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Pregnancy Update: 38 Weeks!



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.

Gender:  Girl!

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).


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Pregnancy Update: 37 Weeks!


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?

Baby Shower 6

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


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:


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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Pregnancy Update: 36 Weeks!


How far along?  36 Weeks! 1 more week until full term, yay!

Total weight gain/loss:  25.5lbs.  Don’t ask how a person is able to put on 4.5lbs in a week without indulging in their favorite things, but apparently my body has a great ability to put on weight at this point (and let’s be honest, always).  My temporary wedding ring was tight this morning, so some of it might have been water weight, but who knows…   I gave up trying to control this whole weight thing during pregnancy, and I’ve literally shed enough tears about it (but thanks to pregnancy hormones and the continued weight gain, more crying about this may be in my future).

Exercise:  Nothing this last week, which certainly didn’t help.  But woke up last Friday with lots of nausea (thanks to pregnancy insomnia) and cramping, so doctor prescribed meds and told me to take it easy.  And since then, only the meds are stopping the cramping, so I’ve been taking it really easy…  Hoping to hit the pool for aqua aerobics again tomorrow though, specially since my check up is that afternoon (I’ll be talking about my birth plan, fun times!).

Measurements:  Belly has expanded to 42.5” (1.5” increase in a week!), waist also went up another inch and a half (to 37.5” – ouch!  10.5” bigger than I was when I got married!), and even my ribcage is now 35”!  At first I thought baby had shifted positions, but that wouldn’t explain the expansion from bottom to top…  Can’t wait for this baby to drop so I can bend over without feeling like I’m crushing my lungs.

Maternity clothes?  Still rocking maternity clothes except for dresses and underwear.

Stretch marks?  Surprisingly, despite the recent expansion, nothing yet.  Almond oil and Burt’s Bees belly butter twice a day is still working!

Sleep:  Looks like pregnancy insomnia is here to stay.  I miss sleep.

Best moment this week:  Lots of good moments this week!  My friend Una had her baby (a gorgeous baby girl) and had a relatively easy labor, which is always reassuring to hear!  I hosted my first MADS coffee and had about 14 girls here with their newborns and pregnant bellies!  And we found a home for the kitten!  She is still with us for now since we were treating her injured paw, but looks like she’ll be moving home this weekend.  We’ll miss her!  We’ve had so much fun cuddling and playing with her, and Lily is finally warming up to her as well.


Miss Anything?  Getting more than 3 hours of sleep at night.

Movement:  Lots of rolling and poking.  My belly gets stretched in ways I never thought was possible.

Food cravings:  Nothing this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Still getting queasy with car rides.

Have you started to show yet:  Uh, yeah, no doubt I’m pregnant and didn’t just swallow a watermelon.

Gender:  Girl!

Labor Signs:  The cramping got me really really worried, enough that I was googling “baby born at 35 weeks” but I’m not as concerned now.  A week closer to due date, and no signs of labor despite horrible cramping that only stops with medication.

Belly Button in or out?  Belly button definitely staying in!

Wedding rings on or off?  Off for over a month now.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Eh, half/half I’d say.  I’m much more impatient than I already was.

Looking forward to:  I’ll have a little baby shower this weekend!  Nothing big, with just a few people, and since I bought everything we needed thanks to DPO and Amazon’s free shipping, just hoping to get kids books or clothes for when she’s a bit older.  Either way, I’ll just be happy to have something thrown for me.  For so long I thought I wouldn’t have anything, being so far away from my DC friends, but one of my friends and neighbors said every girl deserves a baby shower, so here we are!  So super nice of her and of everyone coming!

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Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks!


How far along?  35 Weeks!  2 more weeks until full term (which is of course a HUGE milestone), but still 5 long weeks until my due date (feels like forever!).

Total weight gain/loss:  21lbs.  Despite fluctuations during the week (to the point I just stopped weighing myself), when I stepped on the scale this morning there was no change from last week, finally!

Exercise:  Busy week (why is it that I’m getting busier the further along I get?), so aside from aqua aerobics I’ve done nothing.  I did manage to jump in the pool and swim laps for 10-15 minutes before class started both Friday and Tuesday, and I was surprised I didn’t have to take a break, and even more exciting:  not only flip-turns are totally doable with a big ass pregnant bump, but to be honest, it’s exactly the same as flip-turns pre-pregnancy…

Measurements:  Also no change!  Belly is still at 41” and waist is still at 36”, ribcage still at 34” and so on.  Belly looks much bigger compared to last week, but I think I’m just slouching more on the photo.  I also realized this week that my boobs are measuring the same as my belly (TMI?  What did you expect on a pregnancy post?) which makes me believe I must still have a waist, since the belly goes out much further than the boobs on the sideways shot.  This week I even took a frontal picture, which sadly proves nothing about the waist, but kind of shows how huge the tatas got (and I heard they’ll get bigger, which scares the bejeesus out of me):


Maternity clothes?  Yep yep, no change.

Stretch marks?  Thankfully that’s still a no.

Sleep:  Back at being crap.  Pregnancy insomnia has revisited me!

Best moment this week:  I guess hanging out with this little kitten has been pretty good?


I also met up with a few other pregnant friends this week, which was great!  Including lunch and high tea plans (hmmmm, cheese…).

Miss Anything?  Sleep.

Movement:  She’s been feisty this week, moving all over the place!

Food cravings:  No specific cravings for a change.  Just been really really really hungry.  To the point Karl is going “Are you serious?  You’re hungry?  Already?”

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Car rides.

Have you started to show yet:  Yep!  But when I went for my laser hair removal, I can still pull off the fat look (got one year unlimited for my armpits that expires in April, and need to use it as much as I can before I leave!).

Gender:  Girl!

Labor Signs:  A couple of contractions last night, then I decided to time it, and only remembered about it again this morning, so obviously it didn’t last long.

Belly Button in or out?  This one is staying an innie.

Wedding rings on or off?  Off.  I’m still not swollen, so quite annoying that my rings stopped fitting, even though my hands look as wrinkly as ever.  (Not that I want to swell up, but can I wear my rings already?) 

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Mostly happy.

Looking forward to:  Hosting the next MADS pregnancy group coffee on Wednesday, it’ll be nice having people over!  But one of the coolest people I have met at the group will likely miss it, since she’s having her baby any day now.


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