Well, in the interest of documenting this information like I did with Lynnaea and Corbin, I'll post about where things stand in my pregnancy. Because I just went back to read theirs and am so grateful I posted it and could find it easier. I don't know that we plan to have any more babies (on purpose), but just in case, it's nice to have stats for comparison purposes ;).
But first, I'll start with Christmas!
We had a nice Christmas. It is a little chaotic, and Jeremy and I both tend to be wound a little tight when it comes to chaos. We're trying to be less so, so that it can be more enjoyable all around. But overall it was still good. I just like to try to have controlled chaos (which, as you know, is an oxymoron. Haha). Our kiddos are well-loved for sure. Dinosaurs, poster art kits, books, air spinners, an awesome stool made by their grandpa... They got lots of really neat stuff that they really enjoy. I got a ginormous bottle of Mexican vanilla from my in-laws -- and this is very exciting to me! I also got other great stuff like a book about foodie holidays and a wok and a pretty cheese plate, etc. And the kids got me and Jeremy a 1000 piece puzzle of TV history. I'll probably break it out after Baby arrives and Jeremy is off work for a couple weeks. I do love puzzles.
So here are a few Christmas morning pictures (we also had cinnamon rolls for breakfast).
Now, this is a picture of me at 38 weeks, 1 day. Or 2 days, technically, I guess. Since it was taken around 2 a.m. Sunday morning (Christmas Eve) while I was up wondering if I would be waking up Jeremy to go to the hospital. I really didn't want to be in the hospital on Christmas. But I had contractions that kept me up for 2 hours, so I wasn't sure if they would progress and be the real thing. They didn't. They eventually tapered off. I've noticed the swelling go down a bit in my feet, which is nice. For a while there I had serious cankles and my feet were so puffy they hurt. My blood pressure has been good, though, so there weren't big concerns about a toxic pregnancy. It was just uncomfortable and ugly.
So in addition to two nights of contractions, the baby has also dropped. A lot. So I know it's just a matter of time. Ergo, when I went to my doctor appointment today, I asked her to check me so I knew where things stand. And here's where they stand at 38 weeks + 2 days. I am about 50% effaced and at a 2/3 (though she said if she had to pick one, she'd pick 3).
This Owl - I'm not really sure what this is called, but it is *the coolest*. Whoever invented these things was pure genius. So, as many parents have probably learn...
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