|Sorry for the poor quality photo!|
37 weeks + 1 day
40 Week Due Date: April 28th - But my induction is scheduled for next Monday morning, April 14th.
Weight Gain: I gained another 3 pounds, bringing my total weight gain up to 40 pounds for this pregnancy. Considering I'm carrying at least 12 pounds of baby, 2 placentas, and a whole lot of blood and extra fluids, I'm thinking that I will lose at least half of it after they're delivered. Or at least I'm hoping that. I'm just so short that carrying around this extra weight is tiring!
How I Am Feeling: Ok, so I'm not feeling so great these days. My swollen fingers and feet are actually really painful. My right hand/fingers get tingly and go numb from time to time throughout the day. especially when I use them. I wake up not able to bend any of my fingers, and when I get out of bed my feet are in a lot of pain. I'm just feeling large over all and it's uncomfortable. I think I had false labor Sunday night, and I got really excited about it. But things slowed down once I got home church and was getting ready for bed. I haven't felt cramping since then. My membranes were successfully stripped on Monday afternoon, but nothing happened after that, despite a walk and drinking Balsamic Vinegar. Here are some photos of my lovely hands and feet:
|They've been worse than this!|
|It's hard to tell (maybe) how swollen they are, but believe me...|
Movement: They are still squirming around and loving the Lemonberry slushes I've been getting from Sonic during happy hour the past 2 days :)
Sleeping: Sleeping is tough. It's very hard to turn sides in bed and inevitably I fall asleep on a hand or with my wrist bent, only to wake up with it numb and in then in pain! Oy vey!
Clothing: Still the same, but I'm managing to find some outfits that work. Some of my maternity shirts aren't fully covering my belly! Here is evidence:
|I kept thinking, #shouldibeembarrassed as I was out for a walk :)|
Activity: I have been out for a walk everyday for the past week. These past few days, I was hoping that it would get labor going, since I had my membranes stripped yesterday, but there has been no action whatsoever. I went for a longer walk today, and all it did was send me literally waddling home in a panic because I had to go to the bathroom so bad. I'm sure I looked ridiculous! :)
Most Looking Forward To: Labor to start--or my induction! I really didn't want to get to the place of needing an induction... just because I've heard horror stories and also just the worry that if I don't progress, then they go to Pitocin, then it's really painful, then I get an epidural, then their heart rates might drop, then they might tell me I need an "emergency c-section"... I just know it can be a slippery slope. My doctor will start out slow, with Cervidil gel... so I'm praying that if we get to Monday, that the gel is all that I'll need! Trying to trust the Lord.
Thankful For: The fact that these boys have made it to full term! What a miracle! (I guess bedrest worked?) As much discomfort I am in, I am so thankful that they will be full-sized little humans. No NICU, in Jesus' name. No worries about their lungs. They can come whenever they want! I never thought I'd get to 37 weeks.
Andy and I went out for dinner last Saturday night--thinking it would be our last childless date night! But I think we'll have to plan for another one this weekend. Then we'll really live it up!