Four.more.weeks.. We can now officially count down in DAYS… 28 days left! At the end of this week Liam will be considered FULL TERM!!! Kinda hard to believe this experience is almost over, but physically and emotionally I am really ready. This week if we are going by he is gaining 1/2 a lb a week.. he should be up to 6 lbs 4 oz… hmm…. If I go to term and he gains weight at this pace he will be around 8 lbs 4 oz.. Which is hard to believe because both Erik and I were pretty small babies.. we shall see…
I’ve been having some intense Braxton Hicks contractions, luckily they only happen once or twice every few hours. That coupled with lower back pain.. it’s been a rough week. One night I got up 5 times before 2am to pee, and I could not get comfortable, it was unreal I almost broke down. He doesn’t have much room in there now a days, so I’ve been getting some heartburn right before bed even though I have been taking a daily zantac.
It hasn’t been all miserable though, during most of the day I am pretty happy and usually pain free. I’ve also been reading a lot of books and blogs. One book I highly recommend if you need a good laugh, Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay
The second book that I started reading is this one..
So far I like it. I can’t really do a full review of it, because I just haven’t read enough of it. I can’t remember who recommended this book to me, or if I just saw it on a blog somewhere, but it must have gotten good reviews if I put it on my Christmas wishlist, ha.
Additionally my friend, who lives down the street, had her baby 3 months ago and recommended this book to us, she says it saved her life and now her 3 month old baby sleeps through the night! I have yet to open this book, but I am hoping to get cracking on it soon.
One more book I picked up yesterday,
If you have other books you think I should read please send suggestions my way!
On New Years Day after we went to brunch with my in-laws, we headed to Ikea to find a side table for the nursery. I love Ikea so much, they always seem to have the perfect furniture. I got home and built it, all by myself, because I am amazingly handy 🙂 that and Erik was busy doing stuff around the house 🙂
You can go ahead and tell me how awesome I am.
Starting sometime this week I will also be sleeping on a waterproof mat, just in case my water breaks in the middle of the night. Erik’s mom is a baby nurse and she said she would get me some from the hospital! WOOT. I will also be finishing up my toiletry bag, so that I can put all the hospital bags in my car, just in case I go into labor while I am at work or we are out and about somewhere. I really do hope he waits at least one more week if he wants to come early because I would like him to be considered full term before he is born, but he will come out when he is ready.
According to babycenter.com, “Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.
At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she’s in a head-down position. But if she isn’t, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an “external cephalic version,” which is a fancy way of saying she’ll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.”
Spark notes version:
How far along? 36 weeks!
Maternity clothes? yes, ready for normal clothes
Stretch marks? just on my chest still 🙂
Symptoms: oh man.. lower back pain, braxton hicks contractions, hard time falling asleep, peeing all night
Best moment this week: Spending the week with my hubby and Ella 🙂
Miss Anything? beer, normal clothes, sleeping, being in shape
Movement: yes, and sometimes a bit painful.. he likes to stretch out a lot, great for him, not so fun for mommy
Food cravings: oreos.. yup, got some.. ate 6 in one day.
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope
Gender: baby boy 🙂
Labor Signs: Nope just braxton hicks contractions
Belly Button in or out? still IN 🙂
Mood: not too bad.. sleepy
Wedding Rings on or off: off
Looking forward to: as weird as it sounds.. my weekly appointments to see if I have progressed at all!
Days till next appointment: 1
Things left on to-do-list: 10
Baby books read: 1 out of 3
I hope everyone has a great day!