although i'm really [really] trying not to count down!
overall, i have to say feel . . . really good. too good, really, to be at the end of this path -- which is why i am now more convinced than ever that there will be a significant stretch before the big day. don't get me wrong: i feel incredibly lucky that i am not physically miserable in my current state. but i also feel [mentally] READY!
my work to-do list is gradually getting done. my hospital bag is packed. and my baby to-do list -- well, while it's not complete, i feel like the essentials are all there.
i'm still running, although i'm starting to slow the pace even further -- yesterday i used 5.3 mph [instead of the usual 5.5] for my running intervals, as it just felt more comfortable. unlike ashley, i haven't tried it barefoot -- but since my gym is communal i'm pretty sure that's not going to happen!
i do regret that i've sort of let prenatal yoga and strength training go by the wayside. i'm not sure i have any muscles left in my upper body! but apparently, i'll get to work on that soon.
in general, things are just good! i will have some occasional sharp pains/period-type cramps that get me excited things are progressing, but nothing consistent. i am plodding through remaining projects at work, though admittedly not at my previous full force. i'm done with clinic [though i still have lots of follow-up to do!] and my last call weekend will be this weekend.
i have no swelling [still wearing my rings / shoes] and even though it could change ANY moment, currently no stretch marks. although i've heard that sometimes they can be sneaky and wait to appear until AFTER things are somewhat deflated! ahh well, if it happens, they were WORTH IT.
the one issue i'm starting to have is with sleep -- it's getting pretty hard to remain comfortable, and i feel like the hours i do get are pretty fitful. my hips have started aching from being in the same positions night after night -- i MISS sleeping on my stomach and back so much! but i've been able to get to bed early and things haven't been too bad overall. it seems silly to complain when i'm about to enter a new realm of sleep deprivation/interrupted rest anyway!
the usual rundown
weight gain: up 20 lbs total at 38 weeks. i actually lost a pound over the past 2 weeks despite the fact that i feel like i'm absolutely eating to capacity every night. this is part of what got me worried that maybe my amniotic fluid had gotten low, but thankfully it was fine. the OB did not seem concerned, but i have been making an extra effort to get in more snacks -- and now i feel like my nightly ice cream habit is justified. in general, i'm not craving anything in particular right now and in fact i sort of haven't cared that much about the specifics of food lately. just as long as there is some!
fundal height: still measuring 35 -- the same as since 34 weeks. again, this added fuel to my anxiety fire at the appointment! but the OB said the measurements can change towards the end as things drop lower [i feel like i've carried very high for much of the pregnancy].
fetal heart rate: 150s -- and then with lots of variability when i went for the non-stress test [basically, they stick a doppler and contraction monitor on you for 20 minutes to make sure the baby's HR is nice and variable and not decreasing with contractions].
cervix: have no idea! i was at 1 cm at 36 weeks, but no one has checked since. i think it's fine since the more i've read, this really isn't a great predictor of delivery date!
baby: according to the ultrasound, she is comfortable and well cushioned with fluid, knows how to make the cutest-ever sucking motions with her lips, has serious cheeks but is on the smaller side [estimate 6 lb / 3 oz currently] and has HAIR. i keep staring at the pictures -- just can't help myself! i cannot WAIT to be with her on the outside.
next visit: in 1 week [monday].
still on the baby to-do list
✔ breast pump setup -- i have all of the tools / pieces, and i've turned it on to hear the not-so-lovely wooshing sound -- now i just need to sterilize the parts + connect. i may not need this for more than a month, but i'd like to have it handy just in case.
✔ nursery organization -- still need some sort of system for containing toys/extra stuff, since much of it is lying in the crib right now. but i'm fine with doing this later if that's how it works out since she'll be sleeping in our room to start with, anyway.
✔ stocking the freezer with a few things [hopefully!]
on the non-baby to-do list
✔ ONE call weekend [this weekend]
✔ finish draft of poster
✔ mini-grant [a one-page proposal -- hopefully i can knock this out today!]
✔ finish 1Q84 [why not?]