3.28.2016

39 Weeks Pregnant!

I sorta kinda hoped I wouldn't be writing this post. Well, if I'm being honest, I really hoped that. I just knew he was going to arrive in my 38th week and once I get my mind set on something, that's the way it needs to be. I get my hopes up easily. Everything has stayed about the same since my 37th week update, aside from just becoming more and more uncomfortable. I think the woman in Target the other night could tell I'm just over it, too. We went there to buy a breast pump and get a few last remaining things when this woman pointed at me and said to her friend, "Mmm hmmm, she's about to have that baby!" in a "woah, she is LARGE!" type of way. And then the other night when Brandon and I went on a nice date downtown, there were so many stares! This guy even told his date (loudly), "She's pregnant." as I walked by. Nice observation. Brandon keeps reminding me, "People stare because everyone loves a pregnant person!" but sheesh, way to make me feel like a martian! 

Thanks for letting me vent for a moment. What drove you the most crazy when you were pregnant when it comes to the way random strangers acted towards you? I was fully expecting someone I didn't know to touch my belly at some point during pregnancy (I've heard that happens a lot), but it never happened once! 


As far as specific symptoms go... My legs, hips, hands, and wrists ache. Yes, my hands! I think that's so weird. We went on a few 3+ mile walks this past week—then the aches started. And a little bit of swelling. My rings are finally fitting tight, but I'm determined to keep them on. 

Through the night, I'm getting up about every 1-3 hours to use the restroom, depending on the night and how well I'm sleeping. I've learned how very tough it is to get comfortable when you're this pregnant! Laying on my side hurts terribly because I get a Braxton Hicks contraction that pulls everything in my belly to that particular side. I'm a back sleeper, so sleeping on my side isn't my favorite anyway. Since you're not supposed to sleep flat on your back while pregnant, I just prop up about four pillows behind my back and sleep almost in a 90 degree angle. It's surprisingly comfortable! Well, until it's not. Then I get up and move around for a moment. 

At my 38 week appointment, I was still about 1 cm dilated and 80% effaced, but his head is down and engaged. I'm anxious to know if anything has changed since then... I have my 39 week appointment today, so I'll know soon. Although I really don't think it means much. You could be 3 cm dilated for weeks. Here's what I've tried to get labor going: eating eggplant, pineapple, dates, spicy foods, and drinking red raspberry leaf tea. I've been staying as active as possible—walks, lunges, squats... you name it. Also, baths and taking evening primrose oil! We've also driven down Chalmers Street twice, which, for those of you who aren't familiar with Charleston, is an extremely bumpy cobblestone street downtown that is otherwise known as "Labor Lane." Since I've tried it all and nothing has really worked, I'm determined these old wives tales are just that—tales.

The nursery is all complete except for blinds, but I think we will just wait on that. We need them throughout the whole house, so whatever we choose for Baby's room will need to be put throughout. We originally wanted to do plantation shutters inside the windows, but taking on that expense on top of this kitchen renovation just didn't make the most sense. Especially since I wasn't positive on the shutter idea. I'm afraid they will block out some of our natural light! What do you think? Then I thought of doing the natural colored roman shades that we would leave rolled up at almost all times, except for at night and when needed. But I am afraid I would get tired of that look. We have so many natural tones in our house already, I really want to keep our windows white and bright. We will probably just do those thick, white wooden blinds. But since I'm unsure still, the baby's room just won't have blinds until I decide for certain. He won't be sleeping in there at first anyway. I will share the nursery reveal soon! Don't think I could love it more.

Here I am with my brother after Easter church and brunch. We're all so excited for him to become "Uncle Mark!"


A couple new things on the "baby gear" front...

This BABYBJÖRN Travel Light Crib will be awesome for traveling. We have a pack n' play for keeping set up in the house or for when he needs more space while traveling, but this one weighs just about 10 pounds and sets up in one simple movement. Everything breaks down in a few seconds flat and is stored in a small bag—mattress too! The BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance Soft will be perfect for moving baby around the house. In love with this color—it's part of their gorgeous new Watercolor Collection.

My ToteSavvy came in last week! It allows you to turn any bag you already own into a diaper bag. It has tons of pockets for all of the necessary baby things, plus a portable changing mat. I love that the entire thing is nylon and can be wiped clean. I got it in the soft grey color, but it also comes in black. Cannot wait to share my diaper bag essentials once I get the hang of mommyhood! 


Love this seersucker duffle from Gentry's Closet, which I'm using as our hospital bag. It's the perfect size and I love that it can be monogrammed. We have WSS on the duffle bag and also on the matching toiletry case, which I packed full of smaller items. I'll share more about this bag and what I packed in it after I see what we used!



previous BABY updates


25 comments:

  1. Hoping this little babe comes out soon for you Megan! The ToteSavvy is such a great idea!

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  2. You look beautiful!!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

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  3. I think I am one day behind you - due 4/5 - and so ready!! The waiting is HARD - we are on such high alert. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself that I could go late, but the thought of being pregnant for more than 1 week longer makes me want to cry!!

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  4. If you like the look and are willing to make the investment, plantation shutters are the way to go. The previous owner installed them all throughout my house, and they were a huge selling point for me. They don't block the light at all when open, but they do a great job of darkening a room when closed--perfect for an afternoon nap! I've loved them.

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  5. Hang in there! Fair warning - I swelled up 10 times worse after delivering. For about a week, my legs and hands were GINORMOUS. I think it's fairly normal. Just be careful with those gorgeous rings :)

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  6. Hang in there! The last few weeks of pregnancy are so long! I'm sure you're sick of hearing other people's pregnancy tales but I was just like you and really thought my son was coming at 38 weeks. At 40 weeks, 5 days I was 2cm dilated at 2pm and so discouraged. But 4 hours later I was in full blown labor and 2 hours after that I was 6 cm and the baby was born at 3am! Dilation happens so quickly once it gets going! Anyway, best of luck while waiting for your sweet boy to arrive! It really is life changing!

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  7. You are almost there! My only advice at this point: keep a towel in your car and next to your bed as well as next to the toilet. :) The last few weeks are just downright exhausting! Hang in there!

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  8. It's so exciting that you're so close! You are seriously one of the cutest pregnant people out there so don't let those comments get to you! Keep driving up and down Chalmers and he'll be here before ya know it! :)

    xo Heather

    Sweet Tea Jubilee

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  9. I think I just got sick of people just commenting on my belly's size. I always wanted to say yes, it's getting bigger every day, I'm growing a baby! Also did you know your health insurance should cover a free breast pump, or atleast part of the cost? Look into it if you haven't! No need to pay $300 if you can get one for free!

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  10. So close! I love all the things you tried! Surely, he will come soon!

    emily
    http://www.deltachic.com

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  11. You look great
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  12. Looking forward to hearing what you packed! I'm due April 24th (boy, too!) and have about 10 different lists of things recommended to me as essentials to bring to the hospital. Have enjoyed reading along about your pregnancy as I am going through it too :)

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  13. Love you Easter dress! You are rocking that bump!

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  14. Sending you lots of labor inducing thoughts! The Bjorn travel crib is the BOMB! We love ours and so is the seat. It was called the Babysitter when we got it, but it's fantastic! My kids ]sit in it and watch tv and read books now that they're not infants!

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  15. I love your Rachel Pally dress! I am currently 15 weeks pregnant and would love to have it all summer to wear! Do you know the name of the print, or can you share where you purchased it? I can't find it online! Thanks.

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  16. You look great! I've loved following along with your updates and can't wait to see your sweet babe!

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  17. You look great! I feel like your pregnancy has gone by so quickly! Can't wait for the baby updates! xo

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  18. It's almost go time, and you look great!!!

    Just be glad you ARE pregnant with people saying stuff like that. I am NOT pregnant, just fat, and I get asked on the daily when I am due, what I am having, people grope my stomach, etc...does wonders for the self esteem.

    Good baby-having vibes!

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  19. So exciting!!! :) Yes, I had a guy in a restaurant watch me walk by and then say, "yeah... my wife's on that nuva ring.." lol! People think you can't hear them. That is so funny about Chalmers Street being called Labor Lane. I remember it from my visits. All the getting up at night is only to prepare you for how little sleep you will get when your baby arrives - which was the hardest part for me. I can't wait to hear the birth story, be sure to update us when you can!

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  20. You look great! I looked twice as big as you by this point. My feet were crazy swollen, because I was still working and sitting at a desk the majority of the time. I had 7 friends all have their babies early, which convinced me mine was going to be early, too. No. I went past my due date (by a day) before my water broke. Hang in there!

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  21. Hi Megan! You are so close and you look great :) My manager at work is about 3 weeks behind you. I would really like to get her a sweet but practical gift (not another outfit). I would love a round up of products you like that are reasonably priced for gifts (or even a few suggestions before you do a full post). Thank you so much!

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  22. Love everything you've picked out for your baby. That striped duffle is such a great bag, both as a diaper bag or just a weekender! My sister is pregnant and I have been trying to resist buying every baby item on the internet :)

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  23. Amazon has a couple in different colors :) I looked them up too! So cute!

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  24. Since you have gone so long between posts, are we to assume you have celebrated a new birthday??? If so, congrats and cant wait to see what he looks like!

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