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.
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 :)