38 weeks, etc

First... a very Happy Birthday to Miss GG!! Gabrielle is one year old today, and I can't even comprehend how quickly this little thing:

Turned into this funny girl:

The time goes so fast!

So I'm home today with my boy and my pup. We were able to go to our appointment, and get home before the snow started. I think we only got a few inches last night, maybe 3-4? But its hard to tell just by looking out the window, which is all I've done today. It wasn't snowing all morning, but its restarted now (just before 11). It's coming down heavily, but the flakes are so tiny it almost looks like we're in the process of being dusted with powdered sugar. :-)

Weekly Review

How far along? 38 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +3 lbs (um, holy crap)... for a total of +26 or 144 total

Maternity clothes? oh yes.

Stretch marks? nope, i've been lucky on that front

Sleep: full of the weirdest dreams! very weird, very vivid... and I have been having some trouble falling back asleep after waking to pee

Best moment this week: Hearing the heartbeat... that never gets old. Plus, hearing that she is now partially engaged!! (Aka she is moving down and her head is partially in my pelvis... yay!)

Movement: Not as much, but she's still bopping around in there.

Food cravings: I can't get enough clementines! And I seriously want alfredo.

Actual Gender: GIRL! :-)

Labor Signs: Contractions, 6 hours at 10 minutes apart last Thursday, off and on over the weekend, and for a few hours last night around 5-8 minutes apart. Some today, but they don't seem regular. In any case, its a start and a sign my ute is doing something!!

Belly Button in or out? Flat, or slightly out.

What I miss: Laying on my stomach, sleeping on my back, being able to easily put on shoes, being able to walk quickly without my pelvis aching.

What I am looking forward to: Meeting our little girl soon! Getting to see what she looks like and kiss her cheeks and hands.

I'm adding my own little addition here. Since I wrote above what I miss while being pregnant, and since I'm not going to be pregnant much longer (less then 4 weeks at absolute most)... I thought I should include this:

What I'll miss when not pregnant:
  1. Having her with me and all to myself, all the time. It's sort of nice to not have to share her with anyone! I always know where she is and I always get to be the first to feel her move.
  2. On that note, feeling her kicks! Yes, they can be a bit uncomfortable at times, but I think its going to be weird not feeling them anymore.
  3. Knowing that she is safe, protected, well-feed, and getting all she needs... without having to worry about it. I know I'll figure out her cues quickly, but I'm sure there will be times that she cries and I don't know why, and I'll miss just being able to meet all her needs without doing anything.
  4. Just having it be Trav & me, and yes, being a bit spoiled by him! I'll admit it... I love that he does all the dishes now! (It kills my back! the belly makes it so I have to stand so far from the sink that I have to bend over slightly to reach, and oh man do I end up in pain.) I know this one is going to be replaced by something even better, but it will be an adjustment. :-)
So there we go! 38 weeks in a nutshell.
Now I'm going to head downstairs, drink some tea, eat some alfredo, and watch a movie. Enjoy the snow!!

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