Baby Bump: 38 Weeks!

April 24th, 2014


You know what would be really effective birth control?

If, rather than making them tote around eggs or dolls, you took a group of high school students and made them read fifty posts on an internet forum for parents of newborns. 

Because, oh. my. gosh.  Having an infant sounds terrifying.

Obviously, I know that new parents don’t get any sleep.  And I know that babies are incredibly demanding.  But reading posts about people who can’t make it through the day without crying a dozen times, or whose nipples are bleeding from trying to breastfeed? 

Let’s just say, it’s a good thing I didn’t discover these message boards a year ago.

Since it’s most likely too late for me to give this kiddo back, I’ve got to just figure that the human race has made it this far, so probably I’ll manage to 1) keep this baby alive and 2) not go completely bonkers in the process.  But… yikes. 

Pair that with my jitters about labor and general hormone overload, and this week was, quite honestly, a little rough.  I’m incredibly nervous about what it’s going to be like to take care of an infant, and those seven million or so people who’ve told me it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever done are not really helping.  (Honestly, I would add that to the list of Things Not To Say To a Pregnant Woman, but that’s just me.)

At the same time, there’s nothing I want more than to be doing it!  I can’t wait to finally see our son, face to face, and start getting to know this incredibly special person who will change my life in so many ways.  Even if that means no sleep for the next few months, postpartum crying fits, and all the host of bodily functions that I will, for both your sakes and mine, refrain from discussing any further.

I’m trying to just enjoy these last few days of peace and quiet, but it’s hard when there’s this huge, scary, exciting, all-consuming change hanging over us every day!  I know I’ll look back on this post and be grateful for the few extra days of sleep and quiet that we sneaked in at the buzzer… but it’s hard to remember when all I can think about is how much I want this baby to arrive!


How far along? 38 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 27 pounds

Maternity clothes? Basically everything I’m wearing lately is either maternity or really baggy.

Stretch marks? Still no!  Home stretch!

Symptoms: Back pain has been brutal this week, and I also get these weird hip spasms.  Pregnancy is a blast!

Sleep: Insomnia + baby sleeping on your bladder = not much!

Best moment this week: My wonderful husband talking me down from a baby-anxiety-induced freakout.

Worst moment of the week: Getting panicked every time I think about having a newborn, how much work it’s going to be, and how you can never really be prepared for it.

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Miss Anything? Having a functioning body that isn’t in pain all the time…

Movement: Still some, mostly where his feet are!

Food cravings: Honestly, food has kind of lots its appeal this week.  Maybe it was the entire chocolate cake I consumed that did it, but I’m sort of over sweets at this point.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, thankfully!

Have you started to show yet: I am enormous.

Labor Signs: LOTS.  I have Braxton Hicks contractions almost every day, but they aren’t getting stronger or closer together, so it’s still a waiting game.

Belly Button in or out? Out?

Wedding rings on or off? On, but much tighter this week.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Honestly, this was a moody week.

Looking forward to: Getting this show on the road!  However it goes, I’ll be happy to have labor be over with and meet our little guy for the first time.

Tags: baby

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kay // Apr 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Aaaaaaaaahh I’m so excited for this baby!  I keep expecting to see something about you going to the hospital whenever I check Facebook!

  • 2 Stacy Dill // Apr 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

    There are many GOOD things, too! Once labor is over, you will feel tired, accomplished and hungry and you can celebrate soon with champagne ( or your favorite erstwhile banned beverage). You will fall in love with a new sweet baby who will be in love with you, too! You and the little guy will enjoy being the center of attention! Breastfeeding is awesome once you get the hang of it! You will enjoy, after some fits and starts, getting your body back and…NEW CLOTHES! It will be joyous and fun to be there as your baby grows, changes and has all of those great milestones! It won’t be long before you will look back to everything wistfully and with much happiness. My best advice to you? Enjoy! And take LOTS of pictures of your little one! There will never be enough! Good luck! Any day now!

  • 3 Samantha Levin // Apr 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Hang in there! He will be here before you know it, and the second he comes out you will be shocked with the feeling that this pregnancy is really over!
    Also, I was feeling the EXACT same way as you the week before my baby was born, I had about three crying nervous breakdowns. Honestly, the first few weeks are tough, but once you get through them it’s really amazing and you seriously enjoy and appreciate your baby with everything he or she does! You can’t prepare or know what it’s really going to be like before, but I promise you your maternal instincts really kick in and it will shock you how much you will really know without knowing anything before! 🙂

  • 4 Katherine // Apr 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Think of all of the things you’ve been able to accomplish–quite well–simultaneously. And think of all of the people without your same superhuman capabilities who have managed to have babies and do a good job. You’ve got this!

  • 5 Katherine // Apr 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Also I hope that you are willing to post a birth story here. I love reading them!

  • 6 Sheri // Apr 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Take a deep breath.  It’s good to read other’s first hand experiences, but what helped me the most was knowing that there are many ways to skin a cat.  In other words, there’s the experts’ way, your friends’ & family’s way, and then the way that works.  You try them all and stick with what works.  Your main goals the first few weeks – make sure he is eating, peeing, and pooping.  That’s it!  Nothing else matters.  You can’t hold him too much or too little, you hold him enough for what works for you, him, and your husband.  You feed him enough.  Babies are smarter than we are.  They know when its enough.  You change him enough – if he’s wet or poopy, you change him.  The number of outfits, the type of outfits, the name on the crib, the name on clothing, the time on the clock…..none of that will matter in 10 years.  What will matter is that you nourished him, kept him safe and comfortable, and held him and loved him.  You are going to do fine!  You will be amazed that you will just know what to do.  When you don’t, ask; absorb the information; then figure out what works for you!

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