Life at 39 Weeks

That dress just keeps getting shorter and shorter....

A week ago the words, “You can go into labor at any time” escaped my doctor’s lips. With nearly 39 weeks of preparation, I don’t know why this still comes as a shock to me. Like I said, where did this pregnancy go? (I’ve written 20 week, 24 week, 28 week and 34 week updates, and yet, I can’t believe I’m already here.)

Since we’re knee-deep in a kitchen remodel, I opted to forgo having my membranes stripped yesterday, which can supposedly bring on labor for some women. Though I’m bigger than big-big-big (and I don’t necessarily want to push out a baby on the large size, either), I think it’s best I let this bun keep cooking as long as I can. Maybe that way I’ll have a kitchen sink by the time she’s a month old, with a little luck.

Here is my 39-week breakdown: A glance at how my life looks (slideshow included, for your viewing pleasure!), and a summary of how things are going in this belly of mine.

Due in December? I’d love to hear how you’re doing too!

Size of baby: On average, 7 pounds and 20 inches long. A little than my first baby, who was born four days overdue.

Weight gain: As if I’m going to share at this point, but no weight gain since last week.

How I’m feeling: Like going with the flow. With a lot on my plate, I might be avoiding reality a little. Luckily, my reality will come, ready or not, and I fall in love easily. Really, I’m very excited to meet my new bundle.

What I’m Craving: Chocolate milkshakes (vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup) and, surprisingly, pumpkin pie with my sister’s homemade whipped cream. Oh, and don’t get me started on those Joe-Joe’s from Trader Joe’s.

If you saw me today: I’m sure I look uncomfortable, swollen and round, with a very obvious pregnancy waddle, which my sister kindly pointed out. Wearing a striped tee with maternity jeans and wellies. I did my hair. But I was the lady at the mall who lost her patience with her kinda unruly toddler, mostly because she was having a lot of contractions and feeling overwhelmed, and now feels bad about it.

Movement: Yes, thankfully. She doesn’t seem quite as pushy as she did a few weeks ago, but maybe I am just getting used to it.

Sleep: Thanks to Zantac, actually sleeping better than I have in a while. I’m making myself go to bed earlier just in case my water breaks at midnight again, and I’m awake for 40 hours before my baby is born again.

What I miss: A rocking chair that fits both (all?) of us. Not getting winded going up the long staircase. Holding my toddler really close to me.

Best moment so far: If you asked my toddler what we’ll be naming our baby, he’d reply, “Blueberry Yogurt. Or maybe Red Berry.” I also love when he pats on my belly and says, “Mommy, you got a bay-bay?” and offers a big, determined kiss.

Progress: I’ve been dilated to a one for a couple weeks, but as of yesterday I’m at a two.

Click through the pics to see things rounding out (and how!) at 39 weeks pregnant.

  • image-1255 1 of 7
    Then: 34 weeks
  • image-1256 2 of 7
    Now: 39 weeks
  • image-1257 3 of 7
    View from the front.
  • image-1258 4 of 7
    View from the top. (Toes nowhere in sight.)
  • image-1259 5 of 7
    Who's hiding the watermelon?
  • image-1260 6 of 7
    Posing (not on purpose!) in my torn-apart kitchen.
  • image-1261 7 of 7
    Eating healthy lunches of collards, canellini, lemon and parmesan so I can eat more Joe-Joe's for dessert.

Article Posted 5 years Ago
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
what do you think?
close comments

Related Videos