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Sprout's Route | 39 weeks (1 day until EDD)

Yes, I'm still here.

I have 1 day left until I've reached my due date.  Crazy to think that just weeks ago I was saying, "it could be any day now..."  But then that didn't happen.

Today, I'm wearing a portion of this outfit.  It's funny to see what it looked like at 26 weeks and now at 39 weeks.

So, since this is probably (hopefully) my last update for my week to week updates... I thought I'd go back to the format I used for so many weeks and then stopped using for whatever reason...

How am I feeling? I'm feeling pretty good still.  Earlier this week wasn't the best few days for me, but I made it through and I'm still feeling pretty darn good.  My heartburn is back, my chest (where my belly meets my boobs) doesn't feel all that great, I have feet in my ribs again, my feet are ULTRA swollen, and I'm ready to either retire to the couch or bed at a moment's notice.  But in effort to get this baby moving, I've been taking walks, going grocery shopping on my own, running to Target on lunch breaks to browse, and I'm sitting on the yoga ball every night.  You wouldn't believe the relief I get from that darn ball.  It's a blessing.  If I could sit on it all day at my desk, I would.  It's just amazing.

I'm still taking pepcid for my heartburn and I'm also taking about 2 to 3 tums per meal as well.  It just helps keeps things balanced.  I have moments where I feel so ill from my heartburn that I feel like I'm not going to make it, but then a few tums and I'm better.  I'm thankful that those things work for me.  My chest/upper belly are uncomfortable as a result of the heartburn.  It will go away.  Just have to give it time.

My feet were swollen before the weather got warm and now that it's even warmer, they are worse.  I can't do anything but keep them up and drink water.  I'm doing both of those things whenever I'm given the chance.  It doesn't always help, but that's okay.  Again, with time, they will go down.

Flips are the only thing I can put on them these days and even that is bad...  See.

Sprout is still moving like champ and it's amazing how big his movements are now, compared to just a few weeks ago.  I can really feel how much he's bulked up and how much he's changing and he's not even here yet.  It's sort of crazy but so cool.  The best part is that I can feel him all day.... but when I go home and sit with my husband and have him feel him.  His face just lights up and I can just see the joy in his face.  To me it's nothing too new.  I feel him all the time, but for him it's new.  Every movement is just confirmation that we did what we thought we could never do. 

Oh and I wanted to show you the extent of my comfort today... I actually did my hair today and I put on a bit of makeup.  I hadn't done much of either over the last week so I just wanted to document that for everyone.  The best part is I used that new spray dry shampoo and you cannot even tell.  I think this is going to be a life saver through maternity leave and into mommyhood.  I'm pretty excited about it!

Weekly Events: This week was pretty uneventful.  We were telling Sprout, just about everyday, that it's time to come out and that we're ready for him... but he's still not buying it.  We thought so many weeks ago that he'd be here by now, but boy did he have a different plan.  Tonight, we're meeting my parents and some friends for dinner/happy hour at a local place that has a great patio.  It will be nice to be close to home but still enjoying our time without baby, while we still can.  I had said that I didn't really want to make plans because we wouldn't know what would happen, but now that we're here... I thought what the heck!

Tomorrow is my due date and while that is the truth, it's not making me stop what I would normally do.  It's actually an exciting day... Remember our little sprouts?  Keep in mind, I have been helping (helping being the key word, because honestly Mattie has done MUCH more than me) to plant these little plants all during this last trimester... the last thing I would want is to miss the first time to the market!  So.... Tomorrow will be the debut of Hometown Routes (fresh cut flowers) at the local farmer's market!  We're very excited and nervous about the whole deal, but I have faith that it's going to be great!  If nothing else, I hope that people buy from us because they feel bad for me!  For heaven's sake... it's my DUE DATE!  ha!  I'll be sure to take pictures and report back on our outcome!  It's going to be great weather and fun, none-the-less.

Oh and tomorrow, I'm having my co-worker/massage therapist come over to help with some pressure points that have been known to help induce labor naturally.  She's coming to my house with her table to work on me.  She's such a gem because she' driving 30 minutes to help me out.  Love her.  Hoping that it works too!

Weight: Something I haven't really talked about much over the last few weeks, but now I understand where my friend Lauren was coming from.  She said a while back... "watch out, because I gained most of my weight in my 3rd trimester."  And boy is that true.  By my 31st week, I had gained 22lbs and at that point, I wasn't happy, but it was what it was... I admit that I didn't make the best choices, but sometimes that's all I could do and I had to eat.  Once I had my mind set on something, I had to have it and that was it.  Sometimes it was just peanut butter and jelly or cereal but it was fine and didn't make me ill.  Now, almost to the end of this pregnancy journey I'm up 33lbs and I'm not to upset about that either.  It's not as much as I thought I would gain, but maybe more than I wanted to gain.  I also see this number as a number that is manageable to come down from on the flip side too.  So, there.  I said it.

Oh, and I still don't have a single stretch mark.  Nothing.  Nada.  Seriously not a one!  It's crazy and I'm so thankful... however, my mom didn't either so I'm just thanking my lucky stars that I received some CRAZY AWESOME genes!

Dr. Appointments: I've already done my most recent update about my appointments, but I'll do another just for the sake of doing this post.

My doctor keeps giving me the option of an induction.  She talked about it briefly at my 38 week appointment and I said I didn't want to hear about it.  When she had to duck out for a delivery on my 39th week appointment the Nurse Practitioner said the same thing, but I'm still not digging the idea of doing it just yet.  I'd rather wait until he's ready.  So next week, I go for my normal appointment on Monday and then on Thursday I go for an ultrasound and a non-stress test to confirm that he's still doing okay.  If that's the case then from there we just wait.  I'm sure they'll want to schedule something just in case, but otherwise, I'm waiting.

Like I've said before, I don't want to pull him out by his hair or his ears if he's not ready.  Plus, I'm not crazy about Pitocin.  I want to do this as naturally as possible and starting off with an induction will NOT help my cause.

My doctor is all for waiting, but she has to offer me these things because that is what she can do.  She's not pushing me, she's just making sure that I don't want them and she has to confirm that the baby isn't stressing by being in there.  Some people have joked that I'm already a great mom because I have made such a great place for him to cuddle up in... but seriously... ready or not here I come....... Let's do it!

The Bump for this week says:

Hang in there - - you're almost done!  Predicting a due date isn't an exact science (and can make for some pretty lucrative wagering), but there are definite signs that the time is near.  Look for the bloody show, the passing of the mucous plug, diarrhea, nausea, energy spurts, contractions, and breaking of the water.

Baby's now the size of a watermelon!Baby's brain is still developing rapidly, and his skin has taken on a paler shade thanks to a thicker layer of fat around the blood vessels. (Don't worry; he'll change color again soon after birth.) He's now able to flex his limbs, and his nails might extend past his fingertips.

The Baby Center says:

How your baby's growing:  Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

See what your baby looks like this week.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:  For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby's nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby's born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.
Some swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during these last weeks, but call your practitioner without delay if you notice excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, or have a sudden weight gain. Also let her know immediately if have severe or persistent headaches; visual changes (such as double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, light sensitivity, or a temporary loss of vision), intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting. These are symptoms of a serious condition called preeclampsia.

[ tip ] 
For an exciting change of pace, try spending the night in a comfy recliner instead of your bed (you wild woman, you). This can also help with shortness of breath...and if shortness of temper is a problem, the time away from your partner may be an additional bonus.

Wrapping up: There are only a few things left to do before he arrives... Clean the bathrooms, vacuum, put the toddler car seats in the basement, schedule another meet and greet with one more pediatrician (if we have time next week), wash a few more baby items that missed the first couple of rounds, put the monitor together in his room, buy a table to set up next to the crib to house the monitor system, buy a humidifier for his room, and bring the stroller downstairs.  Outside of those things, which don't NEED to be done before he arrives but would be nice, we're pretty much all good.  It's such a great feeling that all of our prepping has really paid off.

We have our bags packed, we have the car seat bases ready to go, we have the car seat ready too, we have the boppy, our non-birth plan, our hospital bag list and ourselves.  We're ready.  Ready to go...

Hopefully the next time I write, I'll have a little someone next to me napping or eating!  We can only hope.  Oh and I'm not talking about my animals napping or eating.  I'm talking about Sprout!  Duh.

Until next time...


Sassytimes said…
Yay! for no stretch marks you lucky, lucky lady! That's awesome!

That first photo seriously doesn't look real. It looks like you put a basketball under your shirt. Your belly is perfectly round. How cute.

Enjoy these last few days! I love when people just wait til the baby me, it's SO exciting when he decides to make his arrival. People always think I'm crazy for letting nature takes it's course though...are they treating you that way for waiting it out?
Bethany said…
yay!!!! can't wait for the update when he makes his grand entrance!!
Sassytimes said EXACTLY what I was going to say. :)

I wish you SOOOO much happiness and comfort and JOY in these coming days.

I'm so happy for you.
Oh my goodness, I can't believe today is your official due date....I swear you just told us you were pregnant!!

I think you look beautiful and very much ready to be a mommy to your son!! SO excited for the two of you and can't wait to hear when he finally decides to join you!!
No update in two days! Omg... are you having a baby???

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