37 weeks (and puppies!)

I know, I know. I’m a bad little preggo and have next to zero maternity photos of myself. Whoops?

HOW FAR ALONG: 37 weeks, 2 days. But who’s counting?

HOW BIG IS HE: Huge? Something like 7 pounds, 20 inches. All I know is he feels like he’s too big.

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN: 24 pounds at last week’s check-up. I’ll find out more tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at my next check-up. (Yep, that means I’m seeing my doctor once a week at this point. And yep, that means the only time I step on a scale is at the doctor’s office.)

MATERNITY CLOTHES: Uh huh. I’m still at only one pair of maternity pants, though – those homemade belly bands have really been a savior.

STRETCH MARKS: I’m very sad to report… yes. BUT, only on my, um, hind end/upper thighs. Boo.

SLEEP: Wait, what? Sleep is awful for me, when I actually get some of it. I have such awful rib pain, so by the time I get to go to bed at night I’m exhausted and can’t wait to lay down… it’s really the only thing that gives me any relief. But then there’s the nausea, which has made an unwelcome return. Every night is an adventure. And by adventure, I mean nightmare. On the bright side… once I finally get to sleep? IT’S FANTASTIC. It just takes me a few hours to get there.

MOVEMENT: Good god, yes. All the time, still. And more like stretching. It’s like Baby thinks that if he pushes hard enough in one specific spot, he’ll be able to bust out of there and be free.

FOOD CRAVINGS: I’m back on the banana popsicles. Also pickles, but not at the same time. Also bread.

WHAT I MISS: Sleeping on my stomach. Wearing heels. Actually, just not having to worry about what shoes my feet/ankles can or can’t fit into… therefore not having to plan each day’s clothing according to how swollen my ankles are. And I wonder what it’s like to *not* feel this burning sensation constantly in that area between my belly and boobs?

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO: Meeting my son. I mean, I’m looking forward to all of that stuff I mentioned above, but really… the point of all of this is to meet this baby boy we’ve created, and that is what I’m excited about.

MILESTONES: Well, I’m 37 weeks along now, which technically means I’m full-term. So, that’s exciting! We also started going to child birth classes once a week, which has been mostly boring review for me since I’ve been reading books on pregnancy, etc. But, I think it’s been really good for P to be exposed to All Of The Birth Things, and during tonight’s class we actually get a tour of the mother/baby unit at the hospital where Baby will be born. Neat!

DOG STUFF: Did I mention Callie was pregnant? Because she was. Also, she had puppies. So right now, we have one-week-old puppies in the house, and I’m due to have a baby within the month.

Poor quality camera-phone photo. Sorry! But HOLY ADORABLE. This was when the puppies were a day or two old - they're not about twice this size. And we need to take new pictures.

Colt has been acting all kinds of crazy/jealous lately, too. I don’t even know what that’s about, other than… well, the puppies.

HOUSE STUFF: We’re kind of procrastinators, but the nursery? IT’S ACTUALLY AN EFFING NURSERY NOW. I held off for so long on actually calling it a nursery because it just didn’t look like one to me yet. But now there’s a crib and a changing table and a dresser and a nightstand with a cutsey little lamp on it and, after tomorrow, there will be a glider rocker. My work here is done.

Oh, and THIS: We got a little bit of snow over the weekend, and now I’m freakingthefuckout about having to be rushed to the hospital in a blizzard. Please, no. Just no. Also? I’m having a baby soon and that means I’m going to have to GO INTO LABOR SOON and that kindof freaksmethefuckout too. But? That means WE’LL GET TO MEET OUR SON SOON, so that makes it all better.

33 weeks

29 weeks

27 weeks

21 weeks

Second trimester

10 weeks

27 weeks

So much for the “somewhat regular basis” I mentioned last time. Whoops. Also, I wish I had better pictures to share. But here’s the thing: I don’t. Because here’s how my days go: Get up, get ready for work, rush to get to work on time, work, come home and spend the rest of the day exhausted. The only time I’d be ok with being in front of a camera is during that “rush to get to work on time” part.

So it goes.

Anyway, I’m now almost 27 weeks pregnant. The picture above was taken Saturday, August 27 – I was closer to 26 weeks at that point. Whatever.

HOW FAR ALONG: 27 weeks… ish.

HOW BIG IS HE: 9.5-10 ounces, and about 2 pounds. Hooooooollllllly moly.

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN: At my last doctor’s appointment, I was up a total of 14 pounds. But, that was three weeks ago, so who knows.

MATERNITY CLOTHES: Ohhhhh, yes. I’m fully embracing the maternity tops, and have found some pretty good deals online. Still holding out on the maternity pants, though, and am rubberbanding my jeans for as long as possible.

STRETCH MARKS: Still nope! Hooray!

SLEEP: I had my first really horrible night of sleep this week, and it’s been rough ever since. It doesn’t matter what position I get into or how many pillows I use, I’m still just plain ol’ uncomfortable.

MOVEMENT: Guys? This kid is crazy. It seems like I’m almost constantly feeling him move around, and sometimes he’s so forceful it’s almost scary. The other day at work, my coworker (and good friend) was able to feel him and she yelled, “I SAW him, too!” It feels like he’s got a basketball in there with him and he’s bouncing it against my insides.

FOOD CRAVINGS: Little, random things here and there. Hot Tamales, for example. And I’ve been eating a LOT of popsicles. Also, Fruit Loops.

WHAT I MISS: Wearing my heels comfortably. No back pain. Sleeping on my stomach.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO: Getting the nursery set up! P’s older sister graciously handed down her crib and changing table (I was starting to worry about how we were going to pay for the new furniture for Baby), so now I’m all about getting that all set up.

MILESTONES: Well, like I mentioned… we officially have a crib and changing table now. Having that type of furniture in the house makes it even more real, and I love it!

DOG STUFF: I think they’re used to the belly now, because they definitely don’t act like it’s any big deal. I have to tell them quite often actually, to GET THE FUCK OFF MY STOMACH!

HOUSE STUFF: Crib! Changing table! P and I cleaned up the basement last weekend, getting ready to move the guest bedroom/office down there to make room for the nursery. As soon as we get furniture moved, we’ll clean that room top to bottom, put up the pet/baby gate and it will, basically, be the nursery. Eek!

Oh, and THIS: I’m really, really tired of the ridiculous “advice” I’ve been getting. Things like, “Having a kid changes your life forever.” Oh, really? I had no idea! Honestly, I know people are trying to be helpful, but NO SHIT having a baby changes your life. It’s not like we’re getting a fucking gerbil or something. Ugh.

21 weeks

Second trimester

10 weeks

21 weeks

Before I get to the questions (which I am stealing from when Erin did her pregnancy updates last year), a few things of note:

  1. I haven’t formally said it here, so the big announcement is that P and I are having a boy! We saw the proof, oh so clearly, at my 20-week ultrasound on July 13, and kept it a secret from everybody else (except my mom, who was with us during the ultrasound) until our wedding reception. She made the big announcement at the reception, which went something like this:

    “For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Kaci’s mother. I have FIVE granddaughters (!!), and am proud to announce that soon, I will have my first grandSON!”

    There were cheers and hollers and then I ate more cheesecake.

  2. I felt him move for the first time on our wedding night (July 16). I’m 99% sure he was rolling over, and it was heavenly.

Now! Onto the questions, which I will attempt to do on a somewhat regular basis between now and December!

HOW FAR ALONG: 21 weeks

HOW BIG IS HE: Apparently, about 9 inches long and anywhere from 10 to 13 ounces.

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN: 11 pounds. Maybe 12 or 13 by now? I don’t weigh myself at home, just at the doctor’s office.

MATERNITY CLOTHES: For the most part, my regular clothes still fit fairly well. I do have to rubberband some of my jeans closed (loop the rubberband around the button, through the button hole and back to the button), and I’ve just started wearing a few maternity tops this week.

STRETCH MARKS: Nope! I got some of that stretch mark cream that is supposed to help prevent/improve the appearance of stretch marks, so here’s hoping.

SLEEP: I was having difficulty sleeping for awhile, until I brought home The Body Pillow. Nothing special here, just a regular ol’ body pillow from Walmart, but geeeeezus has that thing helped.

MOVEMENT: A little here and there – sometimes it feels like he’s having a one-man party in there, other times I’m pretty sure he’s pissed about my food intake for one reason or another, but for the most part he’s pretty calm.

FOOD CRAVINGS: Nothing specific, really. Just food in general.

WHAT I MISS: Sleeping on my stomach. Taking Excedrin when the headaches hit – Tylenol just doesn’t work as well.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO: Feeling more movement! I really, really want P to feel him moving around in there.

MILESTONES: We bought our first “baby thing” this weekend – a “baby’s first Christmas” ornament from Kris Kringl in Leavenworth. We can put his picture in it and hang it on the tree! I’m excited.

DOG STUFF: For awhile the dogs were acting a bit more needy than normal, but either I’ve gotten used to it or it stopped. They definitely know something’s up, though, because when I have my emotional fits (the other day, I went from laughing hysterically to crying to p-i-s-s-e-d in a span of about 45 seconds) they are very loving.

HOUSE STUFF: There has been exactly zero movement on the nursery. It’s still got gold carpet from the ’70s and no baby furniture whatsoever. Plans, however, include hardwood and, well, baby furniture.

Oh, and THIS: My belly button grosses me out.