While I am certainly ready to have this baby, I just can’t grasp the fact that, VERY soon, Riley will have to share our attention. I am sure it is a normal emotion at this point, but I feel horrible. I don’t want to take any attention away from her. She is my best little buddy and I just don’t feel ready for that to change, at all. My sister, who has 2 kids as well, assures me that she felt the same way. She comforted me a bit by saying that i’ll feel better once I see how proud Riley is to be a Big Sis and Momma’s Little Helper. I’m crossing my fingers that this will be the case.
On to the more enlightening, positive stuff. We’re in the 39th week! Here’s a fun little goofy photo shoot we did this morning…
We had what will most likely be our last OBGYN visit today and it went well. Nothing new to report, as i’m not at all dilated. I can’t believe after all the mid-pregnancy drama, this boy is still holding out to the finish. I like the idea of him coming Tuesday, as that is my sisters birthday and she had one of her kids on our brothers birthday. We will see.
I’ve had some Braxton Hicks contractions, but obviously none that have continued long enough to turn into real labor. Tuesday night I had a lengthy series that started at 12 minutes apart, then a few at 11, 10, then after a handful at 9 minutes apart, they subsided.
Despite knowing that i’m ultimately going to have a c-section, I honestly would like to go into labor, just to see what it’s really like. I’d like to feel real contractions (none of mine have ever really been all that strong) and have my water break. Perhaps it will happen… we only have a few days left to find out!
I made a fantastic, and simple, kale salad the other day that rocked my world. Ryan even liked it, which showed in the entire massive bowl being gone the same day it was made. I sorta planned on being able to snack on that for a few days- oops. I picked up more kale on the way home from our appointment and plan to make a huge batch soon.
I’m not really craving sweets all that much, but Ryan bought us 2 for $5 pints of ice cream the other night and we definitely each crushed our own in one sitting. Yikes! Guess I should get more serious about that “eating for health” resolution. ;)
Total weight gain at this point is 28 pounds. That’s 3 more than I gained with Riley, which I am totally fine with. Suggested weight gain for a healthy individual is 25-35 pounds, so i’m clearly in a good range. Now i’m anxious to see how much this boy weighs, as each Dr has predicted him to be “measuring big”. Uh oh! =)
Majority of the time I am just feeling a lot of pressure pushing down, but occasionally will get sudden sharp pains, which I think are just baby trying to adjust. I had this on Monday night and it actually felt like he was getting into position, like head down into the pelvic region feeling. Talk about a weird feeling! I knew my favorite Dr was out of town for New Years, too, so was praying I wasn’t going into labor at that point.
I’ve been very hesitant to drop Riley off at our gyms daycare, out of fear she’ll get sick again, but took the chance yesterday and got in a great 4.5 mile run/walk! I did .25 mile intervals, alternating between walking and running. I did half of this on the treadmill then the other half on my gyms indoor track. I felt great, even running! I didn’t have any pain and actually felt pretty quick as I shuffled along.
We have family coming to visit soon!!! From the minute I said I was pregnant my Mom agreed to be here for the babys birth. Not so much the actual birth, but to be at our home with Riley so we wouldn’t have to worry about a babysitter. I am so excited, as there is nothing better than having your Mom with you, right? The only thing better would be having my MIL here too. While I know that is physically impossible, I know she will truly be there watching down over us, helping us through a healthy and safe delivery.
Depending on how this all goes down, I may have another post for you before baby boy arrives, you’ll just have to wait and see!
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