Two days ago marked 37 weeks that little boy Hypki has been growing inside of me. Whew. That’s a LONG time.
Long enough for baby to be around 6.5 lbs, and about the length of a decent bunch of swiss chard. MMmmm, I love swiss chard wraps. Also, sources say that many healthy providers consider the baby “full term” as of 37 weeks! Exciting news, he can now safely be born at any time, “common baby.” Momma is ready.
Me at my baby shower last Saturday. Sometimes I feel like my little guy is already sitting on my lap, because he literally is.
How I’m feeling: Heavy. I don’t quite know how else to describe it. I’ve officially been packing on the 3rd trimester pounds, and so has he, and I feel it. Spending the morning on my feet doing laundry, cooking, baking, cleaning the house, it’s taking a painful toll on my back these days. I keep telling myself, 3 more weeks, and begging God to surprise me with a quick delivery.
Emotionally I’m getting a little anxious you could say. The more I learn the more I’m like “wow, crap could really hit the fan in the delivery room.” haha But, I’m trying not to think about it too much. I know God is in control and I have prepared in the ways I thought best for me and for the baby, so we should be ready.
I had Pete read a birth story on a blog today, just so he could kind of hear the gruesome details told by real people, the hard stuff, and the good stuff. Well, what he remembered was that they brought coconut water for her to stay hydrated, and a cooler with sandwiches. So yeah. We should be ready.
There he is. Love you honey!
Sleep: I’ve actually been getting decent sleep, but I don’t know if Pete can say the same. He says I’ve been snoring a little more, which is unsual for me, but as far as getting up to go to the bathroom at night, usually once, a bad night would be twice. That’s about the same as I get up when I’m not pregnant, so no complaints there.
Food: Still loving my salty foods, pickles, olives, cheese, and my dairy, cottage cheese and yogurt in the house! But for the most part all of my aversions are gone, I even drank a smoothie the other day! Granted it was made with fresh tart cranberries, and lemons. haha
We rented a movie the other night and Pete picked up this amazing gelato that I saw at the store when I was grocery shopping. Can I just say…yum! It was delicious. I’m still trying to keep my healthy habits when it comes to eating sugar though, because regardless of how good it tastes, it never makes me feel good. So, it’s best kept to a once in a GREAT while indulgence. Which I totally believe in, but make sure it’s something you really love!!
Baby Shower: My Mom and sister-in-laws hosted a lovely baby shower for me and baby Hypki last Saturday! More than 50 ladies came out to bless us, and love on baby boy Hypki!
It was a grand time, with lots of delicious brunch foods, mini quiches, tart apple meatballs, veggies and dip, mini scones in pumpkin, coconut, and apple spice flavors, pumpkin nutella puppy chow, olives, and of course pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting, decadent and completely homemade by a sweet Italian friend, Eve Caliendo.
Each guest made my baby a birthday card for 1-5 years of age, so when we are out, and isolated in the mountain village I can read him his sweet birthday wishes from so many of our loving friends!
We were showered with many gifts, and blessed beyond measure! And my dear prayer warrior and friend Sara gave a wonderful devotional challenging me in all ways of motherhood and wife-hood.
My Mom, myself, and my sweet little niece Lainey who helped me with all of my gifts.
It was a wonderful day, and an exhausting one.
Preparations for baby: Since we are in a little one bedroom apartment for baby’s birth there is no nursery to decorate, but we are keeping busy with prepping everything else. Pete has put together the diaper changing table, stroller, car seat, and bassinet, and I’ve stocked the diapers, wipes, washed and folded all his cute little clothes for 0-3 months, and assembled a book, toy, and stuffed animal basket.
This week we were planning on packing our hospital bag, but I only got as far as the baby’s things…but we’ll get there. I have a little list of what I need at least.
Weirdest thing someone said to me recently: So, I’ve never been a huge fan of preggo belly pics of ladies, but some women just really dig them I guess. Anyways, someone said to me a week or so ago “I just love watching your belly get bigger.” Why? Should anyone ever love watching that…I guess it’s not something that I love, but to each his or her own I suppose.
Workouts: I can’t say it’s been easy, but I’ve been trying to workout/move every single day. Not only does it keep me sane, and feeling a little more like myself, but it’s great for labor, delivery, and a quick recovery or so they say.
I’ve been walking 1.5 miles most mornings with Pete and the pooch, and then getting in a 30-40 minute workout in the day at the gym or at home.
Lifting weights still feels awesome, better than most other exercises. And like a said before I keep reminding myself that I’m on the home stretch, and after the birth and my recovery, it will be so much easier to bounce back if I’m strong going into it.
It’s almost like I stuck one of those kettlebells under my shirt!
Just some fun gym selfies for all my friends that love belly pics!
Some other thoughts: As I write this post I’m ready to have my baby in my arms, because I’m terribly uncomfortable 85% of the time, and also because I’m ready to meet the little guy. I’m ready to learn what it’s like to care for another human being that is utterly helpless, and most of all I’m ready to show him how much his Daddy and I love Jesus, and to teach him to love Jesus too.
But, I also just want to say that I’m so grateful I’ve had a healthy pregnancy. That baby Hypki has grown, and stayed inside me to full term, and that I have been able to stay healthy as well. God is SO good. I am reminded of this especially these last few days as I watch dear friends of ours in California ask God to protect and preserve their dear little baby girl that was born at 25 weeks. She weighs 1lb 11oz, but there is hope, because we serve an amazing creator God, and because His love and His plan are always perfect.
Our hearts and love are with you Sandi and Kyler, and we are praying for baby girl, for strength, and for His perfect peace.
Hope you enjoyed reading the update. We are off to Milwaukee this weekend, our last weekend traveling until the baby comes. I’m ready just to be home and settle down a little bit.
Until next time, and happy weekending!