Wednesday, May 06, 2015

39 week FINAL #StarrBabyCinco Update

Well, here goes...my FINAL #starrbabycinco pregnancy update. Tomorrow is D-day, assuming they don't need to bump my induction again. Yesterday Kaiah and I were enjoying our last "Mommy/Kaiah Tropical Smoothie Lunch Date" when my phone rang and the nurse from my OB clinic told me that they had to postpone my induction a day. I realize that, big picture, this was no big deal, but that didn't stop me from pouting most of the afternoon. Ugh. It doesn't take much to mess with the emotions and mental state of a swollen, pregnant beast. Buuuut, here we are, just 15 or so hours out and I'm ready. Ready to meet our sweet girl. Ready to see the big kids love on her. Ready to cuddle a squishy newborn. Ready for the middle of the night feedings. Ready for the aches and pains that come with delivery. Ready to juggle logistics. And most of all? Ready to NOT be pregnant! Can I get an 'amen'?

I'm not going to sugar coat it -- these last couple of weeks have been tough. I've spent many a night timing contractions, walking to encourage contractions, or wondering why the heck I'm NOT having contractions. Per Dr. T's last report from a week ago, I am 4 cm dilated and baby was head down. It's a funny feeling being 4 cm and not really knowing how you got there. I mean, yes, I have contractions, but nothing too significant or consistent -- obviously. So, I've spent a lot of time just wondering/worrying that I'm hanging out at 6 or so cm and that my water might break or I'd have a few big contractions and then we'd be delivering a baby in the back of our minivan. Oh, the places your mind will go. Anyway, I can almost safely say that that will NOT happen now and tomorrow is THE day. The day we get to meet our final blessing -- in a controlled environment, with doctors/nurses to catch her sweet little bod -- and for that, I am thankful. Anyway, on with the update:

Due Date: Still May 12. 

Weeks: 39 weeks





Doctor Report: Again -- as of last Thursday, I was 4 cm dilated and baby was head-down! 

Gender: GIRL. 

Name: We have a list and, at this point, I'm planning on just "knowing" when we see her. Pray for us, please?

Total Weight Gain: No idea. Although, I can tell you this -- each of my swollen feet/ankles/legs alone probably weighs 10 lbs. And I'm not kidding
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Maternity Clothes: Nothing fits. My belly hangs out the bottom of every shirt and forget pants! I've been wearing strictly skirts and dresses for almost 2 weeks now.





Sleep: Still not good. Between contractions, heartburn, and a sore back, I spend my nights moving between our bed and the chair. Just God's way of prepping this mama for the sleepless nights to come, right?

Food: Nothing to report. I have no specific aversions, but need to watch how much I'm eating, so I don't get nauseous.

Pregnancy Symptoms: You name it, I have it. At the top of the list? Back pain, contractions, swollen feet/hands, and exhaustion!




Movement: She's an active little girl and this is probably the main (only?) thing I will miss about being pregnant. I just love the kicks, hiccups, and rolls...even as they get a bit painful.

What I'm Looking Forward To: SEEING HER FACE! Seriously! I've been dreaming about what she will look/feel/smell like and can.not.wait. The other thing I'm excited for? The big kids to meet and love on her. The anticipation is killing all of us!





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