Tuesday, January 21, 2014

37 Weeks! Update, Feelings, and Plans...

Holy crap I did it! I made it to 37 weeks! You know what that means right? We are officially home birth safe! I can deliver this little girl in the comfort of my home now instead of going to the hospital again. I have so many emotions running through my head. I am excited and nervous and ready to meet her. I feel like this just got real all of a sudden. Everything is so different this time around. The first time I had an anterior placenta so I didn't get to feel Kai moving around in my belly. This time with Bri I feel everything. Every movement she makes, hiccups and practice breaths, I also felt her drop the other day. Not just woke up and noticed it one morning but actually felt it. Now my dream of having a home birth is here and I am absolutely over the moon about it. Now we play the waiting game. I wonder when sister child is going to decide to come...

I had my check up on Friday and she is measuring 7 weeks ahead (my fundal height is 44). Matt had an appointment that he couldn't get out of so I took Kai with me, along with my dula - who helped keep him wrangled for me. The biggest shock I got with him while at my appointment was that he got very possessive and upset when my midwife tried to touch my belly to check on the baby. Little man was having none of that. He got mad and yelled at her (pointed his finger at her and told her “NO”) and then launched himself at my belly to cover it from her touching it. All three of us were very surprised at his reaction. Due to this reaction hubby and I both decided that when I do go into labor (depending on if it is day or night) we will have him go to a friend’s house and play for the day or until little sister makes her arrival.

I am secretly hoping I have her sometime during the night and he sleeps through it all. If not thankfully I have a few friends that will come get him. As much as I don’t want him to go I know that I will need him to if I am going to focus on bringing sister into this world and not worry about him being upset or clingy and wanting me.

My midwife dropped off the birthing tub last night. Matt cleaned and sterilized it and then put plastic under it so that all we have to do is flip it over and fill it up when I go into labor.

How far along? 37 weeks

Total weight gain: 259lbs this week, grand total of 26lbs so far.

Maternity clothes? Yes, unless I am in yoga pants. Also most maternity tops do not fit me (I have a long torso). So I have been wearing tunic style tanks in XL from Vanity to cover my long and huge pregnant belly.

Stretch marks? Nothing new.

Sleep: Good – Sort of. I wake up every 2-3 hours or less to pee, so there is that.

Best moment of the week: Hitting 37 weeks and knowing that I am going to have the homebirth I dreamt about.

Miss anything? Just general things like bending and breathing and moving haha.

Number of times I get up to pee at night:  3-5 (sometimes WAY more if you count before midnight.)

Movement: Lots. Different this week from the last two weeks, I didn’t really feel her moving except a few times. Now I feel her moving more like she has throughout the whole pregnancy. Hoping that means she switched back from posterior to where she should be.

Food Cravings: Nothing really, I have made myself eat more so this week than I have really wanted to. Nothing sounds appetizing to me right now.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, nothing at all.

Gender prediction: We are having a girl.

Labor signs: I have been feeling some pressure down there and actually having some intense Braxton Hicks (although those are few and very far between when they do happen). Hoping that means she is engaging and I am getting ready to meet her.

Symptoms: Braxton hicks, and this week there has been tons of cervix pressure off and on but nothing consistent.

Belly button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time? A little of everything. My moods are all over the place.

Looking forward to: Meeting her! I have officially been pregnant longer now than the first time. I am glad she is staying put but I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little disappointed that I have not gone into labor yet.

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