As promised, a more in depth update - likely the last one before I announce the birth of our sweet blessing!
The end is so close yet so far away at the same time! We can't wait to meet this baby! I am still feeling fantastic, although yesterday at my appointment my blood pressure was higher than usual prompting my OB to request me to go back in later this week to have it checked again. Yesterday was a bit of a stressful morning, and by the time I left my appointment my blood pressure was normal again, so I'm clinging to hope that it was just a fluke and things will progress as they are supposed to. I've said it a million times over this pregnancy... I just don't want to be induced. I feel like I was robbed of the true birthing experience with Brooklyn and Brianna, even though I was induced for good reason and I know it was necessary. I just want one "normal" pregnancy and one "normal" labor. So please send good vibes my way so that hopefully things go the way I am so desperately hoping they will.
I still start nearly every morning with a smoothie. I haven't been as much of a candy hog, although I am slightly obsessed with this frozen yogurt place called CC Swirls that is all kinds of delicious awesomeness. I find I rarely have much of an appetite, but that's probably due to the fact that my stomach has pretty much no more room! Sometimes at dinner I push through the nearly instant full feeling and eat as much as I really want to, but I always regret it afterwards because it seriously hurts! I am simply trying to eat lots of fruits, veggies, and other fiber-rich foods. I do quite enjoy Special K Vanilla Almond cereal these days, but I've always loved that so I can't be sure if it's a pregnancy thing or not. I am still 2lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight but everyone says I look vibrant and healthy, so there are no concerns about that. Funny thing is I sure feel like I'm carrying around an extra 25lbs most of the time! I'm curious to see how much I weigh once I arrive home from the hospital.
This past weekend, my sister in law Laura pampered me by doing my hair and makeup before I did a little photo shoot with some help from my friend Ginny. I really wanted to make sure to get some pictures of myself this pregnancy since I don't really have any from my previous ones, plus I wanted some updated family photos of just the four of us before we become a family of five. We had a fun time and I'm so grateful to have these images that you are seeing in this post today! Thanks so much to both Ginny and Laura for helping to make this happen. To add to the excitement, a very successful photographer friend of mine is taking some more maternity shots of me tomorrow as long as the weather cooperates. I'm just so happy and thankful that I have people who want to celebrate this time in my life with me by capturing the memories forever.
Yep, you read that correctly... I am 37 weeks pregnant! That means this baby is "done" cooking and can come at any time. I can't believe it's almost over, it really is a bittersweet feeling. I'm super excited to meet her, less excited to push her out, and even less excited for the sleepless nights that await. I'm torn between wanting her to come NOW, and wanting her to hang out for a few more weeks just because I'm feeling so amazing and I know that this is very likely the last time I am ever going to be pregnant. So I am clinging to these moments with gratitude and wonder, because it truly is amazing and remarkable. So, here are a couple of fun comparisons for today. Pop back in next week when I'll give you the full pregnancy update, as I see my OB on Monday and I expect I will have more to share than if I were to try to give you the full update now. Plus, I'll have pictures of the bump and more - better ones than these iPhone ones! ;)