38 weeks

How Big is the Baby?

Hovering around 7 pounds, and 18-22 inches long. The size of a watermelon. A friggin’ watermelon people. Holy guacamole.


How I’m Changing

Pretty much the same as the last few weeks: more sciatic pain than ever, swelling in my feet, ankles, and fingers (and I think my thighs, unless I really gained 2.5 actual pounds this week). Nausea is back too. I’m also not sleeping well. Training for what is to come I suppose.


How I’m Feeling

Soooo ready to be done being pregnant. I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever, and she’s just going to stay in there and never come out! Although I keep waking up in the middle of the night with cramps, and get excited and touch my stomach only to not feel contractions. Just my body getting ready for next week (I hope!).


What I’m Eating

Lots of small meals to ward off the nausea. Today I cracked open my first can of pumpkin for the season. Yay! My preggo brain is in full force too. This morning I thought I pulled out my bulk steel cut oats, but after 20 minutes I checked the pot to realize I cooked quinoa. Oops. Topped with pumpkin, pecans, raisins, cinnamon, and brown sugar, the quinoa was pretty good, but not at all what I wanted.


Odds and Ends

On Thursday at my 38 week appointment, (yes you read that right, I’m writing this on the last day of 38 weeks), I was having more swelling in the right foot/calf than the left. This led to an ultrasound (because it can be a sign of a blood clot), and the decision that Friday would be my last day of work. Everything came back normal with the ultrasound, thank God!

Like magic, resting instead of working has alleviated almost all of my swelling, and I feel much better. But it has been very difficult for me to NOT work! I actually went in on Monday to have lunch with my long-term sub and we taught the reading lesson together and I did the read-aloud. It was a nice transition out of the classroom for both the kids and me.

Things I can’t wait to eat again: Jimmy Johns

# of times I get up to pee each night:  20? Too many!

Days until my next appointment: 1

Total weight gained: 25 pounds. In the past two weeks I’ve gained 5 pounds…that is a significant gain in comparison to my normal .5/week gain. I’m definitely seeing it in my thighs, so I’m thinking a lot of it is water retention. At least I hope it is, I really hope Baby Spinach is not a 10 or an 11-pounder!

Exercise: non-existent. Unless you could bouncing and rocking back and forth on my exercise ball and cleaning the house.

Cravings: Jamba Juice. But I should really just make smoothies at home. So much cheaper!

Aversions: standing, sitting, laying down….oh wait, those are all of my options. Did I mention I’m ready to be done being pregnant?

What I miss: pre-preggo clothes

 So, when do you think Baby Spinach will arrive? How about weight and length guesses?

Maternity Photo Session

On September 1st, when I was 35 weeks 2 days pregnant, Tim and I had a maternity photo session with the very talented Laura Fifield. We chose to do the session at Lake Coeur d’Alene, near the NIC campus on the East end of the lake. I really wanted a sunset session, and loved the location in this photo shoot. Laura was totally in sync with what I was looking for, and I am very excited with our proofs!

Here is a sampling of my favorites!






And my absolute favorite! We ordered an 11×14 canvas of this one to hang above Baby Spinach’s crib 🙂


Thanks again Laura for a great session!

37 Weeks – Full Term!

How Big is the Baby?

Huge. On average babies her gestational age weigh around 6.3 pounds and are a bit over 19 inches. This is about the length of a stalk of swiss chard. She is considered full term now, which means if she were born today she wouldn’t have a NICU team in the delivery room waiting to whisk her away. I’d like her to stay cooking though.


How I’m Changing

I am thisclose to being an outie. It’s crazy to see the end of my belly button. And my skin, super itchy! No amount of body butter helps. I’m not sure how much more it can stretch!

I’m also finally thirsty. Up until this point in my pregnancy I’ve only drunk water because I knew I needed to, not because I wanted to. But now, I can’t get enough. I’m always chugging water. One of my students even asked me why I drink so much water, haha.


How I’m Feeling

Blargh. Terrible! My sciatic nerve is on my last nerve, I keep waking up with heartburn (so I’ve been “sleeping” in the glider), and I’m swelling a ton. Nobody else notices my swelling, but I do. Some people have knobby knees, I have knobby ankles, and now I have tree trunk cankles. Uggh.

I’ve been rockin’ the crocs lately (don’t judge), and today they got to be too tight! You know you have a problem when crocs are too tight. So I swapped into my Sanuk flip flops, but those left indents by the end of the day too. But Baby Spinach has dropped quite a bit, which has resulted in a lot more sciatic pain, but less back pain! So that is one plus. I am physically very ready for Baby Spinach to arrive, but I’d really like her to stay put until October 4th.


What I’m Eating

Apples, protein shakes, raspberry leaf tea, evening primrose oil, burlattas, and other items in wraps. Oh, and chocolate chip pecan cookies made by the hubs. He is the cookie king.


Odds and Ends

Umm, look at this crazy belly difference:

I’m soaking up these last few weeks with friends and the hubs before our life changes completely.

This weekend I had brunch with some of my girlfriends, and then the hubs and I went out to Coeur d’Alene to hit up Mother’s Haven (a fab maternity/baby/post-partum store). I had a $30 living social deal, as well as a $10 gift card, so I scored a $49 Bravado nursing bra for only $9! The hubs also picked up a “cool” bottle* for Baby Spinach. Apparently the glass Born Free bottles I chose were too “girly” for him. Not sure how, but since he’ll be on bottle feeding duty I’ll let him buy what he wants.

*I am planning to breastfeed, but I’ll be pumping when I get back to work, and he will bottle feed when I have girls nights.

In addition to my fab nursing bra, I’ve been going on a bit of an online shopping spree. We used our 10% registry completion discount on Amazon to buy what we deem to be necessities. And Zulily had Glamourmom nursing tanks on sale over the weekend, so I was able to score 3 of those at half price. Whoo hoo! Packages have been arriving daily 🙂

Things I can’t wait to eat again: Very excited to celebrate Baby Spinach with a bottle of pumpkin stout!

# of times I get up to pee each night:  a redonkulous amount.

Days until my next appointment: 2

Total weight gained: 24 pounds

Exercise: pretty non-existant, although my school is huge, so when I walk from one end to the other it is about a third of a mile. And I walk it a few times a day

Cravings: sleep & caffeine. I’m fairly positive these are related cravings.

Aversions: crocs. Damn, I’m stuck with them.

What I miss: having energy at the end of the day