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my pregnancy: week 39

39 weeks!! The end is so so very near. Today I’m officially 2 days from my due date. That.is.insane.

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Do I feel like he’s coming anytime soon? Not really. Over the past week I’ve randomly felt a little cramping and a contraction or two, but they go away. It’s hard for me to tell if the contractions I feel are just stronger braxton hicks, but they always go away so it’s obviously not labor.

He’s dropped even lower though. At my latest appointment on Friday I was describing the new feeling to my midwife… like he’s taking his little baby nails and scratching my cervix (yes, kinda uncomfortable!). Luckily that only lasted a few days, then it switched to a feeling like something was stuck in between my legs ready to fall out. He did not fall out.

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Hunter at 39 weeks…

Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath. — from babycenter

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My belly still measures on the smaller side. At 39 weeks I maintained the 37 cm I measured at my 38 week appointment. My mom told me her belly was always smaller too, which makes sense cause all 4 of us kids were around 6 pounds.

Jacob and his brother were both a little over 7 pounds, which makes me think he’ll be somewhere between 6-7 pounds.

However, I could be totally wrong. My brother Josh (who was also around 6 pounds) and sister in law Chelbe (not sure how big of a baby she was) had almost a 10 pounder… where did that come from?! They are both much taller that Jacob and I, so I’m hoping that has something to do with it. I would be totally shocked if Hunter was that big.  Totally shocked.

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My hunger has been insane. I just can’t eat enough. Emily mentioned that if he dropped again it’s giving my stomach more room. I think that’s definitely the case here. I don’t feel stuffed like I did for the couple rare weeks. Now I just can’t stuff my face fast enough.  Especially with things like double dark chocolate almond butter brownies… which are all gone now. :(

This explains the again 1 pound gain (although I totally thought it’d be more). I’ve reached 45 pounds total now. It’s kinda crazy to think that I’ve gained 45 pounds already. I really don’t feel like it, which is another reason why the number on the scale isn’t all it’s cracked out to be. Most of the time I only feel about 20-30 pounds heavier. I totally think the power of exercise has helped me there!

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My belly is shifted over to the right in this picture… his normal side :)

Exercise was awesome again this week. I have this urge to be even more active (probably to bring on labor!), but still I keep it around the same level as I have been the entire pregnancy.

Saturday – 1 hour walk (our normal Saturday routine to get coffee)
Sunday – 25 minute walk
Monday – 25 minute walk
Tuesday – 60 minute water aerobics class
Wednesday – 60 minute strength class
Thursday – planning tons and tons of walking if it’s not rainy + cleaning the house
Friday – 60 minute strength class planned + more walking

This upcoming weekend I really hope to get tons of walking in, of course only if he hasn’t shown up. :)

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Jeans are out of the picture now (well not this picture, but since yesterday).  I’ve officially resigned to the stretchy stuff.  A bit of tightness is uncomfortable now, and a 9 month preggo mama needs to be comfy!

Any guesses on how big he’ll be?  I think he’ll be little, but I could be totally surprised!

Heather

PS:  2 DAYS!



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