Pregnancy Update: 37 Weeks!

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How far along?  37 Weeks!  That’s a HUGE milestone because baby girl is officially considered full term now – meaning if she were to be born today, she would most likely not need any time in the NICU.  Also means I can officially start wishing this baby OUT without feeling guilty about it (gosh I’m so uncomfortable these days it’s not even funny).  Of course, I do want her to keep cooking for another week or two, but gosh, I hope she doesn’t decide to be late.

To add to the joys of pregnancy, I broke out in hives overnight, so yet another reason I’m ready to be done.  (But based on my doctor’s check on Tuesday, there’s been absolutely no progress, she’s quite comfortable there, no signs of making her appearance anytime soon.)

Total weight gain/loss:  25.5lbs.  Finally a week went by with no weight gain.  Let’s hope it continues that way, but it may just be wishful thinking!

Exercise:  Just aqua aerobics last Friday.  I missed it on Tuesday as baby decided to be too quiet for a few days straight, so went to the doctor to make sure everything was ok.  I was at Makati Med for 5 hours between ultrasounds and non-stress tests.  Luckily, it all came back ok, but it was comforting to know that if something were wrong, she’s mature enough that she could be taken out and be fine, you know?

Measurements:  Belly went up another half inch to 43” – I keep thinking it can’t get any bigger, and then it does.

Maternity clothes?  Still yes for everything except dresses and underwear.

Stretch marks?  Somehow my skin is still stretching with no signs of any stretch marks, but I know with some people it shows up during the very last week of pregnancy, so not counting my lucky stars just yet.  The fact that the hives are also now on my stomach, is not helping as I’m afraid the scratching might make the stretch out skin break a bit…

Sleep:  Still dealing with pregnancy insomnia.  If I have no plans in the morning, sleep finally kicks in and I can get a good snooze then.  Last night, as I fell asleep after 4am, was awake at 7am, back to sleep at 8:30, then up at 10:00  Not enough sleep in my book…

Best moment this week:  I can think of two!  The cute little kitten was officially adopted on Sunday!  She is now called Lulu (much nicer than “kitten” which is what we called her), and is enjoying her new life with Jenny.  We were sad to see her go as she was such a cute cuddly thing, and Lily was finally playing with her and it was hilarious!  But I’m so so happy she found a great mom to spend her time with!  I keep controlling myself not to text Jenny everyday asking “so how is kitten doing?”

The other great moment was that my friend Annalee threw me a small baby shower this weekend!  I bought all the essentials already (thank you Amazon and your free shipping to DPO), so I got fun things like clothes, shoes and books (and a cute rattle!).

See how it truly looks like I swallowed a watermelon?  But not bad for a non-maternity dress, right?

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This is how the dress *used* to look like…  I miss having a waist…

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Miss Anything?  Aside from my waist?  Sleeping on my stomach!  Tired of sleeping on my sides, I think it’s part of the reason I can’t fall asleep.  When I finally doze off, I wake up an hour later with horrible hip pain, switch sides and repeat.

Movement:  Quiet, quiet, quiet.  Turns out a very quiet baby makes a one worried mother-to-be, and a worried doctor too.  But of course, she’s been super active since leaving the hospital.

Food cravings:  I just want a nice slice of cake with ice cream on top.  Hmmmm…  Instead, I’ve been having lots of salads with this amazing new dressing I was introduced to at Annalee’s place:

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It was so good, two of my friends asked me to buy for them too, and I went back to the store three times until it was back in stock.  Check if you can find this at the Asian section of your local supermarket, and you won’t regret it, I promise!

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Car rides are still my nemesis.

Have you started to show yet:  See picture of watermelon badly hidden under purple dress above.

Gender:  Girl!

Labor Signs:  None.  At all.  Doctor checked for progress and there was nothing.  Surprisingly, while hooked up to the monitors for the non-stress test, I had a few contractions but they were super-minor.  The doctor said a normal labor contraction reaches the 90 level lasting at least a minute, mine were on the 20’s lasting a few seconds.  No wonder I can’t feel them.

Belly Button in or out?  It’s going to be an innie to the end!

Wedding rings on or off?  Still off.  A couple of days ago even my replacement silver band was a bit tight.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Depends of the time.  I have a much shorter fuse than before, that’s for sure, and it’s not like I was patient before either.

Looking forward to:  My next doctor’s appointment next week.  I now live appointment to appointment, hoping for news of progress.

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3 responses to “Pregnancy Update: 37 Weeks!

  1. Getting so excited for you! You’re almost there!!

    • The problem is that we’re so close. And yet still sooooo far away!

      • One day at a time! Go out to the movies. Go out to dinner. Walk when and where you can while it is just you and your belly. Once baby arrives, getting out is just harder for a while. As my first and dear OB/GYN said, “Baby come when baby want to come. No. Not coming today. Go have fun.” He was a grandfatherly Indian gentleman and his advice always helped me during that end STAND BY for STAND BY stage.

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