39 week update

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Well, with any luck this will be my very last pregnancy update before we meet our little girl. I’m scheduled to be induced tomorrow evening. We are excited, overwhelmed, terrified, joyous, anxious… well, you get the idea! We’re a lot of different things all wrapped up into one.

Since my last update was 8 weeks ago, here are a series of pictures to show our progress… (The pictures start at 32 weeks and go to 39 weeks)

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Symptoms: The baby has dropped and that’s causing a lot of uncomfortableness. I’m tired with bursts of energy and ambition. I, like most pregnant women, need to stay close to a bathroom because I go soooo frequently! (I can’t wait to have my bladder to myself!) 

My blood pressure has been decent, as have my blood sugars. I’ve had a few headaches which have been bothersome, but manageable.

Cravings: Sweets. So many sweets. Candy, cookies, brownies… (and even indulging in these cravings, I have lost 2 lbs in the last week… sigh!)

Our Baby: Is awesome! She’s moving just as much as ever and is passing all of her non-stress tests with flying colors. 

At 35 weeks, we went in to the hospital for an ultrasound and she was measuring about 2 weeks ahead — which could have put us with a 9 1/2 lb baby. However, last week, my OB did another ultrasound and baby was measuring right on pace at about 7 lbs, 2 oz. With any luck, she’ll be closer to that when we deliver and won’t have to worry about having to do a c-section because of her size!

Next Appointment: Well, we’re scheduled for an induction TODAY, Tuesday February 11 at 6:30 PM CST. 

Best part of the week: Spending an inside weekend with my husband — our last weekend as a married couple without children. It was bittersweet. I’ll always treasure the 2 1/2 years we had to ourselves, but we’re both ready to open our hearts and home and let this baby girl in. Maybe it would be different if we were the type of people who went out a lot. But we live the kind of lifestyle that will handle having a little dependent person always hanging around. 🙂 I mean, shoot… we spent our last weekend doing things like cooking, baking, cleaning, watching movies, reading, and listening to good music. I think our baby will enjoy being a part of all of those activities!

We’ve also gotten a lot of work done in her nursery. It’s not done yet, but since she’ll be staying in our room for awhile, that’s OK. Here’s a picture of her crib area and her changing station. (Note: the clothes are in the crib because it’s been too cold to stain the dresser and put them in there!) I am absolutely in love with the alphabet wall! It turned out great!

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Well, I guess that’s all I have for now. Hopefully the next update won’t be “oh man, they delayed the induction” and will be “HOORAY, She’s here!” 🙂

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And then LIFE started happening…

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So, I’ve been starting posts for weeks. I’ll get partly through one and think of something I need to do and then a week will go by and everything I wrote will be out of date. So I start over, and then the same thing happens.

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That, up there… that’s my point exactly. I started that on January 12. Now, It’s February 9.

My last pregnancy update on this lovely piece of interwebs was from 31 weeks. I’m now 38 weeks, 5 days. Blog fail, am I right?!

So what’s kept me so busy? (Well, busy and full of pregnancy brain, but the latter is self-explanatory.)

The Holidays – Christmas was great this year. We spent Christmas Eve in North Platte with the Moser family and Grandma Alyce. We spent late Christmas Eve/early Christmas Day in Mason City at our little house. And then the rest of Christmas Day in Dannebrog with the Stanton family. We were blessed to receive such thoughtful gifts for us and our little baby. And, I think we did a good job of giving gifts this year — that’s always been my favorite part. I don’t often mind when we don’t receive lists from those we need to shop for. It gives us a chance to really think about what we want to give our family members. I think we nailed it this year.

Then Brian and I rang in 2014 in our own subtle style. We splurged on shrimp and crab legs, made fruit pizza, and bruschetta. We watched a movie until almost midnight, then played Scrabble. At the stroke of midnight, we enjoyed a lovely glass of bubbly — no… not champagne… just some good ol’ sparkling grape juice. Then, we went to bed. Totally our style and a great way to spend our last moments of 2013 — one of the craziest years of our lives — and the first moments of 2014 — a year that has so much to offer!

School – School started back and Brian’s been getting ready for State Testing and reading novels and doing all sorts of awesome teacher-y things. I finished up subbing for the pre-school teacher while she was on maternity leave. My favorite quote from pre-school…

We were learning about the letter E. The letter e says eh, eh, eh, like an engine trying to go up a hill. One day, a little guy said to me, “Mrs. Moser! Mrs. Moser! Sometimes when you’re going to the bathroom and you have to poop, you say EH, EH, EH to help get it out!” I laughed so hard. It was great! Always good to know that our little ones are making school to life connections.

Speech – This has by far been the most time consuming part of the last month! We’re in full tournament swing. This was our only weekend off until mid-March-ish. Our little team is growing! We’re consistently taking 6-8 girls to tournaments. They are all doing great! We’ve come home with some medals and ribbons — but most importantly, our ladies make improvement every week. Brian and I will be missing the next tournament, but I have faith our girls will be just fine! But, secretly, I’ll miss them. I love to watch their confidence grow from week to week. Our varsity members are doing a great job of coaching, supporting, and helping our freshmen members. I have a feeling that next year, our team will be so great!!! And the rest of this year, I see a lot of success for everyone!

Baby – We had three baby showers. One with family, one with friends, and one with the lady teachers at school. We were blessed with so many awesome gifts for baby girl Moser. She’s going to be so loved! She has a ton of awesome clothes, hopefully enough diapers for at least a couple weeks, and SO MANY BOOKS!!! We are beyond excited to meet this little lady and let her meet all of the wonderful people who care about her!

Speaking of baby… tomorrow, I will post a 39 week update! So look forward to that!

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