40 Weeks, 6 days: Labor Day Round II

Was it fate that today was the first day I didn’t pre-publish a BERF post? Did I just know deep down today would be the day?

Full update on KERF!

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40 Weeks: Over The Hill

Lordy, lordy, the baby’s 40!

[Writing this on Labor Day!]

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I am totally surprised and totally not surprised at all to be here. We all know first time moms often go over. It’s just weird that it’s September and I’m still just chugging along!! I feel like my due date was a big event that has now passed. I survived 40 weeks of pregnancy. Only thing is: I’m still pregnant and we don’t have a baby yet! Of the four women in my yoga class who were the same week as me, I’m the only one who didn’t go early. The others went at 37.5, 39 and 39.5 weeks. Guess I have to pull up the average! The only real reason going over has been a bummer is because our families were all planning to visit this week and since he’s not here yet, everyone is just on standby.

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Overall, I’m feeling pretty patient. In fact, I think I’m less on edge than I was before 40 weeks. As a planner, coming early would have been a big surprise. But it’s not a surprise if he comes now – we are 100% ready. Matt was hoping he’d come on his due date because he had the whole weekend off from work. But maybe the baby wanted us to spend one last weekend together before he bursts into the world?

[Edited to add: Tuesday I was not feeling as patient! But then I cheered up : ) ]

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Over the past week, I’ve noticed a huge increase in the following:

-Popping pelvis and back when I roll over at night. The first time this happened it freaked me out – I really thought I had cracked something in the baby because the pop was SO LOUD yet it didn’t hurt me at all. I waited with my breath held until he moved again. If I’m not gentle with my nightime rollovers, I can pop 3-4 things in a row. Again, not painful, just scary-weird. Everyone has told me it’s just my pelvis expanding, for which I am thankful. Make room!

-Braxton Hicks contractions. If you told me I was in early labor, I would believe you. That’s how much the ache down below accompanied by a firm-all-over stomach contractions have increased. And if you told me “giiiiirl just you wait until you have your first real contraction – this is nothing!” I’d believe you equally! I’ve read that real contractions come from the back to the front, wrap around you and are somewhat uncomfortable. These are not really painful up top, but they can be down low in the neck of the pear (if my uterus is still an upside-down pear). I’m feeling tons more pressure down there and ache, crampiness and some lower back aches too. Enough that I feel real labor is looming!

-Headbutting. Or at least that’s what I think it is. Sometime at 40 weeks, 2 days I think he dropped a bit more – perhaps on our long walk. All night I was having pains way down in my pelvis. They occur with baby movement, so I don’t think they are period cramps or early labor – I think he is just stuck down there and trying to wiggle is head (or something!) loose! It’s been quite painful at times. Enough to take my breath away.

-SIDE PAIN. My gosh, every night this hurts so badly – from my IT band all the way up my hips to my lower back. It’s worse than some headaches I’ve had in my life – a throbbing ache. And after rolling over, it takes a while for the throbbing to stop. I really wish I could sleep on a magic carpet suspended in the air!

-I’ve started waddling when I get up from being seated. Not because I have to but because it feels good.

-My whole face is breaking out! Hoping this means hormonal surge…

Symptoms that have decreased:

    • Insomnia, sort of
    • Rib pain – much much better
    • Hunger is on and off, but mostly just back to normal
    • Swelling is better
    • Fatigue is mostly gone – I feel pretty normal again, although life is calmed down too

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Every day is different than the last – new symptoms appear and others disappear. I really feel like I’m getting close though! Luckily, other than sleeping, I’m not all that uncomfortable. I’m very excited to meet him, but at the same time, I feel like I’m more focused on the present than the future now. I still can’t believe we’re going to have a baby any day! It’s hard to imagine labor because I just don’t know how mine will be. I tend to think of it as this really gradual onset – regular contractions for hours, then painful regular contractions for days, then a baby days after that. I forget that there is also a chance it could go very quickly! In fact, it’s very likely that it will all happen from start to finish in less than a day. I said to Matt when we woke up on Monday: “Isn’t it weird that we could be sleeping in the hospital tonight?”

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At the doctor’s yesterday, was still 1cm, a little more effaced (50%) and he had moved to a –1 station – progress! He also passed his non-stress test with flying colors. Friday we’ll go in for an ultrasound to look at the placenta and fluid levels and do another non-stress test. If those look good, I’ll probably go back Monday or Tuesday for a membrane sweep and if that doesn’t work – induction likely next Wednesday.

Here’s to hoping I don’t write a 41 week post!

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40 Weeks: Pekanz

A funny story:

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On her 60th birthday this weekend, Karen was in her usual practical joking mood! I mentioned to her that my mom keeps asking me what the baby’s name will be, and she suggested we think of a name joke we could play on her. Given that it was her birthday, we figured mom might fall for it if Karen said my birthday present to her was telling her the name early.

We brainstormed a few crazy names, but I didn’t think my mom would believe any of them. Since I love nature names, I started rattling off names of trees: “Chestnut?” “Oak?” “Pecan”

We paused at Pecan – because Pecans sounds like PeKANZ! (Recall Kanz is Matt’s nickname). It could stand for little Kanz! My mom knows the name is non-traditional, has meaning and a cute nickname, so it seemed reasonable that this could be it.

Karen went to the computer to write my mom the following email:

Barbara,

Please, please don’t tell Koops I told you this; I thought you should know, however, so you can get over the shock as I’m trying to do.

She told me that since she and Matt love the outdoors, they wanted a "nature" name.  They decided on "Pecan" but want him called PeKanz, as in "little" Kanz.

I think it’s awful but I bit my tongue.  Discuss with Cliff and we can talk about whether we should say something.  They’re so independent, though, that I don’t know if they’ll listen to us.  I think it’s awful to saddle a kid with that kind of name.

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Karen and I were both laughing hysterically proofreading it!

Ultimately, my mother didn’t fall for the joke, but Matt’s brother Andrew did! 

Karen forwarded the email to him and within 5 minutes he called her back — not to mention that he was at a LSU game with his girlfriend. He said "This has got to be a joke."  Karen said it wasn’t and told Andrew he should probably call Matt and give him a talk to try to change his mind “since he won’t listen to me,” she said. Andrew said it wasn’t his place, but gosh was this bad! He told her that he’d be embarrassed to tell his co-workers (who know about the impending birth) that the baby’s name is Pecan and while explaining the whole Kanz nickname in the process. He knew the  name might be more modern, but he said this was really bad! Karen and Andrew had a great laugh when she told him it was a joke!

Needless to say, the baby’s name is not Pecan!

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40 Weeks: A Flat Tire Story For Labor Day

A guest post from my mom!

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In my ninth month, like most moms-to-be, I was a whirlwind organizer. After the nursery drawers were lined with Beatrix Potter paper, the crib set up, and the rest of the house put into tip top shape (no house of mine has ever been that neat again), I turned to craft projects. In the middle of making a navy blue calico picture frame, three days before my due date, I began to feel regular contractions. Yes!

After dinner, Cliff got to his task, which he had put off for weeks: repainting the wicker bassinet the last two generations in my mom’s family slept in. “In engineering,” he said as he dabbed on the white paint, “nothing happens ahead of schedule.”

“Well this baby’s ahead of time. At least I think this is real labor.”

We got in bed that night. Cliff fell promptly asleep. Whoa! A contraction hit that sent me flying out of bed. I went downstairs and fiddled around, waking Cliff two hours later.

When my contractions were three minutes apart, we called the doctor and then set out for the hospital.  We lived in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and to get to Newton-Wellesley Hospital we took Route 20, the old Boston Post Road.

The road was dark at three a.m. Cliff didn’t see a large rock right in our path. The car jolted as we drove over it.  So the next driver wouldn’t suffer our cruel fate, Cliff got out and moved the rock back to the stone wall on the side of the road.

When he returned and we started up again, he said, "Don’t worry; we’re still rolling."

We weren’t for long. The tire went flat.

No cell phones back then!

Cliff stepped into the road, flagging down a driver traveling in the opposite direction. She rolled down her window just an inch, and he explained the situation. We had seen a police car a few miles back. The woman agreed to look for the policeman.

A few minutes later, the policeman appeared. (I’ve learned that one way to get sweet attention from the police is to be in labor). The officer called an ambulance, and that’s how I arrived at the hospital.

Cliff went back the next day and located the rock. We now have it in our garden and are thinking of bringing it to Charlottesville soon, in honor of the start of the next generation.

Kath was born at 9:35am later that morning!

-Barbara, who 30 years later is writing about menopause!


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40 Weeks: Third Trimester Recap

Third-Trimester

Most Exciting Moment…

It’s a 3-day tie between my two baby showers, Showered With Friendship and Elephants + Elegance, and our 3D ultrasound : )

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Most Challenging Moments…

That scary nerve pain event while I was in Seattle. 6 nights in a row of insomnia…awake at 3,4,5 am for 2-3 hour stretches. I am VERY VERY lucky I haven’t had insomnia my whole pregnancy like many do. But that doesn’t mean that week wasn’t really rough. Also finding out I was GBS+. Getting antibiotics isn’t a big deal, but getting an IV drip the second I get to the hospital will be for me mentally (because of residual childhood fear of needles and IV drips). But after a few days of worrying about it I came to terms with its importance, and I have decided I will not let a simple IV have a negative emotional impact on my birth experience. That is a dumb thing to get all upset over in the grand scheme of things.

One Thing I’m Proud Of…

Can I say being active again? :mrgreen: Maybe I’ll say patience instead. My personality likes to take control and worry about things, and I think I have done a good job reminding myself that I am not in control of this experience. The baby will come when he comes and there’s nothing I can do about it! So instead of worrying, I’ve been practicing being mindful, enjoying time to myself and with Matt, and letting the excitement build but not the anxiousness. I am not a laid back person, so to be laid back while pregnant is something I’m proud of.

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One Thing I Wish Were Different…

I wish my air conditioning bill were lower : ) It was a hot summer. I also wish I had gone swimming more!

Favorite Foods…

CHEESE! Always and forever. Plus I have moved on from popsicles to ice cream. Kohr Bros! And Breyers Vanilla Bean Mug Mash milkshakes with fresh peach. Fruit is still high on the list. Eggs are still a favorite. I’ve been loving sandwiches, spaghetti, fish of all kinds, blue corn chips! Cravings for buttercream frosting…

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Least Favorite Food…

I still have no desire at all to eat most soups. Haven’t since December! Smoothies are also not very appealing – no idea why because I like all of their components individually! I think it’s a texture thing?

My Physical State Included…

Lots and lots of rib pain. A numb spot near my ribs. A MUCH better back!!! A weird and unpredictable appetite. Uncomfortable sleeping. And towards the end: swelling, bloating, increased hunger, sweaty hands, wrist pain. Some fatigue. Frequent urination. Lots of dreams. Some Braxton Hicks contractions. Colostrum evidence!

Symptoms I [Thankfully] Didn’t Have…

Heartburn (SO puzzled why I haven’t had any of this!). Trouble breathing. Spider veins, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Constipation. Leaking bladder (so glad I escaped that one!)

One Thing That Surprised Me…

That I would feel so good so close to the end. As soon as my back got better I just started to feel really good. I always thought the last few months of pregnancy would be horrible, but they were actually the best part of pregnancy! I can’t imagine anything being worse than the first trimester…. I was lucky not to experience too many bad symptoms in the third trimester and very lucky to get enough sleep. Until the very end, each week was better than the last. I found by the last two months I really loved being pregnant and all the excitement that comes with it.

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Looking Forward To…

The first time I breastfeed. Introducing him to his nursery. Using some of our new baby gear and clothes! Pumpkin beer!!!! Getting to watch our family meet and hold him for the first time. Sharing his name!

See the First Trimester Recap here.

See the Second Trimester Recap here.

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39 Weeks: Nursery Tour

Here we are in the home stretch and our little boy’s room is all ready for him to come home!

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Overall, I love our nursery. It didn’t really come out at all how I envisioned it many months ago, but it’s morphed into a cheerful and bright space that I love to be in.

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I went from a vision of all grey + yellow + white to a more varied palate with touches of teal and modern elements. As he grows older, we can take out some of the baby items and pastels and add in more modern elements and bright colors.

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Links to all items at the bottom of the page!

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The nursery room already had a twin bed in it, so we decided to keep that as a parents’ bed and work surface. It’s already been really great for folding laundry and I can imagine changing outfits too. And of course sleeping!

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Fun print sheets from Target and the yellow pillow was an Etsy find for our couch that I like better in the nursery

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The blanket at the bottom breaks up the white bedspread (which we already owned) without having to go all out on a matching one. Also will be good for removing for playing or protecting the duvet from explosions!

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The nightstand next door houses the parent base for our monitor and sound machine plus a drawer filled with midnight snacks for mom.

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We are well stocked with fun books on some IKEA shelves

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And below you’ll find one of my favorite pieces – a modern rocker from Amazon. It’s SUPER comfortable (although not glider level) and will make a great seat for a quick rock, storytime or nursery visitor to sit.

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I like that it’s smallish for my 5’2” frame and the back comes up high and there are arm rests for extra support. When you sit in it you are slightly reclined, which is why it’s so comfy. The bike pillow is another Etsy touch!

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The rock ‘n play sleeper will be where babe sleeps next to the bed until he is ready for the crib.

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We decided it made more sense to move us parents into the nursery than whole nursery into the master bedroom. Plus the two rooms are about 10 feet away from one another, so it’s almost like one big suite.

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I love how easily this folds away should we need to tidy up for company or make more rug space for playing.

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I think as soon as nighttime nursing sessions reduce in frequency a bit, it will be easier to transition to the crib because he will be used to the room and I can continue to sleep in there for a while too. Or just move back next door : )

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Love our modern grey crib – such a great price for $199.

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The crib skirt was made by my friend Lynsie!

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And this fun Boppy cover was an Etsy find

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Above the crib I found these color-coordinated bunting flags on Etsy. I was going to make them myself at one point, but all that sewing would have taken me 100 hours. I prefer to support someone who is a sewing expert instead : )

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The two batik paintings of a lion and grasshopper were done by my grandmother many years ago, and Matt painted the bike on a Michael’s canvas. We just lucked out that the colors matched so well!

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Our Angelcare Monitor sits inside this pretty cloth bin – a shower gift from Etsy

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Next to the crib is a little chair my grandmother hand painted with a snail!

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Along with a custom blanket and a hand-me-down sleep sheep that plays noise : )

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Love our Urban Outfitters rug! Such a steal for $75! I did have to buy a pad for underneath too.

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A family friend gave us this vintage-y basket now filled with baby toys!

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Our changing station is an IKEA dresser. We have our diaper bag hanging by a hook on the right side of the dresser. The animal painting is another of my grandmother’s! The little bin matches the floor one from Etsy.

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The changing pad is an Amazon best-seller by LA Designs with a Carousel Designs cover. It’s all mounted to the wall and secured to the dresser top for safety. I have a waterproof pad that I’m going to lay on top for protection when it’s actually time to change a diaper!

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Inside the dresser we’re all nested with cloth and newborn diapers

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Cloth wipes all washed and ready to do when the time is right

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Drawer #2 is filled with onesies – small (newborn), medium (0-3) and large (3-6) sizes! Sleep sacks on the right.

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And our bottom drawer is filled with more clothes – sleepers, outfits, shoes, hats, pants! All <6 months size.

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The big boy clothes are waiting in the closet!

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Along with IKEA drawers filled with useful things like burp cloths, bibs, towels, blankets and crib sheets and baby toiletries on top in a yellow box my grandmother gave me and I painted.

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And some hanging shelves with things like baby carriers, extra blankets, nursing covers, waterproof pads.

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And last but not least, a nice hook for the diaper bag!!

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For More Info…

Furniture

Twin Bed is from Pier 1 in 2006

Duvet cover and bed skirt by Pottery Barn

Yellow + grey leaf sheets are from Target

Chevron Blanket is Carousel Designs

Dresser + Nightstand are IKEA Hemnes

Modern Baxton Studio Letterio White Cradle Rocker from Amazon

Wall-mounted book shelves are IKEA Ribba

Crib is Baby Mod Modena by Walmart

Naturepedic Organic Baby Crib Mattress and Organic Mattress Pad from Babies R Us

Little painted chair was done by my grandmother

Rug by Urban Outfitters with this pad underneath

Fan was painted white by me!

Closet Shelves are IKEA Brimnes

Baby Items

Rock n Play Sleeper

Changing pad by L.A. Baby

Changing pad cover by Carousel Designs

Crib skirt handmade by a girlfriend

Boppy Cover by kidzcraft

Wipe holder from Amazon

Sleepy sheep from Amazon (was a hand-me-down)

Blue dot blanket handmade by a friend

Diaper bag Duo by Skip Hop

Wet bag for diapers from Amazon

Sound machine from Amazon

Décor

Yellow bed pillow is from glamdesign

Bunting flags from timamagee

Chevron cloth bins by NikJDesigns

Bike pillow in chair from birdmafia

All artwork made by my grandmother and husband!

Grey shade lamp is Pier 1

Zig Zag lamp is from Target

Yellow basket was a gift from a friend

Curtains from Bed, Bath and Beyond

Teal and grey chevron bins from IKEA

 

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During the second half of 38 weeks and now into 39, I feel like I’m experiencing PMS. Pre Mom Syndrome!

Hormonal surges, tiredness, acne, bloating, crampiness, insomnia, sweatiness/hotness, increased hunger.

Takes me right back to the first 2 weeks of being pregnant! Generally I’ve felt very neutral throughout these 9 months – nothing that reminded me of being a menstruating woman – but suddenly that has all changed. I kind of felt like once I got to 37 weeks things would plateau (no idea why I thought that!?), so it’s a bit of a surprise that I’m experiencing new symptoms and such drastic changes each week. One day I heard my intestines gurgle – near my heart!!! I guess they really are all the way up there. Pregnancy is not over yet! For the first time, walking isn’t really appealing. I feel much heavier and my legs are feeling the weight I’m carrying. They feel more swollen after I’ve been on them for a while. No longer do I want to do long morning walks and run around town on foot.

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I have felt pretty good about my appearance throughout my whole pregnancy – until now. The water weight and last few pounds have not been very flattering in recent photographs. I know it’s nothing to stress over – it is what it is at 39 weeks! But just being honest : )

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I’m trying to focus as much as possible on just resting. First because I want my brain to be calm and relaxed, letting the baby know I am ready when he is. And second because I want to be as rested as possible when I do go into labor.

[Pushin’ it all out!]

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6 days of insomnia left me exhausted and so resting felt like the natural thing to do anyways. I’ve taken quite a few 20 minute power naps in the afternoons that have given me the energy to get through the rest of the day. Thankfully sleeping has been going a little better – at least as I type this! I tried all of my insomnia tricks those 6 nights (more snacks, bathroom breaks, more AC) and I think it must have just been caused by hormones because I didn’t change a thing but was able to sleep again.

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I’ve been having on and off crampiness for a week or so now. And some on-and-off backaches. My period cramps were never sharp or painful in the past. I would describe them as a dull ache or tightening – almost like a magnet. They are unpleasant, but they aren’t painful. I have had a few moments this week of “was that a painful cramp!?” but it’s very hard for me to tell if it’s a cramp, a ligament stretching or if the baby is just shifting around in there. There isn’t much space and his little bones can hurt when he shifts sometimes! I can tell I’m having some Braxton Hicks contractions but only because I notice that the firmness of my uterus changes throughout the day with my hands – not because I can really feel them. And it’s hard to distinguish between a Braxton Hicks and the baby moving around and pushing out to make a firm spot. I am hoping this all means that I have minimal pain receptors in my uterus and will have a pain-free birth :mrgreen:

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I’ve been sitting in cobbler’s pose a lot, doing some giant pelvic loops on my exercise ball, getting some walking in, drinking raspberry tea, taking the primrose, and letting my mind relax. Mom is ready – wonder what baby is thinking!?

Overall, despite being more tired, I’m still feeling pretty good. I’m VERY excited about the weeks ahead and it’s been fun to joke around on the blog about him “coming any minute now!”, but I am still feeling very patient. In some ways I think I am in denial this is all going to happen for REAL soon. The comment “You won’t be pregnant forever” comes to mind though. Whether it’s tomorrow or a week and a half from now, I will be going into labor soon.

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-One unexpected con of having a big bump: I can’t get close enough to the countertops in the kitchen to reach the second shelf in our cabinets!! Sucking in doesn’t really help much.

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-Matt recently brought up the fact that we are about to have new names: mom and dad! The discussion turned into: did we want to call each other mommy and daddy, mama and pops, mommy swammy (Karen’s nickname for herself when Matt was little!)? Matt said he used to call his parents mommy and daddy until late elementary school when he realized it was uncool and switched to mom and dad. My mom says I’ve called them mom and dad forever! I have a feeling we’ll be mom and dad folks, but we’ll have to see how it turns out.

-Amazon Prime, I love you SO MUCH.

-I doubt anything major will shift out of alignment in my pelvis if I sit on the couch moderately, but I’ve been warned against slouching into it for long periods of time on a daily, regular basis – makes it harder for baby to get into a good position. Hard surfaces, good posture and exercise balls are recommended instead. I’m excited to spend those hours on the couch after he is here!

-Also, I can’t WAIT to lie on my back again! It’s painful now to my sacrum and causes me to feel woozy after a few minutes.

-I am SO TIRED of my four pairs of maternity shorts. I’d buy more but…what’s the point!? I’m too close to the end. I have a feeling whenever I’m back to a somewhat normal size I’m going to want to go on a big shopping spree. Someone remind me not to spend my life savings on new clothes if you see any warning signs!

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-Doing baby laundry is fun. Now at least!

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-Pregnancy is kind of like planning a wedding. In the beginning, you are SO EXCITED about all the possibilities, planning and research to do. You are consumed with it. And then when the event is over, you are so relieved. After my wedding I had “I’m so glad that’s over!” thoughts, and as I sit here at 39 weeks I’m thinking the same. Hearing someone is in their teen weeks pregnant exhausts me. I definitely want to go through pregnancy again, but I think I need a few years to recharge first!

-My mom was born 10 days early. I was 3 days early. My sister was 4 days early. I have spent more time than I care to share googling “is gestation length hereditary?”

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-Similarly, no amount of googling is going to give me the answer to the above question. [Full moon = my due date!]

-At this stage of the game, every time you go to the bathroom you look down to see if there is “any news.” It’s kind of like waiting for your period to come. #TMI

-FINALLY – at 39 weeks – I can see the bottom of my endless innie belly button!! It doesn’t know what to think about the sunshine!

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39 Weeks: Grown Up Nesting

The baby’s space is nested. The house is organized. But there were more things I knew I should clear from the calendar when I had time to do them: all the boring grown-up stuff lurking in the early fall. I wanted to have as much of these things complete before the baby came so I can devote all of my time to him and not worry about running a household. The only drawback: lots of costs + fees to pay!

-Paid estimated taxes in advance. They were due right after his birth!

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-Met with our lawyer and completed wills, guardianship docs, advanced medical directives and power of attorneys. This cost $550 total but we should be set for many, many years.

-Renewed my passport which was set to expire in September. I had to go to CVS and get a photo taken, mail in my old passport with a form, write a check for $110 and send it all secured mail at the post office. Not a fun afternoon, but now it’s done!

-I originally scheduled a dentist appointment for late September thinking I should wait until after he was born so I could have x-rays. Instead, I rescheduled the appt. for before – just to get my teeth checked and cleaned – x-rays can wait. I knew there was no way I would want to go to the dentist after he was here!

-Virginia requires car inspections every year, and ours were up for renewal in September. I took both cars to be inspected early and got both oils changed as well. We’re set for 6 months!

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-I paid a few bills in advance and made sure we had money transferred from savings to pay our insurance/hospital bills all ready to go. I also have nearly all of our bills – mortgage, water + electricity, insurances and more – all set up for auto draft so the only one I have to think about every month is our credit card bill.

-Since we moved last September, lots of house-related things came due around this time. Our cars are parked on the street and require permits, so I renewed those and put the decals on the cars already.

-More car stuff!! August is time to renew registration on both cars, so we got that process taken care of. And our annual car insurance payment – also due in September and paid.

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-I’m starting a new long-term freelance job very soon and had a pile of paperwork for that as well. All set to go!

-Bought Karen a birthday gift!

-I went ahead and requested the form to add baby to our health insurance so all we have to do is fill it out and send it in upon his arrival.

SO much paperwork – but now it’s all behind us and we can focus on baby!

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