We’re into weekly bump updates until our little one arrives! J took a new picture of me last night, and I still can’t believe that’s really MY stomach! The days of strangers “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” over my cute bump are long gone. Now people just look at me with pity, haha. Everyone is shocked that I’m only in my 37th week! Holy smokes – it just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Luckily, I’m still feeling really good and haven’t been getting any more uncomfortable in the past few days.
I had my 37 week doctor’s appointment yesterday where we reviewed my birth plan. I love how intentional my doctor is about setting expectations early and helping me understand the best way to communicate my wants and needs. I feel really good about the birth plan that J and I put together (over a dinner date at Buffalo Wild Wings – bet that’s the 1st time that’s ever happened!), but I am also prepared for the plan to be abandoned in favor of the health and well-being of our baby girl.
There are just a few loose ends that need to be tied up before baby arrives. I still haven’t packed our hospital bags – I feel like my list is already too long and I really don’t want to show up with 10 bags, haha! I also have a few more baby items to get washed up and assembled. Neither of those are too daunting of tasks, so hopefully I can just knock them out today.
OH! And our baby girl has a first name, but J and I have never really discussed middle name. I have a name in mind, but I want to hear his ideas too! Hopefully arriving at a middle name will come as easy as the first name did :)
Without further ado…. here’s Baby M at 37 weeks!
37 Week Survey
This week, baby is the size of a: winter melon (whatever that means)
Due date: June 24
How far along: 37 weeks
Next appointment: June 13
Total weight gain: 30 pounds – another week with no weight gain!
Exercise: Taking Ruby for walks
Stretch marks: Nothing new – same old, same old with my belly button
Swelling: My feet are definitely starting to swell. I couldn’t get my Toms on yesterday and decided not to push it :)
Maternity clothes: I avoid pants/shorts/anything tight around my belly at all costs!
Belly button: Out! And painful :(
Sleep: I learned the secret to sleeping: keeping our bedroom FRIGIDLY cold! It’s made a world of difference in the past few days
Food cravings/aversions: Still my top two: avocado and sugar! This week I had a HUGE craving for cheesecake, but I didn’t indulge. J says he’ll take me to Cheesecake Factory this weekend, so I might have to give in :)
Symptoms: Lots of pelvic pain/pressure, swelling in my feet
Movement: Baby is still pretty active, but the movement feels different with less and less room for her to spread out. I definitely feel jabs in my ribs and on my bladder
Labor signs: I have Braxton Hicks contractions fairly often – the top of my belly will tighten up and get rectangular in shape. It’s a really funny feeling and quite the sight. At my appointment yesterday I was 80% effaced and 1 cm dilated – progress!
What I miss: My body
What I’m loving: Hearing the doctor tell me that I’m “right on track” to have the baby around the 24th!
What I’m looking forward to: Meeting my baby girl!
Best moment this week: Sitting in the nursery journaling to our baby girl – soon I’ll be sitting in there rocking her in my arms instead :)
Milestones: Meeting with our pediatrician! It was a quick appointment. She came highly recommended from my OB, so I really just wanted to hear her voice, see her face and have a real conversation before I handed my baby’s healthcare over to her :)
Goals: PACK MY BAGS! (I’ve been saying this for weeks – maybe packing will jumpstart labor haha)