38 Weeks Pregnant
Its our baby's birthday month!!! As well as mine and my husbands birthday month! Woohoo for July!
38 week Baby bump picture
38 weeks baby belly picture
How to dress the bump photo. I've had several people ask about how to dress the bump with regular clothes, since i dont really wear maternity clothes i've used a lot of maxi skirts, dresses, longer tops, or layering tops, as well as leggings with shirts. My bump isnt extremely huge so its easy to fit into my old shirts (not all of them fit, a lot of them show my belly and i have to keep pulling them down). I've made due with my old wardrobe working for the most part. I bought like 8 maxi skirts in the second trimester because i knew theyd be comfortable for summer, so i rotate between those as well as wearing dresses and leggings. Im not into jeans right now like i was in the first and beginning of second trimester because its just too hot now. I like things that are less restricting. Comfort is key but you can still look cute and be comfortable. All the maxi dresses and skirts ive purchased i can wear when im not pregnant (i still bought a size small).
Fourth of July was this past Thursday! It was so much fun! I love the 4th, being at the beach, bbqing, swimming, and being with family and friends is a blast! We went swimming at the pool earlier in the day and then headed down to San Clemente to watch the fire works from the pier with a bunch of our closest friends. The fire works are so beautiful there because they are right on the water so you can see a reflection of what you see in the sky, its absolutely breathtaking!
It was fun to feel my litte guy moving all over the place when the fire works went off. I cant wait to watch his cute face next year when hes a year old on the 4th of july and fire works are going off for the first time in front of him.
Started trying to get things going this week with labor... i started to walk uphill on the treadmill for 10-15 minutes after the precore. I have also started to go on walks with my hubby around our home to see if that helps the baby drop or helps dilate me at all. I have a dr. appointment today to check in!
More fourth of july fun!
Hubs holding the baby bump during fire works
We went to Watermarc in Laguna Beach for dinner for my brother in laws birthday. It was a pretty yummy restaurant and we all left super full! But not too full to skip out on dessert.. whenever we are in laguna for dinner its a MUST to stop at the famous Gilato shop called Gilato Paradiso. SO YUM! Happy birthday Hunty, i love you!
My husband cuts hair for a living and gave me a nice healthy chop this weekend. I needed it! As you can see in the pictures below (before my trim) i was in desperate need of some fixing up. I also got my hair colored this week. Im getting ready to meet my new little man! I've been growing out my bangs since October (when i got pregnant!) so i wouldnt let him trim those, im waiting until they are longer to do anything with them (EVERY INCH COUNTS, ahhaha, us ladies known how that is).
If you are ever in orange county make an appointment with my hubby!
This week was my best friends birthday, shes so beautiful inside and out and I am so blessed to have her in my life. Shes the beaut on the top left hugging the bump. We celebrated at a mexican restaurant in capo beach called El Patio.
Heres my other bestie's baby, her name is Jane and she is absolutely adorable. Whenever she sees me she kisses my belly and gives me lots of hugs. I am in love. Shes to die for.
And of course cant leave without a photo of all the gals. We didnt need one with the men. lol.
How far along: 38 Weeks pregnant, 10 months ! (and now +3 days...i was a little late on blogging this week!)
(depending on how you track your pregnancy, some women go by 9 months, but most dr's and books and online sites go by every 4 weeks you are in a new month, which puts me in my 10th month)!
Weight Gain: 22 lbs (didnt gain anything this week so far)
Stretch Marks: none
Belly Button: OUT
Wedding Rings On/Off: On
Movement: active still! Im shocked how this little dude moves so much when he has barely any room left and is supposedly around 7 lbs and 19-22 inches!
Feeling: Im feeling good, just really impatient! This week it hit me right when i turned 38 weeks its like a switch went off and now that I know hes healthy to come and greet the world, its like all i can think about is wanting him in our arms! I think its also the anticipating of knowing he can come ANY day.. knowing that makes every day feel like a waiting game.. you cant take your mind off of it when every day your getting practice contractions that could turn into the real deal! Im so excited and praying for patience, if im not patient this will be a looooooong next few days. I hope he comes early but he could end up being late to arrive like my sisters baby... so fingers crossed!
Cravings: None. Ive had no appetite. its so hard to find something that sounds good to eat lately. I've had subway probably 4 times this week because i havent felt like cooking and its still fresh and i can fill my sandwhich with tons of veggies. Its sucky because i cant eat the meat due to nitrates (which are a NO NO for pregnant women). So i get a veggie sanwhich with pepper jack cheese. I hardly notice there isnt any meat on it because i load it up with so many flavor filled veggies. Im sure my husband is missing my cooking this week, but he understands, ive been pooped and more focused on going into labor, walking, and resting.
Symptoms: The same for all the normal symptoms but definitely more pre labor symptoms (see below). Im still eating spicy foods, late at night, and big meals and havent had a problem with heart burn yet. I have a numbness on my right upper rib under my right breast still (mostly while sitting).
Pre labor signs:
The Dr. Checked me last monday and i was 70% effaced, 1/2 centimeter dilated, and baby was still at station -2. I have a dr. appointment today so hoping for more progress with all the pain ive been having all week! I lost some of my plug on the 4th, and then twice on the 7th. I have been having killer cramping off and on that feels like menstrual cramps (however, one day it felt like labor because the cramps were soooo awful i had to sit down but they eased up after 15 minutes). I have had braxton hicks that are never ending! On saturday i went a full day with braxton hicks contractions (3-5 mins and 5-7 mins apart) from 1pm until i woke up the following morning and then they were gone. It was false labor, i knew i wasnt in labor because they didnt increase in intensity and were not painful. They were tightening my tummy every couple minutes and lasting 50-1.30 seconds so it was making me a little bit nauseas. I've tried all sorts of inducing natural methods: walking, sex, squats, resting, bouncing on the birthing ball to open the pelvis, warm baths, amongst other things. Nothings really worked to bring on labor, however it could be helping move my body along for when it is ready. I get crazy sharp shooting pain in my hips randomly that literally stops me in my tracks. It lasts only a couple seconds and goes away and then for the next minute or so ill continue feeling a couple more and then they just stop. I believe its my pelvis opening and my hips widening for the baby to move down for labor.
Missing: getting good sleep! Oh man has this week been rough with sleep. Its hot and i get up like 4 times to use the restroom and then my mind is wide awake wondering if my water is going to break or if the cramping i wake up to is labor.. which keeps me up and makes it difficult to fall back asleep. One night this week i was convinced id wake up in labor so every hour my brain was waking up, it was awful. Im trying to relax more and just tell myself not to think about it, but its really hard when your body is giving you so many signals every day that today could be the day. grr.
Looking Forward to: LABOR. i may regret this when it begins but i CANNNNNNNT wait!
Sleep: i mentioned sleep aready above (under "Missing").
Exercise: still doing it, this week I didnt do any weights at all. I was tired and let myself have a nice holiday off and was thinking i might go into labor and need to save my energy and strength. I've been doing more walking than anything. I still went to the gym 5 days for cardio (skipped two days, skipped the 4th of july because it was a holiday and skipped saturday because i thought i was in labor).
Count down: im FULL TERM !!!!He can come any day now safely! I am due in 11 days! We will see when he wants to come and meet us!