Baby Boy Update: 38 weeks

How big is baby: 38 weeks | the size of a small pumpkin (~7lbs.) 

Verse that I am clinging to: Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

How I’m feeling:  Debatable. So, I had (have?) the flu. I am feeling better, just with what could be a cold at this point but some sources say I am contagious for 10 days after onset of symptoms and others say 5-7 days. Other than constantly fearing the worst for baby L with Tylenol, Tamiflu and my albuterol inhaler running through my veins, it hasn’t been too terrible. Nausea has been manageable, as has congestion and coughing. Or maybe I’m just getting really good at being sick. I wish I could be one of those medicine free pregnant ladies, but 38 weeks pregnant + asthma makes me high risk for flu complications and I fear that would be worse. Today though, I am on the up & up which quite frankly is a huge answer to prayer. This could have been so much worse. 

Progress: At my appointment on Wednesday (last week) I was 1 cm and 80% effaced. I go back Friday and I guess it is likely I could still be the same. I’ve had a few contractions here or there, far apart and not lasting long, but I am still hoping things are headed in the right direction. 

Symptoms: Thanks to the flu and being bed ridden for several days, my feet are back to normal size. I wore my sneakers today for the first time in weeks! Same ole heartburn and eczema + the flu. Also experiencing lots of nerve weirdness. Sharp pains and tingling. Weird stuff.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: This week having been defined by the flu means I ate a lot of wheat thins, clementines, apple sauces and drank a lot of apple juice, Gatorade and water. Exciting stuff. 

Weight gain/loss: Well I didn’t stop with the 36 pounds from my last weigh in. I was wearing heavy boots so maybe that’s to blame, but yikes. Need to have a baby. 

Sleep: Honestly, I’ve taken Benadryl a few nights due to some crazypants itching that wakes me up in the middle of the night. Sleep comes in 1-2 hour increments now, day or night. This is new life. 
Exercise: Nothing like weekly accountability here to make me realize that 2015 should hold some more of this. Trying to walk a lot to induce labor (yep, at that point) but most of the walking has been around my house cleaning, squatting picking up/putting away things or what feel like sit ups getting off the couch to go pee or to get whatever Luna has (usually a tissue she has shredded strategically that requires multiple squats to clean up). 

Movement: I feel the occasional little jab, or notice that he’s turned a different way, or his little feet will poke out but he’s much more cramped for space than before. It actually took over an hour to get 7 “kicks” out of him the other day, quite different than before. My OB assured me that is normal and as long as I still feel movement we’re good. Really would like to just see him moving at this point, poopy diapers, crying and all. 

Best moment of the week: Finishing my sub plans and an abrupt and somewhat dramatic beginning to my maternity leave/track out. Thursday I was feeling really crummy and went to the Minute Clinic, found out I had the flu and came back and frantically scrambled to write a sub plan for Friday. The best part came when I got in the car (and napped hardcore for an hour while Marshall had to finish up at work) and realized I was going home, going have a baby soon and wouldn’t have to go back there until March. Best feeling. Except for the fever, body aches and wondering if I would ever feel well enough again to actually give birth. 

What I’m loving: Nesting, resting, and having time together. I’ve gotten weepy a few times wondering “is this the last time we _____ just the two of us?” with lots of different scenarios. I’m probably a bit of an emotional basketcase right now. Also, loving getting our house clean and organized! Cleaned our closet today, got rid of some clothes and shoes… Feels good. Feels kind of like I need everything to be clean for baby to come home to. Like everything. Closet. Garbage disposal. Underneath the couch cushions. You know, usual things.

What I’m looking forward to: 
Snuggling this baby. It is pretty much all I can think about. I guess, Christmas, too. And hopefully soon being able to breathe out of my nose consistently.

Last week’s baby to do: 
  • not go into labor during my friend’s wedding 
  • clean the house/nest to my heart’s content
  • finalize sub binders for my maternity leave substitutes

This week’s baby to do: 
  • have a baby 

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