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41 Weeks

Picture stolen from my actual due date on the 16th on our way out the door to what we thought was our last doctors appointment, ha!

Definitely not a post I had planned on or hoped to write... but here we are!  41 weeks and counting.

I don't want to be a downer here, but I do want to document all of this for my sake soooo not going to lie or sugarcoat things, yesterday I was in a MOOD.  Feeling all sorts of sorry for myself for still being pregnant.  I think it's exacerbated by the fact that I know quite a few people due in June - both in real life and blog life - and yesterday fourrrr of them gave birth.  And every single one was due after me.  So social media was not my friend yesterday :)  Of course I'm so so so happy for them and it's so exciting and it's not pretty to admit, but seeing those posts was like a stab in the heart.  I cried and let myself feel badly, but I got over it (getting ice cream last night helped) and luckily today I'm feeling so much better.  I have a doctors appointment this afternoon and I'm hoping to come out of that with a plan for how to get this baby OUT!

How far along: 41 weeks, 0 days

Gender: Hopefully still girl ;) We had an ultrasound on Monday, but couldn't get a good shot of the anatomy... although the ultrasound tech said she was 99% sure last time.

Weight Gain: I've pretty much leveled out since 34 weeks at 30 pounds.  Some weeks I've gained a couple, and then the next week I've lost a couple which I think is strange, but my doctor has reassured me this is normal, especially at the end.

Maternity Clothes:  Yes and they barely fit anymore!  I can't wait to burn this stuff here soon.  (Just kidding, I'll keep it for next time, but I'll be the happiest person when I pack it all away!!).

Stretch Marks: I honestly can't tell.  My stomach looks wild right now - it's hard to tell the difference between veins and/or possible stretch marks!  We'll see soon :)  I've religiously used this stuff and it's been the best.

Movement: It's definitely slowed down in the last week and a half.  There's just no room left.  I have a non-stress test this afternoon to make sure she's still okay in there.

Sleep: As to be expected at 41 weeks.  I get up every two hours to pee - the pressure is insane, I have to pretty much run to the bathroom - and readjust because my hips hurt.  Luckily I'm able to fall back asleep pretty quickly.  And I'm SO HOT at night.  I crank the AC down and have the fan going, but I still sleep with no covers on.

Workouts: If you count walks, yes!  Lots and lots of walks.  Brady is lovin' it.  They are certainly not comfortable and are super slow, but I'm basically trying to walk this girl out.  

Cravings/Aversions: Give me all the fruit and all of the beverages.  Obsessed with slushies and juice and I pretty much consume an entire watermelon a week.  So good and so refreshing in this heat!  No aversions, thankfully.

Labor Signs: Ugh.  Not really.  A little crampy here and there, but nothing consistent.  I was 1cm and 70% effaced for about a month, and on Monday she stretched me out to 2cm (that felt good) and said that I wouldn't be making it to my next appointment (today).... but here I still am.  I've never even felt a contraction or Braxton Hicks.  And trust me, I've tried alllll the tricks!

Symptoms: #overit.  Haha no, but hip pain still and just a general uncomfortable feeling.  Anxious for how labor is going to go down.  Joint pain in my fingers.  They seem to be a little swollen (only at the joints) which is weird and I miss wearing my rings.  Also, I'm pretty sure my feet have gotten bigger?!  Is that a thing?  My feet aren't really swollen at all, but it's almost like they've gotten wider.  All of my shoes are SO uncomfortable.  I just ordered these to wear around the house/for casual wear this summer, because my sandals right now just aren't going to cut it.

Nursery: Done :)  Check it out here!

Mood: Still all of the feelings.  Excited/terrified/anxious/emotional... just want to get this show started.  It's been really hard to just 'wait' all week and have too much time to think about how things are going to go down.

Also, feeling nervous about the fact that an induction is probably in my future.  I'd love to hear your stories/advice/recommendations if you've had one.  Of course it's not how I had the whole going into labor thing pictured in my head, but it is what it is and at this point I just want her out.  Especially because at our growth scan on Monday, they estimated her at 8lbs, 13oz already!!  Praying that is off by a pound (or two), ha!

Make sure to follow along on Instagram - @ka5ohare - and Snapchat - @kavanderploeg - and hopefully I'll have some good news to report here soon :)

47 comments

  1. Oh girl. You poor thing. My friend gave birth last week at 41 weeks because the finally induced her and I think she was crying every day once she hit her due date! You are such a champ and looking like a million bucks :) Good luck at your appointment today!
    P.S. I've had several pregnant people say their feet grew in pregnancy - like permanently! Have you actually gone up a size?

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  2. Hang in there girl!! I was due with Miller at the end of June and I could name at least five people due after me that had babies before me. It was so depressing but he came out when he was ready and it was all good. Fingers crossed you all come up with a plan today to get baby girl out! Can't wait to hear the good news.

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  3. Love this update! I am getting anxious for you, ha! I shared a due date with two other bloggers last year and they both had their babies three weeks early; it was torture! Anyways, yes feet so get bigger and sometimes stay bigger. Also, my boys were 8 lbs 3 oz and 9 lbs 10 oz. Don't be too worried about a big baby, plus those cans can be waaaay off. So for that reason I would personally hold off on an indication. You will have a higher risk of complications and possible c-section. It's hard to wait but baby will be here soon! I keep thinking any minute we will be getting a baby announcement for you.

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  4. Hey sweet friend, I'm still sending you baby vibes! I'm anxious for you because I know you are soooooooo ready. I'm checking insta look for the WE'RE ON OUR WAY post. I've heard feet get bigger with pregnant women but have yet to experience the fact. You've got this and I"m praying for a healthy delivery...soon! xoxo

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  5. My feet are 100% a half size bigger. It's so sad. I know it's hard but she will be here soon! Hang in there!! Hope you get some good news at your apt. today!!

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  6. I cannot imagine! You are a trooper! I was induced on my due date with my first because when they did the size ultrasound at 40 weeks she was measuring 10 LB 4OZ! She ended up "only" being 9 LB 2 OZ. :)
    My advice for induced labor is to eat a good, high protein snack/meal before you go in because they do not let you have anything but water once you get there. I was so starving and exhausted, that was by far the worst part of it for me. I would also suggest getting your epidural before they break your water. It is not a fun feeling to be soaked in bed over and over again. :) Plus, the contractions get pretty intense pretty quickly after they break your water. You will be fine, and no matter what happens the doctors/nurses will help you have a safe delivery, even if it means you end up in a c-section by the end of it and that is A-OK, too because it's finally OVER! Good luck, and I will be saying a prayer for you!

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  7. Oh man girl, you look GOOD although I know you don't feel it! It's like a basketball under there! I hope you go soon, I keep checking social media! Have them strip your membranes would be my suggestion and do like ross and rachel did, haha! At least at this point you know for sure she'll be here in less than 7 days, since you will have an induction! The end is near!!

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  8. She is going to be here any day!! I can feel it! I know that most first time mamas deliver around 41 weeks, so you are in the normal boat there! And just know your baby girl is growing and will be a healthy weight with all of her organs fully developed. Camden was so teeny when I delivered him at 37 weeks (5# 13 oz), but luckily he was all healthy. I was hoping to let baby 2 cook as long as possible to ensure he was a healthy size! Don't be scared of induction. It's honestly so common these days. I was induced with Camden and I think because it was early, I just didn't progress to the point where I could deliver him 'naturally'. However, you have to deliver, just know that the baby's health and your's are most important!

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  9. I'm so sorry that little girl hasn't decided it's time yet. I was much the same as your little one and I ended up coming out ok (at least I think so anyway haha). You look fabulous girl, despite the extra week!!! Hang in there!!

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  10. You are still looking fantastic at 41 weeks, lady! Cheers to hoping she's out very soon - at least you'll get some kind of news today!

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  11. You look gorgeous! I'm so sorry that your little girl has yet to arrive. My friend was over 2 weeks late with her first so I know your pain. Hang in there, she will be here shortly.

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  12. Bless your heart. I know you have to just be so edgy now.
    You've come this far... hang in there momma. You are one tough lady.

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  13. Sorry you had such a rough day yesterday, but yay for ice cream and feeling better today. Sending lots of *hugs* and magical labor dust your way for baby girl to make her first appearance! <3
    Green Fashionista

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  14. You look amazing!! Praying she comes soon & for a healthy/ safe delivery!! :)

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  15. Oh mama, I can only imagine how uncomfortable you are! You totally get to have a moody day... the last few weeks are so rough especially when everyone asks if you're still pregnant! Hopefully your doc gives you good news today and trust me, it will ALL be worth it :)

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  16. Oh girl, I know you are so ready to meet her and be done with being so uncomfortable! I hope you are able to figure out a plan with your doctor today that you feel really good about. I'm so excited for you to meet your precious little girl!

    Also, how on earth do you look this awesome at 41 weeks pregnant?! Seriously, you are all belly and perfect. I don't know what my body will do someday in late pregnancy, but I'm pretty sure if the way I swell up in heat while not even pregnant is any indicator... I'll be enormous then, ha! Also, I've totally had several friends who changed shoes sizes after pregnancy! So that's normal too!

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  17. Hope she arrives soon!!! Bigger feet are definitely a thing. My mom was a size 6.5 before me, 7 after and then a 7.5 after my brother! She has been ever since too. Hope your appointment goes well today and that your sweet girl is here soon!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  18. I was induced and it was awesome! Had zero complications from it and was in labor for a little over 12 hours. I got my epidural early, once they start pitocin it doesn't take long for the contractions to come on hard and fast, so I recommend doing that! Hope you get some good news at your appointment today!!

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  19. OMG! You're a trooper! Wishing you luck and any bit of comfort because I would be feeling the same way as you.

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  20. You look amazing at 40 (and I assume still at 41) weeks!! :) And I'm totally on board with a pity party every now and then - yours was 100% warranted lol can't wait for you to meet baby girl!

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  21. You are adorable!! Sorry things are taking longer than expected, but it'll all be worth the wait. I'll be anxiously stalking your insta feed for glimpses of your sweet baby girl. Brady looks back to his normal happy self - hooray!!

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  22. I can't imagine how hard waiting is at this point! Thinking of you!

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  23. I went 10 days over with Clara and 12 days over with Isabelle, so I totally feel your pain! Also, I wrote this post a few years ago about being 'overdue' http://thebenroecks.com/post/2014/08/28/past-due-date/ in case you're looking for something to distract you :-) You look great, especially for 41 weeks!

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  24. Ugh! I'm feeling for you mama - and have a feeling that the same thing is going to happen to me!!! Really hoping baby girl decides she want to meet you soon!!! :)

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  25. The final days are SOOO HARD because of the anxiousness and excitement. But it's such a blessing to also go so far in your pregnancy! Such mixed emotions LOL!!! Can NOT WAIT to see that baby girl's first picture!

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  26. You look AMAZING for being 41 weeks!!! Hopefully some good news after your appt today?! :) Prayers for a smooth delivery! xx

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  27. I've been thinking of you nonstop, friend! How did things go at your appointment today? And, do you mean that the baby dilated you more or your doctor did?! (Yikes). If it means anything, you look AMAZING!

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  28. Both of my babies have been induction babies, and they both came smoothly with no problems (fingers crossed for a third time that was just like the first two!) So don't worry about that, sweet friend. I'm sure that you and your little gal will be just fine, and I cannot wait to hear the news that she is on her way!!!:)

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  29. Oh man - I don't blame you for getting upset and down one bit!! I can't imagine how disappointing or frustrating that has to be. I'm sure everything will be great, even if you have to get induced. Will be praying for you!! Hope to see the snapchat soon ;)

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  30. I think you are definitely allowed to be in a mood anytime you want right now! Haha. COME ON BABY GIRL -- blog world wants to meet you too! <3

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  31. You are so adorable!!! Omg and it is so close. I will be checking social media often to see :)

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  32. Oh my gosh girl I'm going to be checking social media none stop to see if this is the weekend!! Hang in there love!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  33. Thanking of you girlfriend! (definitely just hopped on Insta to see if anything had changed...) I know you can't wait for baby girl to get here!!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  34. Hang in there girl!! She is coming soon :) I pray for a smooth and easy delivery
    Chelsea @ http://thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com/

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  35. I've never been pregnant but I've had several friends whose babies just kept wanting to cook away. Good luck and hopefully you do have a plan today :)

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  36. So sorry friend - praying your baby girl is here soon!!! Thinking of you and these anxious moments... A friend of mine just had her little boy at 42w3d in London - I would die!!!! Good luck x

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  37. Girl, you are so tiny and all belly!!! #pregnancygoals lol. But for real, I hope she comes ASAP and everything goes nice and smoothly. And idk how true it is, but I think pregnancy can make your feet larger. Like I've heard women going up 1/2-1 size and none of their old shoes fitting. The things we go through!!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

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  38. You got this, momma! We can't wait to meet your newest addition very soon! Xo, Stephanie

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  39. This. Is. Darling. You have the cutest baby bump ever, and major props for getting tennies on your feet!! Happy thoughts for L&D :)

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  40. Good news is that you are seriously all belly girl!! I cannot believe you're still pregnant, hopefully baby girl decides to make an appearance soon, it sounds like you're super uncomfortable and ready for babes to come out. I can't believe I haven't been following you on snapchat, just changed that :)!

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  41. Ah, 41 weeks is NO JOKE girl. I really feel for you! My feet grew a half size with each pregnancy oddly enough, but apparently that happens. I also had an induction and it's really nice having everything run so smoothly and calmly, so there are a lot of pluses to it!

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  42. Hope we hear about you giving birth this weekened!!!

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  43. Girl... aside from the basketball under your shirt, I can't get over how you don't even look pregnant. At FORTY ONE WEEKS NO LESS!!!!!

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  44. You poor thing!!!! So I don't usually comment but I am a reader! I had to comment today though. I have been there and I know that UGHHHH feeling. I went in for an induction and they put in this string thing to soften my cervix to get ready for induction and THAT is what put my into labor. I am hoping that is what happens for you! Apart from putting that string in, it wasn't bad at all. The doctor was scaring the tar out of me with how miserable I would be when they induce me because my body was just moving SO. SLOW. Luckily everything was over and done with in about 7 hours.

    My advice is to relax through it all. I was SO NERVOUS but I watched movies to keep my mind off of it and that really helped. I know it is easier said than done but try to enjoy it! I am so excited to read your Welcome-to-the-world-baby-girl post!

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  45. i know i am late but i'm sorry you were late but yay she's finally here! do you miss being pregnant yet? just kidding.

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  46. I can't believe you lasted till 41. She was so content in there!

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