While 37 weeks pregnant you should be getting a lot of rest as your life has hopefully slowed down by now in preparation for your baby’s arrival. Your baby is now considered “full term,” even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, it’s lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. http://bit.ly/THOC6z

24 hours.

One more day until my induction starts. ONE. MORE. DAY.

It is so crazy that it is nearly here already. I have literally everything all set and ready to go for the hospital, and for Avia when she comes home. All that is left to do is sit back, relax, and take it easy. Tomorrow’s the big day.

Mommy and Daddy can’t wait to meet you, baby girl. <3

(on our honeymoon, December 2013)

We’re 3ish weeks away from QB’s arrival. I’m so excited about becoming our little family of three, but the closer it gets, the more I’m quietly grieving the fact that it won’t be just the two of us anymore. It’s strange to think that we’re starting this parenting gig and that we won’t have our lives to ourselves for at least the next 18 years. That our relatively quiet, tidy home is going to feel so empty when it returns to being just me and her one day. 

We’re stocking up now. On lazy weekend mornings, dates, quiet dinners, movie nights, of us as a tight unit of two. I hear about new mums, particularly breastfeeding ones, feeling so exhausted by physical contact that even kissing or cuddling their partner becomes one more demand on them. I hope this doesn’t happen, but in the meantime I’m trying to get in as much affection as I can. This time feels magical. We’re both so excited, watching my belly grow and imagining the future. I don’t think our relationship has ever been in such a good place. I’m scared of the strain that new parenthood will place on us, but I know that we’re both determined to survive it.

I had a midwife appointment at the hospital this morning. QB’s measuring perfectly and I even had a quick ultrasound to confirm he’s head down (he is). I didn’t get to see his face, but I got a glimpse of his big round skull, his heart and his little fists. The midwife remarked “yep, he’s ready to go!”

Any time from like the 13th is fine by me, although I’m sure he’ll arrive after his due date on the 22nd. I’d just like a week of maternity leave to enjoy some sleep-ins and free time. Then he’s welcome to head out. 

Less than eight hours until the induction process will begin.

I wish I could say that I am feeling extremely well rested and ready to tackle this today with all the sleep I got, but I honestly only managed a hour or two in total. I had the hardest time falling asleep initially, and then I kept waking up and would have trouble falling asleep again, and it was a huge fiasco.

I’m feeling a whole range of emotions this morning (as I’m sure you all can imagine) and my mind keeps jumping to thinking about this afternoon, this evening, and her eventual entrance into this world today or tomorrow. It’s pretty crazy to think this little life Joey and I’ve created is going to be here so soon.

Speaking of Avia, holy guacomole this girl is extremely active this morning. She’s kicking and moving all around, and isn’t letting up at all. It makes this momma happy to have such an active little one. Although the induction isn’t until 3pm, Avia has one last biophysical profile this morning, which I’ll be getting ready for in a bit. I feel lucky over the fact that I get to see my daughter a few hours before the induction. :)

I will be updating throughout all of today and then during my labor with updates as things progress and go on. Can’t believe today’s the day, ahhhh.

37 week update!

How far along: 37 weeks exactly. Technically full term, I think! (Though now I’m not entirely sure on this. I was looking it up and apparently 39 weeks is now considered full term in some cases and not 37?)

Weight gain: Somewhere around 20-25 pounds. It depends on the day, apparently. I’m not thrilled with the fact that I’ve gained so much. I really thought I would be able to keep it to 15. Blech…

Sleep: So so bad. Like, unbelievably awful most nights.

Baby purchases this week: A few last minute essentials from our Amazon registry and a few books with the gift cards we got from the shower. 

Best moment regarding baby this week: Knowing that she can basically come any day now, and knowing that if she does she will more than likely be perfectly fine.

Gender: It’s a girl!

Movement: Her movements have been weird lately. She had a few good weeks of solid movement around 31-34 weeks, but lately she’s been pretty quiet during most of the day. She’s more active at night and very early in the morning, but she’s definitely been slowing down overall. Though she’s good at making herself known when she wants to be.

Food cravings: Everything I shouldn’t be eating. Taco Bell, chicken nuggets, chocolate in any form. Ugh.

Food aversions: Sausage forever. Nothing else, though. Some food smells have been bothering me again, but nothing consistent or too overpowering.

How’s Mama? A little stressed and anxious and overwhelmed. Very ready to meet this little girl already!

Miss anything? Being able to function without having either some kind of physical pain or a slight mental breakdown.

What I am looking forward to: Meeting our daughter and being comfortable again (at some point). 

Our baby in veggie/fruit terms: A winter melon, a honeydew, or a watermelon. It’s kind of crazy trying to wrap my head around the fact that there is a watermelon sized child floating around in there…

37 weeks & 5 days. 2 weeks & 2 days to go. Don’t you just love baby bumps? I know I do :) Not too much longer now. A few people have voted that Abel will be here long before his due date. The most common guess is the 14th, and the 12th. My mom is hoping he makes it to his due date or after so that he can gain a little more weight. As long as he’s happy and healthy, it doesn’t matter to me! I can’t wait to have him in my arms