How far along? 38 Weeks! And officially ready to be DONE. Done, done, done, done. I’m uncomfortable, back hurts, not getting any sleep, always congested (which has been true from the beginning, but after 9 months, it’s getting old), tired of the constant need to pee, tired of how hard it is to get up and down, tired of my maternity clothes (though I heard they’re going to be part of my closet for a long time post-partum as well), anxious about getting the paperwork started so we can leave the country with her in May (thanks to the local government’s bureaucracy, getting a birth certificate is a loooong process that takes weeks), ready not to be out of breath after taking only one flight up the stairs, and so so so ready to meet this baby girl I’ve been incubating for so long.
Total weight gain/loss: 26lbs. Another week, another half pound. Have I mentioned how tired I am of the weight gain too? Yep, I am.
Exercise: Aqua aerobics and swimming! Been swimming laps before class (I get there a little early), and it’s soooo soothing and relaxing. I’m hoping I can find time in DC to swim laps too, and that in Rio we live near a lap pool.
Measurements: Belly went up another half inch to 43.5” and waist is a whopping 38” – that’s 11” bigger than when I crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon in 2010! Too unrealistic to think that by the end of the year I can get it back to the old size?
Maternity clothes? Yes for everything, except dresses (though some are getting a bit too short to pull it off), underwear and bikinis (though I did have to buy XL tops in the beginning of the pregnancy so I wouldn’t look like the porno mom).
Stretch marks? I *think* I still have nothing, but thanks to the hives I got last week (had to take meds to stop them), I have some leftover red scratch marks on my stomach and back, and I can’t tell if the stomach ones are temporary or actual stretch marks. I’m hoping they’ll go away, specially since it’s all in a clump in one side of my belly.
Sleep: Horrible sleep all week.
Best moment this week: Probably the spectacular homemade Indonesian food I had at my friend’s Keke house!
I even got a picture with Una’s adorable baby girl:
Oh, and we did a hospital tour on Sunday! You’d think that would be when it hit me that within the next month we’ll be bringing a baby home, but nope, it still feels like forever to go, but it was cool seeing how the rooms are (they’re nice and huge!).
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my back and stomach. And sleeping in general. And having a waist.
Movement: After the scare last week, baby girl has been active, thankfully.
Food cravings: Ice cream and salt & vinegar chips. Sadly, both are now easily satisfied thanks to a Rustans (grocery store) that opened a few blocks from us, hence the half pound up (this week, I’ll take total blame for the weight gain, I gave up being good and still gaining, so might as well succumb to cravings if the end result will be an increase on the numbers on the scale anyway!).
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still getting nauseous with car rides.
Have you started to show yet: Definitely pregnant. And waddling.
Labor Signs: Nothing…
Belly Button in or out? Still very very much an innie!
Wedding rings on or off? Off.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I think moody. My mood turns very easily.
Looking forward to: A “MADS with dads” afternoon that Keke is hosting! MADS is the mom’s group I’m part of (how I’m meeting so many other pregnant girls!), and on Sunday Karl will get to tag along and meet a few of the girls I’ve been hanging out with (and their husbands).