lay in bed at night, we put our hands on my belly and feel him kick and punch and roll and stretch. It’s our time to bond… I’m going to miss that. But guess what? He will be here before we know it and doing all of that on the outside… plus crying and dirtying diapers and feeding and so much more. Jackson Jace Ross… mommy and daddy cannot wait to meet you!