Technically, I'm at 37w5d. However, DS arrived 2 weeks early. So things could be happening any moment now. Nursery is done. Hospital bag is mostly packed. Carseat is installed. Registered at the hospital. Most of the big things are organized, but I still have so many things I want to organize (but in reality, it's no big deal if I don't get to my recipes -- see how obsessive this nesting can get?). I have never done the "traditional" update, so I'm doing a variation of it this time.
Total Weight Gain: At my last appointment, I held steady at 156 lbs for over a week. Phew. I was probably at 120 lbs during IVF... So while I'm big for me, at least I'm not quite at Mariah Carey or Jessica Simpson levels.
I dug out some old wrist guards from old injuries and they are helping with the arm/hand numbness. If I didn't have to pee, I can actually sleep through the night! I was so happy to figure this out, because I was starting to dread sleep.
Movement: Not a ton, but it's there. At my 36w u/s, the head was confirmed to be facing down. I get twinges here and there in my lower uterus, but not BH contractions or anything.
Symptoms: Swollen hands and feet, particularly in the morning and night. I have taken to soaking my feet in an ice bath (using a big canning pot) and then my hands in mixing bowls. It's quite a sight. Does provide some relief. Also, hanging out in the pool while DS swims/plays has been another reliever. My feet looked normal, which was a rare sight! The swelling also contributes to joint pain. It's hard to use a pen or do fine motor types of things. Another weird/annoying symptom was that my teeth/jaw felt all out of whack for a while. Then, things got totally misaligned and eating hurt and I couldn't bite down evenly on my teeth/jaw. Just as I made a chiro appointment, things popped back into place upon waking one morning. Phew. It was a bummer when one of my biggest loves (eating) caused pain.
What I miss: Being able to move around easily. Sleeping in any position.
What I look forward to:
Meeting our new little boy! While there is no reason to think otherwise, I am still nervous about having a healthy delivery/little baby. But no matter what, we will love him to pieces...
Okay, on my agenda today: more organizing/puttering, some baking (we are having company tonight and tomorrow -- gotta squeeze in every last bit of socializing!!)...
I probably won't update again til the little guy makes his appearance. Unless he's late...
Have a good weekend y'all!