Mommy Monday: 37 weeks pregnant with number two!

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I mean, should I even call these “Mommy MONDAY” posts any more? I can’t seem to get these up on Mondays these days! haha But, better late than never, right? :)

There honestly aren’t any real updates … which is good! The only update is that (TMI ALERT) I lost my mucous plug last week. I wont go into any more details about it, but basically it’s just a sign that labor is near.

But other than that, nothing new! I have been getting a bit of swelling in my feet and they definitely ache by the end of the day. Ben has been so sweet, rubbing them and letting me lounge around as much as possible. He has been waking up with James in the mornings even on work days so that I can sleep for an extra half hour or so. He is just the very best. I’m so so lucky to have him!

Yesterday, some friends from Music Class took James and I out to lunch as a sort of little baby shower for the new baby! It was so very sweet and really meant a lot to me! They gave us the cutest little clothes for the baby too - truck themed, of course, since James and his buddy are very into trucks and construction. The new baby will fit right in with the big boys! I’m so thankful for such an amazing new friend for James AND for me. :)

Let’s see…what else? I am having the WORST anxiety about labor and delivery and about how James’ life will be impacted by a new baby. I am just having the worst thoughts - like, what if I DIE during labor? I actually wrote letters to Ben, James, and the new baby the other night in case I die. So dramatic, I know. But I’m seriously SCARED guys! Last time I was in labor I was told there was a good chance I was going to die, so I am sure that is having something to do with my intense fear this time.

Plus, I’m just scared of not getting to the hospital in time, or not getting the epidural in time, and for the general discomfort and unpleasantness of labor and delivery …and for postpartum recovery. And for newborn life, because, let’s be honest - it’s hard! And the sleep deprivation! And not having as much time for James….gah. I’m trying to just take deep breaths and not over think things and trust God. But, prayers are much appreciated!!

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Here’s this week’s survey:

How far along: 37 weeks 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up around 40lbs.

Maternity clothes? Yes! Living in my maternity leggings and big t-shirts!

Stretch marks? Lots!

Sleep: Not good. haha

Best moment this week: Lunch with sweet friends!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: All the time!

Food cravings: Everything…I can’t wait to be able to have a chicken caesar salad again!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Have you started to show yet: Yep!

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Back pain, period-like cramps, Braxton Hicks, lost mucus plug

Belly Button in or out? It's pretty much flat now.

Wedding rings on or off? Off! Wearing a place holder ring.

Happy or Moody most of the time: EMOTIONAL and moody

Symptoms: Lightning crotch, Upper back pain on the right side (better than it was last week!!), pelvis/hip/groin pain, leg cramps at night, frequent peeing, heart burn, light-headed, out of breath, THIRSTY, stretch marks, spider veins, EMOTIONAL, hormonal, swollen and achey feet

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Mommy Monday: 37 Weeks Pregnant!

Happy Monday!

I have a good feeling about this week! It's going to be a great one! :)

Week 37 of my pregnancy was great! I did my first "workout" type video since being put on bedrest. It was a pregnancy stretching video and it felt so nice! I took it easy, of course, but it was wonderful!

We had a pretty uneventful doctor's appointment at which he checked the baby's heartrate and it was good. I think the doctor was a bit surprised to see me still pregnant after removing my cerclage at the last appointment! haha He had only given me a 50/50 chance of making it to the next appointment - and now here I am, 38 weeks tomorrow! The doctor also had me sign all of the delivery consent forms which made it all seem SO real!!

The past few days I've been having A LOT more period-like cramps, intense pressure, and contractions. Friday night they kept waking me up they got so bad. On Saturday evening I ended up calling Labor & Delivery. The nurse that I spoke with was so nice and asked me so many questions to get an idea of what I was experiencing. She told me to take a shower, lie down, and drink a lot of water and rest, and that she would call me back in a couple of hours to see how I was doing.

Things ended up calming down. But Ben and I definitely had gotten our hopes up that maybe this was it! Crazy that we are at the point where it's ok to be excited about contractions and labor! Who would have ever thought that we'd be here!

I've also experienced a significant amount more swelling in my feet and legs over the past day or so. It's very uncomfortable and gross looking, haha. I have a feeling that this baby will be born in the next few days...we'll see if I'm right! Who knows, this might be my last pregnancy blog post! Maybe my next update will be that our little guy has arrived! How exciting!

How far along: 37 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 40lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes! Nothing fits or looks cute any more. Yuck. haha

Stretch marks? Still none...!

Sleep: Ok, other than being woken up by cramping/contractions the past two nights!

Best moment this week: Precious moments with Ben, knowing they are some of our last before our son arrives!! :)

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: A ton! He's an active little one! :)

Food cravings: Watermelon, breakfast bowls, pineapple, french fries!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: Every part of me is swollen and ginormous. I'm gross. haha

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Contractions, cramps, intense pressure, sore inner thighs.

Belly Button in or out? Flat!

Wedding rings on or off? Off, but wearing a place holder ring!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy this week! I feel like my psychotic emotions and mood swings have leveled out a bit!

Symptoms: Pelvic pressure, swollen feet and legs (and hands and arms and face and everything), sore all over, thirsty, shortness of breath, contractions, peeing all the time.

Thanks for reading! We are nearing the end of this incredible journey and I am SO glad that I've gotten to share it with you all - the good AND the bad! :) I just feel incredibly blessed to have been able to experience pregnancy and everything that that has entailed for me. Words can't describe how excited I am to meet my little boy face to face. He's been my special, silent little companion through all of this and I already feel like we have been through so much together. I can only imagine that when our eyes finally meet, I'll think, "oh, there you are, it's you at last!" My very own little buddy who I will finally have to share with the world. For now, I will enjoy these last few days (or weeks) of having him all to myself and being the one who gets to feel his kicks and wiggles and who knows his patterns and behaviors. I'm already so in love. :)

Until next time!

xo, Anna