Well, it’s no secret I have been super MIA around here these last few weeks, but I promise I have a pretty good reason! I have tried to get back into the swing of things multiple times, but my body just kind of laughed at me for trying. I truly believe there is a season for everything and as much as I wanted to be working and sharing all the good sales with y’all, I have just had to listen to my body instead. So…we have been keeping a little secret, but I promise it is a good one!
I am 32 weeks pregnant and struggling. This past week has been a hard one. I have been sick every day, but it worsened when I went to one of our local consignment sales on Saturday. It’s held in a basement with no air conditioning and people were packed in there like sardines. What us mothers will do for a bargain. Sigh. I was relieved to see I wasn’t the only one – and not the only pregnant woman, either – struggling down there, I got way too overheated. I almost didn’t make it back to my car, but luckily I had my mom with me who was able to help me get there without falling out. I have naturally low blood pressure, so fainting has occurred in my past, but I have never fainted while pregnant and really don’t want to.
I am pretty much the same as last week. No maternity clothes. A little movement here and there. I still haven’t had any cravings and I still have zero intuition as to the baby’s gender. HOWEVER, we are 6 days away from finding out! I’m so excited to know who is growing in there.
This week, I wanted to have a little fun. I’m going to share some Old Wives Tales and see how I’m matching up to them. When I was pregnant with Hampton, most signs pointed to a girl, so I really don’t put a whole lot of stock into them, but just for fun…
Salty or Sweet? Neither Either
Headaches? No. Girl
High or Low Baby Bump? High Girl
Acne? Yes Girl
Heart rate below or above 140? Above Girl
Chinese Birth Chart? Girl
Morning Sickness? Yes Girl
Sleep on the left or right side? Right Girl
Well, all signs point to girl again, but I learned with my last pregnancy that these aren’t exactly good indications. I will say that I did sleep on my left side with Hamp, and I craved sweets all the time. I was also more sick with him. Hmm…
I had a pretty good appointment this week. No weight gain which is awesome, but my blood pressure was a little high. Luckily she didn’t put me on bed rest because I wasn’t in any pain and baby H’s heartbeat was good and strong. I am still at 1cm. and 50% effaced. I was a little disappointed that I had not progressed anymore than that because I have been walking every day, bouncing on my birthing ball and trying to keep moving. Hopefully next week I will have progressed more.
After a lot of thought, prayer, and talking with our doctor, family and friends, we have decided that I will be induced on the 24th if I still haven’t had him by then. That’s 12 days, y’all! I’m getting very anxious and I’m not giving up hope that he will come on his own before then. If not, we do at least have an end date in mind.
I feel pretty prepared. I am going to make some frozen meals this week and stock up on some things like toilet paper and hand soap. I’m also going to get my hair cut and we will be celebrating Ryan’s birthday. I will definitely be keeping busy. If I don’t stay busy, my mind starts ticking and I get really anxious.
We are so ready to meet our sweet boy. We are praying that no matter what happens, he will be healthy.
Hello there! I am hoping and praying this is one of my last bumpdates. I can’t believe I am 37 weeks pregnant already! I am very aware that babies (especially first) come when they want to, so I’m not getting my hopes up that he will come early, but a girl can dream! I am definitely starting to get a little uncomfortable and our evening walks are getting tough. I went to the doctor today and we had our final ultrasound! Our little man weighed 6 lbs. on the nose! I’m so thankful we will have a normal size baby and not a 10.3 pounder like his father was. The doctor said she thinks he will be around 7.5 lbs. I am 1 cm. dilated and 40% effaced!
I’m trying not to rush these last couple of weeks because I want to savor every last moment of our family of two. I know things will never be the same. That makes me sad in one way but so excited in a BIG way for this next chapter of our lives. I can’t wait to see Hampton and hold him. I’ve been about to die to kiss those little feet that have been kicking me all this time. It’s weird to think there is a full grown baby in my stomach right now, but then he kicks and I’m quickly reminded that that is indeed the case. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful we are for this incredible blessing.
With all of that being said, I’m also getting very anxious and nervous about the delivery. I do NOT want a c-section. It is terrifying to me. I’m praying so hard for a natural delivery, and would greatly appreciate your prayers as well. Fingers crossed we have him soon! I’d be okay with going into labor any day now. Again, a girl can dream!
I’m off to eat some pineapple and bounce on my birthing ball! Have a lovely weekend!
How far along? 34 weeks
Baby Size: 5lbs. 19 inches (What to Expect app)
Weight Gain: 32 lbs.
Button: Belly button is neutral. I’m expecting it to pop any day now.
Feeling: Ready. We are getting so close. I am so ready to see my little man!
Maternity Clothes: All the time. I actually found some really cute black shorts at Khols for $6 this week! They have been a life saver.
Sleep: I’m not sleeping at all. I wake up almost every hour to Hamp moving or needing to go to the bathroom.
Miss Anything? Sleep. And of course my old body. I’ve had a hard time mentally, with this whole getting huge thing.
Movement: All the time! He is getting stronger every day.
Looking forward to: Our 36 week ultrasound! I am ready to see him again and find out his weight!
Bump: If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen pictures of my growing belly. It’s definitely out there now! I finally took a “belly picture” this week. I’ve been awful about that.
Exercise: I’m mostly walking. My doctor said that is the best thing for me right now. It will also help induce labor in the coming weeks.
Anything making you sick: Meat is making me sick again. Unless it’s in a cheeseburger. 🙂
Nursery: Our furniture FINALLY came in a couple of days ago, so I can breathe again. I will post pictures of the nursery when we finish it. I’m just thankful baby H won’t have to sleep in a drawer.
Favorite moment this week: Our baby showers which I will post about later, as well as watching Ryan put together the stroller. It was very entertaining, but he did it like a champ.