So, we had our Ob appointment today and I was supposed to get a stretch and sweep to help things move along but it seems that my body is not cooperating :(
My Ob said that after examination, he doubts I will go in to natural labour within the next week or more. Therefore I am booked in for induction next Monday the 5th May. Boo.
This means I don't get to have baby at the hospital I wanted, or with the midwives and Ob that I wanted and obviously I don't get the nice, natural birth I was hoping for. Feeling very sad and desperate for baby to come.
Today I am 40 weeks pregnant. Yay me. I am huge,uncomfortable and just want this kiddo out already!!!
Not too much to report of late. Just a lot of waddling and whinging from me and a lot of soothing and back rubbing from Ben. I was really really hoping Baby would have made an appearance by now, but alas, it was not to be.
We have been taking long walks and I have been bouncing on my fit ball like a crazy person to help in the eviction process. I can't remember if I have mentioned this before or not, but I have two words for you: restless legs. Oh. My. God! It is horrible. It feels like my legs need to jiggle, bounce and just generally move about all the time and hits right at bed time. As if it wasn't hard enough to sleep of late with a huge, whale like belly and getting up to pee 4+ time a night.
I have an appointment with my Ob in a few hours to check the progress of things... so hopefully we will have some good news soon!
Life has been busy and the days have flown by. I am finally full term. It seems crazy to think that in three weeks (give or take depending on when Baby decides to arrive) we will have a new baby in our lives.
We had a super duper exciting maternity photo shoot this past Saturday, which was a ridiculous amount of fun! It took me a while to decide if I even wanted to do a 'bump shoot' but I decided that it is definately a time I would like to remember and even look back on with a different perspective of my pregnant body than I have at the moment. I am sure that one day I won't believe or remember how big I am!
I always thought that the reason pregnant women were so slow to move around was because their bumps were sooo heavy. But now that I have one of those seemingly enormous bumps, I realise that while it certainly makes things more interesting, it isn't the main offender. It is everything aching on the inside - muscles, abs, ligaments, lower back, shoulders, neck, pelvis, ankles, soles of feet, knuckles, etc. - that keep me from bounding out of bed or up from the lounge. So many little ailments attributed to major structural changes all working against me at once. Fun fun.
So we are 38 weeks and 3 days today. 11 days to go until our due date, but I am starting to get the feeling he may decide to stick around even longer than that. This makes me sad. And frustrated. I admit, I was not so secretly hoping baby would be here by now!
Ok, so I cheated a little bit. Today we are actually 36 weeks and 5 days so still two days off 37 weeks... deal with it. I can't believe our little boy will be here in 23 days! I am so excited! Everywhere I go people are asking when I am due. I can't really blame them, It looks like I am smuggling a basketball in there, doesn't it?
At 37 weeks baby is the size of a watermelon (ouch!) and weighs around 3 kg. From head to feet he is about 50 cm long, which explains how he can be in my ribs and engaged at the same time! Pretty amazing that just a few months ago my baby was the size of a poppy seed!
At 37 weeks baby has reached two major gestational milestones– baby has enough fat to help regulate body temperature on the outside; and baby’s lungs are considered well developed or matured, meaning he will likely breathe like a pro at birth. And now, we wait!
Hospital bags are packed, nursery is sorted and I am busying myself with trying to get the house to a standard I am happy with (apparently impossible for a pregnant woman) and as I am still currently working and will be until the day I pop, that is also obviously keeping me pretty occupied. My day care kids never fail to let me know how big my belly is getting, and they are excited for the impending arrival of a new, pseudo little brother.
Pregnancy is hard for me. And I certainly do enough complaining that everyone knows it. Restless leg syndrome has been a nightly companion these last few weeks and my whole body is in a constant state of ache. Parts of me ache that I didn't know could ache. So, at least I get my share of sympathy and free passes. But, Ben... poor, poor Ben. This pregnancy is hard on him as well and he doesn't even get to complain. No one ever remembers the poor pregnant husband, do they? I have to admit, most of the time I find myself regarding him through a pregnant haze with the mindset of "Buddy, you have no idea how crap I feel and how hard this is, so just do my bidding, OK." The truth is, though, I know he is not only pulling his own weight, but he is also lugging my ginormous expanse around as well. Note to self, do not forget this... EVER! He is a pretty amazing person.
Baby's nursery has been a work in progress since very early on in this pregnancy.
I have to admit, it has ended up nothing like I imagined or planned... it has sort of come together and formed itself, but I am pretty happy with the result!
Ben and I have worked on it here and there over the last thirty or so weeks.
There are still some tweaks that we will be trying to accomplish over the following weeks, but ultimately they are not things that absolutely need doing before baby arrives, and not something I am going to stress over during the remaining short time.
There are so many little quirks that I love about Baby's nursery. Ben did an amazing job on the striped feature wall, and every time I go in there it makes me smile. He also did a fantastic job of bringing some of my ideas to life, such as the wall shelves and hanger and the cot mobile. On the side table, next to the glider is a piece of art that is a work in progress... we have to wait until baby is born to put his hand print in the middle of ours. Next to that is a very cute Gummi Bear night light and our Angel Care Sound and Movement Baby Monitor. In the cot, sits Ben and my childhood teddy bears and a cute teddy bear for baby, with our one of a kind, hand made cot mobile overhead.
I have also had some fun with wall art, creating a button letter 'J' which had significance (wink, wink) and a little notice board as well as a map of the world which still needs some artistic additions...
Then... we hit the wardrobe! We have used one of the three wardrobe bays to create a changing and storage area. This houses all of his nappies, toiletries, feeding equipment, Ben's Daddy Bag and the alternate pram attachments.
In the middle section is all of his 0000 and 000 size fold-able, clothing (the larger sizes are stored in baskets up top for the moment) and some linen (the rest of which is also in baskets up the top). The last section has two hanger rows and holds all of Baby's onesie's and jumpsuits.
Oh, and then of course there is his pram (with my funky red nappy bag attached) and his car capsule sitting back awaiting installation. Obviously these two items will not be in his room for much longer, but at the moment it is the best place to store them. Oh, and the yellow door that is currently the gateway to Baby's nursery will soon be changing to a more appropriate blue colour.
So there you have it... Baby's nursery as it currently stands. I am pretty happy with how it has turned out, especially all the little DIY components that have been fun to create and personalise just for Baby.