Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I am late posting an update. I usually do it once a month, which would have been 36 weeks, but life was too busy so I thought I’d wait until “full-term” at 37 weeks. I’m still a few days late, but here it is! Finally. :)
Writing down all these feelings and emotions I am experiencing as I sit here *full-term* pregnant with my baby girl has been overwhelming. So to help me get started I decided to do one of those pregnancy “surveys”. Here we go!

How Far Along: 37 weeks 5 days

Size of Baby: Um, my iPhone app says the size of a watermelon, nearly 7 pounds. Oh my goodness!

Maternity Clothes: I’ve actually grown OUT of some of my maternity clothes. I can get into them, but around my middle kind-of feels like a sausage stuffed into a casing. ;)

Weight Gain: Hard to say. It fluctuates so dramatically from appointment to appointment. I would say just over 30 pounds total.

Belly: It feels pretty big! Well, to me anyway. Practically daily I am told that I don’t look as far along as I am. I try to think of that as a blessing, that I don’t look TOO huge and miserable yet. And the doctor assures me I am still in the “normal” range, just on the small-end of normal. But from the side, I can look pretty dang pregnant, especially when I wear certain items! Like stripes! See picture below.

Stretch Marks: I finally got some about a week ago or so. They aren’t on my belly though; they are actually on my hips. I have about three small pink ones on each side.

Sleep: I now consider a night’s sleep more of a cluster of naps. It is easier to come to terms with it that way. Sometimes, I am only up 5 minutes between my “naps” and other times it could be an hour or more. I thank my acid reflux for that. I now sleep sitting straight up on the couch most nights. My standard for a “good night sleep” has been lowered quite a bit. If I go through a whole night without waking up suddenly with my mouth, nose, lungs, and even *ears* one time, full of stomach acid, I call that a good night!

Best Moments since last update: Finding out Katelyn was head down. Making some progress on the nursery. Attending newborn / childbirth classes.

Movement: She loves to shift her bum side to side making my tummy look like a waterbed. She also likes to push out her feet which feel like hard little lumps. When she sticks out a body part, I love to pat it back in. It’s our fun little game.

Symptoms: The acid reflux and the swelling are really my only big symptoms. I mean, I have backaches, a sore pelvis, my feet hurt, bloody nose bleeds, etc etc but, hello? I am carting around 7 pounds of baby! That’s to be expected.

Food Cravings: No specific cravings, although I am still eating meat like crazy!

What I Miss: I don't really miss anything. I am looking forward to being more mobile again, like standing up and walking without pausing to check my balance and if I am stable. I am a bit like the rusty tin man when I first stand up.

What I'm Looking Forward to: As of my last doctor's appointment (2 days ago), I haven't dilated at all, so I am looking forward to hearing when I am dilating. Not that I am trying to rush the delivery, but I would just love to hear that my body knows what to do. Infertility makes you feel "broken" physically, and I still deal with that a lot. So hearing I am experiencing normal symptoms and events always makes me feel good.

Weekly Wisdom: I have none. Just talking it one day at a time!

Milestones: Two words: FULL-TERM

Emotions: Excited, nervous, emotional, thankful.


Savannah said...

You make a beautiful pregnant lady. Congrats on hitting full-term. I know that is a big milestone for you. I understand how infertility makes you feel like your body is broken. I hope it all works fine for the big moment.

PS - I know you'll be busy being a mom and resting when Katelyn comes, so maybe have Ryan post a picture for all of us who are excited for you.

Tami said...

Yay!!!! You look so great! So excited for you to get your precious little girl here! :)

Sarah said...

Wow full-term! I can't wait to be there next spring!! :) This is such an exciting time for you :)

Gwen Hawkins said...

Full term is fantastic!! She could be here any day now really. Pack your bags! LOL! All three of mine were born at 37 weeks. With Haley my first, I had barely packed my bags the night before..just in case you know. I didn't have any reason to think she'd be early, but she just did naturally, so you never know. :)

Krista said...

I'm so excited for you sweetie...she is going to be here so soon..yay!!! Your belly looks perfect to me!!

Bridget said...

Yay for full term!!! So exciting that you will be meeting your little girl very soon!

Thyme said...


Don't get too discouraged by measurements though, my tummy measured at 32w when I was at 42w! And my daughter was 7lbs 2oz! And with her I was NEVER dilated, even at 42w.

Enjoy the end! It's full of so much excitement!

Luna said...

Don't even bother to worry about dilation. I was never really dilated with any of my babies.... until it was time. AND I have had friends that have walked around dilated to 5 or more for over a month. every BODY is different. So I don't want you thinking you are broken... you aren't!

Wes and Dani said...

Your post echoed how I am feeling exactly! I went to the doctor yesterday and he told me I was 50% effaced which was great to hear! (even though I'm not dialated at all yet). I am 36w4d today so I am right behind you.

And in response to your swelling post--wow! You poor thing! I've only had a few bad swelling incidents, so I've been very lucky. I know how uncomfortable it is when your feet are that tight.

AJ said...

I agree with Savannah on everything :-)

I'm so excited for you two!

Hope said...

Congratulations on reaching full term!!! I am so happy for you! :-)

Tiffany said...

You are such a beautiful pregnant lady! I am so excited for you!

finallyhismrs07 said...

You look amazing! I'm coming out of creepy lurker land and say hello! I've been following your story for a while and you are truly an inspiration! I can't wait to see pictures of you long-awaited little one!