Mommy this week – This was a very pleasant week for mommy! I relaxed a lot, keeping my feet up as much as possible at work. The weather cooled off a little bit, but for some reason our school therefore thought that they would turn off the air-conditioning (which had only been on for a couple of days). I have been swelling up less, so if the weather stays where it is for a couple more weeks, I will be okay.
How far along? 38 weeks… Ahhhhhh, crazy!
Total weight gain: I didn’t gain any weight this week. Weight gain total 50+lbs.
Stretch Marks? Nothing new – holding thumbs that I make it through to the other side stretch mark free. Almost there!! Despite what people have said, I really don’t think my belly is so big.
Sleep: Perfect – no complaints.
Best moment of the week: Sunday after church I thought that Eli was coming. I was thrilled!!
I literally squealed like a little girl. I could barely contain my excitement. We’re still waiting.
Miss Anything? I can’t think of anything I missed this week. I’m just too excited about what is coming to think about what I can’t do/ have. The end is so close now that I’m not wanting anything except to meet our son, and hold him in my arms.
Baby Movement: Big rolls and turns, hiccups very low down in my uterus, and a weird feeling in my pelvis (almost as though Eli is turning his head from side to side).
Food Cravings: Nope
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Gender: Baby boy
Labor Signs: Mild period-like cramping almost everyday at some point, but not really contractions. On Sunday I had some brown discharge which made me very excited! You can read more about that here: Is he Coming? That night I woke up with mild cramping. I thought it was making my belly hard but to be honest, I was so sleepy that I don’t know what I was feeling. I woke up with more brown discharge but that was it for week 38.
Symptoms: Besides the random cramps and TONS of heartburn, I didn’t experience many symptoms this week. Occasionally I have some swelling in my feet and soreness in my fingers resulting in joint stiffness. Overall I feel great and I’m still moving around easily.
Wedding rings on or off? Less swelling this week but I didn’t wear my rings.
What I’m wearing: I’m mainly wearing maxi-dresses now. At home I only wear a sports bra and shorts because it’s warm and I like to have my belly out.
Looking forward to: As crazy as this sounds – I’m looking forward to feeling contractions start so that I know that labor is getting closer. All I feel now I occasional mild, and sometimes strong, period-pain. In fact, ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT is this baby coming. Any little pain or cramp makes me think, “This is it.. He’s coming!” Maybe he’ll come in week 39. Who knows? This might be our last weekly bumpdate!
Baby this week – The size of a pumpkin. He is about 20 inches long, and weighs about 7 pounds. His head is now about the same circumference as his abdomen. Connections are forming in his brain that will help him to swallow and even sleep better once he’s born. He’s slowly shedding that white goo on his skin, called vermix caseosa, but we might see some of it at birth. And if little guy has hair like his mommy (or if that old wives tale saying that lots heartburn means lots of hair is true) – he might even have about an inch of it already!