We’re on the downhill slide, the final stretch, and Baby K could make his debut any day. At my doctor’s appointment yesterday, she said I was 2-3 centimeters dilated. There’s no immediate concern because one of two things would have to happen before I’m admitted to the hospital: my water breaks -OR- my contractions are three to five minutes apart for an hour or two. It’s ideal if I reach 39 weeks, but I”m considered “full term” now.
How far along?: 37 weeks and a couple of days
Total weight gain/loss: 17 pounds LOST since July.
*photo courtesy of Jennifer Wynne Photography *
This adorable couple is Travis and Lara and they are getting MARRIED in January!!! Kamden’s arrival date (and how well I feel afterwards) will determine if we attend the wedding, but I have a onesie that looks like a tuxedo for him. =)
The Baby Bump: My bump is not only defined, but it’s nice for resting my hands, a plate, or even a laptop. During the early months, I was afraid I’d be too big/fat/heavy for a defined prego belly, but I think it’s pretty obvious I’m with child.
Maternity Clothes: Are few and far between … but I’m totally okay with that. I have two cowl-neck tops (the pink one above and a charcoal sweater) and a few t-shirts that are acceptable to wear in public with my maternity jeans. For extra support and coverage, I wear an Old Navy maternity tank top underneath. I apologize to folks I see often because I wear same outfits over and over, but I’m too cheap to buy more clothes with Kamden’s due date around the corner. Plus, I’m determined to be healthier (and skinnier) postpartum and refuse to wear my pre-pregnancy clothes ever again!
Gender: Baby K is a BOY.
What I’m looking forward to: Kamden’s first breath, our initial skin-t0-skin embrace, and him latching on to nurse/breastfeed. I also can’t wait to watch Husband with our son. It will be oh-so-cool to introduce Kamden to his grandparents too!
Worst Moments: Sneezing, coughing, or laughing and, consequently, peeing my pants has got to be the sexiest thing on the planet … said no pregnant lady ever. Another “worst moment” happened during my check-up appointment on November 27. I didn’t realize it was time for the Group B strep test via a vaginal exam, thus requiring me to undress from the waist down. Unfortunately, I didn’t shave my legs the night before and felt like Sasquatch in front of the good doctor. YUCK!!!!!!
Best Moments: One of the highlights of my Thanksgiving celebration was receiving a sweet note from Jessica, one of my trainers at the gym, with words of encouragement, congratulations, and “see you later” undertones. She’s going to help me get skinny again! At 35 weeks, I lost another three pounds and Doctor W said no more working out. As a result, I ‘froze’ my gym membership until I’m clear to resume in 2014. She also gave me strict instructions to rest, relax, and prepare for Kamden’s arrival.
Missing anything: Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays because of the time I get to spend with family and friends. The good news: we went to Husband’s parent’s for Thanksgiving and my parents are coming from Kentucky for Baby K’s birth and Christmas. The bad news: I won’t be in Kentucky until next summer.
Cravings: I’m still eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and yogurt, especially in the mornings to kick-start my metabolism and stop the growling noises coming from my belly. Late-night snacking involves a bowl of seedless grapes or a spoonful (or five) of creamy peanut butter. I drink LOTS of water with lemon or lime and decaf (unsweet) iced tea, plus “light” orange juice diluted with water. The week before Thanksgiving, I began drinking “light” cranberry juice diluted with sparkling water. More embarrassing cravings include stuffing (i.e. Stove Top and homemade) and leftover turkey from family gatherings for sandwiches. Husband and I went to Wal-Mart on #BlackFriday (it was in the afternoon) for two items:
Symptoms: Constant potty breaks. Snack attacks can hit at all hours of the day or night, especially before bedtime.
Sleep: About the same. I either sleep soundly through the night or I’m awake for a couple of hours and take a nap the next day. I’m comfortable lying flat on my back when on the couch but I have to use pillows to prop me up in bed.
Memorable Dreams: I’ve been having very vivid dreams about labor and delivery, but I’ve never seen the baby’s face. The dreams also took place in a hospital. I have a gnawing, growing concern I’ll have Kamden in the car, or on the side of the road, or a fire department because there is a train or construction zone blocking traffic!
Movement: Baby K continues to roll and kick. Sometimes, there is a really hard spot on top of my belly either from his butt, legs or feet pushing up. On a positive note, according to the recent sonogram, he is head and face down ready to make his debut!
Baby’s Name: Kamden
Nursery progress: Kamden’s room is ready. His furniture is assembled, clean sheets and waterproof pads are in the crib and changing pad, and plenty of blankets and clothes have been washed. The pack-n-play arrived over the weekend (if you sent it, please let me know …. there is no name or address on the shipping label!!!) and we have it assembled and in our bedroom. Custom wood letters spelling his name are hung above his crib, four coordinating prints are above the changing table, and an antique mother/son print is on another wall. I have one more piece to hang next to the rocking chair, as well as the floor lamp to add before calling his room complete.
Milestones: Instead of counting down the months or weeks, we are DAYS away. I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy has gone. Heck, where did 2013 go?!
Expected Due Date: Sunday, December 22.
MAKE YOUR OWN PREDICTION
Leave a comment with your guess of Kamden’s birth (arrival) date!!!
Goals for the final weeks of pregnancy: 1) Rest; 2) Relax; 3) Prepare meals to store in freezer; 4) Buy last-minute registry items; and 5) Pack our hospital bags!
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