Woooohoooo, hooray, yay, yippieeee. Oh my gosh! Yes, we’re there. Regardless of what happens from this point forward, I will have a baby within the next five weeks! How exciting, how amazing, what a miraculous time! Hopefully Savina doesn’t decide that she wants to stay in there, all cozy, longer than five weeks (because, obviously, that would mean she’d have to come out by c-section). There are no signs of her being ready to be born yet. I did have some sharp stabbing pains in my lower abdomen all throughout Sunday and Monday morning, and I could feel it more so when she moved. I thought I might finally be getting contractions. I thought, great, my dear body is finally figuring out that there are only three weeks left to get ready and gear up! Buuuut, at my 37 weeks check up yesterday my midwife said it was most likely not contractions. Oh well.
I do have a feeling Savina is moving a little bit lower. It looks like it on my 36w2d pictures, you’ll see, and sometimes I feel kind of weird walking, especially when my bladder is full and/or I’m having a BH as I walk. Feels like she’s right down there getting in my way haha.
Savina must have been growing a lot over the weekend. She’s had a couple hyperactive days last week and got all quiet over the weekend, and my weight shot up like crazy! Yesterday she was very active again ❤ And my weight seems to be re-stabilizing. Today it wasn’t higher than the previous day for a change haha. So what am I up to now weight-wise? Geez, yea, 179 pounds! Wow!! Last Thursday it was only 176.8–yes she definitely grew lol So I have an average weight gain of 33 pounds now. Savina must still be fairly small though, as she keeps moving around all over my belly! She sometimes snuggles on the right, then goes back to the left, and to the right again. Then she hangs out in the middle, just to go back to the left. And I swear, sometimes I can feel her head turn! She’s like right on my cervix. It’s such an odd but amazing feeling. I also love feeling out her knee or footsie, especially when she moves away as I gently press on her. Feels so awesome! And kind of funny. Some time last week she actually, for the very first time, kicked me slightly in the right rib. It was a very light kick, almost more of a touch. Then I went to feel her kicking foot, and she moved it away. I followed it, and she kept moving it away. Leave me alone mommy, I was just having fun! haha. What a cutie!
How is mommy doing? Well, my tailbone pain has eased up. It’s still there, but it’s quite managable now, thank you!! Other than that there is really nothing to report, except that I’m getting a cold since yesterday 😦 It’s so hard to believe with all the vit C I’m taking ugh! I’m fighting it with orange juice and Halls vit C candies. I think I stand a good chance of winning! It’s not that bad (yet). Just a stuffy nose, headache in the morning and overall yuck-feeling.
My belly hasn’t grown much in the past week, I think. Fundal height was still 36 cm yesterday. Everything else checked out good, too. Baby’s heart rate continues strong in the 140s range. Our little girl showed that she listens to Daddy, though that will probably change later haha. She got excited, so her heart rate went into the 150s, so Daddy says “slow down,” and wow, wouldn’t you know it, her rate dropped into the 130s! Within a second of him saying that. That was so sweet.
Mommy had been neglecting her coconut oil a little bit lately and found a teeny tiny little stretch mark (no more than half an inch) right at the base of the belly piercing. Yikes! It’s quite faint though and mommy is now making sure she gets that oil on her belly every day again! No new marks since. Phew. Laziness gets punished lol
Still doing great with my water, mostly eight servings, never less than six. Keep that enchantment up, Jessica! Hah!
Monday we interviewed a pediatrician. He seemed very nice and we connected well! I like his views on vaccines (since most doctors just want to pump babies full of them). He takes it a little easier with those shots. I also like his holistic approach, and his view on medicine. You really don’t need antibiotics for a simple cold, come on. Overall we’re very satisfied with this pediatrician and decided that he’ll be Savina’s doctor.
I’m sorry I don’t have a kick/movement video for you today. It’s been difficult to catch her crazy moves on camera. I do have a bit of footage but it’s not nearly as crazy as she moves when she’s not on camera haha. I still have to cut it all together though, and I’ve just not been up to it yesterday, let alone finding the time to. I’ll probably make a seperate post for it if I get it done before next Wednesday.
Savina’s mural is nearing the finish line! Then we can finish organizing the nursery. Can’t wait to see it all come together. The mural is so beautiful already. Thank you, Theresa!!
Below are month to month belly comparison pictures, as well as some other comparisons. At the end you’ll find this week’s belly pics (check out the exposed 9 month belly and compare the 35 and 36 weeks shots — I swear Savina has dropped). Enjoy 🙂
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