Bumpdate: 39 Weeks

  How far along? 39 weeks — full term, baby!

How big is baby? Probably about 20″ and over 7 pounds, although it’s really anybody’s guess. Ultrasounds at this point have a margin of error or +/- TWO POUNDS, so if you have one, take it with a whooooole shaker full of salt.

Maternity clothes? Oh, you mean the three or four things left in my closet that still fit? Yeah.

Stretch marks? Maybe a few tiny ones around my belly button, but nothing major.

Sleep? Still suuuuuuper crappy. Last night I had a VERY realistic dream that my water had broken, and everyone around me was freaking out while I took my sweet time getting my things together before even calling the birth center. Prophetic? Probably not.

Best moment this week? We closed on our house on Thursday, and the sellers asked when the baby is due. I said, “Nine days,” and the look on their faces was PRICELESS. I think I scared them into signing things quickly.

Miss anything? Sleep. I miss sleep. I miss sleep a lot, but I try not to dwell on that since it’s going to be a long time before that particular issue goes away.

Movement? Yep, still lots of flip-flopping. It’s clearly super tight in there and she doesn’t have much room to go anywhere, so it’s really easy to tell exactly what position she’s in. Like her sister, she tends to hang out with her butt to my front left side, which I understand is a great position for labor. Let’s keep it that way.

Food cravings? Not especially.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.

Belly Button in or out? Still doesn’t really exist, but slightly out.

Wedding rings on or off? On, although it’s a bit of a tight squeeze if it’s a particularly hot and humid day, or if I haven’t had enough water.

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy, especially now that the closing is done. That’s a HUGE relief!

Looking forward to? The usual — meeting this baby, having Natalie meet her sister, picking things up from the floor without it being a five-minute production.

I’ve been thinking all along that it would be cool to have a firecracker baby, but seeing as TODAY is the Fourth of July and I’m not definitely not in labor right now, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

That’s ok, though. I was so nervous about how things would line up between the baby and closing on the house, and now that we’re past that, I’m feeling very, very zen about the whole thing. Of course I wouldn’t complain if I went into labor in the next thirty minutes, but mentally I’m totally prepared to go to 41 weeks. It’s only two more weeks, and that gives me more time to finish the stuff on my list.

I’ve definitely been having more contractions over the past few days (and there was a span of about an hour yesterday when they were frequent enough that I started timing them), but nothing consistent. Just a warmup. It really does give me the opportunity to practice my hypnobirthing breathing, so I don’t mind.

I downloaded another hypnobirthing track the other day that works just as well as the others, and by that I mean I still don’t know what happens after the first 10-15 minutes, because I always fall asleep. My only complaint is that it starts off with a disclaimer (which they probably have to say for legal reasons?) about not listening to the recording when you’re driving or operating heavy machinery.

Really? The best time to practice your relaxation isn’t when you’re driving a forklift? I’m shocked.

It’s probably two minutes long, and it’s read in the same soothing voice as the rest of the track, but I still wish I didn’t have to hear it every time. It’s little things like that that can irritate the CRAP out of you during labor. I’m hoping I’ll be so in the zone that it won’t matter.

So I guess the gist of this bumpdate is that things are happening, maybe? I could be in labor soon, maybe? Or not. It’s all very definitive and scientific.

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