Wednesday, September 26, 2012

39 Weeks and Definitely Counting Down

I had my weekly check up today and my Dr. told me that we should expect to meet Reese any day now. And since I’ve been feeling on the verge of labor all evening, I thought it would be a good idea to do a final update before I forget the details and have the story of Reese’s birth to share instead. No belly picture this time, but we’ll take one before we head to the hospital. Instead, here’s a little bit of our life lately before I get to the Q&A.


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Enjoying a beautiful summer day in August while Grandma Steiner was here visiting. Jace had been playing in the yard and wanted to cuddle even though there isn’t much room for him anymore!


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Both my babies.


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My mom was a HUGE help in getting Reese’s nursery finished!


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Jace “helping” Daddy hammer brackets onto the back of some art for Reese’s room.


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My mom and I at my shower.


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My sweet friends Jenea and Alexis and sister-in-law Rayanna threw me a wonderful shower!


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Nelson ladies—my MIL Becky, me, Rayanna, Kate, Hailey and Jamie.


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My mom returned a few weeks ago and is staying until Reese comes. She found a caterpillar on our front door the other day and Jace enjoyed looking at it from a safe distance.


39 Weeks Update


How far along? 39 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: about 21 lbs. (I’ve lost a few pounds over the past month)
Maternity clothes? Everything I wear except for a maxi skirt. I’ve been rotating between a maxi skirt I made and one I bought for whenever I leave the house. Otherwise I’m always in a pair of sweat pants.
Stretch marks? No. I don’t even have the purple bruise marks I got on my hips with Jace.
Sleep: I wake up every hour and a half to use the bathroom. But at least it isn’t hip pain that’s waking me up these days!
Best moment this week: Hearing from my doctor today that I’m almost at 2cm dilated and my cervix is very soft, so she could come at any time now!
Have you told family and friends: Of course. It’s pretty hard to miss these days.
Miss Anything? Bending over. Being able to have Jace sit in my lap. Not wondering at all times if I’m going to go into labor. A night without heartburn.
Movement: Her movements have been more subdued lately. She still has a few very busy (and typically painful for me) spurts in the evenings, but she likes to take long naps. Last week my doctor monitored me at my appointment to make sure everything was ok. They thought it would be a 30-40 minute session, but after a burst of energy when the test first started, Reese took a very long nap. Over an hour and several attempts to wake her up, she finally became somewhat active again and they were able to give her an A+. Our little lady likes her naps!
Food cravings: I’ve been wanting sweets a lot lately, but that may not be pregnancy related.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Overeating, especially with rich food. Reflux made me throw up last week.
Have you started to show yet: Very much so. And I’m feeling very uncomfortable and ready to be done these days!
Labor Signs: Tons of Braxton Hicks, some painful contractions off and on. Obviously progressing according to my dr. too.
Belly Button in or out?  Probably more flat than anything.
Wedding rings on or off? On. I take them off every night just I case I have swelling, but so far so good. I’m very thankful to not experience swelling in my feet, ankles and hands.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, but I have had a few more emotional swings lately.