Saturday, February 13, 2010

I can see the finish line...

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Well, here we are, 36 and a half weeks, nearly full-term, and nearly time to meet! It's so crazy, I never thought I'd get here, and at the moment I'm constantly juggling between wanting it to come faster, and wanting it to slow down (usually I want it to happen faster when I'm sore and feel huge, and usually want it to slow down when I look at everything that still needs to be done!) Overall though I'm still filled with much excitement at what's to come in the next few weeks, it's a constant waiting game, but it's going to be a wonderful finish.

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As for how I'm feeling, overall I still feel pretty good, my energy levels and appetite are about the same, no crazy mood swings or freak-outs, the only thing that I can really complain about is having a bit of difficulty sleeping/breathing at night, and just the overall feeling of being BIG. I'm up to 153lbs as of Thursday, so I'm nearing or have passed the 30lbs mark, which is about where I'm supposed to be, but still, I definitely notice the extra weight on my legs and joints (we're guessing that the baby is between 6 and 6.5 lbs, so still a few more ounces to go). My groin muscles are still sore from when I pulled them (not once but twice), so that makes moving even harder, but I try to get around as much as possible and not let it stop me. I'm still technically on bed rest, but my doctors have given me the ok to go out for short walks and to resume light activities, so for the past week or so I've been doing some housework and leaving the apartment with Dan, which has really helped me feel 'back to normal'. As I mentioned before, the doctors are looking at inducing me at 39 Weeks at this point, so I'm hoping that by doing these light activities it will kick things into gear before induction becomes necessary. If our plans go how we're thinking/wanting them to go, that means that the baby will be born in less than 2 weeks!

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Most days I still take the time to feel my belly and to watch him tumble and roll, and I grab the little feet/arms/legs/elbows/hands when I can and imagine how they will look and feel 'in real life'. The occasional rib-kick aside, I think that I'm actually going to miss feeling these little movements inside. I'm sure that having him here in front of me will make up for it though :)

Well that's all, just wanted to share my current state, and like I said, if things go according to our plan, I might not be taking another Belly Shot, since he'll be here soon after 38 Weeks (I may take a 37.5 Week shot next weekend, depending on how busy we are.) I've really enjoyed doing these Belly shots, as crude and as simple as they are, it's been amazing to watch and see the progression, I will definitely do it again (hopefully in a more creative way) with my next baby. (I'll also be taking these shots and either making a little mini with my blog posts, or doing a photobook, I'm not sure yet.)

What have all you mums done with your Belly shots, if anything?

Happy Weekend, I'm off to watch New Moon (finally!)


Stephie C said...

Aww I love your belly shots and wish I would have kept up with mine better this time around but just haven't felt like it LOL! For my first daughter I have just little polaroids that are in a Pregnancy Journal which I am glad I kept...I think I may make hubby take some pics of me tomorrow and our last few weeks of pregnancy but dunno if I will share or not...I think a mini would be perfect though for yours :) Best Wishes!
P.S. you will soooo feel ghost movements for quite some time and think you feel baby still moving around, which I found pretty neat ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, that question... I have but one or two "belly shots" and they're not the best so I never did anything with it (and not now anyway since "dad" and I separated...) But looking at gorgeous you... I should have done the same back than! Take care Genevieve, and have a joyful "delivery" if the moment arrives... (getting sooooo close now!)

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