March 22, 2015

37 Weeks (Early Term)

Weight Gain: +40
Maternity Clothes: I have 2 pair of jeans that are still manageable but I mostly live in my leggings. I am looking forward to being able to wear regular clothes again, although I know once I can I will wish for maternity clothes!
Stretch Marks: None
Highlight of the Week: This week was a really great week. A friend of mine from church invited me over to her home to talk about birthing babies and it was such an encouragement to hear her natural birth stories. It made me feel like I can do it! Plus it was just really nice to get out of the house and spend time with her. Also, Jason and I met with our doula, Elizabeth, on Thursday and it too was extremely encouraging. I am so excited to go into labor! 
Missing: Being able to sleep on my back.
Movement: Tons of movement! Honestly it is starting to get pretty uncomfortable!
Cravings: Still drinking a lot of milk. I crave McDonald's breakfast too, but I try not to give in too often.
Symptoms: Being large! Sitting up straight for a long time is hard to do if I'm not at least slightly reclined, so sitting through church is tough. On the other hand though, my feet and hands get swollen if I stand for too long, so I usually have to sit during the songs.
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: As of my last appointment on Tuesday at 36+4 I was just over 1 centimeter dilated and almost 50% effaced! I know numbers can be tricky, but I'm really hoping that I won't go over this time! I also started losing some of my mucus plug on Friday and Saturday. (Sorry to those of you who got more information than you wanted just now!)
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: Off
Most Looking Forward To: Easter egg hunts! We have 2 to go to this year and I think Sawyer will really enjoy it, assuming the baby doesn't surprise us and come early :)
Milestones: Now that I am 37 weeks I am considered "early term." At 39 weeks I will be "full term." 

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