Growth: Whattoexpect.com says “At 37 weeks pregnant, your baby’s lungs are likely mature — but that doesn’t mean he’s finished growing yet. In fact, until the end of week 38 he’s technically considered “early term,” and he's still packing on about a half an ounce per day or half a pound a week. At this age, the average fetus weighs about six-and-a-half pounds — though boys are likely to be heavier at birth than girls. And here's a bit of baby boy trivia to back that one up: Moms carrying boys tend to eat more than those expecting girls (a foreshadowing of teenage refrigerator raids to come!). That makes it a little crowded in your uterus, so he may not be kicking as much, though he’s probably stretching, rolling a bit and wiggling (all of which you’ll be able to feel!).
So what's keeping your little one busy while waiting it out until D-day? Practice, practice, practice. Right now, your tiny superstar is rehearsing for his big debut, simulating breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking his thumb, blinking and pivoting from side to side (one day you feel his bottom on the left side, the next it has flipped around to the right).”
Weight/Baby Bump: I’m still right at about 25 lbs from pre-preg weight, but the bump is GROWING!!
Sleep: Not our best week of sleep in the Butler house, unfortunately. Kade is cutting his big 2 year molars, so we had a few nights where he woke up for about 30 minutes to an hour in the middle of the night. Jonathan has been waking up early to go work on our flip house, so I try to let him sleep and take care of Kade.
I’ve also had a LOT to do this past week, so I stayed up a little later than I wanted most nights. I told Jon I think the Lord is just preparing us for a newborn, but I pray the bigger boys are back to normal sleep patterns by the time Baby Beau comes!
Also , I woke up to my calves cramping once or twice this past week, and had to pee a lot during the night. I try to sleep on my left side, but prefer my right.
Movement: He’s running out of space!
Symptoms: LOTS & LOTS of Braxton Hicks!! I don’t remember having quite this many with my previous pregnancies, but looking back it looks like I did. They definitely increase if I need to drink more water, if I need to pee, and if I am very active. I also have some pressure. I can tell my body is getting ready.
I seriously thought I was in labor on Friday night. Whew! I’m so glad I wasn’t! One of my prayers is that we go full-term so that these boys have time for their lungs and other organs to fully finish developing, so I was a little nervous when I started having some contractions. It turned out I was just dehydrated. I had a SUPER busy day on Friday & somehow went almost the whole day without drinking anything. I went to Bible study that morning for two hours, then took the boys straight to lunch at Zoe’s (I didn’t drink anything there) and met mom at Costco & Michael’s afterwards to get everything for Jade’s shower. (So thankful she could come help me with the boys while I shopped.) I came home and put Kade down for a nap, did some work around the house, & then took the boys on a walk around the neighborhood. This is when I first started having some major Braxton Hicks! I even texted my friend Laura cuz I couldn’t remember if that was normal.
When we got home I cooked dinner, cleaned up, played with Jon & the boys, gave them baths and put them down for the night, and then headed to the grocery store. I was having TONS of BH at Kroger too. I ended up drinking a little bottle of orange juice at the grocery store because I was feeling so thirsty. (I’m not really a fan of juice because it has so much sugar, but it sounded so good & totally hit the spot.) When I got home, I unloaded the groceries and packed up for the next day. By the time I got upstairs to take a shower, it was 11:15 and I realized I had not drank ANY water ALL DAY besides 32 oz at Bible Study and that OJ at the store. That is SO unlike me, and I quickly realized when I was having TONS of contractions that I was dehydrated. (I couldn’t tell if they were Braxton Hicks or the real thing, but I told Jonathan I felt like I was maybe going into labor.) I was sitting on the bathroom floor chugging a few glasses of water, and thankfully the contractions stopped. Basically, super long story to say that dehydration = contractions. No bueno! I can’t believe I did that! I am normally so conscious about staying well-hydrated.
Appointments: I had an appointment on Wednesday of this last week. Blood pressure was 116/62. Was still right at a 25 lb weight gain. (Guess my weight is slowing down. That usually happens to me towards the end of pregnancy.) Heartbeat was strong & measuring right on track. Did GBS swab. I opted out of being checked for dilation. Asked about where to go if I go into labor. (I have never toured the L&D of the new hospital.) Went well! Go back next week.
Accomplishments: Made the goody bags for the doctor & nurses who will be delivering our sweet Kade. Registered online for the hospital.
Work Outs: I made it to yoga once this week and went on a couple walks. Plan to go to yoga 3 times in the upcoming week if I can work it out.
Best Pregnancy Moment This Week: Definitely my sister-in-law’s baby shower! Jade (“Aunt Jimmy”) is due with her first baby within a day or two of me! We are so excited! This will be Papa’s first granddaughter, and we are excited to welcome a little princess to the fam. It has been fun being pregnant together, and she has absolutely rocked her pregnancy! Can’t wait to meet sweet Kayton in a few weeks. (Although I do wish we weren’t due quite so close so I could help some with labor & after baby comes. Most likely won’t be able to help with either because chances are I’ll be having a baby at the same time!)
Also, LOVED having a date night with some of our awesome friends. Always enjoy great conversation and lots of laughs with Ryan and Dana.
Goals: 1. Pack for the hospital. 2. Have Jon grab the things we’ll need out of storage. ( bouncie chair, swaddles, newborn clothes, baby wraps, wash cloths/towels, baby bath, heating pad, infant sleeper that clicks in the top of the pack n play) 3. Get extra pack n play from Mom. 4. Wash some clothes (boys shirts, coming home outfit, a few onsies, new sheets). 5. Get gifts for Jase & Kade from Baby Beau.
Thoughts: We are really getting close! Home stretch. Can’t wait to be snuggling a new baby!!
I still feel great, and that is not something I take for granted. Very thankful for a healthy pregnancy! I so enjoy being pregnant!
Comparison: Looks like I typed over my 37 week post with Jase. Boo!