Monday, September 5, 2016

38 Week Pregnancy Update + Gift Card Giveaway!

Holy Moly yall!! First off, I can't believe it has been 8 weeks since my last pregnancy update! To be honest, not a whole lot has changed over these last few weeks so there isn't too much to update you on. Secondly, I really can't believe we are only 2-3ish weeks from finally meeting our precious baby boy. I cannot even begin to tell you how ready and excited I am for that day that is (hopefully) quickly approaching.  

In the meantime, here is my very last pregnancy update! My next blog post will hopefully be introducing you to our sweet Denver Benjamin Wolf, so get ready for baby fever ;)

Sorry in advance for the lack of pictures... feeling like a gigantic, pregnant whale means staying away from the camera as much as possible these days!

My Due Date: Funny story.... I've had my due date wrong for basically my entire pregnancy. How that happened, I'm not sure but my real due date is September 22nd! We are hoping and praying that he comes by then and doesn't decide to camp out much longer than another 15 days. If only babies would actually listen to us this early on, right ;)

What fruit is the baby this week? Since I am technically 37 weeks and 4 days, Denver is the size of a honeydew melon or romaine lettuce! It is crazy to think that by 40 weeks he will be the size of a watermelon! As of now, he should be in the 6 to 7 pound range and about 18 - 20 inches long. I'm thinking he is going to be a skinny but tall baby because when he stretches out, he covers the entire width of my stomach! I have also never been told how much he may weigh so I'm excited to see what he comes out at! Dakota was over 9 pounds but I was only 6 pounds so we think he'll be between 7-8 lbs at birth :)

Next Appointment: At this point I have a doctor's appointment every week. My appointments usually consist of me sitting in a waiting room for about 45 minutes to an hour and then seeing my doctor for a total of 5 minutes. At every appointment, all of my vitals are checked along with listening to the baby's heartbeat, measuring my fundal height, and a dilation check. Overall, I don't mind all the appointments because they give me an excuse to get out of the house and break up my day along with hearing that most precious heartbeat! 

Exercise: My current exercise routine includes lots and lots of walking. Dakota and I walk about 1.5-3 miles a day. I also like to swim at least twice a week along with doing squats, step ups, stretches, and bouncing on a yoga ball every day. AKA I am doing anything and everything that anyone has ever said has helped start labor or make it easier/quicker :)

Stretch Marks: Still no stretch marks but this belly is growing exponentially every single week! I lather it with coconut oil and coco butter every night in hopes that the stretch marks never make an appearance. Fingers crossed! 

Maternity Clothes: Yall... I am down to literally 5 outfits that I can still fit into. Even my actual maternity clothes are becoming quite unflattering.... It is not a fun task to get ready and most days are spent in oversized tshirts and my super comfy Walmart shorts. I also have a total of 4 pairs of shoes that I can fit into :( AKA my running shoes and three pairs of the exact same sandals in different colors LOL. I think at this point, I am just as excited to fit back into normal clothes and shoes as I am to hold our baby boy. #pregoprobs at it's finest! 

Sleep: I have been very blessed to still be sleeping fairly well every single night. There are the occasional nights when I'll wake up and not be able to fall back asleep but for the most part, I can sleep and nap just fine (even with getting up to pee every other hour) and I am SO thankful for that! On the other hand, I am slightly worried about adjusting to life with a newborn and a major lack of sleep but I can't wait to soak up those days and nights in all their glory. 

Food Cravings: Stillll sweets... and trust me, the scale is well aware of this craving. Hopefully, it'll be easy to kick this craving to the curb after giving birth.. I don't think I'll ever get back into those pre-pregnancy clothes again if I don't ;) 

Movement: Baby boy's movement is mostly lots and lots of stretching throughout the day! He LOVES to be all up in my ribs with his little booty or a knee and that I don't love so much but I'm so thankful for anyways. Denver also gets the hiccups about once a day! I still don't feel any crazy active movements but that is due to my anterior placenta "muting" most of his kicks and jabs. I think I will definitely miss feeling him move around in there when he finally does come out. 

What I’m Loving: I have loved getting everything ready for him to come home! We have all of his swings, toys, and bedding set up throughout the house and I love just imagining watching him in his bouncer or sleeping in his little crib. I am to the point where I am definitely anxious and impatient for him to arrive but I am trying my best to simply enjoy each day for what it brings and to be thankful for another day of him growing bigger and stronger in prep for the "real world." Until the big day, we'll continue to ask God for strength and patience and trust in His perfect timing! 

Belly button in or out: Most of the day my belly button is still flat but it will poke out a little after dinner LOL. 

Weddings rings on or off: Still off :( I am SO excited for them to finally fit again and I'm hoping it'll be sooner rather than later after giving birth! 

What I’m Looking Forward To: Needless to say, I am SO stinkin' excited for him to arrive! I'm so ready to snuggle him and love on him and begin adjusting to our new life as a family of three. I can't wait to see Dakota as a father and the bond I know him and Denver will share. I am also very much so looking forward to simply not being pregnant. I am so incredibly thankful for the gift of carrying and sustaining Denver's life, however, I am definitely to the point where I can't wait to be able to do normal day-to-day things without a gigantic belly being in the way ;). Another thing I am looking forward to is Denver's newborn pictures! These will be within 10 days of his birth and I can't wait to share them! They'll be taken in our house so that is when you will finally get to see his finished nursery along with some of my other favorite rooms in our new house :). Lastly, I am looking forward to being done with labor and giving birth. I am so excited for that day and that experience but there is also some fear and worry that comes with knowing that day is rapidly approaching. I can't wait to see how God designs and writes Denver's birth day and we are so excited to see Him and His glory through our labor and delivery. We would absolutely love for prayers of peace and patience as we await baby boy's arrival along with prayers for a healthy mommy and baby through the next few weeks! 

Now for the FUN part-
I am doing another guessing giveaway for a chance to win a gift card courtesy of me! 
Simply tell me what day YOU think Denver will arrive :) 

To help you out some, his exact due date is September 22nd and I will be medically induced by October 3rd if he hasn't come on his own.

The winner will be announce within 2 weeks of Denver's birthday! If more than one person guesses correctly, a winner will be randomly chosen from those who were correct.  

Good luck, friends!! 

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