38 weeks

What’s new with the baby?
Baby is about 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. Her head is now about the same circumference as her abdomen.
By week 38, your baby may have about an inch or so of hair already. She’s also slowly shedding that white goo on her skin (called vernix caseosa), but you might still see some of it at birth.
Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?
Sort of on repeat here….it seems to change by the hour!  Sometimes I feel ok and somewhat normal, and then in no time I feel like I’ve been run over by a bus and can barely move around.  Last night I bailed early and went to bed around 10:00pm.  I just wanted to lay down so badly…so I read for a bit and then got sleepy.  I woke up at 12:45pm completely sweaty and with raging heartburn.  Misery.  I turned down the heat, got a wet washcloth for my face and ate a few tums and after about ten minutes I had cooled down enough to lay back down and then I was able to sleep like a rock till about 5:45am.  I’m  pretty sure the baby is still head down, when I go by how the movements feel, but my 38 week appt is later this afternoon, so they can confirm it then.  It didn’t really occur to me until I was texting with Ali a day or two ago and she mentioned that I got to miss out on this really difficult last month of pregnancy last time…and it’s true!  By this point last time, U was already a week old.  And for the whole week before that, I was in labor anticipation mode, since my water had already broken.  Puts a whole different spin on things when you know the end is imminent.  But for all my griping and uncomfortableness, I’m really glad to keep this baby in longer.
Weight gain?
Looks like I’ve gained some! up to 29 lbs gained.
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?

I am looking forward to the birth!  One, so I can be done being pregnant, but mostly because I remember the amazing feeling of strength and pride at what I had accomplished and I can’t wait to feel that again.  Plus, both Scott and I are so, so curious about what this baby will look like.  We both imagine him as another Urijah, because that’s our point of reference, so it’s going to be a shock when he (most likely) comes out looking different!

Well, Scott seems to be done with his nesting.  Scott tends to nest way more than I do, (and in a much bigger fashion!) in preparation for babies….last time it was full-on nursery remodel and master bathroom remodel, and this time it has been carpet replacement, new water softener and new water heaters.  Which, granted, all of that stuff has needed to have been done for a very long time, so…this was as good of a time as any, I guess!  Our upstairs carpet, two water heaters and water softener were all original from when the house was built…in 1996.  So, we got a very long life out of all of those things.  It was time for replacements.  As for me, I’ve washed baby clothes, bought some diapers, gotten U’s new room ready and pulled out the infant carseat and bouncy seat and all my nursing bras and clothes.  So…I’m ready.

Highlights of the week?

I’m sure there was something big or exciting that happened, but I can’t think of it right now.

Belly pic:


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