Baby’s Size – We’re on the home stretch! This week, Declan is over six pounds and nineteen inches long – the size of a honeydew melon. He is considered “near term”, and if I were to go into labor on my own, we would be allowed to have our home birth as planned. His reflexes are getting strong, and from now until he arrives, he’s doing nothing but putting on the bebe chub. He’s inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid to help his lungs prepare for breathing air!
Happenings – Everything on our birth supplies list is checked off, and we’re finishing preparing the house! All his clothes are washed and put away, his AppleCheeks are ready to go, and his first outfit and diaper have been picked out and set aside! I have Braxton Hicks every once in a while and I’ve been leaking colostrum for a few weeks now. Acid reflux has reared its ugly head but I’m thankful it’s not completely horrible and I haven’t felt the need to treat it at this point.
Weight Gain – I’m currently up twenty-nine pounds for the entire pregnancy, which is right on track and considered healthy for my age, height, and pre-pregnancy weight.
Maternity Clothes – We’re beyond maternity clothes at this point. Stretchy pants and lounge shorts are where it’s at. My belly frequently sneaks out the bottom of my shirts and I only wear jeans if I absolutely have to. These are my favorite maternity shirts, I have five or six of them. These are the shorts I’ve been hanging out in lately since nothing else is comfortable.
Stretch Marks – Still littering my lower belly, and starting to itch as my skin stretches and he packs on the pounds these last few weeks. I also think I may have a few additions on my hips, but I’m not 100% since I already had some there.
Sleep – Hahaha. Basically I just take what I can get whenever I can get it. For example, it’s 3:30a as I write this. I fell asleep after running errands earlier today and slept from 1:30-8:30p. Everyone says to prepare to be up all night with a newborn, but I’m about 85% sure I’ll sleep better after he arrives than I do right now.
Best Moments – Lots and lots of happy mail. Getting everything settled and in place, and knowing that he will could arrive tomorrow, but that the maximum amount of time I’ll be pregnant is five more weeks (to 42 weeks gestation) as long as we both remain healthy.
Food Cravings – My favorite snack ever of all time right now is celery dipped in smooth peanut butter with sunflower seeds and raisins mixed in. We go through a lot of celery and a lot of peanut butter these days. We’ve also been eating a lot of meat + veggies to make sure my iron is high enough.
Gender – BOY!
Belly Button – Still in, but probably not for long. Like it’s barely there. If it’s still in by the end I would surprised.
Ring – I’m not swollen at all in general. My toes and feel swell a teeny tiny bit when I’m on my feet all day. But I doubt anyone else would be able to tell. It’s one of those things that I know because I know my body, but nobody else would know.
Emotions – Getting excited and ready for him to be here. A tad nervous about the birth process (NOT the pain), but moreso about the birth team arriving in time, and making sure we have everything they’ll need. I’m also feeling incredibly protective over our privacy throughout the process in general and our first few hours as a family of three.
Looking Forward To – Declan arriving earthside! To finally be able to nurse and snuggle my boy, and to see J transform into a dad. We’re both beginning to get antsy! J tells me all the time he’s very excited for the skin to skin time he’ll get with Declan during “Hour Two”, which is basically the second hour after birth following our Golden Hour where I’ll get to shower, try to use the restroom, and eat a hearty meal. We’ve also hired an amazing birth photographer and I’m so excited for her to capture these memories for us, and to be able to share them with our family and friends!