Feb 29, 2016

A Pregnancy Story: Week 38

At about 19 1/2 inches long, you are about the size of a leek. You have really filled out, weighing
about 6.8 pounds. You are mostly just maturing and filling out. You have a firm grasp now, which means you'll be able to hold onto our fingertips with your little hand. Now your organs are mature and ready for life on the outside.

I'm still pregnant! Your dad was convinced you would come before this but I was sure you were going to take a little longer coming this time around. But then again he was convinced you were a girl too. He's not gotten a lot of things right this pregnancy as it turns out. Our doctor is back this week so now you can definitely make your appearance - were you just waiting for her to come back from vacation? The contractions have definitely kicked up a notch. They are getting stronger, but still not regular. I finally got my cervix check and I'm 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. We are hoping you will still come on your own this week but if not you have an eviction date! I'm feeling really nervous and terrified but also really excited all at the same time. I'm mostly just really ready to meet you! This week is a lot of waiting still. Not much has really happened. I'm just making sure we have everything ready to go in case you decide to come early. I just can't believe I'll be finally meeting you soon. It seems like we waited so long for you and now you are finally going to be here.

How far along: 38 weeks - what?? How am I still pregnant?

How big is baby: The length of a leek - definitely not the weight but this baby boy is already long.

Total weight gain: 16 pounds give or take

Clothes: All I wear is maternity clothes. But truthfully the most comfortable is workout/yoga pants. I have two pairs of maternity pants but sometimes I feel restricted in them and just not comfortable. But then again I'm not feeling so comfortable at all these days.

Purchases: We had our baby shower a few weeks ago, so we got a lot of what we needed. We went out and got the last of what we wanted. I bought new tubing for my breast pump, we got a car seat protector, and some size 1 nipples. Plus a few odds and ends.

Movement: This boy is a mover! The moves are less intense these days because he's running out of room but he still moves a lot. I have been feeling his movements lower and lower, so maybe he'll be exiting soon!

Sleep: I'm 38 weeks pregnant and uncomfortable - how do you think I'm sleeping?!

Food cravings/aversions: No new food aversions (still chicken and eggs). I have been wanting more chocolate these days which is not normal for me. I have been wanting pizza too, which the rest of the family hasn't had any problems with.

What I miss: Being able to move easily. It's hard to get up (which Addie doesn't understand!) and it's hard to get comfortable. I still miss sleeping on my stomach too.

What I'm looking forward to: Connor finally coming! I know it should be any day now but he sure is taking his time!

Husband update: He's waiting just like I am! He's excited about meeting Connor and is convinced he's coming soon. He's been pretty patient with me and all the moodiness that comes with the end of pregnancy.

(Saturday, February 20 - Friday, February 26)

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