38 Weeks – Baby Leek

Since we’re getting so close, and I haven’t been having my doctor appointments ’till mid-week, I’ve decided to put Wordless Wednesday to the side for the time being in favor of my weekly baby updates. I don’t have many more, so this is just temporary. So even though I am midway through my 38th week, here’s my update!

Your baby, now as long as a leek, weighs nearly 7 pounds. (Length: more than 19 1/2 inches, head to heel.)

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

How far along? 38 weeks 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss 34 pounds total – lost 2 pounds since last week.
Maternity clothes? No, I’ve magically been able to fit into my normal clothes! Kidding, of course.
Stretch marks? OH, LORD. Not only do I have the hip ones that have been present for a few weeks, but some have popped up on the underside of my belly. I DIDN’T ESCAPE THE BELLY STRETCH MARKS. DAMN!
Sleep Same ole’, same ole’.
Best moment this week Packing our hospital bags!
Movement Less kicks, more squirms/pushes/rolls.
Food cravings French fries.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs Occasional crampy feelings, nothing regular. 1 1/2 cm dilated at the doctor, 0% effaced.
Belly Button in or out? Innie.
What I miss Sleeping comfortably, sitting comfortably, laying comfortably…
What I am looking forward to Nellie’s arrival!
Weekly Wisdom Nothing this week.
Milestones Um… less than 2 weeks away from our due date?

DOCTOR UPDATE

Had a doctor’s appointment yesterday. Blood pressure was ok; 130/78. Still higher than I like, but not bad overall. Lost 2 pounds since last week. Doctor checked for dilation (which is so, SO UNCOMFORTABLE. UGH) and found that we are 1 1/2 cm dilated, but the cervix is still thick. I know that can change very quickly! She also mentioned that my pelvis is very narrow. She is still optimistic about having the unmedicated vaginal birth we’re aiming for, but she did warn us that since my pelvic cavity is so narrow we may run into complications that could lead to a c-section. She said that we’re going to do everything we can to avoid a C obviously, but just to prepare for a worst-case scenerio type situation. Josh kept trying to get her to give us the chances of having to have a c-section and she refused; she kept saying that we’re going to “plan for a vaginal birth” but just to also be prepared in the back of our minds that a C could be on the horizon. Oh, and did I mention that she’s estimating the baby to be around 7 1/2 pounds already? I know that’s not accurate and that it can sway a pound in either direction, but that’s not a small kid. I asked about induction, and she said she won’t let me go over 41 weeks. I want to avoid induction, but if it means that I get to 41 weeks and she still isn’t here, I’m okay with being induced. Sure, I’d love a wonderful birthing experience just the way I want it but the bottom line is this: As long as Nellie gets here safely and is healthy, that is all I care about. Induce me, cut me open, I don’t care. As long as she’s here safely, that is all that matters. Period.

Comments

  1. You are HUGE…but I mean that in the happy pregnant sense. :-) I'm glad to read this update. I got the wrong impression from your tweet yesterday, so I'm glad to read the longer version, that your doctor is still on board with your plans. You can do it!

  2. Congratulations….I pray everything goes well for you guys and that your baby will be healthy.:) Stopping by from SITS.

  3. Sara Plays House says:

    Look at YOU! What an amazing story, amazing journey. I'm so happy for you–you are totally in the home stretch now. Enjoy the quiet while you can–although I know that's hard when your back hurts, your bladder's full(ALL THE TIME) etc. etc.I'll be peeking back here for some newborn pics!Stopping by from SITS–Have a GREAT Wednesday!

  4. You look absolutely beautiful, and I hope you get exactly the birth experience you want!

  5. Losing weight is a great sign of impending labor. At least something is happening down below!! Be optimistic about successfully having a vaginal birth but like we talked about at Thanksgiving – the baby and your health comes first. I have two friends that went through 15+ hours of labor before their doctor took them for a C. Both were told afterward by the doctor that he never thought they would have a successful vaginal birth. They were a little mad, they would of just had a C, instead of going through so many hours of unnecessary labor.As always you and Nellie are in my thoughts and prayers! KUP!!

  6. You look fantastic!!! Yay for getting bags packed and the nursery ready (I just got ours all packed, too–but they aren't IN the car yet. Hrm. Details, schmetails.)And I totally agree with you on the induction, whatever is necessary philosophy. As long as these baby girls get here safe and sound….the rest is what it is.YAY!! So excited!! :-)

  7. Joanna Botelho says:

    You're looking fabulous. I'm so excited for you. Hang in there girl!

  8. Kimmygintx says:

    You look great, mama! I feel ya on the cervix checks… not comfortable in the least, especially when you have somthing in your bladder! ;)I'll be rooting for you on the vaginal birth but ITA with you- whatever's necessary as long as Nellie is safe and healthy.

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