Saturday, April 30, 2011

37 weeks....

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along: 37 weeks!!! (FULLTERM!)

Size of Baby: According to Baby CenterBaby Tippins "weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel" (although, when they measured baby last week, he/she already weighed 6.12lbs and they suggested that he/she might be another "chunky" Tippins Baby :)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I am within the healthy/recommended limits of weight gain - and that's as much as I'll disclose ;)  If it's any indiction of my size, here are a few comments I have heard this week (all from stangers): "Woah, you look like you're about to pop!" "When are you!" (to which I sweetly responded, "nope, yesterday!") I had one kind man tell me he was nervous riding the elevator with me today - ha!  And the ever popular, "you look like you're SO ready!" (which basically means, holy cow, you're huge!) I know it's terrible, but I find myself wanting to pretend to have a contraction and double over just to see these people sweat. :)
**And another funny when I went to Target, I parked right next to the little station where you drop off your cart.  Apparently, I misjudged my size, because I couldn't get out of my car!  I wasn't even parked that close to the metal edge of the cart collector, but once I opened my door, there was no way I could squeeze through.  I had to back out and pull back in making sure to leave plenty of room - haha!

Maternity Clothes: yes, please! :) Pretty much everything I wear is maternity, except for a few dresses/tunics.  To be honest, I wear mostly dresses or pajama pants.  Those are about the only things that come close to fitting these days....and they're even a stretch most of the time.

Gender: Only the good Lord knows....most people (again, strangers!) guess boy.  Jeffrey thinks boy, Libbi thinks girl, and I flip-flop back and forth between the two.  

Movement: All the time.  I mean seriously, all.the.time. I know they say the movements tend to slow down at the end and become less frequent because of the lack of space, but I have yet to notice this.  Boy or girl, this little one is definitely a mover and a shaker.  

Sleep: non-exsistent. I had horrible insomnia when I was pregnant with Libbi, and it looks like the trend is continuing (BOO!) Unfortunately, the bigger I get, the worse I sleep.  I feel like I am carrying this baby all out front and my stomach is SO tight all the time.  No matter which way I lie down in bed - I feel like I'm lying on top of a baby - which feels just about as awful as it sounds!

What I miss: This week has been different since I was supposed to be on "modified" bedrest.....I have missed doing all the things that I want to and being able to freely move around.  It's frustrating when there is so much to do and I can't do it.  Plus, even though I know it was the doctor's orders, I have a hard time not feeling lazy just sitting all day or asking Jeffrey to do everything for me.
Cravings: Blueberry muffins, fruit, and anything cold.  Lots of ice cold water!

Symptoms: insomnia, shortness of breath, and some irregular and regular contractions.  Also, I guess you can count my recent heart issues as a "symptom" but the medication seems to be working and I have been asymptomatic since my hospital venture.

Best Moment(s) This Week: 
-Seeing Baby Tippins on Monday and reaffirming that he/she is doing great!
- Going for my appointment on Friday and learning that I have already made some progress and that more than likely we will induce next Friday (so the cardiologist can be present) unless I go into labor on my own before then....which my doctor says is pretty likely!!!
-Getting everyone's hospital bags packed (mine, Libbi's and Baby's) and feeling MUCH more prepared than i was this time last week :)
-Finally, when I went to my appointment on Friday, they did another non-stress-test on the baby.  He/she was not moving very much, so the nurses decided to take matters into their own hands.  They brought me a peanut butter cup ice cream cone!  It was great!  I was lying in a room with the lights dimmed, soft music, and an ice cream cone....sounds like heaven to me! ;)  
I sent this picture to Jeffrey just to prove how great my appointment was going - ha!
(please disregard my "pregnant face") ;-)

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