Baby #4: 36 & 37 Weeks

How many weeks pregnant: 37 weeks today!

Which trimester are you in: Third. And we are officially nine months pregnant now! Everyone keeps saying, "You're full term now! Baby could come anytime!" Which technically isn't true anymore - about being "term" - but I've stopped correcting them. ("Early term" refers to babies delivered during the 37th or 38th week, "full term" refers to deliveries during the 39th or 40th week, "late term" refers to babies delivered during the 41st week, and "post-term" refers to babies delivered at 42 weeks or later. Read more here.)

Bump photo:

How big is baby: "Your baby weighs 6 and 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel - about the size of a bunch of Swiss chard." Last week (36) she/he was a head of lettuce. :)

Pregnancy symptoms: Still measuring right on schedule. Increasing heartburn. I can balance things on my belly now. I'm feeling more cumbersome. The insides of my legs are quite achy at times and my midwife attributed that to all the relaxin hormones. (I also think it could be because my pregnancies were closer spaced this time, as opposed to my others that were always 3-4 years apart.)

Belly Button - In/Out: In but it pokes out a bit, depending on where baby is.

Cravings/Aversions: Cravings - ice cream and ice. Separately, not together. I also have been having dreams about food which either signals that I have a problem or just that pregnancy makes you have strange dreams. Last night's was about Dairy Queen.

Sleep: Sleep is really hit or miss. It takes quite a bit to get comfortable and I've been finding myself getting about 3-4 decent hours of sleep at night, along with a few more that are just "okay." So needless to say I've been napping during the day when possible.

Nesting: Not much nesting going on now. I do need to do some clothes sorting and dig out a few baby items but they're just in Zac's closet, so not too far away or in storage or anything.

Maternity Clothes: Of course. And some of my shirts are starting to get short! :(

Weight Gain: I got weighed at my appointment last week and had actually lost a tiny bit of weight. The midwife thinks my body may just be leveling off on the weight gain since we're nearing the end.

Movement: Lots. I've noticed some of a slowdown but this is still a very active baby!

Gender: STILL A SURPRISE. Eventually I'll have something else to put here...when the baby is born!

Concerns: Baby is head down still! Going to my appointment and finding that out took a load off my mind. One big concern I do have is about who all will be here when baby is born. With Zac's birth we had a houseful. And that wasn't necessarily bad, but I also felt a little more nervous that way. Not knowing who all was out there in the other room and such. And definitely pressured after he was born to decide on a name quickly, post on Facebook, etc. My midwife likes for everyone who is at a birth to have a specific purpose or job. At the hospital it's usually not an issue because they'll only allow a certain number of people there. I feel like I'd rather have it be more intimate this time and quiet, just take the first few hours to get to know baby and relax before worrying about anything else, but I don't really know how to go about that, other than just not calling people until the baby is born and we are settled. Which on one hand I hate because I feel like it's going to make people mad or that I'm leaving our extended family out or not including them, but then on the other hand I think well, it's also my birth and I don't want to be stressing about who all is there or greeting people when I'm trying to have a baby, or having to nail down a name within the first five minutes. What is proper homebirth etiquette?! I know for sure my midwife, one of her assistants, and my husband will be here. (Obviously.) I've also asked my best friend to "doula" for me. (She was supposed to last time also but we had some communication issues. That shouldn't be an issue this time!) And I'll have to have someone here to watch the kids or at least be on standby to watch the kids. Last time the kids slept through everything but birth can be unpredictable. Because of her close proximity to us and because she'll be on vacation around that time, we've asked my mother-in-law if she would mind watching them or taking them to her house if need be. And of course I have other family members (parents, aunts) who are willing and able to take the kids if things go longer than planned or if she needs a break, etc. If I have early indications of labor, I thought about taking the kids to stay with extended family overnight or something but then I'm not sure if that's the best idea or not either. It was nice to have them just wake up to a new sibling last time! I decided to forgo the birth pool because of all the hassle we had with it last time. I'd like to have pictures too but wonder if maybe I should just forgo them as well since that adds another body to the birthing room. Definitely a lot to ponder. *I typed this all out just kind of off the top of my head so hopefully it makes some kind of rambling sense and doesn't offend. :(

Best moment this week: Christmas with my kiddos. That's not baby-related at all but I so enjoy the holidays. I also enjoyed using a gift certificate today that my Mom got me quite awhile ago for a manicure and pedicure. Now I have pretty dark blue fingernails and toenails.

Looking forward to: Planning, I suppose. I kept saying I was going to wait until after the holidays to finish planning and preparing for baby but I guess I didn't realize just how little time there would be, in the grand scheme of things. I don't have a TON to do or anything, I guess I was just thinking it was further away than it was. I told everyone baby would probably be born the end of January (since I've gone over the last two pregnancies) but I wonder if perhaps I have actually jinxed myself and if that will somehow make baby arrive early. We have our home visit with our midwife the week after next and will be finalizing all our plans for who will be here, when to call, preparing our home, etc.

1 comment :

  1. You are getting so close!! So excited for you!! That early/full term thing makes sense. I had never heard that before. My little girl was born at 38 weeks and we had to stay in hospital for a while. Wonder why everyone thinks full term is 37 weeks?? Hope your family has a Happy New Year!


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