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38 Weeks!

Well I've made it to 38 weeks (well I did yesterday - I wanted to include my doctor's appointment this morning before posting - so this is a day late). I know I should be excited to be at this point, but I'm pretty much just ready to have this baby. Over the past week my aches and pains have really increased, and I'm just feel done being pregnant. My hips hurt, my back hurts, my hands and feet are painfully swollen, and I'm having a ton of steady contractions. I guess this is all par for the course at this point in pregnancy.

Thankfully my contractions continue to do their job! I'm now 2.5 cm dilated (up from 1cm two weeks ago) and 60-70% effaced (up from 30% two weeks ago). So that is encouraging news that it really could be any day now! My blood pressure is also still really good - 96/60 this morning! So all signs that I'm healthy and my body is working towards delivery.

38 Weeks! I'm not sure how these maternity tanks are going to last another week.
Over this past week, my hands have really become the biggest problem. They are swollen - goodbye wedding rings - and my joints are super sore. They are also going numb with the slightest activity, especially in the mornings and evenings. Even typing this far, I've had to take a break, because all of my fingers are numb. My hands also go painfully numb in my sleep, which wakes me up, making it even more difficult for me to get sleep.

Along with saying goodbye to my wedding rings this week, I've also said goodbye to work. Its nice not to have to worry about walking to work or even getting dressed! But I will miss having a reason to get out of the house, especially if I'm still pregnant for the next several weeks.

Henry seems to be doing well. His heartbeat was bouncing between the 140's-150's at the doctor's this morning. Our doctor thinks he is going to be a "nice average size" and estimated that he is currently between 6.5-7 pounds. He is still moving like crazy (I know, same as every week - I guess it would be more of an update if he had actually slowed down). Well, as soon as I wrote last week that I wasn't getting as many hard kicks, I immediately regretted it. Henry seems to be some sort of professional baby boxer. Oh-my-God do some of those hurt! So this week I'm just going to say he's active, and hope that maybe I won't be awoken from a dead sleep from a kick to the side. But I think I will miss feeling him move once he finally comes - and this is still my favorite part of pregnancy.

Well, I think that's it for now. If you need me I'll be at home googling (this is the correct way to spell this - I googled it) natural ways to induce labor...

Sorry to keep showing off the (stretch mark free!) bare-belly - but this face perfectly sums up how I feel about being pregnant today.


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