Oh, here’s my latest every-four-week pic update:
Hmmm. Too bad I didn’t take a 36-week pic – before the baby has dropped. My belly is still huge – but it sits lower now.
I think I will take another one just before going to the hospital, when the contractions start. If I will be able to
On a side note (TMI, but I have to share): you know how baby take all the space and all your internal organs get pushed in the corners of the abdomen? It’s very weird to feel and hear gas move right under your rib cage. Seriously, very bizarre feeling.
Nothing to report. Baby is rolling, stretching, kicking.
I met my new pregnant friend yesterday – our due dates are a couple of week apart. She was in awe from how big my belly got over the past 3-4 weeks. She also was confused why my belly remained so high if the baby has dropped, according to my OB. I don’t know why. I feel like the belly might be a bit smaller – in the way it protrudes forward – but it definitely did not get any lower.
Other than that – same old, same old.
Baby’s inside. I am reading, painting, blogging, emailing, and playing with my new toy. I bought a smart phone (finally). So that I will be able to stay connected with the world when the baby arrives. When I am put for a walk. When I am breastfeeding for the umpteenth time during the same night. To be able to send an email or skype my parents when I have a few seconds (but not enough to get to my laptop). That’s the reality when you have friends and family all over the globe. You need a smart phone.
And honestly, I don’t feel like the baby will arrive soon. I think if I went in labour now, I would’ve been surprised. I do not expect it to happen anytime soon. So I am just enjoying the slow and quiet time.
Tanya tagged me in this fun game of tag.
- Post these rules
- You must post 11 random things about yourself
- Answer the questions set for you in their post
- Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
- Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
- Tag 11 people
My 11 Random Things:
- When I was a tween, I intended to become a writer. I wrote a few children books, some of which I find quite good even today. As a teen, I moved on to drawing comics with me as the main character, fantasizing about boys Now all I write is blogs. Well, and presentations and reports for work…
- Over the course of my life, I lived in 5 different countries for extended periods of time.
- I know 4 languages – 2 very fluent, one is more of a “read and understand”, one is purely conversational. I can read it, but can’t stand having to read more than a couple of sentences, it drives me insane.
- I have outstandingly strong nails. I clip them when they get too long to type comfortably. I haven’t had short nails since I was about 12. I am going to cut them in the next few days prior to my baby’s arrival. That’s gonna be weird for me.
- I loved geometry and algebra in school. Never used them since – cannot remember any of the trigonometry stuff any longer.
- I love everything to do with publishing and printing. I absolutely have to be the first one to open a freshly arrived magazine. I cannot used e-readers – I need to hold a book, see and feel its quality.
- I met Queen Elizabeth II.
- I cannot make myself go to a gym or for a run. Exercising is the most boring, dreadful thing on earth for me. I prefer watching my food intake and weighing myself regularly.
- I’ve been drawing and painting as long as I can remember myself. I drew LOTS in my late teens. I even attempted a graphic design career (studied for one year and then had to drop it). I still enjoy painting and doing other creative projects with my hands – mosaics, applications, etc.
- I have the longest sweet tooth you have ever seen. I love, love, LOVE sweets. Pastries, dark chocolate, flan cakes… Almost anything!
- I like walking. When visiting other places, the best thing for me is to get out and start walking, soaking in the views, listening to locals, inhaling the smells, taking pictures, keeping notes for my travel blog. I can walk for hours like that.
My 11 Random Questions from Tanya:
- Do you have a favorite website that you check out everyday? If so, what website? My email and my blogs and blogs I read. Well, and facebook.
- Did you have any pets growing up? Parrots. My sister is allergic to fur, so parrots were the only option. I found them quite boring – you can’t even really pet them.
- Do you have any funny stories about moving? God, I moved about 20 times in my life… Funny stories? Once the movers brought all the boxes and furniture and left, and alarm went off in one of the boxes. Boxes were a few rows deep, a few boxes tall. And it was the kind of alarm that only shuts up when you press the button (or when the battery dies). It took me a while to find which of the boxes was ringing and get to the alarm.
- What is your favorite room in your house and why? Living room. It’s bright and spacious enough for both me and my hubby to sit companionably together, in the same room, doing different things.
- Where would you go if you could travel anywhere in the world? That’s a tough question – I traveled so much. Perhaps, Easter Island.
- Who is the most influential person in your life? I don’t have influential people. I don’t idolize people. Certain deeds inspire me, but not people.
- What is your favorite thing to watch on TV? I don’t watch TV. I don’t even have cable.
- When do you go to bed? Get up? I got to bed between 11 and 12. If I have to go to work, I wake up at 7-7:30. If not – around 9.
- What is your idea of a dream date? (Money is not an issue.) Hmmm. Never thought about it. An open-air restaurant somewhere in Europe on a warm seashore.
- What is your least favorite food? Bony meat – wings and ribs. Because it’s too messy.
- What was your favorite subject in school? Algebra and geometry.
The 11 People I’m Tagging:
- Artist Mouse
- Eighteenyears’s Blog
- rs. E
- St Elsewhere
- China Doll
My random questions:
- What was your most memorable travel destination? Why?
- Tell a story of how you met someone famous
- What was your greatest fear in childhood?
- If there was one thing about your appearance that you could change, what would that be?
- What skill are you most proud of?
- Who did you wanna become when you grow up?
- Is there a household chore that you enjoy?
- What book did you enjoy the most over the past year?
- Show a picture that captures one of your best memories
- If someone gave you a year-long paid sabbatical, what would you do?
- Tell about the place you live in (city, neighbourhood, country… make it as big or as precise as you wish)
Looking forward to reading more about you
Perhaps you remember me running around, frustrated, trying to find cute curtains for the nursery? I ended up buying fabric. And while I still didn’t get to actually sewing the curtains, I undertook another project: I painted the characters from the fabric on 5 pieces of canvas to decorate the room and create a theme.
And here are the pictures:
Now that I know my baby isn’t too too big (head circumference is at 39 weeks while I am 38w4d) – and he’s into gaining fat, not growing skull – I relaxed. I think I should be able to deliver my baby naturally. I think all will be well and fine.
So now I am in no rush. I have 1.5 weeks until EDD (11 days to go!!!) – let him stay there until about then. Get strong and ready for this world.
I am slowly starting to process the fact that he’s going to be here really soon. Hopefully, I will get ready by the time he arrives
So now I am relaxed and happy that all seems to be going as it should. Taking my time to do whatever I feel like. As in reading until 2 am and sleeping in
So I had the ultrasound done today. I was given the report to bring it to my OB (the lab is in the same building), so I read it.
Cervix: 5.4 cm! That’s long, not open. Which, according to Dr. Google, means very tightly shut. Very long.
Baby’s head measures at 39w and 40.5 w (there are to measurements, I didn’t quite get what each means). Yikes. I am glad in these past weeks babies are more into gaining fat than growing heads…
His abdomen is only 35 weeks. No wonder I didn’t gain any weight over the pas weeks…
Everything seems to be in norm, though.
So now it’s a waiting game.
Putting my feet up and waiting. Nesting. Spent quite some today organizing under-the-sink cupboards in all bathrooms. This is a pretty cool shelving unit – very handy to stuff more under the sink, regardless of that huge pipe!
Yet another OB appointment. Due to her secretary going on vacation, my next one is in two weeks. Which is a day after my EDD. So… Hopefully, today was my last pre-birth OB appointment. Now isn’t that a weird thing to imagine?..
Good thing – the baby has dropped big time. According to my OB, he’s really, really low now. But the cervix is closed and long. But she said that the baby being so low will hopefully thin it out and start opening it.
I spent the rest of the day shopping (household shopping), walking-walking-walking. Getting the baby to press on the cervix. My hubby also got the yoga ball out for me. Apparently, it relieves hip joint pain – and also helps the baby work on that cervix.
I didn’t notice any difference since last week. My belly is as big as it was, and the pelvic pressure is the same. So I was pleasantly surprised by the dropping news. I feel much better now. If they say babies drop 2-4 weeks before delivery, and I am 38w1d, then it feels like we’re on the right track.
And baby is posterior, too. Good boy (according to the latest newsletter, he’s the size of a watermelon now)
38 week. 14 days to go. And it all seems just so unbelievable. I just cannot imagine that in about 2 weeks there will be a baby in our house. Our baby.
It’s weird how the closer it gets, the more remote it feels.
2 weeks is such a short time. Well, unless you’re in a 2-week-wait, of course… Time is so relative.
It already feels like I went on matleave ages ago. But I worked on Tuesday. This past Tuesday.
I am starting to turn into a housewife. Cooked a big pot of soup, some chicken in paprika and even baked a cake.
And had some time to paint.
And do laundry.
And it’s only quarter after eight.
I guess I am ready to be busy with the baby.
Alright, I’ll go grab another piece of cake and pour myself some tea, put my feet up and enjoy these last days of quiet and nothing-to-do