August 20, 2015

37 weeks - full term!

Things no one tells you about being this pregnant:
Your body becomes everyone's business. 
If I wasn't pregnant would anyone even consider asking me why I'm so huge?
Or rub my belly?
Would complete strangers in the Walmart line up try to convince me that I'm wrong and they know my body better than I do?
I am 37 weeks pregnant. With one baby.
Go ahead, try to tell me, "Nope, that's definitely twins."
Because nope, it's definitely not. All 17 ultrasounds saw one baby. 
And I trust them a lot more than I trust you, random stranger wearing a Ninja Turtles t-shirt.
It's actually not that terrible.
Tonight I was walking through the playground with Carter and Jack and I could see everyone's pitying eyes on me.
And I kept thinking, why?
I'm just pregnant, not crippled.
But then I realized that I am not just pregnant, but I am hugely pregnant.
I expected carrying to term to be a lot more uncomfortable, awkward, and slow.
Not that it isn't uncomfortable, awkward, and slow..
I just expected it to be worse.
Wanna know why?
Because of the pitying looks pregnant women get!
I trusted random strangers looking at other random strangers more than I did my own body.
My hips hurt, my pelvis aches, and I long to carry my toddler without getting heartburn.
But I did it! I'm DOING it! I made a real live human!
And it was a hell of a lot easier than I anticipated.
Summer is brutal.
That's pretty self explanatory.
Next time around we will be avoiding the months of September-December for baby making.
No way, no how.
Nothing fits.
My belly hangs out of everything.
Except for maxi dresses. But my boobs hang out of those.
Even my mens XXL t shirts are waaaaaaay too tight.
It's emotional.
In less than 12 hours I am going to have a new baby.
Which  means that my "old" baby is no longer the baby.
I came to that realization as I rocked my current baby to sleep.
And cried and cried and cried.
For two and a half years it's just been me and Jack.
And I'm about to throw a wrench in his perfectly posh lifestyle.
And mine!
And I don't know how it's going to go.
So I cry.

There you have it.
Without further adieu,
37 weeks pregnancy update.

What Fruit are you? Supposed to be a honeydew melon, but we're like 5 weeks ahead, so probably the size of a couple watermelons ;)
Due date: September 8, but we are having a scheduled C-section tomorrow - August 21!
How far along: 37+2 weeks right now.
Next appointment: C-section, tomorrow morning!!
Gender: BOY!!!
Total weight gain/loss: +30ish lb.
Exercise: Walking as much as these old hips will allow, and bouncing on an exercise ball haha
Stretch marks: Just old ones spreading.
Swelling: My feet are always always swollen.
Maternity clothes: Nothing but. Even maternity don't fit.
Belly button: Out, and visible.
Sleep: I slept all night last night! Hoping I can do it again before sleep becomes a thing of the past.
Food cravings: Mint Aero bars.
Symptoms: Everything.
Movement: Constantly.
Labor signs: Loooooooooots of contractions, but nothing meaningful.
What I miss: Not having heartburn.
What I'm loving: Constantly reminding Jack that he's going to be a big brother!
What I'm looking forward to: Meeting this little man tomorrow!!
Best moment this week: Scheduling baby's arrival!

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