My Baby is as big as a: Watermelon (19-22 in, 6-9 lbs)
Due Date: April 23, 2014
Weight Gained: 18 – 21 lbs.
Symptoms: This week off work has been glorious. I have felt great. Perhaps it’s because I can do whatever feels good rather than being hunched over a keyboard all day.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nothing stands out. We made mushroom/cheddar burgers. Yum! (Normally I would go for the veggie burger option.)
Sleep: From 11:00 pm to 4:00 am I’ve been sleeping great! Then I am awake, thinking about EVERYTHING. Up until about 7:30 and then I spend the morning in bed. So thankful to be done work.
Miss Anything? Eating in front of the TV! Ha, this is probably a blessing in disguise. Jeff and I now sit down at the dinning room table to eat all of our meals. I basically have to sit up straight to eat because my belly gets in the way.
Looking forward to: Meeting this little guy! We saw four brand new babies at the mid-wife this week. So tiny! I can’t wait to see what he looks like! I think he’ll look like Jeff (so cute). I read an interesting article about how babies look like their dad’s.
Fact or Fiction: Do Babies Resemble Their Fathers More Than Their Mothers? – Fiction. Although mothers will still see their partners in their babies: “The bias in how mothers remark resemblance does not reflect actual resemblance and may be an evolved or conditioned response to assure domestic fathers of their paternity.” So interesting. I feel like the last 3 babies I have seen all looked like their dad’s very early on.
I wonder if he has hair…
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding Rings: On
Happy or moody most of the time? Moody! Sorry Jeff… maybe this means labour is coming soon? I’ve been so irritable. It might have to do with the fact that I didn’t feel ready for baby to come until yesterday. Also we re-did our back splash this week. I am so happy it’s done. I was worried we were going to be in the middle of a kitchen reno with a new-born.
New Baby Items: I bought a few Halo sleep sacks, but I am not opening them yet. My girlfriend lent me two Summer Infant swaddlers. I will wait to see if he likes those before trying the Halo ones. Those sleepers are expensive! Thank you Target 90 day exchange policy.
Maternity Clothes: I bought 2 nursing tanks! I stepped into a Thyme Maternity store for the first time. Holy Hannah maternity clothes are pricey! I picked up one black tank ($39), tags are still on, but I am sure it will be my fav.
Exercise: Running errands and dog walks. Every time I walk into a store I get this horrible vision of my water breaking. I considered throwing a towel and extra pair of pants in my car.
Labour Signs: It’s a weird week in limbo. I have no clue what I am waiting for and what to expect. I have had the same old light cramping. This kid is cozy in there.
Good news is, he is engaged. He has a little room to drop, I am not waddling yet.
Getting Labour started. I have tried the following…
While none of these are proven to get labour going it’s been fun trying them out! I am sure he will come when he is ready. I would like to avoid being induced, so hopefully he stays safe in there until it’s time.
- Ball bouncing. This is actually the most comfortable way to sit. Plus my midwife advised me to not spend too much time leaning back into a couch.
- Pineapple. I just like pineapple, I think I would have to eat 3 of them at once to have a chance of this working.
- Prostaglandin’s. Found in Evening Primrose Oil. I have been taking 3 a day since 38 weeks. (“What got the baby in will get the baby out.” Sperm also contains prostaglandin’s.)
- Curry… The perfect opportunity to hit up a local Indian restaurant.
I have always wanted to try acupuncture and I couldn’t think of a better time. I was pretty nervous. I am not afraid of needles but I couldn’t get that pin cushion image out of my head. I went to see Colleen Helgason at Shey Wellness Clinic in Toronto. I would highly recommend her. It was such a good experience. I let her know I was a little nervous and she assured me we would start slow. It was as relaxing as a massage.
I got REALLY comfortable on a bed of pillows and she started with massage, focusing on pressure points on my head and shoulders. (I hope I am not mis-using terminology). Then came the needles. She used 8 in total, 2 above my ankles, my knees, my shoulder and my hands. Deep breath in and a small prick on the exhale and that was it. Once they were in I could barely feel them. She finished with some reflexology. I may go back and see her Monday if nothing happens this weekend.