Baby is the size of: a coconut! I was told at my appointment on Sept. 12th that she was 4lbs and she was probably going to be on .5lbs every week until delivery. If that is the case, Natalie weighs between 5.5-6lbs. Holy crap.
Weight Gain: Today at the OB we learned that I have put on 31lbs since this whole thing began. As much I hate that, I really cannot complain. I had someone at the grocery store approach me from behind and when I turned around she was stunned to find out I was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Talk about an ego boost... guess I am wearing all this weight quite well.
Maternity Clothes: It's the same as last week... a nice mix of both. I am seriously obsessed with my maternity skinny jeans that I found on sale at Khols. That place has so many gems.
Symptoms/Labor Signs/Sleep: Much to my dismay, the carpal tunnel and seriously super sexy swollen feet haven't gone anywhere. Some mornings the carpal tunnel is so bad I want to cry but I just take a deep breath and Brandon forces my hands into fists and massages them and then it's fine and I am better. Thank God for Brandon. As for that whole sleep thing, I have been sleeping really well when I actually sleep... and when I am not too lazy to get up and pee at 3AM. This morning is the most rested I have felt in awhile. I am sure the fact that I went to bed at 8PM helped that. I have decided to stop fighting the sleepiness and to just go to bed when I am tired, who cares that it's 6PM, for the love of God I have a small human residing in my uterus. Today at the OB we learned that she is seriously head down. Dr. Masiky was surprised that I am not feeling more pressure. And apparently, I am already 1/2cm dilated. Obviously I know that's not a lot, but for 35 weeks, it's not too shabby.
Food Cravings: This week is weird. I am backing to feeling grossed out by certain food descriptions/names. Last night we went to Cracker Barrel for dinner with Brandon's brother Evan. Brandon got the "chicken broccoli cheddar bake" - just typing that makes me feel queasy. It smelled good when it arrived at the table, but the name itself made me cringe. The idea of cake makes me feel queasy. Cookies, cupcakes, brownies, ice cream - fine, but cake, I don't know something about it just doesn't sound appealing. Maybe it's because I think of sheet cake with horrible overly sweet icing - woof. I am amazing pumpkin frozen yogurt tonight and it was everything I never knew I always wanted.
What I miss: still my rings. I am quite anxious to get them back on. I am tempted to bring them with me to the hospital in hopes that they fit as soon as she is out, but I need to be realistic and not set myself up for heartbreak.
Movement: She is one active little girl. She loves to move around first thing in the morning - she especially loves tap dancing on my bladder first thing in the morning. She moves around quite a bit throughout the day, but slows down, perhaps for a nap, in the afternoon. Tough life.
Best Moment of the Last Week: Seeing Jemayne and Laura tie the knot. I was quite the weepy mess during their ceremony. Hearing Mayne say his vows was such an incredible experience. Something I never thought was going to happen and I know Laura felt the same way! Laura was absolutely stunning. There was not a dry eye in the place during their first dance. After a moment of the two of them dancing together, Mayne bent over and picked up their daughter, Jada, to be a part of the first dance. It was so incredibly touching.
|It was a gorgeous day for their wedding... so happy for them :)|
|three very handsome groomsmen :)|
|First Dance... seriously adorable|
|Kerri, me and Emily with the gorgeous bride, Laura :)|
Also - I had an "oh shit" moment this morning. I was going into our Target registry to add a couple things because there are a couple more baby showers and Natalie needs blankets (or so, in my insanity, I think she does) and Target greeted me with this:
Oh Shit. It's really happening... and SOON! I mean 5 weeks sounds like a long time compared to 33 days.