Up until this point, I feel there has been something new and exciting happening in my belly every week. At this point… we simply wait. I am currently a baby growing machine, sitting around getting nice and juicy (as my friend Lauren likes to say) waiting on this baby. There is rumor that baby should slow down a little and not be so active as these last weeks close in. Not the case so far with this baby in my tummy. We shall see if she’ll slow down or not. As of now, she still likes to show off her gymnastics skills – especially come bed time.
My last week of work is this week and I am already so thankful! I find it challenging to be in the field for entire days at a time, running meetings, trainings + sign ups, lifting boxes, etc. I will be grateful for some rest before baby girl comes (if that happens).
My appointment with Anita was great this week. We are talking a lot about labor and birth. She is answering all my questions, filling my head with positive stories, and giving sound advice. Today we talked about how amazing the female body is and how capable it is to push a baby out into the world. She described the feeling I will have after giving birth and said it compares to nothing else in the world. We talked about how she will be coaching me and what role Andrew will play. She told me stories about her births so far this year (mostly with the first time mammas) which gave me confidence and a little more excitement. Baby is laying head down and curled around my left side. Apparently it’s normal to be a little sore (and feel bruised) when the baby is pushing on one part of the belly for an extended period of time. In my case, her bum on my right side is causing all sorts of hurts! I still have a hard time figuring out when I am having Braxon Hicks contractions. When Anita was measuring the uterus she said “OK, you’re having a Braxon Hicks right now so I will wait a sec to measure.” I WAS?!?!?! I still didn’t recognize any change. Ugh. I sure hope I will know when I am having real contractions (…HAHA right?)
Baby has really plumped up. She weighs up to 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which we’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. YAHOO. Come on baby girl!