Thoughts: holy moly we are excited. Baby Hart was full term yesterday and I can honestly say my feelings have changed from "oh yeah we have X weeks left" to "omg it could be any day!". Each night I go to bed wondering if it will be the last time I fall asleep without my son, or last time I go to the grocery store without him. Like any other 9+ month pregnant mama, I am physically ready for him to be here but I can now say with confidence we are ready emotionally and spiritually. Prayers have changed from healthy growth to a healthy and peaceful labor and birth. I feel so confident knowing how many people have joined in to pray for us!
Doctor appointment: we had our weekly appointment yesterday and we are making progress!! Last week my cervix was closed and tight and this week I was 1/2cm dilated, 25% effaced and baby's head was station 2! I am just gonna say that this week's cervical check was probably the most painful thing I've gone through thus far... ouch. He doesn't expect anything to happen this week as far as labor goes but he thinks I will definitely be more dilated and effaced next week! Time to get serious about walking, spicy food, and sex (eh em, Jon). Our weekly appointments are on Monday afternoons so I should have updates for you each Tuesday.
Baby: not anything new to report. We had our last ultrasound last week so the next time we see him will be on his birthday! He had a great heart rate yesterday and my fundal height measured right on track.
Weight: exactly 30lbs. Doctor said baby will gain 1/2lb a week and unless I start swelling and carrying water, I shouldn't gain anything but that 1/2lb for baby.
Symptoms: just your normal 9 month prego aches and pains. Lower back pain and pelvic pain since baby is dropping. They don't lie when they talk about "lightening". Tightening and Braxton Hicks are very normal and I had my first real contraction Saturday night and it was so painful it made me cry. We waited for another but nothing happened. Jon told me it sucked watching me in pain but he was excited knowing that it may be the beginning of labor (womp womp). I noticed a drop in my heart palpitations the past few weeks but they are back at it. It is the weirdest feeling and really unpleasant.
Movement: yes and lots of it. There isn't much room for baby inside my squished belly so I definitely feel his tiniest movements. I have seen little elbows, hands, and feet poke out of my belly (nothing like those fake images on Pinterest though). I was trying to explain it to Jon that I can feel him playing with his hands and clicking his heels together inside of me... such a cool feeling!
Cravings/aversions/eating: big appetite!! I think I could eat a burger and fries every single day. Trying to fill up with lots of protein and counting down the days til I can add sugar back into my diet.
Sleep: terrible this week. Getting up so many times to pee and feeling like I don't go more than an hour without having to move to the other side which takes a LOT of energy.
Clothes: maternity is getting tight! Tanks and shorts almost everyday
Workouts: I've gone to the gym the past 2 days and walked about 30 minutes around the indoor track. I may be walking at a snail's pace but trying to make progress!
Random: we have NO baby related projects left to do! I made my last return at Target yesterday and we are ready to rock. Sunday evening we spent time deep cleaning the house so we can relax until baby is here. Jon is going to fly to Dallas Thursday morning to grab his car and drive right back (read the backstory here), so we are praying baby doesn't try to come then!
Yesterday was rainy in Austin so we celebrated our annual August-mas, just a few weeks early since ya know, we may be busy in August! Summer in Texas is brutal so the past 4 years we've celebrated Christmas in August with decorations, lights, movies, music, and gifts (this year it was back rubs haha). I wrote about one of our August-mases here.
I think Ernie is ready for his brother to be born because not only did I dress him up in garland for Christmas in July, Jon dressed him in a mini sombrero yesterday. Can't wait until I have 2 little boys to dress up haha.