It’s crazy, this is definitely going to be my last weekly photo. I hope you’ve enjoyed them! :)
How far along? 41 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +30.4 lbs; I’m still packing on the pounds. Hopefully baby isn’t following suit!
Maternity clothes? Yup! And lots of PJs.
Stretch marks? Still not seeing any.
Sleep? Yup, still sleeping. Waking up once around 4:30 or 5am, but sleeping pretty well!
Best moment this week? I worked from home this week, so it was a pretty quiet week for me without much human interaction. Rather boring, actually. The best moment for me was probably my second appointment with my midwife on Friday. I went on both Tuesday and Friday and had a Non-Stress Test and had an Ultrasound to measure my fluid levels around the baby. On Tuesday, the fluid levels were a little low, even though the NST was good. They told me to hydrate really well and hope that the fluid looked better on Friday. I followed directions and it did look better, which was great to hear. I really do NOT want to be induced. That said, I did feel water logged all week. :)
Miss Anything? I’m missing seeing people during the day. It’s really boring being home alone. I’m also still missing sleeping on my back!
Movement? I feel like the baby has been moving around less the last couple of week, but I don’t think it’s actually that it’s moving less, I think they’re just smaller, more subtle movements. There really isn’t much room left in there.
Food cravings? I don’t want to eat anything. Except all the sweets. But even those are becoming less interesting.
Anything making you nauseous? Food. Eating it. Smelling it. Thinking about it. No food, please.
Symptoms? Still feeling the burn. The heartburn. Still hard to put socks on. I had Chris help me put my shoes on a couple times this week.
Gender Prediction? I’m like 60/40 boy. Chris still thinks girl.
Belly Button in or out? Still flat and stretched out.
Wedding rings on or off? On, though my knuckles are feeling slightly swollen.
Mood? Anticipatory…and a little nervous that I’m going to have to be induced.
Looking forward to? I’m looking forward to going into labor in the next few days. If I don’t, my midwife wants to induce me on Friday. I’m totally down with a Friday the 13th birthday, but I really, really do not want to be induced. This feeling has finally begun to outweigh my nerves about the actual labor and deliver and how it’s going to feel physically. I know the only way out of this is to make it through that at this point, so it’s just going to have to happen.
I’m also looking forward to every single person I know no longer starting every conversation we have with asking how I’m feeling. I want to give them a good answer, but I really don’t know how to answer that question. I’m feeling the same as I’ve been feeling. Normalish. I feel like that’s basically a guise for asking if I’m in labor, or if we’re not face to face, if I’ve had the baby yet. People, I promise I will tell you when I’ve had the baby. And I’m feeling like I’m 41 weeks pregnant. I don’t want to eat and it’s hard to put on my shoes. That, however, isn’t a very interesting answer and makes for awkward conversation, so I’m feeling fine.
Now some words from Dad: 41 weeks, y’all! Melissa and I were joking earlier this week that Mini Mitch must know how cold it’s been in Chicago and opting to stay in his or her warm world for the time being. As a matter of FACT, I have finally been able to put my head up to Melissa’s belly and hear the baby’s heartbeat. Which is pretty amazing – I’ll definitely remember it. All in all, I think we’re both still feeling pretty good at 41+ weeks. In my opinion, the only thing I’m not 1000% looking forward to is the hospital stay. I’m looking forward to Melissa having the baby, then being back home and having our new chapter of home life begin. Since Melissa will be induced Friday if Mini Mitch is still in hiding, this past weekend we had a bunch of lasts, like our last “Saturday night to go crazy!” and “opportunity for Sunday brunch without a baby present.” We took FULL ADVANTAGE, by staying in Saturday night and me making my typical Sunday breakfast of late, breakfast sandwiches. Maybe we will look back and wish we did something? I’m not sure. I think our lack of activity is simply another display of how ready we both are for this next chapter in our lives. Since this is the last time I’ll post pre-birth, I just want to say thanks to everyone who came to our blog and read our words for the past 9 months! It’s been great to have an outlet and share our news along the way, and we appreciate you being a part of this moment with us!