How far along: 40 weeks. We made it! Now get this baby out of me. k? thanks.
Baby is the size of: still a baby. I am hoping that she hasn't gained the 8 ounces I was warned she might gain. I would love a little 8lb 2oz (maybe 4oz) nugget, but we'll see what happens. According to thebump.com, the baby is the size of a jackfruit... whatever that is.
Weight Gain: still under the scary 40lb mark, so I am ok with that. And at my last appointment I was down two pounds, so yay me! I am hoping that I can lose at least half this weight by time I go back to work... it's a lofty goal, but I think it might be manageable... especially since I will lose at least 10lbs of it right off the bat at the hospital.
Maternity Clothes: I am down to just my favorite maternity items: jeggings, leggings and some tops. I put most things away which will push me to eat right and lose the baby weight ASAP. Obviously, I kept a good amount of stuff out because I am not stupid and I was seriously warned by my friend Jessica that no matter how much weight I think I have lost - my clothes will not fit me three weeks after delivery. Let's just hope my rings do :)
Labor Signs/Sleep: The other night I slept so hard I woke up drooling. It felt good. I have been doing quite a bit of sleeping in between spurts of energy where I clean the house. WARNING: the following information is graphic. On Friday morning I lost my mucus plug, which seems like a huge possible sign of labor, but then I remembered Dr. Masiky telling me that some people lose the plug weeks before giving birth so I decided not to read too much into it. I told Brandon and he proceeded to google it - he too was let down by the fact that it could be 2-3 hours until you go into labor, or 2-3 weeks until you go into labor. I did quite a bit of nesting over the weekend - all the clothes are clean and put away, all the towels are clean and put away, I got rid of clothes that I didn't wear before I was pregnant, I washed all our bedding and have it ready to go so that after Natalie is born I will be crawling into fresh clean sheets (aahh the little things in life). Brandon also did a bit of nesting: lots of laundry, mopped and swiffered the floors, cleaned up the yard, etc. Guess we're both ready for the little bundle of joy to show up already :)
Food Cravings: nothing really. I hear certain things and think ooh that'd be lovely, but as with the rest of my pregnancy, I have yet to feel compelled to go out and get something or send Brandon to the store to get something. I have been really digging a cup of hot chocolate in the morning though, but that's a cold weather thing, right?
What I miss: my sanity. I am getting to a point where I am struggling with being pregnant still. I am a planner. I need order and structure and plans. This waiting game is killing me. I don't know when she will show up or if I will be in the middle of something that I really want to finish - which would not only be my luck, but would seriously annoy me.
Movement: yep. Sometimes I think she is starting to slow down and then I sit down from all the running around and she is moving like a crazy lady reminding me that we're doing things on her time. Ugh.
Best Moment of the Last Week: The Turnpike Troubadours concert, of course. I was so happy that we were able to make it. I was also so relieved when we got to the Birchmere and, at my husband's request, the manager provided me with a seat for the standing room only concert. My husband never ceases to amaze me at how thoughtful he is :) It was also fun to have Michelle at my last OB Scan appointment with me. I have been getting to spend a lot of time with her lately and it's definitely been a huge bonus.
What I/We are most looking forward to: getting this baby out, drinking beers on Sunday during football and Thanksgiving. I am a little bit crazy and I am planning on hosting Thanksgiving for 10 adults and 1 (with a possible 2 more) child(ren) under the age of 3. I have my grocery list and entire menu ready to go. I have planned out which menu items I can make ahead of time and which have to be done the day of. I have even planned out the seating arrangements and floor plan of the main level of our home in order to accommodate all of the people. This is my favorite holiday and I refuse to have a small human interrupt that for me. I have an incredible husband who is not only more than capable of stepping in to help with the cooking, but he is also quite capable of holding and feeding his daughter. I also have an incredible family who is excited to spend time with the baby and hold and care for her so this should be easy... or at least, I hope it will be :)