As I sit here and write this blog post to update for my 38th week of pregnancy, there is Christmas music playing in the background (too early? not for me!) and it just hit me - this will be the very first Christmas Jake and I will have a little one at home with us. Last year at this time if you had asked me whether we'd have a child for Christmas 2014 I would have answered with a big ole' NO! I might've seen us expecting a little one - but I definitely wouldn't have thought we'd have already had our first son or daughter.
What a difference a year makes! I couldn't be more excited to meet him or her; we're getting so close to my due date! I have no idea what to expect but I can't wait to learn - time's getting short now!
This past week was great! It was relaxing, not incredibly busy and I feel so much more comfortable with the state of affairs at our house that baby could come at any time and I think we're as prepared as we need to be! The week before was awesome, but with two concerts and everything else going on it was pretty darn exhausting, too. To have a week that didn't require nearly as much driving was great!
The nursery is, for the most part, complete. The decorations we have for the walls haven't been put up yet, but besides that (which really isn't at all important in the short-run) it's ready for baby to move in. Whenever I walk by that room I just can't help but smile - I can't wait until there's a little one living in there.
Physically I have been doing well, though I can tell my body is starting to get a bit worn out. It's been more uncomfortable to sleep (I daydream about sleeping on my back and stomach. Seriously.) and my waddle has definitely become more pronounced! I have luckily avoided any of the kicks to the ribs that so many women complain about, but I do have one pain that I'm ready to be rid of. Let's just put it this way - when baby is head down and changes positions, this often changes the amount of pressure down where the head is - and it hurts like the dickens! (In case you're curious, dickens is a euphemism for the devil. I had no idea where this expression came from so I just got done googling it - there's my one thing I learned today!)
At my last appointment my doctor checked me and I was 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced; within the week I got to 3 cm and 90% effaced. Now I know that I could really walk around for another 4 weeks at this point, but it is nice to know that my body is starting to get ready for the baby to arrive! When will that be? Only time will tell!
For now, I can tell you this: these baby bump pictures won't be happening for too many more weeks. Pretty soon I'll be taking baby pictures - and those sound MUCH cuter than baby bump pictures! Until the baby comes, though, I'm stuck with the bump updates - here I am as of 38 weeks!
I must admit - I am a bit surprised that my wedding ring still fits me at this point in the pregnancy; I assumed I'd be so swollen that they'd be sitting on my bedroom shelf instead of on my finger. I'm glad that didn't happen!