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38 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 38 weeks. (From the Bump) Yow! If you feel a sort of lightening bolt running up and down your legs (and in your crotch), don’t freak out. At 38 weeks, baby’s probably sitting pretty low in your pelvis, which means he’s bumping into all kinds of nerves down there -- including some pretty sensitive ones you might not know you had. Be on the lookout for signs of labor, including contractions that come on stronger, at more regular intervals, and the “bloody show.” It could happen any day now -- or it might not be for a few weeks. Until then, try to relax.

Baby is about 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. Her head is now about the same circumference as her abdomen.  
  • She may have about an inch or so of hair already.
  • She's slowly shedding that white goo on her skin (called vernix caseosa) but you might see some of it at birth.
How big is baby: The size of a pumpkin.

Weight gain/loss: I'm up 2 pounds from last week.  So, I'm at 25 pounds in total.  I'm still very happy with this number and cannot see it jumping too much more in the next week.  Unless I have some crazy water retention or something.

Maternity clothes: Yes.

Stretch marks: Yes.

Sleep: Yes and apparently, my good sleeping is disturbing my husband because I've developed a snore.  It's not pretty to talk about a lady snoring in her sleep, but it's happening people.  This is real life pregnancy and I have ABSOLUTELY no way of controlling it.  We believe that it's only when I'm on my left side, but that's what comfortable, so I have to do it.  Only another week and then the snoring should resolve itself.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Nothing new or different here.

Exercise: We've been walking with the dog and Coen in the wagon almost every night.  It's good to get out and just stroll around.  We aren't going at any significant pace, but it's something.

Gender: Baby girl.

Movement: This has slowed down significantly because she's just out of room.  When she does get a good roll or movement of some kind going, it's pretty massive and feels wild.  She makes it known that she's still in there, ready to come out in the near future!

The belly: No doubt about this.  It's large and in charge and if one more person says, "oh, looks like you're going to have that baby today," I will punch them in the throat.  I know when I'm due and your words are not helping.  Just back it up stranger.

What I'm loving: Still being pregnant, surprisingly.  And having the ability to work from home and just spending one-on-one time with Coen.  I'm going to miss that when the new baby arrives so I'm trying to just soak that all in.  Like I've said before, I'm physically ready to deliver another child, but I'm not mentally and that part has to do a lot with Coen.

What I miss: I miss what I haven't really had.  I miss being able to play and run and have fun with Coen without being pregnant.  I'm really looking forward to just healing fast and being able to fun and crazy with my little boy without having a huge baby belly in the way.

Symptoms: My infection isn't still healed.  That totally sucks and I'm on my third prescription to try and help it.  My blood pressure has been okay the last 3 times I've been to the dr. but they are still enforcing that I take it easy for fear that it will jump up again.  So, I'm working from home part of a week and at the office the other parts.  I only have 1 full week left so they are being really flexible, which I really appreciate.  My ankles are starting to swell a bit, but I believe that is also related to my water in-take or lack there of.  I've dropped off a bit in the last week and I need to crank it up again.  

I'm having some serious discomfort this time around, where I didn't really have this same cramping/shooting pain/contraction like feeling last time.  It's increasingly worse at the end of the night and it's really really uncomfortable.  I'm not sure that it's anything to worry about because it's all par for the course, but still.  Just uncomfortable.

Oh and I'm Group B+ this time around.  Basically all this means is that I'll have to be on an antibiotic before I deliver. It won't make much difference for me since I'm having a c-section, but vaginal deliveries, this plays a much bigger role.

The nursery: I have a few small details that I'm wrapping up, but otherwise it's set to roll.  Honestly though, she won't spend much time up there until closer to 6 or 8 weeks, so I have plenty of time to wrap up my sewing/spray painting/decorating/relocating projects that I'm working on.  Here's the link to how it is currently looking aside from my project details that are now strewn throughout the room...

What's different/the same this time:  Biggest difference about my pregnancy is being pregnant with a toddler running around.  Seems to be the same thing I say every week, but that's huge.  

My other difference that is weighing on me right now (as we're nearing the end) is worrying about Coen while I'm in the hospital to deliver another baby.  I just really worry about him.  I know that he'll be fine, but I still worry.  I've not been away from him longer than a handful of hours and yes he always survives, but I worry about what 5 days will be like.  Sure, he'll visit in the hospital, but it won't be the same as the time that we typically spend together.  It's going to be really hard.

What I'm looking forward to: Having our new baby, seeing all of our favorite people in the hospital and getting home.  I'm just looking forward to having our little family of 4 all in one house, together, healthy and happy.

 Best moment of the week: Having Coen learn what a rabbit "says"... I taught him to scrunch up his nose and sniff around... He does it on command and it might be the cutest animal noise that he "makes!"

Last appointment details: I still have an infection, I'm on my third prescription to help it, my proteins looked good, my blood pressure was 120/70, I'm Group B+ and I'm still supposed to take it easy.  Sounds fairly normal for a 38 week appointment.

Next appointment: Next Friday... That's the day that I will also call to find out my c-section delivery time for the following Monday.  Holy crap, we're are so close to the end!


J o s e y said…
What BEAUTIFUL pictures, Jill!! How fun to have those. :) You're so close to becoming a family of four!
Anonymous said…
I've been following your blog for quite some time and am so excited that you are now going to have two beautiful babies. I've prayed for you and am so happy for you. Those pictures are stunning!

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