Saturday, February 27, 2010

38 Weeks Belly Pictures

Seeing the doctor every week now, so far, no dilation, slightly effaced, and baby still needs to drop. I have a felling Lucy's going to take her sweet time :)

Haven't felt any braxton hicks contractions yet, but occasionally I feel cramping in my lower abdomen or lower back pain. Dr. said these probably aren't braxton hicks because they end up lasting for 30+ minutes. Also, been waking up in the middle of the night because my hands are falling asleep - I asked the doctor about this and he said that it is most likely caused by the extra swelling - not as much blood is getting to my fingers as I sleep at night... interesting... it's amazing how many things happen to your body during pregnancy!

Baby's room is all ready, I'll get pictures up soon! I am feeling pretty ready too - getting more and more uncomfortable every day, and I just can't wait to meet little Lucy. Only 2 more weeks till my due date, which means 2 more weeks of work! Planning for my last day to be March 12th.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

36 weeks belly

(notice the pack-n-play/bassinet all set up and ready for Lucy's first weeks at home)

36 weeks... 1 month to go!

I meant to update my blog around 35 weeks, but some how the days seem to be coming and going faster than I can keep up with! I don't know if it's because I'm extra tired or because I'm trying to fit a million things into each day as we prepare for Lucy to arrive (or maybe the combination of the two). I do have lots I still want to share on the blog, I won't include everything in this one post, but will try to update it soon!

How I'm feeling, in one word: swollen :)

Last week I had a bit of scare when my feet became extremely swollen after taking a bath and didn't go down after a night of rest. After checking with the doctor, they confirmed that all was normal and just to make sure I was elevating my feet and drinking lots of water. Little did I know, that day of swelling was only the beginning of my feet being (what seems like) twice their normal size for what appears to be the rest of my pregnancy. A las - my trusty Birkenstocks have come to my rescue and have given my x-large feet a home. Looks like I'll be in Birkenstocks or tennis shoes for the rest of the pregnancy.

I also opted to get a nice new wedding ring at Claire's a couple weekends ago after having to take my real rings off every day while sitting in my 85 degree office. Unfortunately 2 of the diamonds have already fallen out, but I guess that's why Ben didn't buy the original ring from Claire's (I don't think they're known for their quality).

Also, as of today, I officially think the baby has "dropped". Now, I may be wrong, and some people have mentioned that they didn't think I had dropped yet- but I still think it might have happened. My ribs are feeling less crowded, I'm feeling most of Lucy's movements in my pelvic area, and I think the added swelling is because she is now blocking of the veins that lead to my feet more than ever. And to confirm my belief, one of my coworkers asked if I had dropped today too!

No braxton hicks contractions, from what I can tell so far. It's funny though, it's hard to know what to expect when you've never experienced something before. But I don't think I've had any. I have felt some odd times of pain in my back and cramps in my lower abdomen, but it's usually for a long period of time and I don't notice my stomach getting tight (as most people say it does), so I think the pain is just the normal aches of pregnancy not a true "contraction".

Nursery is 90% done - Katy and I went shopping last weekend to pick up some last decorations (she has a bit of better decorating eye than Ben) and I am going to get a few more this weekend (hopefully), then I will get some pictures up on the blog. I'm really excited about the home we have made for our little girl - unfortunately she probably won't ever be old enough to appreciate it, but I still think it's pretty cute!

Going to the doctor on Friday and will find out if I am beginning to dilate at all!