9 month bump date

9 MONTHS PREGNANT!!! I’m one week away from being officially full term. How crazy is that? I’ll be doing bump dates every week from now and until she’s here because SO MUCH changes in these last few weeks. I have appointments every week, so I’ll be sharing my dilation/effacement updates as well for all these blog posts!

Gender: Girl! She better be lol. Every now and then I think about if when the baby is born, she’s actually a he and then I’m forced to donate all her adorable cute girl outfits I’ve been hoarding lol. Obviously I wouldn’t be upset because I love being a boy mom, but I’m just in love with the idea of finally being A GIRL mom.

Baby’s heart rate: 140s at my last appointment.

Signs of labor?: Lots of Braxton hicks!

Dilation and Effacement: I’m currently 2 centimeters dilated, and my cervix is still thick. So that does not mean labor is right around the corner YET! I’ve been taking evening primrose oil once a day orally, and drinking 2-3 cups of red raspberry leaf tea. Supposedly they both help with the thinning of the cervix. I drank the tea religiously in my 3rd trimester when I was pregnant with Joel….and you know how my delivery went with him. So I’m hoping it works this time as well.

How’s baby measuring?: So when my Doctor checks fundal height, she measures 2 weeks behind, so at the time she measured 33 weeks (I was 35 weeks then). But from ultrasounds, she’s measuring in the 52nd percentile. So obviously I just carry her very well.

Weight/weight gain: 142 lbs. I’ve gained another 2 pounds since my last appointment, and that was 2 weeks ago. So I’m pretty consistent with 1 pound a week.

Baby is the size of a: CANTALOUPE! “Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers – which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born – are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing, and her lungs are continuing to mature as well”

Maternity clothes: NO! SOOOO proud of myself for this one. Instead of wasting money on clothes that I will never ever wear again, I’ve invested that money into Laila’s shoe, bow and clothes collection. haha

Stretch Marks: None!

Cravings: Orange Juice and Avocados!

Sleep: I’ve been diffusing lavender and Frankincense, and my sleep has been superb!

Movement: She is very active, but mostly after I eat or when I’m talking to my husband. She loves her daddy’s voice.

How am I feeling: I have a lot of mixed emotions. Like I’m excited to be having our girl, but I’m also really sad that this is my last pregnancy. My doctor was concerned because she was thinking I’d regret getting my tubes removed, but that’s 100% NOT the case. I’m just a little sad about this chapter in my life closing. After being pregnant for 6 years, it’s bittersweet. I’m happy because I can kind of live a normal life again. Go on cruises, have a bottle of beer when I want, lay on my stomach, not be so achy. But sad because I will never feel those little kicks and hiccups ever again. But deep down in my heart, my husband and I both know, our family is finally complete.

Any exciting updates to share: Last week at my appointment I had the GBS swab, where they check to see if I’m positive for group B strep, and I’m negative!! Also we finished her room 98%. And I just worked my 3rd to last shift! This week Wednesday and Friday are my last two shifts!! So that’s another thing I’m emotional about. But I know I’ll get over it as soon as I go to sleep, or go to one of RJ’s games not half asleep because I had to work the night before. I’m really going to enjoy all this time with the kids, my husband and myself. Although it’s only 2 days of work, those two nights really take a toll on my body. I’ll talk more about it later, and why this is the best choice for our family. But just know that I’m extremely happy about it all!

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