I’m officially 37 weeks! I’ve read conflicting information about whether a baby is really considered full term at this point, but the confirmation from my doctor is that the baby could arrive safely any time now. She estimated the baby would be born around 6.5 lbs based on my measurements, so we are pretty much there.
Baby size: 6.3 lbs and 19 inches long.
Maternity clothes: Still no! I’ve made it a personal mission not to invest in maternity clothing. While being pregnant in the summer is pretty much miserable, it is nice to wear light and airy dresses that aren’t binding like pants. I’ve found some great flowy dresses at Target and Kohls and many in the little girls section as well. There are some benefits to being so short!
Sleep: Sleep – what’s that? I thought sleep was hard earlier, but it’s become increasingly difficult to get comfortable in any position these days. When I do finally manage to find a tolerable position, I wake up every 1-2 hours to go to the bathroom and alternate which side I sleep on. I haven’t experienced uninterrupted sleep in months and now it’s coupled with leg cramps and indigestion. Atleast I will be prepared for those nightly feedings at 2 hour intervals!
Discomfort level: HIGH! Braxton Hicks are relentless and I’ve thought I was in labor more than once recently. This little gymnast still moves constantly even though I’ve read that babies typically slow their movement this late in pregnancy. Not this one. She particularly enjoys stretching and jabbing me with her feet. I get it – there’s no more room in there, but go easy on me!
My amazing husband: My husband patiently listens to all my grumbles and complaints, rubs my feet and ankles when I start to swell and makes sure I eat when nothing sounds appealing. He even surprised me with an anniversary band to match my wedding ring set to celebrate the 4 year anniversary of when we met and an early “push present”. I am so thankful for his love and support.
Prepping the Dogs: I enjoyed interviewing local dog trainer, Emily Coleman of Canine Solutions to gain her perspective on pets and child safety. The complete article of how to best prepare your pets for an impending arrival is on my blog here. We’ve been introducing the dogs to various baby gear, including the car seat which stays in the living room and the bassinet which is in our master bedroom. We plan to bring home one of her blankets to share with the dogs before her arrival as well.
Photo shoots: Sadly, I haven’t booked the amount of photo shoots I typically do. I also haven’t volunteered or taken adoptable dog photos in quite a few months. My full time job keeps me busy and exhausted by the end of the day, so I don’t have much left in me to spare these days. I am hopeful after birth and recovery that I can book shoots again during my busiest Fall season. I will get plenty of practice photographing the dogs with our newborn daughter in the meantime. Thank you to everyone who has followed our journey and for your understanding and support. Stay tuned into Facebook to be the first to know when our little girl arrives!