Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pregnancy: Weeks 37-38

The anticipation each day of "could today be the day" or "I'd love a few more days to relax and get things done" is really fun but also can make you a little nervous/anxious.  I'm rarely surprised - I always like to pick things out so not knowing when he's coming has been fun.

37 weeks & headed out for a date night (top),
38 weeks & headed to the doctor followed by the office (bottom)

Baby's Size:
Apple Pie (37 weeks) - 19-22 inches, 6.5 pounds according to the baby app
Braided Sweet Bread (38 Weeks) - 19-22 inches, 6.5 pounds according to the baby app


It's a boy!

Best Moments/What We've Been Up To:

37 weeks: This week was a highlight because we made it to full term! While I'd like another week or so, I'm okay with him coming at anytime now.  I had another doctor's appointment and she said I should be okay to travel up to Penn State (no progress yet!) even though they recommend travel ending about a week and a half prior - we did the overnight successfully, enjoyed ourselves and made it home just fine!  Lots of tying up loose ends.

I put together our gifts for the nurses so other than a few last minute things our hospital pile is ready to go.

38 weeks: We celebrated the start of October/Baby Month with a last nice date night out at one of our favorite steak houses - still hoping to squeeze in a few more regular date nights too.  I tried to do the best I could to get myself ahead and organized at the office and left stacks of things I'd need brought home, things that are finished, things to do, etc. - After I shared my updates with my mom/brother my mom texted me "thanks for getting things so organized at the office" and it just made my day!

My doctor's appointment was fun as there was finally some progress - 1 centimeter dilated and 30% effaced.  His heartbeat was 145 and I left excitedly wondering when he'd come.  I also reorganized our hospital stuff that night and tried to get a little more organized.

We got the diaper bag packed up for the most part, re-did a few little things in the nursery/playroom and setup a couple final things I'd ordered (those Pottery Barn Kids plush toys are hard to pass up... especially with a gift card!)  We also all got a small little "nursery" setup at the office with a pack n play, diaper basket, and play mat - I was going to wait until after the baby to do this but with most other things done figured, why not?!

Yes! He's cozy in there and kicking around - the kicks are a little stronger and feel different - sometimes can be confused with minor braxton hicks contractions. 


All ready! I think I'll keep rearranging and picking little things until he gets here but we are all done. I ordered one little chest for toys to go in an open area (that we don't really need yet - but figured I'd do it while it's fun!)  and a couple little stuffed animals - I'm obsessed with the Jelly Cat brand.

Maternity Clothes:

Getting so bored of them! Just a few outfits - still trying to get the most out of my dresses and have some fall outfits - I did go to the office the other day in workout clothes just because.  I have a handful of dresses left that aren't too summery and still fit and can just easily throw a jacket on over them.

I miss my shoes! I've been getting away in flip flops as much as I can or simple slide ons, flats and mules.


Normal night's sleep, wine, energy... just the usual.  I'm starting to really crave some things like tuna, smoked salmon and can't wait to have them afterwards.


Nothing crazy - in fact with little room left I fill up pretty quickly.  I'd been dying for Taco Bell (which I haven't had in years!) for about four months and we finally saw one on the way home from Penn State and stopped - I was content with my tacos and nachos and am now over that.

Feeling... Symptoms/Sleep:

All in all - not bad! I'm so thankful I still have enough energy - I can tell its dwindling by the day though.  I'm a night owl right now... until about 11/midnight but with the waking up overnight I have the hardest time waking up - some mornings I push it as late as I can and jump out of bed to get ready for work as quick as I can.  Usually in the mid afternoon I could use a little rest too.  Some nights I'm up once or twice and some nights four or so times!

After a bit of time on my feet they are most definitely sore and some pelvic pain too.

Swelling is hit or miss by the day and not bad by any means but I have had a few days of just wearing my wedding bands or wearing my bands and engagement ring on my pinky - They almost got stuck one day with the elevation level going up the mountain to State College.  I'm always asking Derek for foot rubs at night which I think really helps with keeping the swelling down!

Just after 38 weeks I was most definitely "feeling pregnant" - hard to get up after sitting down, the aches/pains - that it didn't hit until this close to the end, I tried not to complain too much.

I've been terrible about this swapping out extra sleep in the mornings instead of our usual walks.  Now that it's finally cooling off a little bit I've made it a point to get out each day - usually afternoons now. I know walking is one of the best things you can do so I try to keep it up!

One afternoon I just popped into the mall on the way to the grocery store to get some walking in.  A sweet worker couldn't believe I was due in just over a week - made my day!

Dad to Be:

I think Derek's wondering if there's anything left that he could possibly put together, ha! He's most recently mastered the stroller, packing it up, etc. so we'll be good to go.  I was trying to get ahead at the office last week and didn't make it home until 6:30 (super late for me) and he had steak and sides leftovers from our "last nice dinner date" out on the counter and ready for us. 

Happy, Moody & Final Pregnancy Things: 
Happy, excited, anxious, nervous - all the feels! Weird as it sounds, it is still really hard to realize that in just a few days/weeks we will be a family of three.  My belly button is still flat/in and seeing as we're having another warmer spell - I wear my wedding rings on my pinky some days. Cannot wait for the weather to officially cool off for good!

I did have a cry one night because Derek was nicely unloading my car and saw something I'd bought ahead for his birthday.  

Usually I don't really notice the contractions but I have had a time or two where I did which is exciting! My only question was how long my doctor lets it go before inducing, ha! And I liked her answer so that was reassuring. 

I'm still dealing with a lingering cough and I'm pretty sure at this point it won't go away until after the baby is here from what I've heard - just glad the cold is gone and the cough only really acts up at night when I lay down.

Excited For:

37 weeks - I have another doctor's appointment next week right at 38 weeks - no progress so far so hopefully some news there! Hoping to get a few more date nights in but we're heading out tomorrow to celebrate the start of baby month with one last "nice" dinner out at one of our favorite steakhouses - I have barely been able to set foot in any steakhouse since becoming pregnant but in the last week or so I've been wanting it.

38 weeks -  The anticipation! Knowing that he could come tomorrow or in two weeks.  We have very few plans this weekend and I cannot wait - my DVR is full and I've been longing for dinner and relaxing on the deck, which I think we'll do.  Next week starts a lighter schedule for me - looking forward to that!

Checking in on my apps each day - What to Expect and Ovia have been my favorites.
A sneak peek into the playroom... 
And a sneak peek to one of his bookshelves...
It was such a relief when all these little clothes and accessories were washed, folded, hung up and put away!


  1. Sounds like you and Derek are more than ready to meet the little man :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. So sweet!!! Can't wait for you to meet him!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  3. I just love these updates you do! I hope he comes soon for you, but at the same time I hope you do get a few more days to get some things done. :) Just all so very exciting!

  4. Home stretch for sure!! Hang in there lady! You look great!

  5. eek so close! i feel like i say that every time but it seems like time is flying on this side of the blog :) i love your baby room decor! i mean, i want to buy everything from pottery barn kids so i get it haha

    xoxo cheshire kat

  6. I really don't know how I will be when I get pregnant and so close to having the baby! I am so impatient!

  7. You're almost there girlie, looking forward to an exciting announcement any day now! And LOVING that striped dress <3
    Green Fashionista

  8. Girl you are getting so close! I can't wait to meet your sweet little man!

  9. You're on the final stretch and sounds like things have been coming along smoothly. Couldnt't be happier for you and sounds like Derek has been such a huge support and help to ease your baby boy into this world!

  10. It really is so crazy to wrap you mind around that this new little person is going to be here so soon! I'm trying to get everything ready at the office too before I go on maternity leave, and I'm so jealous that you've still been able to wear your rings for the most part! My swelling has been insane!

  11. Oh man you are so close!!! Ella came during my 38th week of pregnancy (10 days early) so it could be any day now!!! All of your feelings are totally normal. You know life is going to change but you don't know exactly HOW that's going to look. Enjoy these last days/weeks...feeling that baby move in your tummy is so special, but it will be so fun to meet the little man making all of those movements! :)
    PS, every time I went into Ella's nursery before she was born, I would move something too haha

  12. Sounds like you are all ready to go! So excited for you!

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