So its been over a month since my last pregnancy update. A lot has happened within those four weeks. Technically I’m considered “full term” and ready to pop. Seriously. I’m ready to pop. These last couple of weeks have been rough and I’m just ready to have my baby with me (although I don’t know if I’m ready to go through labor…but more of that later). So lets dive into the details.
How Far Along: 38 Weeks and 6 days. The baby is the size of a leek and weighs approximately about 6 pounds. She should be about 19 1/2 inches long, which to me is pretty long. I’ll be surprised if she is this long, considering that we’re not that tall.
Development: At this point, she should have a firm grip and all of her organs have matured. She’s fully cooked!
Days until my due date: 9 days!
Medical Appointment: Currently all of my appointments are every Thursdays (a day before I turn a new week). Last week I had my 37 week appointment, I did not have a sonogram. To be honest, since I’ve have had a “normal” pregnancy, there is no need for one until I’m closer to my due date (even though I’m 38 going into 39 weeks….so theres that). This is all according to my OB. In last couple of visits, I did have a vaginal check, HIV testing and an external exam. The vaginal check was done because I thought I was leaking amniotic fluid and perhaps dilating…turns out I am just peeing myself (check out my post on Truths About Pregnancy, where I discuss more about this). The external exam was done last week and baby girl is ready to go! Its only a matter of time before she makes her grand entrance.
Maternity: I ended up buying a cute minnie mouse t-shirt and a sundress from Target. Other than that, I’m stuck wearing the same 4 pieces of clothing. I honestly can’t wait until I can start using whatever clothing item I have in my closet and drawers.
Update: Hospital bag is ready to go. My mom bought a pair of rubber sandals for me to use at the hospital but forgot to bring them last weekend at the baby shower. So I guess I’ll end up using my house sandals and the new ones will be used at home.
Baby Goodies Acquired: This is where the fun the begins. Since we had the baby shower last week, I feel that we finally have the essentials for her. The crib mattress has arrived and is all set up (thanks Hubs)! She has more clothes than I can count, diapers, wipes, lotions, bathing items (inclusion the tub), bottles galore, burp cloths, bottle rack & sterilizer and a swing set/rocker. We have been playing Tetris, which our one bedroom apartment in order to make space for her. Theres a couple of items that we’re still waiting for like: clothes that are being shipped and the 2-1 drawer/ changing table. I can’t wait for this to arrive! So far, I’m starting to believe this can actually work for us.
Best moment this week: Having the doctor point out where her head was located and still being able to go to the gym. Even though I am going once maybe twice a week.
Weight: Currently I’m playing around 174-177 lbs. Yeah, I gained about 10 pounds in a month…yikes!
Stretch-marks: Yeah, still not feeling these stretch marks. I don’t care for them and nor do I believe that I will embrace them. They’re hideous and I’m sorry, but its not a badge of honor for me. Kudos to those who pride themselves in having stretch marks from pregnancy. Its great that you feel this way. However, lets not forget that not every pregnant lady feels this way and they too should be validated and not shamed for how they feel.
Thoughts and Feelings: The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I feel that time has gone by quickly and that there is no way I’m ready nor prepared to have my child. However, there is no turing back at this point. I think this all stems from the fact that I want to skip over labor & delivery and dive straight into seeing her. As I’ve stated before, I was not too concerned with delivery, but now that its around the corner… Yeah you can say I’m thinking about it more and more. I don’t know how I’ll handle it, whether or not I’ll able to withstand the pain or if things will go fine. The uncertainty is starting to get to me. Hopefully when the time comes, subconsciously I’ll know what to do. Another thing that I keep harping on, is whether or not I’ll be a good enough mother for her. I’ve been having doubts in my abilities (or lack there of) in being the mother that she needs me to be. I feel like this is a normal sentiment, but I do find myself crying and hoping that I can live up to the expectation.
What I miss: Sleep. I have not been able to sleep for weeks now. Whether its waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom & having a hard time falling back to sleep or waking up due to period like cramps and lower back pain, its just been impossible to sleep. I honestly don’t know how I function throughout the day. Maybe its the naps I take when I come back from work… oh and not having any swollen feet and hands.
Looking Forward to: Meeting my daughter. Even with all of the fears I have. I want to her in my arms.
When do you think Baby Ramos will make her debut?
As always, thank you for reading and for following along!