Where on earth do I even begin? I haven’t made any updates in four whole months, and I know I’m going to regret not having kept track more so, but alas, here we are. We are officially three days over due (!!!), and we couldn’t be more ready for this little one to get here. It’s such a strange feeling knowing that any day now, our little babe will make their appearance when they’ve been super cozy on up in here for so long.
So let’s recap.
Weeks 25-27. Around this time, I found out that two of my coworkers and my best friend were also expecting. Call me the pregnancy whisperer. Just kidding, don’t call me that. I think at work in the ED now, there are 9 of us that are pregnant (I’m due first), and that’s just the ones I know about. Yeahhh, holy smokes. And also, let’s be serious, I knew about my bestie’s little babe on the way the day she missed her period. We are weirdly close like that haha. We went up to Minneapolis to visit some friends and see our favorite MLS soccer team, and swung into Rochester on our way home to visit our nephews who informed us they think the baby is a girl (well the 5 year old did… the 2 year old didn’t have much to say about it haha).
Weeks 28-31. Our closest friends and my colleagues threw us two separate baby showers in one weekend, and they were such a good time. We are so fortunate for amazingly generous people in our lives, and got stocked up on almost everything we would need for the little one. We went on one last trip, our baby moon to the shores of Michigan and stayed at a really cool AirBnB with two other couples and a total of three doggos. It was nice to have this little getaway, knowing that in the coming months we won’t be straying far from home.
Weeks 32-35. Bae Krae and I got to have a spa day with a glorious prenatal massage, and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. Sadly, I haven’t been able to get back since, and now that I’m on maternity leave, they actually can’t do massage on women this pregnant, and not to mention, crazily enough, they’re fully booked until February. We also had two more baby showers, one thrown by my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, and the last thrown by my mom, aunts and cousins. Again, it’s incredible how generous people are, and this baby is so lucky to have all of these people in their life. We also nearly finished the nursery, which has turned out better than we could have expected, and we had our maternity photos done which are like a DREAM to look through.
Weeks 36-39. This is when the swelling and weight gain really began. It’s funny because I was actually creating a blog post four weeks ago, and it was all sunshine and rainbows because I was still feeling really good, but I got busy when writing it and I didn’t finish it. Then, a couple days later, my watch was tight, my rings barely fit, and my little toes turned into sausages. I now have cankles to the extreme, something I hope to never ever have to experience outside of pregnancy. That sunshine and rainbows went out the window. For the first time the entire pregnancy, I was feeling miserable. I developed significant right sided sciatica, I was swollen everywhere and packing on the pounds. The simple task of walking was uncomfortable for more reasons than one. I’ve gained 20lbs in the past month, I swear due to water weight (although I’m sure Christmas cookies are responsible for maybe a pound or two). I think I’m officially up to close to 45lbs. Woof. But honestly, whatever. I know that this water weight especially is going to come right off after baby comes, and hopefully if I’m successful with breast feeding, that should help with weight loss too. Fingers crossed.
So here we are, at 40+ weeks. It’s wild how these last few months have absolutely flown by. People say that that happens, but now I’m a full believer. It’s crazy how I’ve carried this pregnancy without really flinching, and now we are here at the end, hopefully just days from meeting this little one.
Our last ever OB appointment was on NYE at 40+1. Unfortunately I’ve remained only 1.5-2cm dilated and 50% effaced for two weeks. I have voiced to my doc a few times how I was worried how large this baby is going to be the later we go… and her response, “Well, I know you’re not going to have a 6lb baby.” She’s said maybe around 8lbs or so (since our 36 week visit) – I’m leaning more towards 9-10lbs. And the longer we cook, the bigger this babe is going to get. She did surprise the heck out of us at our appointment though when she asked if we would like to schedule an induction for soon. Maybe she’s now thinking that this baby will be massive and is okay with getting them out soon too?? Who knows. But previously she’s told us that she doesn’t induce until 41+5 (which is January 11th, not that I’ve been counting). Ross and I looked at each other and said, “Yeah, let’s go for it! ” and after calling the hospital to check on timing, she came back in with an appointment for us for this coming weekend (!!!). It’s wild to think that in four more days, we will likely have our baby with us – unless for some reason we get bumped from our induction, which can happen if enough women go into labor naturally, and if that’s the case, oh well. But there’s also a chance we could go into labor before then. This baby is pretty cozy though, I’ll tell you that.
I had my last day of work on my due date, December 30th, and maternity leave thus far has been pretty productive. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day we spent relaxing at home, cleaning up the Christmas decorations and preparing the house for baby. I had been hoping for maybe the last babe of 2018 or the first of 2019, but I’m glad this little one decided to hold off because the weather was horrible, freezing rain topped with snow. Made for some pretty nasty driving conditions that thankfully we didn’t have to navigate. Today, I’ve been baking up a storm (Dang you Great British Bake Off for constantly making me hungry for baked goods), picking up around the house, and just soaking in these last few moments before baby makes their debut. In a few short days, we will learn if all the old wives tales and gender predictions have been true, and meet our little boy or girl for the first time.
In a few short days, we are going to be parents ♥