Friday, November 24, 2017

Bumpdate 2.0: 39 Weeks



Due Date: December 1, 2017...but we've officially scheduled a c-section for Wednesday, November 29!

How far along?: 39 weeks


Gender: It's a BOY!

Name: Sterling Alan

This is officially the LAST bumpdate I'll be writing since we have a scheduled c-section less than a week from today! This pregnancy was a lot harder than my first one. It started out that I was soooo very sick. There was no such thing as morning sickness in my head...it lasted all day...but it seemed to be the very worst in the evenings. We were just sure this was a baby girl since I didn't even have a minute of sickness while pregnant with Huston. Thank goodness they make medicine that allows you to function through the sickness...I honestly don't see how mommas did it before they had nausea medication that was safe for the babe! Secondly, I may be the only one who feels this way, but I'd MUCH rather suffer through being HOT while being nine months pregnant in the middle of the summer than to deal with suffering through sick/cold season while being nine months pregnant! I remember being uncomfortably large and nearly sweating to death toward the end of Huston's pregnancy...but that was a cake walk compared to the terrible cough/congestion I've been battling throughout the last month of Baby Sterling's pregnancy. Needless to say...I'm now an advocate for summer babies! 

Total weight gain:  Up a couple more pounds at this week's OB appointment...~ 38 lbs. total.

Stretch marks?: None that I can see...and I pray they don't show up AFTER the baby arrives and my body begins to shrink back down to normal size.

Symptoms: Extreme pressure on my bladder 24/7...I'm pretty certain this kid is laying DIRECTLY on my bladder. I swear, I'm in the bathroom more often than I'm not! Oh...and there have been a few times I’ve almost collapsed while walking because the little guy must be putting pressure on my sciatic nerve on the right side. The pain doesn’t last very long, but it’s intense...and seriously almost makes me fall to the ground! 

Maternity clothes?:  I've got like four or five outfits that are appropriate for the fall/cool weather we've been having that actually fit over this big bump...so they're on a tight rotation. If I'm not at work or being seen in public, you'll likely find me wearing Ryan's gym shorts/sweats...it's a very attractive look for me, let me tell you!

Sleep:  Our entire household has been sick this past week, so we've ALL been going to bed as soon as Huston goes down at night. That doesn't mean I've been getting adequate sleep though. H's sleep has been very restless {and we've been allowing him to sleep in bed with us since he's been sick}, so that's a big factor keeping me up during the night...then add in the MULTIPLE trips to the bathroom plus the coughing attacks...and that leaves very little time for solid sleep!

Cravings:  Nothing new here...perhaps because I can't really taste anything since I'm got all this stuffiness/drainage in my head!

Mood: I just can't seem to kick the sickness {cough/congestion}, so I know the crankiness and whining has continued! In fact, our entire household has been sick...all three of us are on medicine so we can get healthy in time for "Brudder's" arrival! We have to be back to 100% to welcome him into this world!

Movement: He's moving around regularly...and it's pretty obvious that he's running out of space in there because you can clearly see my belly shift from one side to the other when he's moving. It's such a cool feeling to have this tiny baby, who will be outside in this big world in less than a week, moving around inside my body. I guess as the end of the pregnancy nears, I'm becoming sentimental as to how pregnancy and childbirth truly is a miracle...and I'm so very, very thankful I've been able to experience it twice.

Best Moment of the Week:  Thanksgiving! Our last holiday as a family of three! Given the travel ban we're under since we're so close to Sterling's due date, we stayed at home for Thanksgiving. Lucky for us, the Smiths {Ryan's aunt and uncle} were in town to visit Ben, so they joined us to celebrate the holiday! It was nice to spend time with family...especially family we don't get to see very often!





Wedding Rings:  Off. I've had them off for the past couple of weeks just because I was worried they "might" get stuck.

Belly Button: In.

Looking Forward To: Although the thought of having two little ones completely and totally terrifies me {the fear of the unknown??}, I truly CANNOT.WAIT to meet this baby boy and hold him in my arms!

39 Week Bumpdate




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