Month Nine Update

I predicted in my Month 8 update that I would be pregnant right up to or after my due date. My intuition was correct – D-day is here and I’m still very much pregnant! I wanted to capture my thoughts on this last month now, knowing that baby girl could arrive at any second. I am so excited to meet her but a little nostalgic that my first pregnancy is coming to an end.

Symptoms…

The worst symptom I experienced this month is insomnia. I wake up to go to the bathroom and can’t fall back to sleep, or I have trouble falling asleep in the first place. I think it’s a combination of struggling to get comfortable and being anxious for labor to begin at any moment. I suppose it’s good practice for the many sleepless nights ahead of me, but I would’ve loved to get some rest while I still can! I’ve also experienced foot and hand swelling and pain in the arches of my feet. I can’t complain too much about those – many women have them for months, and they really just started for me around week 39 of pregnancy! In addition to foot swelling, my feet have officially grown in length about a half size. I’m really hoping they go back to 7½ after I have this baby, because I would be really upset if I have to replace all my shoes!

What I’m wearing…

Definitely almost all maternity clothes, with the exception of a few looser tops and maxi dresses. The bottom of my belly is poking out of even maternity tops, which Dave finds hilarious.

Cravings…

I’ve been pretty lax with my diet this last month. I try to eat a variety of foods to make sure I’m providing myself and baby girl with the appropriate nutrition, but I’m not depriving myself and am really just eating what sounds good to me day-to-day. Sometimes that’s a burger, fries and a shake, and sometimes that’s a salad!

Most exciting moment…

We had our last baby shower this month, with Dave’s work. They got us the last piece of baby equipment on our registry – the high chair! It made me feel really prepared and ready for baby’s arrival to have everything on our list purchased. Another “exciting” moment was officially beginning maternity leave. Since my due date is a Saturday, I opted to make the Friday before my last day. I’m hoping I don’t have a lot of time off before baby arrives but it was nice to finish everything I wanted to and to leave feeling like I’ve left my team in a good spot to continue my work while I’m out.

Stressed about…

At this point, baby girl’s arrival could truly happen at any moment. It’s hard not to stress about when and how it will happen, but I’m trying to keep myself busy and embrace the experience as it comes. We’ve had a lot of friends and family checking in on us. It’s wonderful to feel loved, but I think people forget that a due date is just an estimate! Normal pregnancies last anywhere from 37-42 weeks, so baby girl isn’t “late” even if she comes after her due date. She’s only late if she’s not here by 42 weeks! We have appointments scheduled next week to make sure she’s still thriving, and if she is we will continue on without induction until she’s ready to meet us.

Can’t wait for…

Obviously I can’t wait to meet and hold my baby girl, but at the moment I’m most excited for labor to really begin. We’ve had a few false alarms and I get so excited each time. I’m ready for everything to happen for real!

 

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