As of last Friday, I officially hit “full term” (37 weeks), according to my midwives. This is huge, because it means that when I go into labor, I can go to the birth center rather than a hospital. I hope Baby C stays put a few weeks longer, but it’s a huge sigh of relief to hit this point. Especially since as I’ve previously mentioned, I have several friends who recently have had pre-term births.
I’m on weekly midwife appointments now, and Baby C is looking good. She’s still measuring small (about 3-4 weeks behind), but has a strong, healthy heartbeat and will likely be on the smaller side (just like her older sister). I gained 27 lbs with M, but at my 37 week appointment I was only up 21 lbs (I even lost a pound), so it looks like I won’t gain as much this time as I did with the first pregnancy.
Baby C moves and thrashes constantly, and I’m having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions mixed in with a few real contractions here and there. Last night I woke up with contractions several times, but never anything consistent. I had the same thing happen with M for several weeks before I went into labor so I’m not really thinking I’m “that close” to delivering, but who knows what will happen.
We are currently working on putting our house back together after I thought it would be a brilliant idea to remodel our master bedroom at 36 weeks pregnant. In my defense, the materials took WAY longer to arrive then we originally planned for and it should have been done around 34-35 weeks. At this point it’s done, and looks great (our 1970s bathroom was open to the master bedroom–it was so weird—so we had it closed off, put in a pocket door, retextured all of the walls and replaced all of the baseboards) and I’m glad we did it. Our contractor was very motivated to finish before I popped out this baby, and I greatly appreciated that. The house is a mess, things are displaced, but we’re slowly working on getting it back together.
Overall, I feel pretty good. I’m large and in charge, and the bump is massive. As long as I don’t overdo it physically, I’m ok. I really have to pay attention to when my body is telling me to slow down or I pay for it for 2 days. I’m still doing yoga classes twice a week and it’s helped so much. I’m having a lot of right hip pain and IT band pain right now, so I try to do stretches every day to help keep this area loose. The hip pain has actually been the worst complaint I’ve had during this pregnancy, and I never had this issue with my first pregnancy.
We feel pretty prepared for Baby 2.0’s arrival at this point. All of the baby gear is out of the attic and is in the garage (we are bringing it in the house after M’s party), and we’re installing the car seat this weekend. I have a few freezer meals made, and am hoping to make a few more next week. I made a ton of stuff the first time, and am probably only making half as much this time since it’s so late in my pregnancy already. I’m working on wrapping things up at work over the next week or so, and I’m looking forward to some time off. I only work about 15 hours a week, but since I’m not an employee, I don’t technically get a maternity leave. I’m planning on taking 2-3 full weeks off, and then going back “as needed” for probably 5-7 hours a week through the end of the year. It’s not ideal, but I love my work-from-home gig and this is what I need to do to keep it, so we will make it work. Fortunately, I have my mom here in town and she is a HUGE help, so I think I can manage to work it out.
Right now, we wait for Baby 2.0. I’m planning on posting to the blog soon after she’s born, but instagram will likely have the first notification :)