Well, here we are for the Month 10 (weeks 37 through 40) post!
I can't believe that I've reached this week. It doesn't seem that long ago that reaching 40 weeks felt like it was AGES away, and now my due date is fast approaching. Not only that, but this is going to be one action-packed week. My parents are flying in in two days, the graduation ceremony is in 3 days, and the "due date" is in 4 days. I say "due date" in quotations for all of the obvious reasons.
New for this month of pregnancy? Extreme fatigue. Like, worse than in the first trimester extreme. I didn't even know it was possible to exist and be that tired, but I am sure it is just a *touch* of how tired I am going to be once our little princess decides to enter the world. I would wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, and (if the day allowed) I would go back to bed for a morning nap. Some days didn't allow me to do that, so I spent the day feeling (and likely looking) like a zombie. Then, this past weekend I came down with a nasty head cold that wiped me out, and left me with an awful sore throat, nausea, and that foggy-headed feeling for the entire weekend. I think I was only awake about 8 hours total between Saturday and Sunday. Good thing I started getting that "nesting" desire a couple of weeks ago, because if I had waited to clean until now I would probably just look at the mess and then fall asleep in it.
Braxton Hicks contractions seemed to hit with a vengeance these last couple of weeks. One night I woke up at 2 a.m. from a painful contraction, and then was awake until about 5 or 6 a.m. having contractions. I was worried that I should start timing them or something, because it was just one painful contraction (with back pain) after the other. Then, nothing happened. However, it made me nervous enough that I finally packed my hospital bag (something that I have been putting off because it just seemed sooo unnecessary).
A couple more nights of leg cramps too, and of course, heartburn. I am just not sure what I would do without Tums. They are sitting by my bed, in my car, downstairs, in my purse...always accessible.
The doc estimates that she is about 7.5 pounds (or, at least that is what he thought she was at last Thursday). That would surprise me, because that is a rather small baby (considering the 'normal' size of babies in my family). He also said that he has been fooled before. Let's hope not - I would rather push out 7.5 pounds instead of 9.5 pounds.
Leaking has not been a problem, for which I am glad... I was worried that I would have problems with that, which could be kind of awkward, depending on if and when I started leaking. But, so far so good!
I have also had difficulty sleeping at night (likely contributing to my zombie-like state during the day). I more often than not wake up 2 or 3 times in the middle of the night, and have difficulty falling back asleep. I have managed to make it almost halfway through the Harry Potter series (again) and finished the Hunger Games trilogy (for the second time) during my sleepless nights.
It has been a fun month though, because it's just exciting knowing that really any moment (especially in this last week here), baby could make her grand entrance into the world. She has decided not to, yet, but that is ok. Maybe she'll be nice and wait for me to graduate on Friday before trying to come? Otherwise, it'll make a good story 5 years from now or so...
I had a great time this month with some showers that were thrown for me. I have had 4 showers, which is absolutely amazing. My friends and family in Utah threw me a virtual shower, and then I had a shower at church, and most recently Chris' side of the family threw a second virtual shower for me in Ohio. That was a lot of fun - we had my Nana in AZ and my Mom/sis in UT on the call, as well as Chris' Dad's cousin in KY on the call. Then my classmates threw me a surprise shower, which was totally unexpected and very fun! I had thought we were going to have a Student Academy of Audiology meeting, when I walked into the room and saw pink balloons, streamers, an "It's A Girl" sign and an amazing home-made cake (I'll post pictures!). Such fun! This little girl has already been crazy spoiled.
We also have the nursery all put together! It looks wonderful. I will post some pictures of that up here as well. I can't believe how well it all came together. I'm so excited to start using it! The diaper pail, diapers, wipes, bed, clothing, and everything are all ready to go! This next week is definitely going to be full of fun and surprises, whatever ends up happening.
Here are some pictures of the OH virtual shower:
Some pictures from the school shower:
|The entire 3rd-year, soon to be 4th-year, audiology class|
|This is the amazing homemade cake - isn't it gorgeous??|
|This is from the virtual shower in Utah|
|Copper helping me get the diaper bag ready :)|
|Her already-full closet :) So excited!!|
|Baby crib all set up|
|The nursery in full. Dresser, changing pad, chair, bookshelf, infant swing, giant teddy bear, crib :)|