Holy crap, 37 weeks! According to one app that’s full term. According to another it isn’t for 2 weeks. Either way, there’s a full grown baby in me! And I simultaneously want her to keep cooking and get here now so we can meet her and hold her and all that. Since I’m still healing my ribs I definitely want her to hold off for a while.
I read Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs tonight in one sitting. It was fun but so little applied to my pregnancy that I’m glad I didn’t read it earlier. I wouldn’t want even more ideas of what pregnancy is getting in my head potentially making it worse. I’m grateful that throughout pregnancy I had good influences around me to remind me that anything is possible, so not to decide what it would be like. I’m incredibly glad that my pregnancy has been relatively easy. I’m also glad I’ve documented the challenges because it’s easy to forget already.
As for symptoms, I am starting to retain water more often but nothing horrible. It’s making me wear my rings less often, just to be safe, but I just rehydrate and that tends to take care of it. The pain is manageable, beyond the initial rib injury, especially now that I take it easier so I don’t stress my body much. Tonight I had some sharp pains at the upper part of my uterus but it wasn’t even full muscles and the muscles weren’t hard. It was also all on the left side and a little central, whereas Peanut is very much on the right. But if I poked my belly it hurt even more, so perhaps atypical braxton hicks? It eventually stopped, thankfully. I’m not seeing any labor symptoms otherwise. Peanut may have dropped a little, but she’s so low that it’s hard to say. I didn’t pay enough attention.
Peanut is pretty active now, but of course not if I grab the camera to try to video movement, or if someone wants to feel it. She’s so not a trained monkey, or predictable at all. 🙂 Our strong willed little girl just does her own thing. Thankfully she’s pretty kind most of the time. Never been kicked in the ribs. Doesn’t sit on the bladder too much or for too long. She does tend to make it known if she has spent too much time away from her other mom. The other day, maybe it was yesterday (who can track time?) she gave me a few swift kicks to a relatively sensitive area before I realized she needed both her moms. As long as I’m home that’s easy to solve, and she knows when I’m not at home so overall it’s a handy system. I can’t tell you what’s specifically different about that kick, but I get it when she does it.
Oh, food is the big change. Today I ate a whole 1 pound veggie pizza. In one sitting. Holy crap, I was just so hungry!!! I never do that. At least it was organic! I am hungry almost all the time though so I’m trying to find what sounds good and isn’t pure crap. I don’t typically eat too much at a time, so the pizza surprised me. Right now I’m trying to not think too much about a stupid McDonald’s commercial with a chicken sandwich because I really don’t want to go out at 11:20pm to get garbage. I think I’m officially hitting those obnoxious cravings everyone talks about. Fun?
I made headway on the hospital bag. So far we have the coming home outfit, her two stuffed animals (they’re small but charged with our energies), the booklets from birthing class, massage roller and stress ball, travel tooth care kit in case I forget mine the day of, baby scissors, nasal aspirator, $6 or so in change for the vending machine, 8 newborn diapers (honest brand and babyganics in case she doesn’t like the hospital ones) and 4 Depends underwear. The Depends were recommended somewhere and I have been using the various pee pads long enough to recognize their benefit. I have a few travel squeeze bottles to put lotion, shampoo, and leave in conditioner so they can be packed. I also need to pack a few days worth of all of our meds/vitamins. Then it’s a matter of figuring out clothes which I’m a complete loss about. I don’t know what I’m going to want to wear after. I’m ok with using the hospital gowns while there so I don’t have to worry about various fluids. Who would have thought this would be the hardest part to choose at this point? Any advice? I don’t know if this is made more difficult due to being butch or just being someone without a lot of clothes to choose from. lol