Hello, week 38!
I feel like this week is going to be a good week in pregnancy land for me. I don't know exactly why I feel that way but I do. It might be because its my last full week of work, it might be because I feel my body preparing more than ever for the impending birth of this baby, who knows? It'll just be a good one.
I have been going on walks nearly everyday, doing exercises on my stability ball, doing yoga and doing some serious nesting. Even if I have my baby late it still feels so close. I had an appointment with my midwife today and she asked if I wanted to be "checked" and since I have been having some minor cramp like contractions for the past few weeks I was curious so I gave her the go ahead. She began and immediately said the babies head was super duper low and that my cervix was super thin. It was nice to hear that my body is doing the necessary tasks to prepare. It was also nice to hear that the baby was super low and that I have in fact dropped. Everyone I run into likes to tell me I haven't dropped and that I am not going to have this baby anytime soon.
How far along? 38 weeks
"Waist" measurement: 41 inches
Total weight gain/loss? 20 pounds
Stretch marks? absolutely none (yet!).
Sleep? Challenging, but I am getting used to it.
Movement? lots of BIG movements
Food cravings/aversions? None!
Labor signs? Just the minor cramp like contractions.
Belly button in/out? out
What I miss the most right now: My favorite tea, which I haven't been able to have since I got pregnant.
What I am looking forward to right now: Eating Ben & Jerry's Pistachio Ice Cream
Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.
Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
Baby room:I took the embroidery hoops off the wall in the living room and moved them to the babies room.
The antique crib my Dad got for me! I love it. Eventually those pillow with have covers and this crib will have a mattress and it will be functioning as a "couch" then eventually a toddler bed.
I am not particularly a fan of characters such as tiger and pooh but a dear customer crocheted them for me.