Well, it's been another week. I went to the doctor again this morning, and NO changes. I'm exactly the same. And the sad thing is that I've had a lot of Braxton Hicks this past week too! I thought for sure they would have done something. Oh well, I've got a few books to read now so I can escape my mind and go live someone else's reality for a while so that I won't think about this baby anymore! It's driving me crazy! I hate the last few weeks of pregnancy. It's so hard to be patient!
I went to the doctor this morning. I've progessed now to a 3+ and 75-80% effaced. The baby is lower than he was last week too! And, apparently he's grown a bit this week. Last week I measured at 39 weeks, today he was measuring at 42 weeks! I really hope he comes in the next few days!!
Ok, so here are the long awaited pictures. First are the pics of the baby's room. As you can see, we chose the name Ethan. It was kind of hard to get good pictures because the room is so small, so this is what we got. Also, I went ahead and posted some pics of my big huge pregnant belly. I was quite surprised to see how they turned out. In a few of them, it looks like I shoved a beach ball under my shirt! I'm carrying this baby way out there! I'll keep you updated. Hopefully he'll be here soon!
Ok, just a quick update. I went to the doctor this morning. I'm 36 weeks. No wonder people are asking me when I'm going to pop....I'm measuring at 39 weeks. Thanks so much to my wonderful husband who has blessed our babies with his genes. My babies have all been good sized so far, and this one is going to be no different. Joshua was 8 lb 6 oz, and Jared was 8 lb 8 oz. Maybe this one will beat them both! :) I'm dilated at 2+, and my cervix is 70% effaced. However, this baby is not very low yet. Hopefully he will come early, though!! He's all ready plenty big enough to survive, I'm sure! I'll keep you updated!
Well, I'm just about 36 weeks now. So, we're getting down to the last few weeks. I'm just trying to finish all of my last minute projects and preparations now. One of the things I'm working on is making double of all my meals so I can freeze a bunch of meals for after the baby. Cooking is not my favorite thing in the world, so I'm trying to eliminate as much of it as possible after the baby when I'm tired and things are crazy. On Saturday we took the whole family to the grocery store so I could stock up on ingredients and things like cereal and stuff so that I won't have to go to the grocery store for a LONG time! We had 2 entire carts full of stuff!! It was crazy. Anyway, by the time I make all the meals I have planned, I'll have at least 3 weeks worth of frozen meals in our freezer, maybe even more, for after the baby. It will be well worth it!! And I shouldn't have to go to the store except to restock on produce for about the same amount of time. I'm really excited about this! Going grocery shopping and cooking are two of my least favorite things to do.
Anyway, as far as the baby's room goes, it's all finished, except I still need to fix a few ties on the bumper before I put it on the crib. As soon as I do that, I'll take some pictures.
Other than that, I feel pretty prepared for this baby. Except for the fact that we've had a bunch of sickness in our house the past week or so. Joshua seems to be ok now, but Jared still has a sore throat, and today I've got a sore throat and a headache. I hope it all goes away soon so that I can lysol the whole house down before we bring our baby home! And I really hope that mine doesn't turn into anything more than this. My energy level is low enough as it is. I don't need to be sick on top of that!
So, I'll try to keep you all updated on my status! The way I look at it, even though there are about 4 weeks until my due date, I figure the earliest they'll let you go without it being preterm is 37 weeks, and the latest is 42 weeks, so more technically I have about 1-6 weeks left until this baby is here!! I'm hoping more towards the lower amount of course. I think 38 weeks would be great. So, cross your fingers for me!
Yesterday John took Joshua with him down to Springville (about an hour away) where his family lives. His brother Ben is in town for about a month (he's been stationed in Japan for 6-7 years), so he wanted to go spend some time with him. I didn't really want to go because we've been down there the last 2 weekends in a row, and his parents only have one tiny tv in their room. Because of conference, I didn't really feel like piling all of us on their bed to watch. Plus, I just hate sleeping anywhere else at this point. I hardly sleep as it is, let alone in someone else's uncomfortable bed. So, anyway, Jared stayed with me and John and Joshua went down by themselves. Can I just say, it's been heaven! You would think that Jared would be harder because he's in that 3 year old stage, but he's not. He is so easygoing, it's been so quiet around here! I love Joshua to death, but he is very high maintenance. He's got a very strong personality that we are constantly trying to work with and help him to hone his emotions into positive outlets. Jared and I had some fun last night, too. After the afternoon session of conference we went to a few stores so I get the last few things I needed for the baby's room, and then we went to Taco Bell and ate dinner, and then went and got an ice cream cone. Then we came home and he took a bath and went to bed. I finished cleaning up the baby's room (it's almost finished!), and then I watched a girl movie, since we usually pick something in between when we rent movies. I watched Becoming Jane. It was pretty good.
Anyway, so now that I've had so much quiet time, I decided to take a few minutes to post. Some of you have requested pictures of my pregnant belly. At this point, I'm not sure if I will. Maybe. I'm just feeling so fat and huge. And I'm starting to get swollen all over. I have a little less than 6 weeks until my due date. I gain a lot of weight when I'm pregnant. I've all ready gained about 40 lbs. I always get comments about how huge I am. It makes you feel so good. :) John says it's because my head is small, so the huge belly throws people off. Just to put it in perspective, when I was 32 weeks I went to the hospital for a tour. I went into the wrong doors, so I was asking where to go, and the lady at the desk says, "You're not delivering today are you?" Hello! I still have 8 weeks to go. Thanks a lot lady!! But she doesn't stop there. No, she goes on to say, "Well, do you need a wheelchair or something?" What??? Do I look that terrible that you think I'm delivering today AND that I need a wheelchair??? People, don't they think before they talk?
But that's just one example. Here's another. Yesterday I was at Saver's returning a picture. I guess the policy is that you have to exchange within 7 days, they don't give you store credit or anything. So she's explaining to me that she can extend it for another 7 days if I don't find anything I want today. Then she adds, "Hopefully you won't have your baby before then." Uh, yeah, hopefully, because I still have almost 6 weeks left!! So, anyway, I'll think about posting a picture, but based on these comments from people, I'm not sure I want the rest of the world to see how huge I apparently am!
Life with 3 boys. All I can say is CRAZY! But worth it, I guess.. :) Joshua is 7, Jared is 5, and Ethan is almost 2. I can't believe how fast time flys! We've been married for 9 years all ready. Life is good!