Happy Due Date! (Weeks 39 & 40)

Whoa! Check out this belly. 

Week 40: Baby is the size of a Jackfruit

Average size: 18.9-20.9 inches, 6.2-9.2 lb.
Full term! Baby’s finally ready for the outside world…


Weight Gain:
I’m going to be honest. I’m at a 45lb gain. I will lose it though, I will.

How I’m feeling: I’m at 40 weeks today (It’s my due date!) and surprisingly, I feel great. Other than some pressure in my lower abdomen when I walk because he is so low, I feel pretty good. Yesterday I had some slightly painful Braxton Hicks and felt tired, today is better though.

At my doctors appointment today they said I was “really soft” but still not dilated. I lost this (TMI alert, don’t click this unless you are preggers and need to know for future reference or have already had children yourself, it’s pretty gross) and I’ve been having some spotting so my doctor today said I have a good chance that he will come this weekend! I really hope so. If not I have an induction appointment for Tuesday night. Eeeeeek! So nervous of being induced. I would much rather this little monkey comes on his own time.

Most Major Issues:  Anxiety. Major anxiety. I’m getting nervous knowing that he is coming any minute now. I feel terrible saying so but the anxiety has taken over the excitement. I’m trying to just enjoy my alone/quiet time but I’m feeling stressed out.

I want him to be here with us so badly and I can’t wait to see his perfect little face but I am also nervous about SO MUCH. I can’t stop reading birth stories on BabyCenter and wondering if I will have a really terrible labor and delivery or an easier one, will my epidural work? Will I end up with a C section? I just can’t turn my brain off. 

I really need some help focusing on the positive. I need to work on happy thoughts only.

Sleeping: Sleep is also an issue. I’ve been cramping up at night and that keeps me awake. Partly because it hurts and then partly because I keep wondering if the contractions are going to start. I know that if he decides to come when I am low on sleep it will be way worse. Sleep is SO IMPORTANT these days. Also if one more person says “Get your sleep now! You won’t sleep much later” I might snap. As if I have been sleeping for the past 4 weeks?

Imagine putting a bowling ball in your t-shirt and then laying on your side. The bowling ball pulls your shirt to the side. That’s what happens with my belly and it doesn’t feel good. Plus the peeing, plus the cramps, still with the heartburn. There is not much sleep going on.

Maternity clothes: Whatever works with an OVERLY pregnant belly in 90 degree weather. Hello heat wave in Washington DC.

Stretch marks: Nope. Although, I do think I might have a few on the bottom of my arms. My arms are so chubby … I can’t wait to lift this baby up and down and work them out 🙂

Exercise: More walks around the neighborhood. There is a hill and I have to let go of Nick’s hand when we start to go up it. I need the momentum of swinging my hands to make it up the hill! I’m sure I look crazy.

Best moment this week: Nick and I went out to dinner last night. I kind of thought of it as our last date night dinner before we are a party of 3 instead of 2. We went to Sweetwater Tavern, one of our favorite restaurants and I had the filet Mignon (soooo good). We got frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog after. It was nice to take my mind off things.

Food cravings: Ice water and cran-grape juice mixed together (lots of ice). I must have drank several gallons of this stuff in the past month. I’ve been a little sensitive with smells again lately. A little nauseated too!

*** Since this is probably my last update before my little munchie comes I think it’s worth saying that I feel kind of bad that my baby updates have been so cranky and negative. For me this pregnancy thing was not that easy. When I read other womens pregnancy updates on blogs, they seem to love it. This one chick recently even said “how can anyone not LOVE being pregnant?” That is totally the opposite of how things have been for me and seems like a crazy thing to say. But … it’s different for everyone. 

I do want to end these pregnancy updates saying that I have also been over the moon excited for my little boy to get here and can’t wait to be a mom and all of this will be 100% worth it.

There has never been a baby boy more loved and wanted than this one and I am blessed that I am healthy and that I have had my best friend and husband to stick with me through these past several months.

I can’t wait to introduce you to him! Won’t be long now 🙂 ***

9 Responses to “Happy Due Date! (Weeks 39 & 40)”

  1. Amanda posted on May 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm (#)

    Great end to pregnancy blog. People told me the sleep thing, Colton slept great!! So I wasn’t tired at all, except the delivery. Good luck with everything!!

  2. Dott posted on May 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm (#)

    Best of luck! Can’t wait to see him. Sleep or not you will get thru this just fine! Adrenaline and a positive attitude go a long way! 🙂

  3. Really Renata posted on May 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm (#)

    What a gorgeous belly! Believe it or not, you may miss it. Even though I love having Sebastian as an outside baby, I really enjoyed my bump.

    Good luck mama! Can’t wait to see pictures of your little one.

  4. tellmeastoryjosie posted on May 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm (#)

    Michelle, I’m de-lurking! Congrats on making it this far! For me too, pregnancy was no fun, for the most part. I don’t think your updates have been too negative. Just keep it real, man.

    As you said, everyone’s experience is different. I remember you posted earlier that you’re nervous about nursing. For us, it was not too big of a deal and worked really naturally and well. (But when one of my best friends had her first baby, she said, why didn’t anyone tell me nursing was this hard? But then, it ended up working for her too.) I think since you’ve decided to do it, odds are it will work out well! Get Nick, or whoever, to buddy up with the lactation consultant at the hospital, and be sure they visit you and you feel comfortable before you head home.

    Long comment . . . summary: you are a great mama already!

  5. Melissa posted on May 31, 2013 at 7:25 pm (#)

    Those are great signs! Google “positive birth stories” and read those instead! 🙂 Your body was made for this! Woohoo! You will do great, Michelle!

  6. jj posted on May 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm (#)

    Happy Baby! You and your husband have been blessed.

  7. Sean Marie posted on May 31, 2013 at 10:10 pm (#)

    Stop blogging and get some sleep! Don’t you know you won’t sleep for the next 18 years once that baby comes!

    😉 Okay, I’m done being a jerk now. Really though, that is the most annoying piece of advice. I can’t count how much I heard while pregnant.

    You’re going to be a great mom! And don’t worry, you’re going to do great while giving birth too. Austin is lucky to have you as a mama. 🙂

  8. Shelby posted on June 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm (#)

    I do NOT like being pregnant 85% of the time Michelle…. You are not alone!! I get a lot of anxiety, YUCK. Congrats and I hope little guy gets here SOON!! 🙂

  9. Robin posted on June 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm (#)

    Good Luck!!! Can’t wait myself!!!

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