Tuesday, July 23, 2013

38 weeks


Thoughts: this week we are very excited, very emotional, very ready, and very happy. Tomorrow is a BIG day for me (come back to see why) and I am praying I can relax and soak up these last few days/weeks of being pregnant. Last night at dinner I was staring at Jon and he smirked and said "whats up girlie?" and I just told him I was wondering what our son would look like and hope he looks like him. We will know VERY soon! Babies in our family are known to be born on other family members birthday and my cousins is the 27th so Jon thinks he'll make his appearance then!

Doctor appointment: 2cm dilated, 70% effaced and -2 station positioning. Doctor was VERY excited for the progress. They don't expect him to come this week but said there shouldn't be any reason that I don't go into labor on my own before my due date and if we get to the point of needing induction, it won't be as hard since I have progressed. We are going to strip the membranes next Monday which means baby could be here in a week!

Baby: nothing new to report, just carrying around a full sized baby inside of me who is getting quite big and antsy to come out. Heart rate was 130 which was normal for him and he sure did hate the nurse poking my belly, lots of kicks back at her. 

Weight: 32lbs

Symptoms: back pain like NO OTHER! 30lbs of belly contributes to some major lower back pain. I've been laying on my heating pad about 20-30 minutes at night before bed and it does help a little. I can't really move from the sitting/laying position to standing without Jon's help so that is funny and interesting. Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions where my tummy tightens up into a boxy square (picture below) and a few real labor contractions, but nothing consistent enough to call my doctor which is normal.

37w
Movement: baby is so big that I can feel him inside of me at all times. I keep telling Jon I think he is getting annoyed and uncomfortable because the movements are SO intense and sharp. Pretty cool/freaky seeing a tiny little elbow or knee stick out of my tummy... sometimes it looks like he will pop right out

Cravings/aversions/eating: nothing new to report really. Still craving sugar and letting myself cheat on occasion :). Eating lots of fresh pineapple (supposed to induce labor but really just enjoying it) and watermelon. I keep saying we are going to eat spicy food to help induce labor but I am a weenie when it comes to heat.

Sleep: bleh. Hard to turn over, waking up a few times for potty, and the past 2 nights waking up with an intense contraction or 2 so it's hard to get back to sleep. 

Clothes: maternity pants are getting REALLY snug and my tops are getting really short. One of the many postpartum things I am looking forward to is having access to my non maternity clothes!

Workouts: In the past week I've walked 3 times for about 30 minutes each and funny thing is I wake up the next day sore. Can't wait to be outside with baby Hart and my stroller once it gets nicer!

Random: I have maternity pictures to show you later this week yay! We are having more done at our house this evening and I cannot wait! And I forgot to mention last week Jon and I took a parent/child dedication class at our church and our son will be dedicated in November. We believe that baptism is a choice for a believer to make later in life so in November we will dedicate our hearts to raising our son in Christ. It was so great to get the perspective of other parents of many different aged kiddos and we are blessed to have them as resources as we teach our son about Christ. We studied the book of Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and over the next couple of months Jon and I will be creating goals and commitments for our family. 

Our cousin made us the most ADORABLE tuxedo sleep sack for baby with a matching rosette for me and bowtie for Ernie. I can't wait to see little man looking so handsome in his tux

Jon flew up to Dallas last week to pickup his car (for back story, read this post) and was very anxious to get home! Luckily baby Hart waited for his dad and Jon isn't going anywhere until he's born!

 Cutie hospital sign gifted to us from Sweet Mudd on Etsy

Constantly wondering when will be our last meal out without baby! 37w6d

Can't wait for Uncle James to teach baby Hart some moves on the bball court....ready to get this basketball out of my belly! 37w5d
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28 comments:

Sarah @ Life, Love & Dinner said...

You have the most perfect baby belly! I feel you on the maternity clothes, they just start getting old and when they get tight it's so hard not to dream of the day we get to wear regular clothes again! Yay for progress! You must be so excited!

Michelle Levine said...

How cute are you ! good luck this week !!

Pamela said...

You are just ALL baby!! You look great!!! Almost there! :D

Carolyn said...

Seriously. You're about to have your baby. I feel like our pregnancies have gone SO FAST! But I'm so ready to "meet" your little guy!!

Nicole Joelle said...

Looking good! I know those last weeks can be hard--but soak them in and enjoy them :) Before you know it, you'll be holding your sweet boy!

Katie said...

ahh! i'm so excited for you i can't stand it. will be praying for you all!

Brooke @ Silver Lining said...

You are looking SO cute! I'm sure it's uncomfortable for you, but you look darling, and it will be so worth it!

Erica @ Team Roberts said...

I found your cute blog from the link up! You look fabulous...especially at 38 weeks! I am due on Saturday and I feel like I have looked like a whale since about 30 weeks! Haha! Congrats on the progress, your baby will be here in no time I bet!

Candice Williams said...

Oh ruthie so exciting you are almost there!!!

Bridget said...

I can't wait to hear that he has arrived! You are getting so close! I hope the membrane stripping works for you (it didn't for me)! Good luck girl!

Kaleigh said...

Love reading your updates. The tux sleeper is too cute!!!

Marsha Walter said...

Funny how the doctor can predict that, my doctor kept telling me I would have the baby after 39 weeks and at my last apt he said we will talk about inducing at the next apt but I know we won't need it, he was right.

Brianne Bracco said...

Cuuuuute hospital door sign! Eeeeee! Getting sooooo close! I'm stalking your IG like NO other! haha ;)

Kayla Peveler said...

You are one of the happiest pregnant ladies I've ever seen! I am LOVING that tuxedo sleep sack!

Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!! :)

Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby} said...

Yay Baby Hart is almost here, glad to hear you're making progress!! I'm so excited and happy for you! Looking forward to seeing the maternity pictures :)

Rachel and John said...

I can't believe how big your belly is but how the rest of you is still so tiny! Lucky Lady!

Amira said...

Oh girl, you are SOO close. I remember that anxious feeling. You are on the brink of your whole life changing...in the best way possible.

Sarah Stempien said...

You look GREAT!! Can't wait to meet this little guy :)

Erin @ Sweetness Itself said...

You are glowing and I'm excited for you to meet the little one soon!! :)

Jessica Whitman-Horton said...

So so excited for The Hart's!!!! Sounds like little guy is going to come any day! You look seriously amazing mama, hang in there!! Xoxo!!

Carly said...

You look amazing, but I'm sure your back is KILLING YOU!

Rest up my friend!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing your story, Ruthie. It brings back SO many happy memories for me about when my three little ladies were born. Our first was a surprise at 37 weeks (I was only 2cm the day before she came). We didn't even have a car seat yet!!!! :) Those were the best moments of our lives. :) (you know besides saying "I do". :) )

Super excited for you!!!
Maria

Sarah at Midwest Pillowtalk said...

GIRLFRIEND.
we are both sitting at the exact same dilation and effacement! however, i havent felt a single bh or contraction. so so weird.
i am absolutely obsessing over your belly, per usual. ;)
i hope saturday is the day!!

Lauren Edmondson said...

I bet your back IS hurting, can't get over how precious and glow-y you are though! Love that pic of you and your brother, too cute!

Tara said...

You are so cute and so close! I was at 2cm when they stripped my membranes and I went into labor later that day, so next week could be it for you :)

Becca Moss said...

You're precious! & Baby Hart is going to be here soon! If you're already dilated; I'm thinking this weekend/early next week! xoxo!

aubreysimons said...

Mmmmm...pineapple sounds amazing! I'm 7 weeks today and nothing has really sounded great...Maybe by the time I get to the store and back I'll still want it (lol)!

You look great!

www.aubreysimons.wordpress.com

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Get out! You are the cutest!!! So close!!

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