December 06, 2012

I want to start this post by thanking everyone for their kind words about my hospital reflections post. I had so many people say that they could relate to my experience, and others that were thankful for my honesty. I am so glad I could help some future mama’s out by sharing my story! I have been very blessed by the kindness of others since I wrote it. I had a friend volunteer to set up meals for us using the online sign-up site, and many others that offered to come babysit while I nap. I’m sure I’ll take all of you up on your offers! Jason and I are so thankful to be surrounded by such a caring community of friends and family members. Aiden is a lucky boy to be born with so many adoring fans already!

I took my 37 week belly pics, but then didn’t have time to blog. So….the belly pics are from week 37, but the latest stats are current (week 38). You get the idea! 😉

Week 37 Belly Pictures…

Here are the latest stats: 

Pregnancy Length: 38 weeks, 3 days (as of 12/6)

Countdown to Due Date: 1 week, 4 days…AHHH!

Weight Gain: Finally asked the doctor…I have gained about 20 lbs. since the beginning of this pregnancy.

Baby is the size of a: watermelon (19 to 22 in., 7 lbs)

New baby developments: He is plumping up in there! His brain is continuing to develop rapidly, at a pace that will continue for his first 3 years of life. His skin has also turned from pink to white. He is ready for life outside the womb…we just need him to get moving!

Gender: Boy

Names: Aiden Michael

Sleep: Not too bad for this stage of the pregnancy. I usually wake up around 4ish, but can go back to sleep without getting out of bed.

Feeling: Swollen and itchy! The new developments are swollen ankles (I was wondering when they’d start!), and a pregnancy rash. It is on my belly, lower legs/ankles/feet, and upper arms. Doctor said it is harmless, but I am itching like crazy, especially at night! She said the only cure is to have the baby. She even brought up induction today, but I told her I wasn’t ready for that yet. After my first try with induction, I think I’ll wait it out a little more…uncomfortable or not!

Health: Other than the few minor uncomfortable things, I’m great! This may be TMI, but I know some people are curious…at my appointment today, I was 1-2 cm and 75% effaced. Not too much progress, but more than I ever had with Peyton!

Movement: He’s not moving as much now (no more room!), but still likes to give me a good jab every now and then.

Cravings: My new thing has been Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. I bought it for my picky eater of a daughter to try and entice her, but baby Aiden decided he liked it, too! Nothing too crazy though. I REALLY want some of those apple suckers dipped in caramel for the hospital (I think they let you suck on things during labor), but I can’t find them ANYWHERE! So I settled for the Jolly Rancher kind. If anyone finds any of the candy apple suckers, I will pay you big bucks for them!!! 😉

Nursery: It’s DONE!!! I have pictures taken, and will do a separate blog post on his baseball themed nursery. Sorry…you’ll just have to be patient for now!

Belly: Oh my how it has grown! I have also finally gotten stretch marks. I was hoping I’d escape them, but no such luck. 🙁 I have been putting on the stretch mark lotion, so let’s hope they go away once I deliver!

Next Appointment: Dec. 14th

 I have decided to work half days all next week, and then take the week of my due date off from school. Between the swelling, itching, and stressing about going into labor at school, I think it’s best for all involved! My long-term sub has already shadowed me for two days, and is ready to start taking over. As much as I love teaching, I am looking forward to my stay-at-home-mommy-gig. I know I am trading one stressful and draining job for another. Being a mom is a 24/7 job, and I know it will have its challenges! But my kids will only be little once, and I want to watch them grow up. I feel like I missed so much working during Peyton’s first year, and I am excited to be home to watch all of Aiden’s milestones. I am thankful for a husband that can look past the financial piece and see how important this is for me and our family. I will need to be a busy bee this Spring and Summer taking pictures to supplement my income, so PLEASE keep me in mind if you want family photos taken! Plus, I think I’ll need a break from the kids every now and then!

Depending on when I have this baby, I may or may not get around to writing another Bumpdate. Thanks for following along with me as I wait to meet the little boy growing inside my belly!

Oh, and one last thing…Brylee (AKA Aiden’s future wife) was born yesterday! Mandi and Brett are our wonderful friends and neighbors, and we are over the moon excited for them. She is a cutie pie, and we can’t wait to watch her grow alongside her big brother, Braxton!

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