37 WEEKS - BABY BRICK IS:
- About 6.5 lbs and 20 inches long.
- Considered "early term" at this point, so almost fully baked
- Lungs are pretty much developed
- Practicing breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid
- Sucking thumb
- Blinking and pivoting from side to side.
- SO DARN CUTE ALREADY (check out my latest ultrasound pictures)
- HUGE - I laugh looking back at my "bump" photos and thinking how big I felt then
- Oh the contractions
- What is sleep?
- Love feeling all the wiggles and kicks
- Oh well hello again nausea
- Baby favors the bladder and I should live on the toilet.
I’ve noticed that as our due date approaches, I am feeling more and more preoccupied with our baby’s health. I am so grateful that everything appears to be right on track during my prenatal appointments, but there is still so much unknown out there and I hope and pray every day that our little one will arrive healthy and safe.
I’ve also noticed that lately my emotions are a bit all over the place. In general, I feel like I’m a pretty happy and optimistic person and haven’t had a ton of emotional ups and downs during pregnancy but during this past week or so, I’ll be hit with a wave of crankiness and anxiety that can be hard to shake.
I accept that the unexplained fits of crying are a part of the journey, but I'm never prepared for the sudden bursts of irrational rage. I hate losing my control over my emotions.
"PLEASE JUST STOP"
A string cheese wrapper left on the counter, my boys insistent questioning and constant need for my attention sometimes drives me batty.
The other day I went up to take a shower. By myself. I had waited all day for this. Not four seconds after stepping into the shower I hear the pitter patter of my 3-year-old into the bathroom. And there it is. My blood started to boil. I stomped out, slightly exploding into a dramatic rant toward my husband. I couldn't take it.
It makes me feel a little more normal when I hear that many of my girlfriends had similar experiences during their pregnancies.
Some call it "pregnancy rage" due to all those hormones. I'm just glad I'm not alone and so lucky that I have the supportive friends, family and husband I do.
I know a lot of it has to do with these pesky hormones, lack of sleep, middle of the night work hours, being a full-time, stay-at-home mom ... and yes being locked in our home with this COVID-19 pandemic.
I experienced something similar toward the end of my second pregnancy and fortunately, for me, this irrational "rage" subsided once I gave birth to Rhett.
I think I’m just getting a bit more impatient and ready to get this show on the road. I’m ready to get rid of some of the more uncomfortable feelings (shortness of breath, back pain, EXHAUSTION and achyness when I walk). More than ever I appreciate how great I felt pre-pregnancy!
All this being said - if you feel down and can’t shake it, go talk with your doctor. Don’t blame every feeling on hormones. Many are justified and we are validated ladies. And people - be nice to the pregnant ladies around you. We’re fostering a life here.
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