Thanks for all your help with brainstorming ideas for our “due date” date! Travis and I love the idea of doing something artistic so that we have a physical memento from that day. (I mean, the BEST memento would be a baby, but a cute piece of pottery or a belly cast would suffice, I suppose ;)
How far along? 38 Weeks
Baby is the size of: A pumpkin
Total weight gain: 27.5 pounds (yes, if you’re keeping track… I gained FOUR POUNDS this week!!!)
Gender: It’s a girl!
Name: I’m excited to share her name on the blog once she arrives :)
Maternity Clothes: some of my maternity tops are starting to get short… I have to check and make sure the bottom of my belly isn’t popping out as I go about my day.
Stretch marks? I’ve got some little white ones around my belly button, but they’re not bad and hard to see in most light.
Sleep: I’m waking up all the time, but I’ve gotten pretty used to it now. (I had to wake up and eat at 4 a.m. yesterday… no wonder I gained so much weight!)
Movement: She’s still very active, though maybe slightly less so as she’s getting bigger. Even her “less active” stage is pretty crazy…
Best moment this week: 4th of July was really mellow and lovely. We had a nice picnic in the park, Trav took a few belly photos (check ‘em out at the end of this post), and we ended the evening with homemade strawberry short cake… yum!!
Miss Anything: I miss my old body. My entire perspective on my pre-pregnancy shape had changed so much these past few months. I feel like I’m going to appreciate it a LOT more after I lose this giant belly :)
Belly button in or out? The top is popping out, but the bottom is flat.
Food cravings: Summer fruit, breakfast burritos
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really this week
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks and random cramping. I thought I might be going into labor on Friday night because I had insane back pain, but it turned out to be baby resting on my sciatic nerve… no fun!
Symptoms: Aches and pains in my back, hips, ribs, everywhere. Swollen hands, feet, and ankles.
Wedding ring on or off? Off :( I’m officially wearing my ring on a chain around my neck. I have a fake wedding ring that I got at Target, which is a size bigger… I have to wear something on my ring finger or I freak out that I’ve lost my ring.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m generally happy, though I have to fight my impatience some days. She’s not even due for thirteen more days… I can’t be getting antsy yet!
Looking forward to: The big day, whenever that is! I am so so so excited to meet my sweet girl :D
And here are a couple snapshots from our 4th of July photo adventure…