37 Weeks – FULL TERM!

Size of baby: about 6.5 lbs and 19-22 inches… the size of a WATERMELON!
Symptoms: This week I’ve been having loooootssss of braxton hicks contractions. I’ve also had my usual backache and rib soreness. I can’t wait to feel normal again.
Fetal Movement: Her movement is getting slower and slower (she’s not really moving less, just slower). She’s so strong now, though. She likes to push her little feet up in my ribs or on the top right corner of my stomach and her little elbows way on the left side of my belly above my hip bone.
Sleep: Absolutely terrible.
Cravings: I’ve been craving a good restaurant salad, which I finally got last night. I don’t know if it was a pregnancy-related craving though.
Belly Button: All flat and stretched. Pretty gross looking, actually.
Best Moment this Week: Just making it through it. And finally reaching full-term today. I’m ready to meet my baby girl.
What I Look Forward To: I look forward to the next couple of weeks (days, even?) monitoring my body for labor signs. I’m actually really excited to experience labor and delivery. I have a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, too, which I’m excited about.
To-do List: pack hospital bag, install car seat, finish nursery, make labor playlist

Third Trimester Fitness Update!

I haven’t talked about my exercise routine in a while, mostly because it hasn’t changed, but I wanted to post what will probably be my last pregnancy exercise update… for this pregnancy at least ;-). 

I’ll be full term in 4 days and yes, I’m still running. Well, my non-pregnant self would call it “jogging” or even “a warm-up,” but boy does it feel like running. I’m running at about a 10 minute/mile pace, sometimes a little slower. I try to go three miles every day. Most days I can, but some days I’m just too exhausted. On those days I’ll do run/walk intervals or use the elliptical or stationary bike for 30 to 40 minutes. My mom bought me this maternity support belt to wear and I really think it makes a big difference.
I also still lift weights 4-5 days a week. My split is: legs, back/biceps, chest/triceps, and shoulders. Some weeks I add an extra day of legs. My sessions are usually 45 minutes to an hour long and I do about 4-5 exercises per body part (3-4 sets per exercise consisting of 12-15 reps). 
I’ve definitely noticed a pretty dramatic decrease in strength and energy levels in the past few weeks. All the books say that all the crazy hormones from the first trimester return during the third, but I think my exhaustion has a lot to do with the fact that I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in months. Most days I just really, really, really want to stay home and relax but I never ever give in. They say if you stop during your third trimester you don’t get the benefits of an easier delivery or quicker weight loss postpartum. My doctor gave me the okay to work out right up to delivery, so unless anything changes, that’s exactly what I’ll do!

36 Weeks

Size of Baby: Could vary at this point. About 6 pounds and 20 inches. 
Symptoms: Sore ribs, backaches, heartburn, frequent urination, some pelvic pressure…
Fetal Movement: Baby Eva likes to kick me in the ribs a lot. She also gets hiccups at least twice a day now. 
Sleep: Terrible. This morning I’ve woken with horrible back pain. 
Cravings: Nothing
Aversions: Nothing
Belly Button: Very stretched out and shallow. I can see a mole in there that I haven’t seen since I was a kid.
Best Moment This Week: Going to the doctor and finding out baby is head down and I started to lose my mucous plug!
What I Look Forward To: Being full term this time next week!!! And hopefully I’ll be able to finish Eva’s nursery soon.

I can’t believe I only have about 28 days left!!!

Nine Months

Dear Baby Eva,

Today marks the beginning of my ninth and final month of being pregnant with you. I only have one more month to place my hands on my belly and feel you wiggling around inside me. One more month to dream about what you’ll look like and wonder what life will be like when you arrive. One more month to have you all to myself. 

Despite being so anxious to meet you everyday, time has passed rather quickly. I still remember every single detail about the day I found out I was expecting you seven months ago. I guess that’s something I’ll never forget. Since then, I’ve grown you from the size of a blueberry to a size of a honeydew melon- every tiny bone and every perfect eyelash. And since then, I’ve grown to love you more and more each day. 

I can’t say we have everything ready for your arrival yet. I haven’t packed my hospital bag and your nursery still needs a few finishing touches. I hope you like black, pink, and skulls. Sometimes I wonder if you’ll like having punk rock parents. Maybe you’ll wish we were more traditional like all the other kids’ parents. Maybe you’ll think we’re weird. Whatever the case may be, I hope you always remember that the most important thing is to be yourself. We’ll love you no matter what music or style you like. When you get a little older I’ll let you pick out your own decorations and colors for your room. I look forward to it. I can’t wait to see the expressions of your very own personality. 

Other than that, we already have diapers and bottles and everything we need to take care of you… except maybe experience. Sometimes I’m nervous that I won’t know what to do or that I’ll do something wrong. I wish we lived closer to your grandparents so they could teach me. I guess they’re only a phone call away, though. I think we’ll be alright. I hope you have a little bit of patience for us. If you’re like your mommy, you probably won’t! 

So for the next month I’m going to try and look past all the discomforts of pregnancy- the achy back, the tender ribs (where you’re currently resting your feet),  the heartburn, etc.- and treasure every second of having you safe in my belly. Soon this adventure of pregnancy will end and another will begin- a lifetime (God willing) of being your mother.