How far along: 39 weeks, 2 days! 5 days until the due date! Woot!
Baby is the size of: a baby. I mean I guess she is also the size of a watermelon, but let's be honest - if she could come any day now, she is the size of a small human. I did have an ultrasound today to see where she is measuring and I was told she is looking like 7lb 14oz. I am so ok with that. I was also checked by a former midwife here at work yesterday and she said that she thinks that Natalie is between 7.5 - 8lbs. So between the ultrasound and Mickey - I am feeling pretty good about the size of the baby. Definitely not scary!
Weight Gain: this is getting seriously touchy. Let's just say I haven't hit the 40lbs mark and if things go well, I shouldn't hit that mark between now and Natalie.
Maternity Clothes: I am in mostly maternity at this point. It's funny to me that it took me to 39 weeks to get to a point where I would be in mostly maternity. I am excited to slowly start the process of moving back into my normal clothes. Yes, I am aware it will be several weeks(/months), but given how big I am - even just being able to wear my favorite tshirts again will be a victory.
Symptoms/Labor Signs/Sleep: all still the same. I have developed a new one though! I have added reflux to my repertoire of symptoms. I am not a fan. At my appointment last Friday before we left for New Jersey, I was 50% effaced and 1-2cm dilated. Yesterday I was told that I was (a tight) 2cm dilated and still 50% effaced. We'll see what happens :) I am hoping to make it until my due date and it looks like that will probably be the case. And if by my due date, Natalie has not made her grand entrance into the world, then we have a back-up plan. I love having plans :)
Food Cravings: nothing really. Sometimes it's hard for me to even eat thanks to the reflux. I get so scared of eating too much and certain things make it worse. No bueno.
What I miss: obviously my rings. I miss being able to put shoes on without struggling. Sometimes it takes both of us to get my boots on in the morning which is just pitiful and the days I can do it all by myself - well hot damn do I feel good. I miss waking up in a different position than I went to sleep in - you know, not waking up every time I have to roll over. I miss not struggling to get out of the recliner and out of Michelle's car. Oh the simple things in life.
Movement: yes. The little girl is not slowing down and neither am I!
Best moment of the last week: The best moment of the last week is a bittersweet one. Against the wishes of my OB office, Brandon and I made one last visit to New Jersey prior to Natalie's arrival. What? Dr. Levy sees me on an almost daily basis and he gave me the green light to go. At any rate, it was so good to see Brandon's parents and brother, aunts and uncles and cousins. I just wish it had been under better circumstances. Brandon's grandfather, the only grandfather I have really had in the last decade, passed away last Wednesday (10/30). It was a rough weekend, but it was nice to see the family come together and really support each other. You could really see and feel the love between everyone. It was fun to sit and tell Pop stories and laugh - just the way he would have wanted us to do it.
What I/We are most looking forward to: I had one goal and that was to make it to the Turnpike Troubadours concert and I did it! They were absolutely amazing, as always. I really loved getting to have one last major date night with Brandon prior to Natalie's arrival. So that's what I was most looking forward to... well, that and I guess Natalie's pending arrival too :) Here's to hoping we can make it another week :)