Thursday, August 21, 2014

baby alex: 38 weeks

this might be my last bi-weekly post! there's a solid chance i'll be induced next week prior to a 40 week post, but i'll find out for sure tomorrow.

how far along: 38 weeks

how big is baby: the size of a leek (19.5 inches long and weighs 6.8 pounds)

weight gain / loss: i started at 142.4 lbs and weighed 164.6 at 36 weeks. i weighed 165.8 the day i turned 38 weeks. that's another 1.2 pounds in two weeks. i've gained about 24 pounds so far.

symptoms: the back pain has subsided thanks to all of this maternity leave rest. i get braxton-hicks contractions almost everyday and last week thought i might actually be in active labor. i eventually walked it off so womp womp, no baby. that was also the day i lost my mucus plug.

cravings / aversions: craving sweets and caffeine. probably not in my best interest, but i'm all over those.

movement: alex is pretty active, but he's been getting annoyed with my coughing (i've been sick). sometimes i think i'm going to cough him right out of me, but then he gives me a swift kick in the ribs back to reality.

gender: boy

belly button: outie

sleep: i have felt so rested thanks to early maternity leave! and so not well rested thanks to coughing fits at all hours of the night. i need to kick this cough so that labor and delivery can be healthy.

what i'm looking forward to: meeting our little bambino- hopefully next week!

what i miss: drugs. half kidding. when it's just me and i'm sick, i have no problem taking one claritin a day, mucinex every four hours, tylenol every few hours, cough drops as needed, etc. but right now i'm really struggling with that. i don't want to put all of those medications in my system if i don't have to since alex can be affected too. i'm not taking anything that my doc didn't recommend, but i'm not fond of taking the full dose of everything at once. maybe if i did do full doses i would heal faster. it's a double edged sword.

highlights this past week: the day i had contractions about eight minutes apart and lost my mucus plug was pretty damn exciting. if nothing else, i know that i've made progress since my last cervical check and will be interested to see what they say tomorrow when i'm 39 weeks

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