Well they checked me and I’m a whopping 2cm… 😂 We are thinking we just may make it to induction day now. I know I could be 2cm today and 4 next week so who knows really. It is exciting to be officially on the books for baby time though. 🥰 I have another appointment next Thursday so we will check again then. The really good news is that he was back to head down! So maybe all that crazy moving he was doing the other day was him deciding to move back to the right position! I’ll keep you posted if anything big or exciting starts happening.
Today is 37 weeks so we have just 2 Weeks or less now! Baby is still moving a ton. I’m hoping he has flipped back down to head down but I guess I won’t know until tomorrow when the Dr checks me. I now have fancy compression leggings and and croc shoes I have been wearing to help with my leg swelling. It’s so weird my feet are fine it’s just my knees down to my ankles. 😂 I have really really been struggling to sleep at night. I’m up ever couple hours to pee and sometimes I just can’t fall back asleep. We are also currently having our basement remodeled. So they start work by 8am. I maybe should have thought that out a little better. 🧐 I’m definitely getting some contractions off and on nothing I can really time yet. They definitely are less Braxton Hicks though because these are hurting ones that make me have to stop what I’m doing and take a break! I’m just glad this guy has already decided to stay longer then his brother did. I will enjoy our time together as long as he wants to hang out with me. 🥰 I’m waiting for any other signs labor is coming not much else seems to be happening though. I do think my boobs are preparing for milk though because they feel much heavier these days! I’m going to pump my colostrum for baby in the hospital and then a girl I work with is having a baby so I will give some to her also! I’m glad I found someone who will get the benefits of the milk. 🥰
As I look back I feel like all my pregnancy’s have gone by so very fast. I always feel sad thinking this could be it for me. Obviously I never know what could happen during delivery. I wonder how so many other women just know they are done being pregnant and they are totally content never getting pregnant again. I secretly wish I could feel this way. Maybe it would make things easier for me? I just feel so sad thinking I will never feel the tiny fluttering of a life inside me again. Or these giant kicks and rolls this boy likes to do! Also knowing I’ve been able to meet such incredible families and help such deserving moms makes all the difference to me. I will never be able to understand the level of trust they were able to put into me. I can’t imagine being on the other side of this. I can only hope someone would do this for me. That’s what I always think, when people say how lucky these couples are to have me. If they only knew how lucky I was to have THEM! These last 12 years of my life I have been pregnant (basically) and every single pregnancy has been a miracle. This will honestly be life’s greatest accomplishment. Being able to have my children and children for others. I’m not sure what else I could do that would make me feel so happy and proud. Then the best part is knowing that I will get to see what these beautiful little people get to grow up and do! I hate that kids grow so fast but it’s amazing to see the personalities they have and to think of all the great things in life they will accomplish. 🥰 I feel like an extra proud aunt I guess🥰.
Tomorrow I’ll do an extra mini update if I remember so we can all see if little LB has decided to move back to head down. In the mean time if everyone could pray for a safe and healthy delivery for us I would appreciate it! Also if he does decide to come before his induction date of June 30th that his mom and dad can make it to town quickly and safely as well! I’ll post a few pictures and a crazy video of this little ninja.
How’s Baby LB?
Baby LB is over 6-7 pounds and 19 inches (48.9 cm) tall, the size of a honeydew melon. And at 37 weeks your little honey is now considered near-term, meaning their systems are developed enough to sustain them outside of the womb, which is a big milestone. But growing in the womb for a couple more weeks can do nothing but help, as Baby LB continues to put on more of that adorable baby fat that you’re going to love spending so much time hugging and kissing! They also keep inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid as their lungs prepare to make their grand entrance into this open, airy world. And their digestive system also waits in the wings for the time when Baby LB will need it for something other than the amniotic fluid it’s been working with for all of these months.
Baby LB’s reflexes are also quite strong by now, and if you were to put your finger in the middle of their palm, your baby’s hand would grasp around yours. By the time your little one is born, this reflex, and Baby LB’s grip, will be strong enough that you could almost lift Baby LB by the hold that they can grab onto your hand with (not that you should try it out!). In fact, when Baby LB first comes into the world, they’re already going to have a full set of the reflexes that will help them thrive.
What’s new with you?
While Baby LB may still do a little more growing, you’ve probably grown as big as you’re going to during pregnancy, and you might start to notice new stretch marks in different places as your uterus reaches its largest size. You might also be continuing to deal with some uncomfortable heartburn. And you could even see some spotting around this time, as your cervix may be beginning to dilate and get thinner as it prepares to pass Baby LB through. As your cervix thins, you might start seeing a bloody mucus discharge that indicates the blood vessels in your cervix are rupturing as you prepare to give birth. While this is common, especially after a vaginal exam or sex, contact your provider if you notice increased vaginal bleeding.
Dr sammons told me last week that she would check me this week and do my group B test this week. Because I was worried about all the contractions I was having at work. She also advised me to slow down and take more breaks. So I have been doing that. I also only worked 2 days this week though so I’m sure that helped 😂.
I went back and forth on if I should go ahead and get checked today or not since I’m only 35 weeks and I was worried what if it put me in labor or something crazy. I ultimately decided she’s a dr and obviously knows best. Plus it would be nice to know if I was super progressed or needed to stop working or something so we could keep him cooking for a few more weeks!
The Great news was he was head down! At least for our appointment today. He moves a ton but I’ll take this as a win and hope he likes the view down that way. 😂 when she checked me she said I was 1cm but my cervix was still long and thick!!! Woohoo 🙌 this made me so happy. She even said well maybe we will make it to induction day.
I was just so worried because of Leaf coming at 37 weeks. I don’t want to be cheated out of my last few fun weeks of pregnancy. I’m totally fine with him coming at 38/39 weeks 37 just seemed too soon. We also decided to go ahead and get my first dose of the Covid vaccine today. We are hoping the baby will get some of the good antibodies from it before he flys home. I can’t get my last dose until June 21st so we are cutting it super close to induction day. 😂 I’m now hoping I don’t get any yuck symptoms right before birth. I obviously don’t want to feel like crap and not be able to take anything or be trying to birth not feeling well. I guess we will see. So far I just have a sore arm but feel fine. Here is what sweet baby LB is up to this week!
How’s Baby LB?
Many babies are now rotating from the breech position (head up) to turn head down into your pelvis. As they move into their birth position, Baby LB will then drop lower in your pelvis. If this is your first pregnancy, this may happen soon, even weeks before you give birth, though in later pregnancies it often doesn’t happen until just before labor or even after labor begins.
At between 18 or 19 (45.7-48.3 cm) inches and 5-6 lbs (2.25-2.7 kg), the size of a bunch of carrots, Baby LB is getting close to the size they’re going to be at birth! And most of Baby LB’s organ and skeleton development is complete, although they’re still refining their abilities every day. Really, most of the work Baby LB has left to do is just growing bigger and stronger. In particular, Baby LB’s lovely lungs need a bit more time to prepare for the outside world.
What’s new with you?
Are you feeling ready to have Baby LB in your home and your life? Even if emotionally that question might be hard to answer, make sure you’ve done what you need to do to prepare for your little one’s arrival from a practical perspective, like getting your little one’s sleeping space set up; getting some diapers, clothes, and any other basics; and looking into any necessary insurance changes you may want to make.
As you approach the end of pregnancy, you might notice that you’re squirting out a few drops of urine when you cough or sneeze, but Kegel exercises can help with this. You may be noticing an increase in vaginal discharge too. So if you need some extra protection in your underwear, pads can provide you with some extra assurance. And soon your Braxton Hicks contractions may start to happen more frequently, last longer, and be more uncomfortable. Again, this is a normal part of your uterus preparing for birth, and Baby LB will be here before you know it!
I’m still pregnant Woohooo. This is my last official month of pregnancy. This makes so so excited for J and K. June 30th will be our induction day if he doesn’t come before then. Some days I feel like I could be pregnant for another 3 months and some days I’m worried I won’t make it another few days. 😂 This boy just moves and kicks so much he takes my breath away when he’s getting all crazy in there. Plus since his brother came at 37 weeks that makes me worry too! I want this boy to cook at least 38 weeks. So last week I had a good amount of Braxton Hicks contractions. Only when I was super busy at work and obviously not drinking enough water. So I let Dr Sammons know what was going on and she obviously told me to take more breaks and drink my water. She also said for me to start coming each week and she may check me this week. I’m hoping to not have as many Braxton Hicks this week and then maybe I can skip being checked unless she thinks I really need it. She will also do my group B test. I did start scheduling myself some actual breaks into my busy days as well so hopefully that also helps. I was joking with my clients that they would be the ones to actually put me into labor. 😂 I will be 35 weeks tomorrow and I have my appointment on Thursday so I’ll update everyone then. Hello home stretch. Don’t forget to pray baby LB flips head down and stays that way!