39 weeks and just sitting here, waiting for Baby M to make his big debut! Time has really slowed down since I started my maternity leave last Friday. I had already gotten mostly everything on my pregnancy to-do list done, like finish the nursery, wash all his clothes/blankets, pack my hospital bag, stock our freezer/pantry with food, buy postpartum supplies, etc. I even had all of my Christmas shopping done already. (Thank you, Amazon!) So these last few days I’ve been wrapping gifts, cleaning what I can around the house (energy levels permitting), and reading my pregnancy/baby books. I’ll admit, I’ve already had some feelings of boredom and cabin fever. I would love to get out more, but I am trying to stay close to home in case I go into labor, and I just don’t have the energy to do a lot of walking either. I’m also trying to avoid sickness as much as possible by staying away from public places and people in general. It seems like everyone is sick right now; I’d hate to get sick, go into labor, and not be able to hold my newborn baby right away!
Despite the boredom and cabin fever, I’m really trying to enjoy these last few days before Baby M comes, because when I have this kid, there won’t be much down time and there will be even less sleep happening!
- I’m still not having a ton of labor signs. I did have a couple mornings this last week where I got out of bed and felt some major pelvic pain which probably means baby’s head is getting lower and lower. The pain was so bad, it hurt to walk at first, but it eventually eased up as I moved around more. I’ve still been feeling some cramping here and there, but nothing painful or timeable yet.
- I have noticed that I’ve been itching a lot on my belly where my stretch marks are, as well as some itching on my arms and legs. I consulted Dr. Google and it sounds like I may have PUPPS, a rash that can occur during the last three months of pregnancy. It sounds like it’s common in first-time moms who are pregnant with boys– lucky me! But luckily, it’s not harmful to the baby or me, and should go away shortly after I deliver, which is hopefully soon because this itching is starting to drive me crazy!
- I’ve had a lot of anxiety this past month about labor and delivery; I’ve been feeling really scared and would even cry about the idea of it once in a while, but now I’m to the point where I just want to get it over with already! I’m tired of being pregnant and I want my baby here. Plus, I’ve done so much research throughout my pregnancy, I feel like I know pretty much everything to expect, now I just need to get through it. Bring. It. On.
For Christmas weekend, we are keeping things low key since I can go into labor at any moment. Chris and I are staying home, exchanging gifts, and watching Christmas movies– that is, if I’m not in the hospital having a baby!
How was your week? What are your plans for Christmas?