(I'm a week behind again and am actually 39 weeks this week!)
38 weeks this week (well, last week) and we are getting so so close! Thinking back to finding out I was pregnant in August feels so long ago; so much has happened since then and my body has changed so much. I'm so excited to be so close to meeting our baby boy and to have had such a healthy pregnancy.
I'm still feeling good overall and I'm even still going to spin class twice a week. I feel proud of myself for staying active throughout my pregnancy and I really think it's been a big factor for me in having a healthy and comfortable pregnancy. My complaints continue to be heartburn and congestion at night and swollen ankles and feet from standing too long or sitting at my desk at work. And it seems that I rarely sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time before I have to get up to use the bathroom. More recently I've also been having to eat a snack in the middle of the night. I try to finish dinner early to prevent heartburn but by about midnight I'm hungry again!
I'm now working from home every other day and I think it's making a big difference in continuing to feel good. Being able to work and have my feet up is wonderful and prevents my ankles and feet from becoming uncomfortably swollen. Today I'm fitting in a prenatal massage during my lunch hour and I am so looking forward to it.
This past week people started saying, "Any day now!" and I'm hearing the phrase, "You look like you're ready to pop!" more often. I've been so convinced that I'll deliver past my due date but realized that we're in the "due window" of two weeks before and after our due date so we really should be ready. So we took an evening and installed the car seat base in my car, set up the co-sleeper next to our bed, and packed a hospital bag. I think the last thing I need to do is to buy a couple of nursing bras and nursing tanks to pack in our hospital bag.
On Sunday I spent a full day cooking and stocked our freezer with a stash of sweet potato burritos (added mashed sweet potato to the freezer burrito recipe), lentil soup, and a mushroom quinoa casserole. At the grocery store I also bought extra frozen veggie burgers and a few other frozen meals to have on hand as well as healthy snacks to bring to our labor and delivery nurses and snacks for us. I thought the nurses might usually get a lot of cookies and sweets so I bought them granola bars, fruit leather, instant oatmeal, trail mix, and popcorn.
I've been having Braxton-Hicks contractions more frequently so I know my body is getting ready for the big event of labor and delivery. Once I was able to identify what the Braxton-Hicks were I realized I've been having them for awhile and often get them when I'm walking the dog or during spin class. The midwife confirmed that the baby is still head down and also thought he might have "dropped" because my belly was measuring smaller than the previous week. I'm feeling some different sensations and more pressure in general but I'm guessing a lot of it is just because there's a big baby in my belly who's running out of space!
It feels like we're as ready as we can be to welcome this little baby into our lives but I'm not feeling impatient (yet) for him to get here, just filled with excitement. Until then I'm enjoying these beautiful spring days with Chris (today we're celebrating our three year anniversary!) and basking in happy anticipation.