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37 WEEKS PREGNANT
Willow is now considered “full term,” even though my due date is three weeks away. So if I was to go into labor now, her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. She currently weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches… like a winter melon. Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long and I am super excited to see what Willow has since both of her sisters had head fulls of dark brown hair. And this is what she looks like this week…
About me & Willow Jean this week….
Symptoms: My calves literally turn to rubber and hurt severely if I stand in one place to long… and by too long I mean 30 seconds max. Once that happens I have to sit down or it won’t stop hurting. Still fighting really bad heartburn and reflux. And lucky me got another nasty sinus infection. I have been rather worthless the past few days and just want to sleep, but can’t because my sinuses have so much pressure and I am hacking up a lung constantly and I can’t breath…… ok, I think I complained enough.
Weight Gain: +0 pounds, putting me at 171 pounds total…. I started at 161, so a total of 10 pounds up. Pretty sure this is due to my sinus infection and not wanting to eat much of anything.
Cravings: Not really craving anything…. more like forcing myself to eat.
Food Aversions: Most everything right now… been living on soup, yogurt, and things like that.
What made me cry this week: I had a big break down…. like big break down while talking to the hubby one night. The crying pretty much started when I was talking about how scared I am about attempting to have a natural childbirth when my last two were with epidurals. I really think it’s just thinking too much about it…. hopefully when everything starts I will just be focused and the feeling scared will just melt away. Or at least I hope.
Medical Stuff: My appointment last week went well. My blood pressure was perfect, no protein in the urine, good strong heart beat, had my Group B Strep test… and I am now to every week appointments.
Thoughts from Alleigh & Kaelyn: They attended their “Baby and Me” class at the hospital so that they are able to attend the birth. I was really nervous about that class because I had told them everything I felt was necessary they know and didn’t want things to be confusing to them. So I got there like 15 minutes early to talk to the instructor and she was really easy to work with. Since there was only one other child, who was a bit older, scheduled for the class she went over everything and then once we left was going to go into more detail with her. My girls are kept up by my head so they don’t see the actual immersion of the baby into the world, but they do see her as soon as she is out… if that makes sense. Anyhow, they also showed them a delivery room and explained things like how it is very hard work to have a baby so if mommy is ever crying or looks like she is in pain that it’s just because she is working hard to deliver their little sister. They seemed really receptive to everything she had to say and liked touring the labor and delivery area of the hospital.
Something I am excited about: That Dustin got our bedroom painted! It had been pink since Alleigh moved out of that room and into the upstairs of our bungalow home. And it didn’t really bother me all too much til now. Willow will share a room with us til she sleeps through the night which was roughly 10-12 months with both Alleigh and Kaelyn…. and so it felt like something that needed to be done before she got here. Yup, major nesting mode right now. And so he told me I could pick any color I wanted…. I chose a pretty yellow… and he didn’t like it! But he still painted the room and I am happy as can be. I actually just ordered new bedding and am excited to get everything exactly as it should be in there – hopefully before she comes, hehe.