Well not right now, but reality is setting in that she is coming soon. I even said to JJ yesterday, we’re having a daughter… he just looked at me like I was crazy. I’ve known this whole time, obviously, that this little bug will eventually be here and in my arms, but it just seemed so far away. My 30th birthday is on Sunday, which is also 1 month away from the due date (September 18th– or 20th depending on what ultrasound we are going off of). All along I’ve known I would have her when I’m 30, and now that 30 is almost here- well it just is making it more real. Starting on Monday we will be getting our weekly checks… yikes!
We are putting the finishing touches on the nursery. My mom is almost done with the bumper, and has the bed skirt completed. I spent a few hours in hell yesterday trying to figure out the gallery wall above her crib. To no surprise to anyone that knows me, I’m a perfectionist (when it comes to certain things)- and this was much to JJ’s dismay. I read up on all the pinterest tips to make this project be “easy”- haha, I must laugh at that. Nothing about this was “easy” and it’s mostly because I was involved with it. The tips themselves actually worked out well. I traced all the sizes of artwork and frames on kraft paper and painter taped them to the wall:
After hating how it looked with about 7 different arrangements, I just laid on the floor and gave up. I enlisted the virtual help of my sister, best friend, and cousin to see what their ideas were because I was at my breaking point. My best friend sent me some ideas she saw on pinterest, so we made something work- and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Also, courtesy of her is why I have half of these printables anyway! The empty blue frame will be Elise’s birth announcement when she arrives. So for now, we will get to have a pretty picture of an unknown couple.
This last week was pretty terrible on my body. I started to swell a bit, as I mentioned previously, in Nashville. My middle back has been absolutely killing me- enough so I woke up in the middle of the night crying it was so bad. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor during this entire pregnancy, and as I’ve said before, she is a godsend. The weight on my small frame is simply just causing havoc and there is really nothing I can do about it. The way she is positioned in my stomach is pinching a nerve I believe. There is a spot slightly to the right of my upper abdomen that goes numb if I sit too long at work. I now have a giant exercise ball I sit on, but it’s not perfect. I also have to said, kneel, or roll over on the ball to try to get her to move out of that spot. I know there is only a limited time I have to deal with it, so that’s what I am doing. It’s best when I just lay on my side or on all 4′s but neither one of those I really can do at work (well without getting stared at anyway). I have yet to breakdown and take any Tylenol either, I keep telling myself if I can’t get through this, then how will I get through natural labor without giving in… so I’m sticking to it!
As far as how the pregnancy is treating the rest of my body- I still have no stretch marks (woo woo), I use cocoa butter daily, so I’m hopeful that helps. I am unsure of my weight gain since I don’t see the Dr. until Monday. I have not had much of an appetite, so I am hopeful it helps in that department. My belly button is still an innie- which simply amazes JJ. I am starting to feel the lack of energy setting in, my motivation for my walks have decreased- but that could be because I’m in pain also. I’m going to try to turn that around though. I have not had many food cravings, just food in general doesn’t ever sound that great- well except cereal, I love cereal.
What is going on with the baby?
This week we have reached coconut status. Nothing much is really changing with her size- the range is still the same as last week- she is still around 17.2 to 18.7 inches, and between 4.2 and 5.8 lbs. She is mostly just plumping up in these final weeks. Her hearing is fully developed, the circulatory and musculoskeletal systems are compete and her lungs are pretty much mature. Her kidneys are completely developed and her liver is functional and capable of processing waste products. The survival rate of 35 week babies are 99% and about 8% have a serious medical complication.