Let the countdown begin.
The end of a pregnancy is strange to me - especially as a Type A planner. Really, at any point, she could decide that she's ready. Or, she could decide that she needs longer to cook. So, between now, and mid-June, we are in this weird holding pattern. It's such a big window to wait - and sometimes it doesn't seem real.
I had quite the scare last week at 36 weeks, which involved a trip to the ER and a free sneak peek at the OB triage at St. Mary's Hospital. At work I had a very sudden onset of strange symptoms including light headedness, confusion, headache, neck pain, feverishness, and just feeling out of it. After I was unable to eloquently tell my boss that I wasn't feeling good and was going to head home (it probably sounded something like, "I think that I don't feel good and tried to wait it out and thinking that I should maybe head back to my home") he graciously offered me a ride home, which I quickly accepted after hearing myself unable to communicate.
Let's also keep in mind here that my husband left for his last work trip earlier in the morning, and was in sunny St. Louis for 3 days. Since he had similar symptoms earlier in the week, I called the clinic just in case, and it turned into the nurse demanding that I get in an ambulance and go to the ER. (Enter first real breakdown about pregnancy and "Holy crap I could have this baby soon.") Thanks to my friend Megan, I had a safe drive in a Honda CR-V instead of a shiny red ambulance. Megan was also FOB (Father of Baby) for the night, which we both thought was hilarious.
I passed all the tests, and baby girl was as healthy as could be. At the time, the OB resident said it could be viral meningitis because of the sudden onset, headache, neck pain, and confusion. But at the follow up appointment with my doc, he said it's more likely that it's just a bug like an entero virus that got into my system. Mama Smith came to the rescue and stayed two nights with me, with Papa Smith joining later, too. I was spoiled with breakfast in bed and amazing meals. Parenting doesn't stop when your kids leave the house.
After my fun ER visit, I essentially slept for 4 days. Which, looking back on it, is a blessing this late in the game. The virus definitely overrode any sort of normal bathroom breaks that accompany late pregnancy, and let me sleep through the night a couple times. The body is a crazy thing.
Here's the update, along with links to past weeks.
Baby's size? a winter melon or as long as a stalk of swiss chard, weighs about 6 pounds and 19 inches long
Weight gain? 28 lbs
Belly button in or out? Neither - it's still flat!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Sleep? Thanks to my fun virus last week, sleep is actually pretty good. But, around 2pm everyday, I feel like face planting on my desk I'm so tired.
Best moment of the week? On Mother's Day, I got to spend it with my Mum, my mother-in-law, and had a long FaceTime chat with my sister-in-law, Sarah who just had her second baby. I love all these women in my life, and so grateful that I could spend time with them.
Miss anything? Running. In the past 2 months of not running, I've realized how important it is to my mental health! Running clears my mind and gives me confidence. I'm really looking forward to getting back into it, and when she's old enough, taking baby girl in the BOB.
Looking forward to? Taking on labor. I know this is a weird one. But I've read a lot about it. You hear so much from friends. Part of me a) wants to know what it's all about and b) I like a good challenge (all moms that have given birth are currently laughing out loud at me right now).
Movement? She's head down and ready to go! Her butt is often at my belly button and sticks out, making it look like an alien is in there. And then her feet kick out my right side, sometimes to the point where I think her foot is going to break the skin.
Food cravings? Meh, not really. Just getting really full quickly, so enjoying lighter fare more often.
Anything making you sick or queasy? I can eat chicken now if it's covered in Cholula. So really, I can eat Cholula with a little chicken in it.
Exercise? Walking daily with the pup, and going to yoga a couple times a week at Dragonfly in Middleton. At Sunday's class, I was the farthest along in my pregnancy. Whoa. Several months ago, I remember those women and looking at them like, "Wow! They are so far along and so close!" And now that's me.
Symptoms? Thankfully, I have enjoyed a complication-free pregnancy. Does my back hurt everyday now? Yes. Is it difficult to drive now? Yes. But, things could be worse, so I'm counting my blessings. No crazy new symptoms - I'm hoping she drops soon to give me some room!
Labor signs? Nope! Not even Braxton Hicks.
Next up this weekend: making freezer meals!