BUMP REPORT – 40 Weeks

ImagePREGNANCY WEEK 40

Here we are at 40 weeks.  I honestly did not think there would STILL be a baby in my belly at this time.  With the way I have been feeling for the past few weeks, I was dead-on sure that our baby was fully cooked and ready to make her appearance before her due date.  With the amount of super frequent/strong Braxton Hicks contractions and other “labor signs” I have been experiencing, I was just SURE this baby was coming a few times within the past week.  Guess I was wrong.  Now technically the “official” due date is Tuesday (when calculating it originally, some charts put me to Oct 7th and some put me to Oct 8th).  I have always been in the habit of writing weekly blog updates on Mondays…so I guess there is still a chance she could be born on time.  At around 37 and 38 weeks I was freaking out because I didn’t feel mentally “ready” for baby girl’s birth yet.  Then there was a 180.  When I hit 39 weeks, I all the sudden was “READY!”  This past week has been an emotional battle of ups and downs as I kept thinking that “this is it” or “tomorrow is definitely the day!”  Talk about feeling frustrated.  I know she will be here any day, but I am mentally SO OVER IT!  I just want her here.  So does Daddy.  If there is a 41 week blog update — I will be beyond annoyed, HAHA!  Please pray that this baby comes.

Here is a month-by-month recap of Baby Lute’s bump progress….

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…And a look at some of my pictures that include the size-comparisons…

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….and here are all of the pregnancy weeks below!  Started with a plum and ended with a pumpkin!

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My age: 27

How far along: 40 weeks

How big is baby: the size of gallon of milk.  She is approximately 19-22 inches long and weighs 7.5-8 pounds.

What have you been up to: This week had much less on the calendar than the previous week, which was MUCH NEEDED.  It allowed me down time to relax and take it a bit easier.  I had a chance to get together with three different girlfriends all on separate days.  I also had the opportunity to re-read labor & delivery chapters in several of my pregnancy books.  Eric and I went on our weekly date this weekend, we tried a new restaurant called the Hurricane Grill.  It is a beachy/surfer theme place — so much fun.  It was delicious food too!  I got grilled chicken sliders with a HOT sauce called “the boss” (and no, the spicy food didn’t induce labor).  Also this week we made a belly cast (I’ll talk more about that in a minute).

At my O.B. appointment last Wednesday, the doctor was pleasantly surprised that things really seem to be progressing nicely.  When she did my cervical exam, she estimated I was 70% effaced and a good 2 cm dilated already!  She really seemed to think that labor could coming be any day….so that started getting my hopes up.  Ever since Wednesday I have been on this emotional rollercoaster thinking that the baby is finally coming!  On Thursday, I was just SURE it was the day.  And then Friday, same thing.  And NO–she hasn’t come yet.  I have been experiencing non-stop Braxton Hicks (some are very regular and even painful), but then they always end up stopping and never resulting in real labor.  And I am so exhausted of well-intentioned friends/people texting me asking for updates or to see if I am in labor yet.  Those text messages make me feel frustrated, because there is literally zero I can do to control this situation.  Yes, I want to be in labor, but no, I am not.  Stop asking.  I know people care and are excited, but it makes me feel defeated.  I finally started responding with “there is currently nothing to update on, and I will keep you posted when that changes.”  So if you happen to be someone who I have told that to, please take no offense, I am just really emotional and frustrated with my body.

Now, with all that emotional negativity out there, let’s focus on some fun!  Let’s talk about making a belly cast!  Over the weekend, instead of focusing my energy on the fact that I STILL wasn’t in labor yet, we decided to make a memento of this pregnant belly.

BELLY CAST.  I’ve seen people make molds of their pregnant bellies before and thought it was kind of a neat keepsake to have.  I was not sure I would end up doing something like that or not.  Well, I decided to do it — on the cheap was the only way!  I did not feel it necessary to buy one of those expensive kits, so if I could find an easy and cheap way to do it, I was all in.  And I did!  All I needed was a product I found at Michaels.  It is a “plaster wrap” or it can also be called “rigid wrap”…. it’s basically gauze that you dip in water and it hardens.  I spent less than $10 on this project and it turned out great.  Here is the tutorial I found to make mine: http://entergentlyblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/make-your-own-pregnant-belly-cast.html

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STEP 1: Cut a lot of strips of the gauze and lay them out.  I used 2 rolls.  Get out a shallow pan with warm water in it to dip the strips.

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STEP 2: Protect your skin with olive oil.  It felt really yucky to wipe cooking oil all over my skin, but it was worth it to protect my skin.  I also put plastic wrap over my pants since it was a messy project.  It also didn’t hurt to cover the table and floor too.

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STEP 3: Work quickly because these set up fast.  Have your husband/helper dip the strips of gauze in warm water and place them all over your belly.  Make sure you smooth out any air pockets.

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STEP 4: After putting 2 layers all over, allow it to set up and dry.  It will literally come away from your skin–don’t pull it off until it comes off on it’s own.

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STEP 5: After it comes off your skin, let it dry for a while — as in a few days.  It’s going to be really neat to have this keepsake in the future when I forget how big my belly was!

Exercise/Activity Level: I feel very proud that I’m still working out (and running) 6 days per week at 40 weeks pregnant!!  3 runs and 3 gym days.  I think that’s a real accomplishment.  It has been NO FUN working out this week as my body is kind of feeling “over it” at this point.  Somehow God gives you what you need to keep on going though.  At all 3 of my gym workouts this week (45 minutes cardio & 20 minutes weight lifting), each day there was at least one individual who approached me and gave me very nice compliments.  One day a lady walked up to me (while with 15 lb dumbbells over my head doing shoulder presses) and told me what a beautiful photo I’d make (a photo of a woman lifting weights while pregnant).  Another day a lady told me “you are so smart to be exercising during your pregnancy, girl.”  And another day, one of the young male personal trainers told me “You are doing such a great job.  I was watching you workout and you are doing so great — you will have no problem getting your body back after the baby is born.”  God used all 3 of those people this week because I really needed to hear some positive feedback with the way I was feeling.  I know all of this exercise is important and will pay off — I’m just READY to be done with pregnancy at this point.  My body just hurts.  Running somehow feels better than walking though, I still find that amazing.  (I think it may have something to do with my gait—I strive to be a toe/midfoot runner instead of a heel-striker.  I think that walking, a heel-striking gait, hurts my achy body worse than my midfoot/toe running gait.)

Maternity clothes:  Somehow my belly has gotten so huge that some of my shirts are having a hard time covering it up!

Stretch marks: Still none.

Belly Button: Outie.

Sleep: Sleeping really solid.  Thankfully.  At least I have that.  I’m taking advantage of the cliché “sleep as much as you can before the baby comes!”

Newest baby milestones this week: Baby is fully cooked.  Now just come on out, little girl!

Best Moment of the Week: At my doctor appointment after the nurse weighed me, she said “Wow, you haven’t gained any weight since July!”  I know this seems like a weird thing for me to be excited about, but I really feel proud that I have been able to keep my weight gain within a healthy amount (23 pounds).  It makes me so happy that after the baby comes out, I won’t have 50 extra pounds clinging to my entire body — hopefully just 13 pounds (I’ve heard 10 pounds is usually the amount lost during birth).  When I was 30 weeks pregnant, I was on a road to high-weight-gain with my habits at that time….it has taken a lot of work to remain firm in my decision to eat healthy.

Worst Moment of the Week: Getting into a miscommunication with my husband.  I hate those.  Thankfully we love each other.  A lot.

Food cravings: Apples with peanut butter.

Food aversions: None.

Symptoms: Strong and regular Braxton Hicks.  Baby feels very low in my pelvis.  I’ve been getting a lot of “menstrual pains” in my belly.  My sciatic nerve is KILLING me (left side of my low back that shoots pain down my left leg).  Feeling UNCOMFORTABLE and sometimes I can barely walk.

Movement: She is totally out of room.  But yet she still moves all over.  It’s uncomfortable at this point because she is so low in my pelvis that it sometimes feels like she could “fall out!”

Gender: Girl

What I’m looking forward to: Meeting baby girl!  Holding her in my arms for the first time.  I also can’t wait to see the look in Eric’s eyes when he finally gets to see her for the first time.  I have been experiencing this baby inside my body for 9 months, and once she is born he will FINALLY get to start experiencing her too.  I know he is so ready for that.  I just can’t wait to watch him as he finally gets to have that magic happen.  He is going to be the best dad EVER!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for a safe delivery for baby.  I hope things go smoothly and that a normal, uncomplicated vaginal delivery happens.

What I miss: Feeling like a normal human being.  I just want to be un-pregnant:)  I know, soon!

Next appointment: Tuesday, October 8th @ 3:45 P.M.

To-do list before baby’s arrival:  It’s an awfully short list this week:

-HAVE THE BABY!

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31 thoughts on “BUMP REPORT – 40 Weeks

  1. I understand your frustration. I am sure she will be here in the next day or two! I remember everyone telling me that “firsts” are usually late. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a safe delivery. So excited to meet her and so happy for you and your husband. It’s such a joy.

    Love the recap pictures and you look great as always!

    • Thanks Katie, I appreciate it. I know she will be here any time now, but I just wish I had never gotten my hopes up that she was coming last week!! Each day feels like a year at this point. I will be so thrilled to finally announce when she is here…. My main frustration is that I think I’ve been in “early labor” for approx. a week with an insane amount of contractions, etc, so I am just getting annoyed. Hope my next post is MUCH MORE POSITIVE.

    • Thanks Kristy! The belly cast is something I have no clue where I will store it, but I know I’ll be glad I made it. Post pregnancy I’ll probably put it on and be shocked that my body was once stretched out that much! And thanks for the kind wishes…hopefully I’ll have news sooner than later:)

    • Thank you:) Yes, I hate spending money, especially if I can find a way to get the same result without spending much!! I was really glad I found that tutorial, because seriously, for less than $10, it is worth it. (P.S. Michaels always has a “40% off one regular priced item” mobile coupon on their website, so I made sure it use that on one of the packages of gauze. Otherwise it would have been a couple dollars more.)

  2. I am typing with one hand since Miss H is adamant about eating right now, but we wanted to send you our love!

    I too got SO sick of the constant texts that I just stopped responding. I was 3 days late and it was so tough emotionally..then out of nowhere, labor started…so be ready, it can come when you least expect it. Remember, your body is already working to prepare you with those contractions. They are not a waste!

    And I love the belly cast!

    Awesome on the little weight gain! I guarantee you will have lost it all by 3 weeks with no exercise at all.

    You are going to rock labor! You are a strong woman! xo

    • Thanks for the encouragement! Who knew that just a matter of a few DAYS could be so mentally challenging to get through?!? I swore I’d be happy pregnant as long as necessary, but my attitude has just gotten rotten fast. 🙂 Hopefully I’m almost there though. Good point that the contractions aren’t a total waste…I know they are good practice and they are helping my body get ready. My cousin’s wife is a week overdue and hasn’t had a single BH contraction and is 0% and 0 dilation….at least I’ve been showing progress.

      • I seriously had NO signs until the morning before she was born when I had a little tiny bit of bleeding. By that night I was contracting 5 minutes apart! I promise it is soon! I felt so cranky too once I hit 40 weeks. Enjoy every last minute even though it’s hard too. Life is going to change drastically in the best of ways, but just take in the last few moments with her inside of you. It is such a precious time. Maybe even write one last letter to her in your belly, or just lay there and take in all of her little kicks. It is gone so fast and a part of you will miss having her in there all to yourself. LOVE YOU!

      • Yes, the cranky factor has set in:) Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I know that I really just need to enjoy these last few moments I have of her quietly in my belly. Great idea about writing a letter!!

  3. Ill still keep you in my prayers, thats gotta be frustrating. At this point I am counting on delivering late because EVERYONE I know who delivered over the past 4months has been at least a week late. So Ill be shocked and overjoyed if he is on time. However, Im sure Ill still be disappointed to see my due date come and go. You look great, you are being a true trooper! I have had some moody days lately also, I had to go to bed at 8pm last night just so I didnt rip anyones head off. Sucks to feel like crap! Hope she comes VERRRRYYY soon!!!

    • Thank you, I really appreciate that! I have my ob appt this afternoon, so I’m hoping to see my progress and get a little closer to the idea of ldelivering soon. I’m hoping maybe today or tomorrow will be the day!

      I love the idea of going to bed early bc of a grouchy mood…I’ve so done that too!

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