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Travis’ pregnancy on the left and Baby #2 Pregnancy on the right

38 weeks

Weight of baby: about 6.8 pounds

Length of baby: about 19.5 inches from head to toe

Baby size: a leek

Cool baby changes: At this point, she should have a firm grasp, and all of her organs have matured enough to be ready for life outside of my belly!

Mommy changes: Baby girl still likes to move primarily at night. She will be still for huge chunks of the day and then BAM she is moving in every possible direction at once. I like to joke that she is a little alien baby, because it’s hard to imagine that this is just the product of two arms and two legs. It’s wild to watch! If she hasn’t moved in a bit and Brian is home, I like to have him touch my belly. She ALWAYS responds to him, which is pretty cool. It’s nice to have that to fall back on, and it is very sweet to see their relationship starting this early. 

At my weekly appointment today, I measured a bit behind at 37 cm again. The doc said that this was totally fine, because it really depends on baby girl’s position. In terms of dilation, I am about 1-1.5 cm dilated. Those checks certainly are painful! My cervix is “very soft” at this point, which she said meant that things could kick start at any point. We are having somewhat of a winter storm here over the next couple of days, so I hope that she at least stays put until after this slushy/icy mess passes. I still want her to cook until my due date or a bit later, but holding off until this weekend would be a plus regardless! Brian and I have a Valentines Date planned for the weekend, which will be our last night out just the two of us before baby girl comes. I nursed Travis for 15 months and I intend to nurse baby girl for as long as possible, as well. That certainly makes these nights out few and far between for me! Her room is totally ready and all of her clothes are washed. We drove by our new hospital last week, so we know where to go when it’s time for the big show. We have plans in place for little Travis when it’s time to go to the hospital. It’s wild thinking that every night I go to bed could theoretically be our last night as a family of three. Hoping to have two more of these updates!!!

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I guess family nap time is over!

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Travis’ pregnancy on the left and Baby #2 Pregnancy on the right

37 weeks

Weight of baby: 6 and 1/3 pounds

Length of baby: a bit more than 19 inches from head to toe

Baby size: a bunch of swiss chard

Cool baby changes: Her main focus for the next three weeks are brain and lung development and weight gain!

Mommy changes: At my weekly appointment today, I measured right on time at 37 cm. I am not dilated at all yet, which is just fine with me. We hope to keep little girl in there until maybe a couple of days past her due date! I have had some more cramping this week, but not enough to mean anything yet (apparently). Still sleeping through the night just fine, with minimal aches and pains here and there. Travis keeps me busy enough to take my mind off of the last few weeks of pregnancy!

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Travis’ pregnancy on the left and Baby #2 Pregnancy on the right

36 weeks

Weight of baby: almost 6 pounds

Length of baby: more than 18.5 inches from head to toe

Baby size: head of romaine lettuce

Cool baby changes: She is shedding her vernix caseosa, which is the waxy stuff that protected her from amniotic fluid for the past nine months. She also is shedding the fuzzy hair covering her body. Apparently she ingests both of these things, which creates those lovely meconium diapers. Ew!

Mommy changes: I have had two doctor’s appointments since my last update! For my 35 week appointment last Wednesday, my doctor wheeled out the portable ultrasound machine to check baby’s position. She definitely is head down, which is a huge relief! I got to see the top of her skull down low, as well as her feet up high. My doctor said that there is plenty of amniotic fluid in there too, which is a good thing. I measured around 34.5 cm last week. I had my 36 week appointment this morning, and I jumped to 36-36.5 cm. Hooray! She is measuring right on time, and her heartbeat has been in the 140s during the past two appointments. My blood pressure and weight gain are just fine, and everything else is going very smoothly! They will not check me until 38 weeks, unless I start to have Braxton Hicks contractions this week. I still haven’t had any of those yet, but a bit of random cramping here and there. 

I also had a lovely little sprinkle for baby girl this weekend! I am very lucky that some of my closest friends were able to gather to celebrate baby girl. We have some darling clothes washed and waiting for her now! It was a really nice day for me, and I am thankful for the generosity of our loved ones.

Baby girl is using the same nursery and nursery furniture that Travis started out in. We transitioned him to his big boy room about a month ago now. Over the weekend, I washed all of her clothes and sorted her closet by size. I reorganized the drawers in the dresser and chest, and Brian adjusted her crib back up to newborn height. It looks so darn high now!!! We also purchased letters to spell out her name, and Brian hung them up on Sunday. A few weeks ago, he hung up bookshelves for her. Her room is totally set and ready for her arrival! 

This is the first week that things have REALLY begun to set in. She will be here soon. Really soon. I am going to be a mother to two children. I have been so nervous lately about how I am going to balance Travis and his baby sis, almost to the point where I haven’t allowed myself to get excited about her arrival. I finally feel like I am ready to meet her! Our house is relatively ready. Travis is getting a bit more independent (at times). My workload has lessened a little bit, so I am getting more sleep. I would like for her to keep cooking for several more weeks, but we are starting to get ready to meet her!!

We had maternity shots taken over the weekend, as well. It was so nice to be able to capture some special moments of baby girl and I, Brian and I, and Travis with the both of us. I was so pleased with how these turned out, and I can’t wait to blow them up with some baby girl newborn shots to make a big wall collage!!

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Travis’ pregnancy on the left and Baby #2 Pregnancy on the right

35 weeks

Weight of baby: about 5.25 pounds

Length of baby: over 18 inches from head to toe

Baby size: honeydew melon

Cool baby changes: Her kidneys are fully developed, and her liver can process some bodily waste. Most of her physical development is done at this point. She just needs some more time to pack on the pounds!

Mommy changes: After making it 34.5 weeks without having to get up in the middle of the night to pee, my amazing run is over. Also, I have had a bit of pregnancy insomnia in the middle of the night the past few nights. Baby girl has been having dance parties when Momma has been trying to sleep. My mom told me that I used to keep her up from 1-3 many nights from kicking and moving around. It is starting to look like little girl will be a night owl, like her mom!

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Trying to soak in these sweet moments as much as I can before baby sister comes. Apparently Travis’ Little People like sliding as much as he does!

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With baby girl’s due date being just six weeks away, we have been talking to Travis about her more and more. This is how he feels about her upcoming arrival.

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Travis’ pregnancy on the left and Baby #2 Pregnancy on the right

34 weeks

Weight of baby: about 4.75 pounds

Length of baby: almost 18 inches from head to toe

Baby size: cantelope

Cool baby changes: Her fat layers are filling her out, her skin is smoother than ever, and her central nervous system and lungs are continuing to mature!

Cool (and not so cool) mommy changes: I got smacked with a 24 hour stomach bug last week that totally wiped me out. I am much better now, thank goodness! I also felt baby girl’s hiccups for the first time this week. :)

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Travis’ pregnancy on the left and Baby #2 Pregnancy on the right

33 weeks

Weight of baby: a little over 4 pounds

Length of baby: a little more than 17 inches from head to toe

Baby size: pineapple

Cool baby changes: Her skeleton is hardening and she shouldn’t look as alien-like now!

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Travis’ pregnancy on the left and Baby #2 Pregnancy on the right

32 weeks

Weight of baby: 3 and 3/4 pounds

Length of baby: about 16.7 inches from head to toe

Baby size: large jicama

Cool baby changes: She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair!