I am still pregnant! Sorry for the late update – I really did mean to put this up this morning, but I got to talking with my mom, and before I knew it, it was time to head out to my acupuncture appointment.
Back in the old days (i.e. 3 weeks ago), I did most of my posts ahead of time & then filled in any up-to-the minute news that was appropriate the night before. But now, I don’t want to write ahead of time, because that could give you false ideas about my baby-having status.
So – 40 weeks & 2 days. Still pregnant. This is great! (This is not really all that great.)
Baby size: Alvie is the size of a jack fruit! He likely measures between 18.9 to 20.9 inches and weighs between 6.2 to 9.2 pounds.
I’m feeling: Tired. Ready. A little nervous. A lot sore. Pretty impatient. Not nearly as zen as I wish I was.
Physical changes: Nothing new since last week – my stretch marked belly is truly a thing to behold. Unfortunately for you, you will not get to behold it, because there are no pictures of my belly.
Baby stuff: Alvie Bean is 100% done. He is still pretty active in there, but there’s definitely a change in how he is moving. Less violent kicks, more shifting around. He is so out of room!
Body Image: Ehn…I am a little worried about getting my body back to it’s former state, and I hate how it’s not working the way I want it to right now, but I don’t think I’m having as many issues around body image as I was in the first half of my pregnancy.
Food stuff: I am trying to eat spicy, spicy food as a natural induction technique. However, yesterday I realized that I always eat really spicy food, so my body’s pretty used to it. I feel that means it won’t have the same effect as it would for a non-spicy food eater.
Things I miss: Seeing the stairs that I’m walking down. Getting in & out of the car easily. Crossing my legs. Sleeping painlessly. Breathing through my nose (I have rhinitis of pregnancy), belts, jeans, walking, running, biking, moving, not being pregnant.
Labor Signs: Friday I was sure things were happening. Five hours of regular contractions. Then – nothing. I guess it was another rehearsal. Since then, I’ve had 2 or 3 every day, but nothing regular or long-lasting. My next midwife appointment is tomorrow – we weren’t able to determine dilation last week, so I’m not holding my breath that we’ll find out anything useful tomorrow, either. However, I have always thought that Alvie would be born on 4/5 or 4/6 – so I’m hoping I was right.
Prep Work (Things to do between now & Alvie Bean Day)
The only thing I still need to do is submit the insurance paperwork to get reimbursed for my breast pump. And have this baby!
Send labor vibes my way!