Great Expectations II: 38 weeks

How Far: 38 weeks

Weight/ Clothes: Holding steady one pound under my final weight with Levi ... it's so funny how my weight gain levels out at the end. At my weekly appointment, my midwife did comment that the baby had grown quite a bit in the two weeks since she had seen me before. I guess it's good that he's gaining and not me so much.

In terms of clothes, since the baby is getting bigger shirts are getting smaller and smaller, but thankfully I still have tops that fit and my pants/ shorts haven't really changed fit wise.

Cravings: Nothing exciting to mention... still loving fruit!

Movement: The baby is moving subtly as he runs out of space more and more each day.

Symptoms: I'm waddling around these days and my pelvic floor is pretty sore. I'm somewhat swollen. I also had a bit of upset stomach and lost my mucus plug ... all symptoms making me think labor might start any day now, but the baby is still hanging in there not wanting to enter the world just yet. My eye is back to its twitchy self and my heartburn is under control thanks to Zantac and Tums.

Mental State: I am looking forward to the baby arriving and not being pregnant any more. I've reached THAT point of discomfort, so hopefully he will decide to make his grand entrance sooner than later.

It is also driving me a little crazy wondering when labor might begin. Each twinge or stronger Braxton Hick leaves me wondering if labor is imminent, but there's still nothing to report.

We also picked up a couple classic big brother books to read with Levi this week. He's been enjoying the Little Critter My Brother and Me book and the Berenstien Bears Baby book. He talks about the "baby" pretty often these days, so I'm excited for him to actually meet his baby brother soon!

Appointment Updates
: My midwife tells me I'm 3 cm dilated at this point and 50% effaced, so things are right on track. I asked how late I'd be allowed to go and was told ten days late, but she didn't seem to think we'd get to that point. We'll surely see.

Best Moment of the Week: We took Levi to a real polo match on Sunday for a going away gathering for our dear friend Julia. I had the perfect maternity dress for the occasion and Levi LOVED the horses. He was so cute pointing out the "neighs" adding in the occasional "yay, yay, yay" as well. I am so sad that Julia is moving, but I'm glad we got to celebrate with her by knocking one more item off her Boston Bucket List. Hopefully Jellybean arrives before the 15th so she gets the chance to meet him and hang with Levi when we head off to the hospital since my mom will arrive as soon as she can once she hears labor has indeed started.

And a couple of the cutest big brother ... just for fun!

Great Expectations II: 37 weeks

How Far: 37 weeks

Officially full term as declared by my OB at this week's appointment. Wow that was QUICK!

Weight/ Clothes: I am maintaining my weight to the pound and I'm still under a pound of what I weighed in the end with Levi. The same thing happened with my weight gain with Levi ... it stalled out at the end, which I don't mind one bit. It took me a year to take it all off last time and I'm sure this time around won't be any different except that I'll be running after two kiddos, so maybe it'll come off faster. We'll see. No matter what it's worth it for the healthy, sweet baby that arrives when it's all said and done.

In terms of clothes...some of my borrowed shirts are now getting to the too small for the bump stage. Thankfully we don't have that much longer to go until the postpartum clothing stage.

Cravings: Fruit! Especially peaches...yum!

Movement: I think the baby is getting squished and running out of room because his movements aren't quite as all over the place just a jab here and there and especially into my ribs. I feel hiccups pretty regularly and even my mom felt them over the weekend.

Symptoms: I'm having LOTS of Braxton Hicks... in fact I had a non stress test at my docs appointment this week and my OB was funny... he said well you are definitely having contractions cause he could see them on the print out. Then he asked, "Are they getting stronger?" looking at me like I might go into full labor at any moment, but they aren't getting stronger and I'm only 1/2 cm dilated which doesn't really mean much, so onward to our due date.

My sciatic nerve is also driving me bonkers because certain chairs and seated positions cause me to literally get stuck and it hurts SO much to stand up and get moving. The same is true when I get up in the middle of the night to pee three and four times. It is SO hard to get out of bed, but this too shall pass at least I hope it's completely gone after the baby is born.

Speaking of sleep ... it's getting harder. I'm exhausted at bedtime but then have trouble falling asleep. Oh pregnancy insomnia ... thankfully I haven't been up all night on any given date since I have to function with Levi the next day and need some sleep to do so. My hips have also started to hurt depending on which side I am sleeping on ... gotta love everything getting all loosey goosey. I'm just not naturally a side sleeper, but right now that's my only option so between bathroom wake ups I switch sides until the next awakening. All this waking is good practice for those night feedings too right!?!

My face has started to break out a little bit, not sure what that's about! Oh hormones.

Mental State: I'm knocking things off my to do list left and right, so that feels really good. We've spent a lot of time at home lately since it's hard for me to take Levi out and keep up with him by myself and Adam has been working hard on his big paper that is due the first, so this has provided for plenty of time to complete nesting projects around the house.

I packed my hospital bag and the diaper bag for the new baby this week. I always meant to blog about the contents of my bags last time, but I never got around to it and boy did I wish I had because it would have been so nice to have that to refer back to. Oh well, maybe I'll make note of it in a post this time around.

I saw my mom and brother in law briefly this past weekend when they were up here getting the condo settled. I know it was a huge relief for everyone to know that it's well on its way to being beautifully situated! I wish the visit could have been longer, but some visit is better than no visit at all. The next time I see Mom will be when Jellybean is here or on his way!

I was relieved this week to find out a good friend of ours, Julia, isn't leaving town for Oregon until the 15th of September. Why is this such a relief you may ask since she's moving ... well we're really sad she's moving away, BUT hopefully she'll still be here long enough to meet this new little guy AND she offered to be on call once she's done with work on the 5th to come hang with Levi. I know Levi is super comfortable with her and she's got mad nanny skills, so I know he'll be in GREAT hands while we head to the hospital. We have lots of other friends who have offered to be on call as well, but in most cases it will depend on their work schedules and such, so this just seemed like an ideal fit. Fingers crossed Jellybean decides to come within that window now!

In other project news ... I've ordered the invitations for my sister's baby shower in October and hopefully I'll have them ready to go out before Jellybean gets here, so they can just be popped in the mail. I've also looked in to our plane tickets to Virginia in October for Cabin weekend and Thais and the boys look like they'll be joining us this year too!! It will be so exciting to introduce everyone to Jellybean in October, who will have his official name too! I get to take my sister and Chris's maternity pictures in the mountains, hang out with my best friends, throw Anna's baby shower the following weekend and do another friend's maternity session while I'm in town, so much to look forward to!  I've also figured out when we'll go down to Raleigh to meet my new niece in November since I know they'll only let my sister go as late as 39 weeks due to her diabetes, so we'll get to stay with our friends, the Albrights, who just moved down there and meet the newest addition to our growing family!! I can't wait!

I've also been trying to imagine what life with two is going to be like in terms of a schedule and getting out of the house. We shall see...there's definitely going to be a new normal coming our way!

Appointment Updates
: I was negative again for Strep B, so that's good because I won't need antibiotics at the hospital.

The head is also engaged and I'm 1/2 cm dilated and having contractions, but nothing that I would consider true labor contractions yet. (Adam has a BIG paper due the 1st of September, so this little guy needs to wait until at least then, plus he'd be almost two weeks early even around that date. I'd be shocked if he comes that soon, but we're pretty much ready at this point.)

Best Moment of the Week: Levi started saying "Baby". He will pull out small bibs in the kitchen and say, "Baby" and he can point to where the baby is. He also started sleeping in his big boy bed at naps and has done so every day this week, so hopefully that transition will continue to go smoothly though we don't plan to make the nighttime transition for a while still. Fingers crossed!

Great Expectations II: Maternity Photos

It was fun to share the news that we were expecting months ago with my friend Amy of Amy Murgatroyd Photography by asking her if she'd be up for taking my maternity photos this summer. Being that I'd be most pregnant through the summer this time around rather than in the fall and winter like Levi's pregnancy, I thought it would be fun to take our maternity photos at one of the beautiful beaches on the North Shore and she suggested Crane Beach. The weather that evening could not have been more beautiful. Levi also loves the beach, so he had a ball although he was more interested in playing in the sand and water than posing at times. I love the photos, and I could not wait to print my favorite black and whites to accompany my favorite from my pregnancy with Levi for the nursery.
(I printed this one of the all of us for the nursery.)
(Then I printed this one of me and Adam for the nursery.)
 There are so many that I love, so it made picking which ones to print tough.
I think I'll have a book printed with all of my favorites to solve the issue of needing to pick.
We absolutely love these and all the gorgeous photos of Levi that I included in his 18 month update.

Great Expectations II: 36 weeks

How Far: 36 weeks

Weight/ Clothes: This week I was asked if I was sure that I was only having one...probably not the best question to ask a pregnant lady towards the end of pregnancy when you already feel BIG! But then a few days later someone told me it looked like I had at least two more months to go since I was getting around so well...guess I'm not waddling all the time yet, which is nice to know. I also coordinated a wedding this week and the parents of the groom asked at the rehearsal (in a kidding but concerned manner) if I was sure I'd be at the wedding the next day and I assured them I still had almost a month to go, so I didn't think there was any need for concern. I guess I look ready to have a baby any day now. It's all good though because I am almost full term and I'm pretty much maintaining my weight/size at this point. I'm only fluctuating by a pound or so from week to week which is precisely how things went with Levi at this stage of the game.

I did pick up a couple plain cotton tees to get me through the end of this pregnancy and into the early postpartum days.

Cravings: Still sweets (unfortunately)...I'm trying to keep the craving at bay by eating fresh fruit and lots of it...with the occasional scoop of ice cream.

Gender: Laundered all the newborn clothes this week. Gosh they're so tiny and cute! I'm excited they'll get more wear because they all look brand new even after Levi wore them for a month or so.

Movement: This baby gets the hiccups pretty often these days and he really loves kicking my ribs, which isn't fun when they already hurt from my heartburn troubles. Oh well, I'm happy that he's active.

Symptoms: Nothing too new... heartburn, rib pain, and my eye twitch is back but not too annoying. I also had a small cold this week which thankfully didn't stick around long. Being sick and pregnant is the worst since you really can't take anything. Thankfully I have a nettipot and it really seems to help.

Mental State: I had the energy necessary to wrap my last few big calendar commitments. I had a Park Street wedding to coordinate complete with reception and it went wonderfully. I also wandered around Boston to photograph my once little flower girls who are now seniors in high school! Gosh how time flies. I definitely got my exercise with both these commitments, but I remained pretty comfortable throughout both events though I was tired afterward as you'd expect.

Adam and I discussed what we have left to get done to prepare for another baby... we figure a hospital tour would be good to know where to check in and such. I should probably work on packing hospital bags. We ordered our new stroller adapter and the infant carseat made its way out to the van, though we have yet to install it. We need to have our list of on call friends together to help with Levi when I go into labor since family won't be here just yet. I think those are the main things we need to get done and we'll be ready to go. Adam also has a BIG paper to finish by September 1st, so he'd really like it if the baby cooks for at least that long, but I wasn't particularly early with Levi so I think he should be fine with getting to that deadline.

Appointment Updates
: I had my test for strep B at this week's appointment. No big deal. I was negative last time, so no antibiotics needed during labor. I'm hoping for the same outcome this go round.

Best Moment of the Week: Printing new photos to go in the nursery and living room! One more project checked off the list!

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