Oct 10, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesdays: 37 Weeks

How far along: 37 weeks

What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Swiss Chard/Winter Melon
Average Size: 18.9-20.9 inches, 6.2-9.2 lbs
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney’s hair length should be about ½” to 1 ½” long – if she has any. My guess? She has black hair only a ½” in length, just like her sister did. Sydney is considered full term now so her lungs should be mature enough to adjust to life outside, but we still would prefer her to stay in another 2 weeks. She should also be gaining about a half an ounce a day (Good Grief! I swear there is no more room!). And she is practicing some skills such as inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking.
Total weight gain: 36 lbs.
Stretch marks: This girl is determined to give me new ones, the way she hangs “out” literally. My belly has been itchy lately with all the growth and movement going on.
Sleep: One night I can’t sleep at all due to burning hips, overall uncomfortableness or the need to pee 5 times. The next night I will sleep like a rock I am so tired and only get up once to pee. And while I miss Cameron while he is away there is something to be said about having the bed to myself (ok, Tulley & Kelsey are up there too) with all the pillows to spread out and toss and turn without the worry of waking Cameron up. I’m sure he’s enjoying not being disturbed by my snoring and tossing and turning as well.
Best moment of this last week: Having a nice date lunch with Cameron before he left for SoCal.
Miss anything: The big ones right now are wine and running. That and just being comfortable and do what I want with my body.
Movement: Definitely there – she likes to push her feet into my ribs and scratch my hips. Not very pleasant to be honest.
Food cravings: Was having sushi cravings apparently. And then I was wanting pot stickers, but I took care of that last night.
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: None. 2 weeks (14 days) to go! 8 work days!
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Off
Mood most of the time: Tired. So ready for the 24th to be here.
Looking forward to in the next week: Dinner with London’s best friend, Evan’s mom Kristin tonight, Cameron coming home Friday, and the Pumpkin Patch on Sunday!

With Sydney full term now, if I go into labor, there is no stopping her. I still don’t think she is coming early though and honestly hope she doesn’t either as uncomfortable as I am. I really don’t need to experience labor again. I like that this time around is more along my terms and more in my control.

It will be interesting to see the differences between Sydney and London, since London came a week late and Sydney will be a week early. London really was a week old baby when she was born, wanting milk, not colostrum, and she was pretty strong, especially her neck. I hope Sydney’s strength, particularly in the neck, is similar to London’s as fragile babies make me nervous.

Supposedly now is the time that the nesting instinct can kick in. Ask Cameron and I have been nesting for months now. I’m an organized-type of person, what can I say. Being organized and prepared is the only way to 1) keep me calm and 2) keep me busy or I just go stir crazy. I’ve been preparing for Sydney’s arrival for a while now and still am when I can. Her room still needs to be organized and there is still a load or two of laundry to do. Plus, there are a few projects I would like to do for her room. I’d like to get it all done before she arrives but there is no guarantee that will be the case as between my body and Cameron, I have to listen and slow down. Just a week of work can take it all out of me and this past Saturday was a testament to that thanks to no sleep and burning hips Friday night.

By Fridays I really am just a lump on the couch until bed and everyone at work can tell I am exhausted on Fridays as well. At least I get to leave early this Friday to pick Cameron up from the airport and Thursday I leave early thanks to a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon.

The good news is I should be done with London’s dresser by the end of this weekend, and then I can truly focus on my Sydney projects, though I have done a little work on the silhouettes. If I’m really productive I may even have those projects completed by the time I am off for maternity leave.

~ Sarah

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