Friday, December 26, 2014

Bump Update: 40 Weeks

Today is my due date. On Tuesday at my appointment I learned that I hadn't progressed at all since last week. I was SO mad. 

I'm still kind of mad. LETS GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD!

I'm hopeful that Russell will make his way out in the next couple days though.

I am feeling EXHAUSTED and I could eat EVERYTHING. I mean that.

Is a cupcake for every meal too much to ask?

What Fruit/Veggie are you? A giant something!
Due date: TODAY
How far along: 40 weeks.
Next appointment: Monday @ 3:30
Gender:  Cute little boy
Total weight gain/loss: 25-30lbs. It fluctuates a lot. 
Exercise: Not this week.
Stretch marks: Can't wait until they lighten up.
Swelling: I can't tell if I'm swollen or just fat...
Maternity clothes: Can't wait until I'm out of them. 
Belly button: Outer than out. 
Sleep: I try...
Food cravings: Nothing. 
Symptoms: Can't sleep, pelvic pain. I'm SO tired.  
Movement: A ton.
Labor signs: I get a lot of pressure and cramping at times but it never progresses into something worse.
What I miss: Mostly just running and feeling sexy.
What I'm loving:  TODAY IS MY DUE DATE.
What I'm looking forward to: Snuggles from mah baybay.
Best moment this week: Hearing his heartbeat once again!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bump Update: 39 Weeks

It's amazing that my pregnancy is finally coming to an end. I feel happy, exhausted, love, excitement, fear and so many other things. I have stretch marks in the most unusual places and my stomach has expanded more than I thought physically possible. My body is just... well, yeah, I'm pregnant. 

Needless to say, delivery is going to leave a mark. 

Pregnancy is one of the most difficult things I've ever experienced but it is by far the most precious thing that has ever happened to me. 

I have done a lot of complaining. There have been many moments when I, for a split second, wished I hadn't gotten pregnant because I hated how unattractive I felt. 

The throwing up, food aversions, the stabbing pains in my lady parts, my goodness...

But now that I'm about to meet my little boy,  I remember why I wanted this in the first place. The beauty of pregnancy outweighs all of the difficult stuff. 

As a woman, I am thankful for the incredible gift of bringing life into this world.  I get to feel my baby's precious little nudges and kicks inside of my belly. And oh my goodness, the hiccups just melt my heart.

So now that I've got my sappy writings out of the way...

On Tuesday I had my appointment and I was slightly over 1 centimeter dilated and 70% effaced. Last week I was not even a full centimeter dilated and only 50% effaced, so I'm pretty happy this week. I went to my appointment without such high expectations this time.

I could essentially go into labor at any point now. My doctor is going to be out of town all next week, but if I'm at least dilated to about 3 next Tuesday, he said I can go ahead and make an appointment to be induced the following week.

With my luck and considering this is my first pregnancy, the chances are high that I sit around 1 or 2 centimeters for possibly weeks. 

It would be nice to have Russell tomorrow though, or even the next day is fine.  I'm so eager to hold him. 

But on the other hand I'd like to be induced soon because I'm impatient! I will try my hardest to wait it out though and let him come on his own. 

Either way, CORDE RUSSELL will be arriving very, very soon.  

What Fruit/Veggie are you? He's a watermelon.
Due date:  December 26, 2014.
How far along: 39 weeks.
Next appointment: Tuesday at 10:30am
Gender:  Boyyy.
Total weight gain/loss: It fluctuates a lot between 25 and 30lbs. 
Exercise: I've been working out almost every day... but I've also been eating a lot of holiday sweets. 
Stretch marks: They have lightened up a lot. 
Swelling: Mostly just my fingers. 
Maternity clothes: I just want to wear my normal clothes again. 
Belly button: Out. It's kind of sensitive too. 
Sleep: Sleeping is really difficult.  
Food cravings: Sugar! Chocolate!! Cookies!
Symptoms: I have been so emotional. If I'm not depressed or crying, I'm probably super happy and cleaning my house like a crazy person. Also, I'm SO HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. My back hurts and I pee every 5 minutes.
Movement: He can't move too much because he's getting too big!
Labor signs: Lots of period-like cramping and back pain. 
What I miss: Mostly just running. I'm dying to run and feel fit. 
What I'm loving:  I'm almost there!
What I'm looking forward to: Getting this child OUT OF ME!
Best moment this week: Getting checked for dilation! I love seeing how much I've progressed. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bump Update: 38 Weeks

My belly has basically looked the same for the past month. I sometimes feel like my baby has dropped and my stomach takes on a different shape, but then the next day it looks round again. 

This week I was so disappointed when I went to my doctors appointment and was told that I hadn't dilated at all since last week. I was expecting at least a full centimeter, maybe even two centimeters. 

My doctor told me he is pretty positive I have at least another two weeks. That also made me sad. 
I've accepted it now though. I will be patient. 

On the bright side, I'm FINALLY feeling what I think are braxton hicks contractions. I get really excited when I start to feel them because I can actually feel my PROGRESS. It's a nice reminder that I don't have to wait much longer. 

What Fruit/Veggie are you? My little pumpkin is the size of a PUMPKIN!
Due date:  December 26, 2014.
How far along: 38 weeks.
Next appointment: Tuesday at 10:30am
Gender:  Boyyy.
Total weight gain/loss: Total of about 25-30lbs. It fluctuates a lot. 
Exercise: I've been working out almost every day. 
Stretch marks: fhjfka
Swelling: Mostly just my fingers. 
Maternity clothes: I just want to wear my normal clothes again. 
Belly button: Outer than out. 
Sleep: I sleep in two hour increments. I can't sleep more than two hours no matter how hard I try or how tired I am. It is the worst thing ever. 
Food cravings: Sugar! But I'm withholding. 
Symptoms: Can't sleep, pelvic pain. 
Movement: A ton.
Labor signs: Baby has lowered a bit. My aches and pains have increased too. 
What I miss: Mostly just running.
What I'm loving:  I'm almost there!
What I'm looking forward to: Snuggles from mah baybay.
Best moment this week: Hearing his heartbeat once again!

Same outfit at 24 weeks

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bump Update: 37 Weeks

I am full term! I'm ready to get this baby out of me. I also can't wait to wear normal sized clothes again and go running. 

But most of all I can't wait to see my baby boy's perfect little face. 

This week at my appointment I was barely dilated a finger tip. But I say a finger tip is better than nothing!

As much as I want to say that I feel like Rusty will be coming before 40 weeks, I can't. 

Firstly because I'm not psychic and I don't get to decide. (duh) But mostly because I feel like my body could definitely carry him for another month. I do have a lot of discomfort at certain points, but overall I think I'm feeling pretty good. 

I am not in a wheel chair like I had predicted earlier in my pregnancy. (hehe)

My husband is convinced that Rusty will be born on the 18th. It's funny how sure of it he is. 

Today was my last day of work for a few months. I am so happy!

Now I can actually get my son's room ready and clean my house. There is SO MUCH I want and need to do before he arrives. 

What Fruit/Veggie are you? Little Corde Russell is about the size of a WINTER MELON. 
Due date:  December 26, 2014.
How far along: 37 weeks.
Next appointment: Tuesday, December 9th ... MY BIRTHDAY. Can you believe I'm going to be 22? I sure can't. I still feel 18. 
Gender:  Male. ;)
Total weight gain/loss: I've gained about 27 pounds. 
Exercise: I'm working on it.
Stretch marks: Yeah.. What about them?
Swelling: I still have fat person fingers. My face feels sort of puffy too. 
Maternity clothes: I don't want to wear maternity clothes anymore. :/
Belly button: Outer than out. 
Sleep: Sleeping is difficult. There are so many little aches and pains.
Food cravings: All I want is crap. Cake and ice cream. Pie... nom nom.
Symptoms:  Everything. Mostly pelvic pain and fatigue though. 
Movement: Lots! 
Labor signs: Not quite yet. 
What I miss: Situps. I never thought I'd say that..
What I'm loving:  This is my last week of work!!
What I'm looking forward to: Not working anymore! My baby is almost here!
Best moment this week: I'm starting to dilate! Wahoo!