Due date: June 7, 2016
How far along: 38 weeks + 3 days
Baby’s size: Baby boy is as long as a pumpkin. Look at that belly, clearly that kid is the size of a pumpkin…at least. I think that we can all agree, I’ve “popped” since my 36 week update.
Boy or Girl: BOY!!
Development: Basically the baby is just practicing his sucking and swallowing skills according to my pregnancy app. He’s basically developed and his growing has slowed down a little until the end of the pregnancy, presumably so that he can make his exit without killing his mother. I appreciate that Mother Nature has my back here.
Symptoms: It seems that by Thursdays I’m physically drained.. I’m still working so Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I feel great and then by Thursday it all catches up with me.
Cravings/Aversions: These past two weeks I haven’t been overly hungry and sometimes need to remind myself to eat or snack because it’s been awhile since my last meal…as I was typing this though, I remembered that one day this week where I had two lunches because I was ravenous. Oops. I wouldn’t call it a craving but I’ve been very into all things avocado/guacamole and BLT sandwiches lately. For example, yesterday my boss took me out for lunch and I had a BLT + A (BLT & avocado) and it was basically everything that I needed in my life on a plate.
1// Baby could come literally anytime now and he’s considered full-term and ready for life in the outside world. I spend every night bouncing on an exercise ball for at least an hour trying to get him to drop and “promote” labour. You guys, it’s not working.
2// I’ve started prenatal acupuncture to start getting the baby in an optimal position and to start “ripening my cervix” (TMI?). During my first session the baby was going CRAZY when the acupuncture needles were in. So much movement, apparently due to the increased blood flow in my body during the treatment. I had mentioned to the acupuncturist that I’m not sleeping well so she did some needles to promote sleep and miraculously I slept amazingly that night. Whether it was the acupuncture or a coincidence, I don’t know and I don’t care.. it was incredible. I was supposed to have another session last weekend but like an idiot I left my purse & wallet in James’s truck and he went golfing for the morning and so I had no way of paying for my session since it was scheduled for first thing in the morning before he’s be back home. Fail. I have another appointment on Monday though and plan to go weekly from now on.
3// My last day of work before maternity leave is today. I’m not sure how I feel about it, I guess it’s a mix of… excited, relieved, sad, uncertain, etc. I guess “bittersweet” would be a good way to describe it. because I love my job, but I’m also looking forward to hanging out in yoga pants on the regular. I’m seriously concerned that going from being so busy with meetings all day and having so much interaction with people to hanging out at home mainly all by my lonesome watching daytime TV is going to be a shock to my system. I’m planning daily outings to keep myself busy (i.e. appointments, shopping trips, long walks, etc.) so hopefully that helps keep my spirits up.
Prenatal acupuncture – has anyone tried it? Did it help?
How did you feel going off work for maternity leave?