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
pregnancy announcement | 14 weeks | 16 weeks | 18 weeks | 20 weeks | 23 weeks | 27 weeks | 29 weeks | 31 weeks | 34 weeks | 10 pregnancy must-haves | 37 weeks