Baby Update: 38 Weeks and in the Home Stretch

This little one, named Natalie, was the start of my baby fever (read about it here) … and look at me now.  I can’t believe we are really about to have our own baby. (You can read more about Natalie on her awesome mom’s blog too.)

Most of the women I know that were due around the same time as me have had there babies already. It’s so weird when that starts happening! I’m talking to them about where to buy nursing bras and then a day or so later a photo of their beautiful newborn shows up on my Facebook feed. Amazing.

I am thinking of slightly changing up my blog soon. I want to make a section for kids treats and even non alcoholic jello shots and party treats. I get a lot of emails asking for the kid friendly recipe of so many of my jello shots. What do you think?

Week 38: Baby is the Size of a Pumpkin

Average size: 18.9-20.9 inches, 6.2-9.2 lb. Baby might have an inch or so of hair already.

Weight Gain: I’ve hit it, I’m at 40 lbs. Must. Hold. There. I’m actually 39 weeks today but I wanted to write about week 38 so I don’t skip anything. We also had a growth scan last week and found out that our little boy already weighs about 7.3 lbs.

How I’m feeling: Yuck. Not so good. Earlier this week I started having some cramping that felt like period cramps. They were on and off through the evening but then they woke me up having moved into some back cramping at about 3am. I didn’t wake Nick. I knew they weren’t contractions. They weren’t necessarily something I could time, just a constant ache.

Growing up I’ve had some TERRIBLE cramps. Cramps that make me sweat and the color drain from my face. These aren’t like that they are uncomfortable but mild.

I’m hoping it’s my little man getting ready and that maybe there has been some progress made. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow so I will know more then.

Most Major Issues:  I think the hardest part right now is not getting freaked out about all these different pains and wondering “Is this it!?” Yesterday I also had this terrible stretching and tightening pain in my lower abdomen right under the baby bump. It felt like Braxton Hicks but painful and more condensed in one spot. Like a charlie horse in my stomach. Not a nice feeling.

I go back and forth in my head with being ready. One moment I think bring it on little man! I want to meet you! I’m ready for the pain. Then, other times, like this morning when I’ve been up since 3am because I’m so uncomfortable and tired (my belly felt sore all night and it was hard to sleep through) I think, please not now, I just need to sleep a little first.

Maternity clothes: I gave in and got a few pair of light, light lounging pants to wear around the house and some long tank tops. It’s really warming up and I had to do it. I only had longer sleeves for maternity tops.

Stretch marks: Still none … I’m on my 3rd jar of Palmer’s cocoa butter.

Exercise: We went for a walk around the neighborhood last night. I’m hoping that will move things along a little faster. I’m going to try and do it every night now when Nick gets home.

Sleep: I need more. Constantly. Today has been hard. I’m still working from home but I didn’t sleep much last night. All morning I was checking emails from my Blackberry so I could stay in bed a little longer. I got some work done but I did fall back asleep. I dreamed that I slept until 6pm and missed all this work that needed to be done. Stressed me out.

I kind of feel like a baby right now myself. I need sleep, food, bathroom, and more sleep, then more food etc.

Best moment this week: I sat in his nursery last night in the glider chair. Nick sat on the ottoman and was reading The Hungry Caterpillar to my belly. Honey curled up with us too.

Nick kept changing the foods that the Hungry Caterpillar was eating to the foods I’ve been craving and eating and I couldn’t stop laughing. I can’t wait to extend our little family 🙂

Movement: Not much room in there but he is still moving around.

Food cravings: Still craving ice cubes and anything cold. I’m thirsty all the time too.

Belly Button in or out? It’s flat. A flat “hole”.

11 Responses to “Baby Update: 38 Weeks and in the Home Stretch”

  1. andrea nicole posted on May 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm (#)

    I’m really impressed you’re still blogging so frequently!

    I’m 17 weeks right now (first time being pregnant!) and I’ve really enjoyed reading your updates throughout the whole process. Makes me feel like I (somewhat) know what to expect, etc.

    Good luck with these last few days or so!

    • Michelle O replied on May 24th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you Andrea and congrats! I just checked out your blog. So cute! And youre local. 🙂

  2. Amanda posted on May 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm (#)

    I agree with Andrea-Impressed you’re blogging so much and jealous!! Love the reading to your belly, so sweet!

    I think some kid friendly sections would be great! I’m going to be putting in food soon! Can’t wait to see pics of Austin- feels like I know you, all due to social media! lol

    • Michelle O replied on May 24th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Can’t wait to see more of your little guy on your blog 🙂 Hopefully I will get to meet you when I come see Ashley!!!

  3. Melissa posted on May 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm (#)

    It sure sounds like your body is warming up. You have to feel a bit uncomfortable now so when labor starts it will be welcomed! 😉 Any rest is good now! Not too much longer!

    • Michelle O replied on May 24th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Trying to get as much as I can! 🙂 I sure hope my body is warming up!

  4. Erica posted on May 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#)

    Just wanted to echo Andrea Nicole’s comment and say thanks so much for sharing all your pregnancy updates. I’ve really enjoyed them, being 23 weeks along in my first pregnancy. I feel like I’m not alone with my aches and pains and weight-gain complaints 🙂

    Good luck in the coming weeks. Can’t wait to see pictures of your little guy.

    • Michelle O replied on May 24th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Erica thanks so much for saying that … I never really knew if anyone other than my friends and family liked these. Makes me so happy to know that others are enjoying them. I constantly read Stephs Bite by Bite and Little Baby Garvin for updates 🙂 GOOD LUCK to you too!

  5. Julieisfly posted on May 24, 2013 at 1:42 am (#)

    I’d love some kid friendly jello-shots! I once made the alcoholic apple ones and hardly any of the adults touched them because they didn’t want to get too drunk! darn haha. also I am loving your updates so so much! I feel like you’re a personal friend who’s about to give birth, I even update my mom about your blog.

    • Michelle O replied on May 24th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks Julie! 🙂 I will keep posting them even after the little guy gets here! We can’t wait <3

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