PREGNANCY WEEK 37 – October 3, 2015
News flash! I finished reading my Hypnobirthing book! I finished prenatal classes (a series of 4 classes)! Making some headway on my “prep work.” Go me. I’m getting my head in the game. Birth has been something I’ve been thinking about and talking about a lot lately. Here’s what’s really left on my to do list before she comes:
-Pre-register and complete hospital tour
-Organize baby clothes & finish nursery
-Create a baby pool and invite people to guess baby’s stats
-Finish installing hardwood floors & deep clean everything afterward (SO DUSTY!)
-Get through my scheduled photoshoots & photo editing
-Clean my car
-Pack a hospital bag
-Make a belly cast again (???)…maybe
With only 19 days left until my due date, I think I can manage to get all of this accomplished. So long as I have the full 19 days, that is:) I really think she’s going to come right at 40 weeks, but there’s a little intuition in the back of my mind that keeps wondering otherwise. It’d be totally fine if she does, but we’d just have to make a few adjustments. I’d really like Winter to have her birthday (October 10th) be first and baby girl’s birthday to follow. I’m sure that’ll happen.
At my prenatal appointment I had a cervical check and found out that I’m thinning out and have dilated 1 cm. I think I was starting to dilate around this time last pregnancy too. So not too much to worry about there.
The hardwood floors are coming along great. Where things stand right now, we have 40 out of 48 boxes of hardwoods installed! Nearly there. Just need to finish the hallway and bathroom. And of course trimwork.
I got a prenatal massage which was amazing! It was part of a girls’ weekend for my friend Ashley’s 30th birthday. It was a fun time and it felt good to get away for a night and day to relax and do something unrelated to photos or floors. 🙂
My age: 29
How far along: 37 weeks
How big is baby: the size of a winter melon (19-20 inches and 6.5 pounds)
Events of this week: Photography, birth class, breastfeeding class, babysitting, lots of work on hardwood floors, sewing project, girls’ weekend overnight to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday. Got a prenatal massage.
Symptoms: Heartburn, some insomnia, crazy dreams, Braxton Hicks, lots of movement, feeling like I’m lugging around a mass ton of bricks.
Exercise/Activity: Only twice this week. Let’s just say the hardwood floors and photo editing has taken over every moment of my life. Shooting for at least 3-5 days this upcoming week. Running is getting to be more challenging. It feels like the baby might just pop out when I run….uh….
Sleep: Depending on the night it can be great or terrible.
Maternity clothes: Yes. Things are getting tighter though since my belly is massive at this point!
Stretch marks: No. Midwife complimented my skin.
Belly Button: Out.
Food cravings: Swiss cheese, yogurt, fruit snacks.
Food aversions: Nothing. Though I’ve been getting a lot more heartburn which isn’t fun.
Movement: Very active.
Best Moment of the Week: Spending the night in a fancy hotel in downtown Denver with my friend to celebrate her 30th birthday! We had afternoon tea at the Brown Palace Hotel, went out to dinner in Larimer Square, woke up to breakfast in bed and then spent the day in the spa where we each got massages.
Worst Moment of the Week: Nothing in particular.
What I’m looking forward to: Getting through all of the photoshoots and editing I need to get done in the next week or two. Also looking forward to Winter’s 2nd birthday next weekend!
What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for a healthy girl. I want her to come when she wants to, but I also want to feel prepared and ready if possible!
What I miss: A laid back life! Ha!
Next appointment: Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.