bébé numéro deux | 38 weeks
progress & countdown: 38 weeks down & 14 days to go. two weeks. two weeks.
baby size: as long as a leek.
food & drink: pretty much the same. mostly focusing on anything easy and refreshing and cooling. pounding a lot of liquids right now. and fruit and veggies and smoothies. toast with peanut butter or avocado has been a favorite. and some eggs for breakfast when the mood strikes. but the days have been pretty light. my appetite kicks in at dinner and before bed...because i think baby boy would rather have plenty to work with in order to pack on those pounds while i am asleep. two of my "cravings" have been raw cacao date balls from kaleidoscope juice and the trail mix cookies from uprooted kitchen.
bump stuff: growing by the day. no joke. this one saved all the bumpage for the last month. elinor filled out toward the end of the second trimester and then gradually added an ounce here and an ounce there. plus, i was bigger and wider and thicker overall so i think things just spread out and settled in with her... but with this little man, wowee! i have a serious ball of baby going on over here. it just sticks right out. and as he has been shifting into final position, my midsection has become ridiculous. a massive bump filled with one solid and active baby boy. goodness.
highs: nesting like a woman possessed - it feels good to get some random stuff done. God knew what He was doing when He built in that biological urge to get the nest ready. it is amazing what i have been able to accomplish with my superpower bursts! a lot of it is not related at all to baby but just tasks or projects that i have neglected that am now checking off my list. i seriously did about seventeen odd jobs in the course of an hour the other day. wahoo for accomplishments! in other news, i passed my GBS screening so that's good. and we have had quite a few meet-ups and family date nights lately which i am loving. now, if ben and i can manage to slip away for a movie night out before he arrives, we will be living large!
lows: nothing really. i mean, the expected final weeks of pregnancy stuff is obnoxious but it also means that i am in the final weeks of pregnancy and there will be a baby here soon so...
new developments: baby has really plumped up. he weighs around 6.8 pounds as is over 19.5 inches long. the weight, i believe. but the height...we'll see about all that. baby now has a firm grasp and his organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. in some fun facts: if baby is born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. if he is born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time baby is 9 months old. a child's irises may gain more pigment in the months after birth but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue.
meaningful moments & hormones & feelings: setting aside items for the birth bag + a enjoying a sweet celebration for ridley with family and friends + putting the infant car seat back in the car. overall, i am feeling excited and ready and excited and ready, some more. just playing the waiting game now.
superficial stuff: feeling large and lopsided.
looking forward to: a wonderful work event on the weekend + celebrating our 9 year anniversary (sheesh. nine years and two kids. what are we, grown ups or something?) + and OF COURSE, welcoming a baby whenever that actually happens...