Baby update: 39 weeks! 

As everyone else I know is having their little ones, I sit here writing yet another blog post because my tiny human is comfy and doesn’t want to come out yet. *sigh*

This week, Baby Hill is around the size of a watermelon (yes, I finally got to use that fruit equivalent!). She weighs around 7 pounds and is anywhere between 19-21 inches long.

Peanut is fully cooked at this point and can come at any moment!

Doctor Appointment Update : At my last visit, we had some improvement. I was 70% effaced and 1 centimeter dilated.

Even with that bit of progress, our little princess has decided inside mummy’s tummy is better than the real world… And so, we continue to anxiously await her arrival.

I also found it interesting that I have lost nearly two pounds since my last appointment. Apparently that is normal due to baby continuing to grow and make less and less room for the rest of my under parts.

Fingers crossed that she comes before my next appointment…that would be a nice thing for her to do 😉

The Struggle: With one week till baby’s due date, I am a miserable human being.

I can’t sleep, can’t breathe properly if I lie down, and my back hurts. And, on top of all that, life itself and pretty much everyone in it annoys me.

My recent motto has become, “I give zero f@!#s”. Because… Well, I don’t.

Birthday Predictions: At this point, I have no clue when she’ll arrive. I truly believed she would be an October baby… And as of today that is no longer possible.

To keep from becoming anxious/frustrated, I have stopped assuming she’ll come soon. I mean, if she’s not out within a week, the princess is getting evicted from the castle anyways.

Sorry (not sorry) darling, you can’t stay in there forever.

Other things: I find it amusing when people ask how far I am, I tell them, and then they find out I am still working as a middle school teacher.

Yes, I am about to pop (literally).

Yes, I still teach and coach full-time.

Why? Because I like being busy and don’t feel the need to sit at home, be bored, and be more miserable that I already feel. Also, we need the money AND I may slightly be a crazy person on top of it all. 😉

On a plus, my maternity leave starts after this Friday. Can’t believe I am going to make it to my last week of teaching before baby arrives.

As the days flutter by, I am more and more anxious to meet my little girl and finally hold her in my arms. I’m looking forward to all the hard work that is to come. Hopefully see you soon little one. ❤️

39 weeks down, 1 week to go! 

Baby Update: 38 weeks!

 14 days left. I believe it is acceptable to now start counting down by days.

This week, Peanut is the size of swiss chard. So, that means she is weighing in at around 6.5 pounds and measuring about 20 inches long.

She is certainly proving to me daily how big she is getting. Stretching out is her favourite activity.

Doctor Appointment Update: Went in Thursday for another appointment. My cervix is softened, I am 50% effaced still and I am half a centimeter dilated. It has begun! Now to just get her moving a bit faster and I would be happy!

Also, apparently baby’s head is far enough down that the doctor could feel the tip of her head. That is a finger length away from her exit! WOW!

I have another appointment this week, so fingers crossed for even more of an improvement. 🙂

Helping her along: I have absolutely loved being pregnant…until the last week or so. I am uncomfortable, have no patience and am grumpy (sorry to those I have been sassy at).

So, to encourage her to hurry up, I have been trying to do things to jump-start labor.

  • I am walking…TONS. Which is not much of a change from my daily life since teachers walk lots anyways.
  • I attempt to eat spicier foods.
  • I take the stairs when possible. For those of you who know my level of clumsiness, don’t worry. I only take the stairs UP…not DOWN. I don’t need help falling, especially with my center of gravity being all baby belly.
  • I also have started bouncing on a yoga ball. This one I have been told helps a lot. It has managed to make me feel funny, so we will see if yoga ball bouncing is magical or nah.

Birthday Predictions: My sister thinks baby will be here on October 27th. I am hoping she is right. I personally do not want my peanut born on Halloween. So she better not miss her window of opportunity. 😉

Delivery worries & thoughts: I am starting to realise that soon I will be birthing a small human. It is quite scary. I have faith it’ll all be fine, but still, thoughts of things that could go wrong pop into my head sometimes.

Luckily, my husband is reassuring and helps me put my worries aside.

At this point, I am so ready to have her in my arms that anticipation outweighs my worries. HURRY UP TINY ONE!

Other fun things: My poor furbabies must know something is going on. Both have been extremely cuddly the last few days. Perhaps that is a sign!

My TP divers had Districts the other day. Baby was good and didn’t come while I was judging (that could have been awkward). YAY for my kiddos as well for making it to Regions! Now, we just need to hope baby comes before or after Regions so I can go 🙂

38 weeks down, 2 weeks to go!

Baby Update: Week 37!

IMG_4174Figured at this point in the pregnancy I may as well update on a weekly basis since baby can come whenever she wants.

This week baby is the size of a winter melon (which I didn’t know existed). So she is measuring anywhere between 19-21 inches and is weighing somewhere between 6-6.5 pounds.

This baby girl is attempting to stretch my tummy out to its very limit. The constant discomfort has officially set it. I am ready for this tiny human to come meet mummy and daddy now.

Baby Doctor Appointments: I am officially on weekly visits to the Doctors so they can check on Peanut regularly.

This week I had to have my finger pricked, which I am sooooo glad I did not know ahead of time. I HATE my finger being pricked. Possibly my least favourite thing in the world.

However, my iron is up two points so that’s a good thing! Glad to know the supplements are doing their job.

Baby’s heart rate is still a strong 140 and she is measuring well. I have still not hit the 25 pound mark for pregnancy weight gain, so I am pretty happy with that.

To my slight disappointment surprise my cervix is still closed and I am not dilated AT ALL. I am 50% effaced, but that means very little without dilation at this point. So, all that pelvic pain and groin tingle/pain is just baby staying comfortable…not getting ready to meet us. (Must admit I am a little sad about it).

Baby Prep: I finally received my Posh Pushers labor and delivery gown in the mail! So excited to look cute and stylish to welcome our little princess into the world! Plus, who wouldn’t pick a pink and white gown to the yucky blue ones they have at hospitals. Plus, now I don’t have to walk around with my tush hanging out for everyone to see.

Hospital bag for baby and mummy are set and ready to go. I added the finishing touches yesterday, including my pink owl Boppy for baby to relax on when breastfeeding.

Symptoms: I can now understand why most women find the last few weeks of pregnancy to be the hardest. HOLY COW AM I UNCOMFORTABLE!

This baby has me peeing constantly, feeling pains through my pelvis, groin and legs, and my waddle (which I like to call pregnancy swag) is looking as fabulous as ever.

I even had one of my middle school darlings comment on my waddle the other day. He was running to lunch and came up to me saying, “Mrs. Hill! I thought you were a student for a second, then I saw your waddle and I knew nahhhh that’s just Mrs. Hill.” I couldn’t help but laugh out loud, plus, he is one of my favourite little 8th graders.

Birthday Predictions: Well, my prediction and my husbands prediction have passed. My mom thinks today…so we will see. At this point, I have decided to stop hoping and wishing her to come early so I can relax and NOT get my hopes up. Baby will be here when she is good and ready…

It is amazing how quickly this is all going to happen! Literally any day now she could decide it is time to come out! Although I am not looking forward to the pain of labor, I am looking forward to holding my little girl for the first time.

37 weeks down, 3 weeks more to go!