Can you tell I’m into the Christmas spirit already? I love Christmas and this year I’m forced to be uber-organized, so I have everything ready and it’s December 1st. Trust me, I’ve never at this point had my cards mailed, decorations up, shopping (mostly) done, and a almost all of my presents wrapped.
But did you see the dates up there? I’m 37 weeks pregnant! This little guy could be here at any time, and I didn’t want to be caught with any tasks left to do when he decides to make his big appearance.
How I’m Feeling
In a word, tired. The picture isn’t close enough to really show my eyes, but if you could see them, you’d see it. Last night was the third night in a row where I have barely slept. At least that’s how it felt.
I easily fall asleep each night and sleep well for about 3-4 hours. After that, it’s patchy and I feel like I sleep in 20 minute increments, if at all. I just can’t get comfortable, and then my mind starts thinking about all the things I have to do, or whatever else is on my mind, and sleep eludes me.
Isn’t it a cruel joke that many pregnant women have trouble sleeping in their last weeks of pregnancy, right before they are handed a newborn who will continue to steal their sleep for an undetermined amount of time? Cruel. Now is when I should be getting well-rested and geared up for life with a newborn.
Okay, my pity party is over. Other than the sleep thing, I’m really feeling well. I’m beyond excited about meeting my son, yet am trying to savor every moment of these last few weeks of pregnancy and the time with Tim and Meghan. I am incredibly blessed.
What’s Going on with my Body
My body is doing its thing to get ready to give birth. I can feel it. On and off for the last week (or two?), I’ve had contractions here and there. Nothing close together or in a predictable pattern, but contractions nonetheless.
At my doctor’s appointment today, he checked my cervix and I found out I was dilated 2-3 centimeters. I know that being dilated doesn’t predict when labor will start. I know that. But I was still curious to know so I allowed him to go ahead and check. I can’t remember exactly, but I was dilated 2 centimeters with Meghan for one or two weeks before I went into labor.
The good news is about being dilated a little bit already is that when labor does start, I have a bit of a head start. Many women have to labor hard to get to 3 centimeters dilated, so I’m glad my body is getting started on that for me.
The other thing happening with my body is it’s still gaining weight. I’ve gained another 3 pounds in the last two weeks, so I’m up to 30 pounds total gained. I’m not worried about this, but just surprised that I’m gainly so quickly now. With Meghan, I gained more weight early on and by the end I wasn’t gaining as much. This pregnancy has been different in many ways, so I guess I shouldn’t expect to gain weight the same way, either.
Despite being organized, there are still things to be done. The nursery is not completely ready, although I don’t think the baby will care if he shows up and has bare walls. He’ll deal, right?
I didn’t want to go with a specific theme for the nursery, so that left me kind of stuck as to what kind of decor I wanted. We used Meghan’s old crib and dresser that is a dark cherry wood. I would see pieces that I liked, but wasn’t sure how to put them all together. I started with a color scheme: red, brown, light+dark blue. I got red curtains with white stars, white sheets with brown stars, and a crib skirt that has stripes that are red, brown, light blue, and dark blue. Then I was stuck for a while.
I also ordered this wall art from Land of Nod:
We also need to move the glider from Meghan’s room into the nursery and get a lamp. I have a few more ideas for what to do with the rest of the empty wall space, but want to wait and see how things look once the book bin and USA map are up. I hope Baby Bean gives me enough time to get it done, or it might not happen until March.
Thank you for continuing to read if you are still with me! This was a long one. As much as I want to meet this baby, I hope I will be back for a 38 week update next Thursday.