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38 Weeks

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So, I feel like a house, officially.

Even the t-shirts I borrow from Joel are tight across my belly. I forget now whose blog I read it on but they mentioned feeling claustrophobic in their clothes. I get it now. Totally.

I also got a, “WOAH! I’ve seen your belly pictures online… but woah!” from someone I hadn’t seen in person in awhile. So apparently this bump photographs well. Or at least smaller in pictures than I look in person. Either that or I’m never wearing that shirt again. I’ll probably be burning that shirt just to be safe.

Despite feeling huge, I’m actually measuring behind by two weeks now. Midwife said it was probably his position though and isn’t worried about it. He’s lying head down (yay!) with his back across my right side and his feet directly in my left ribs. She also said he doesn’t really have far to move down so my hope for him dropping and getting out of my lungs and ribs were kind of crushed with that one. She told me she expects he’ll be small but long. So maybe the tall genes Joel and I missed will kick in with him?

Speaking of crushed, er mah gah my ribs you guys! I’m starting to be a bit worried he might actually break one. Or get his foot stuck in between the two bottom ones and not be able to get out. Can that happen? I’m really asking. Last night driving home in the car I had to seriously do relaxation most of the way home, not for contractions, but because it felt like he was trying to crowbar my bottom two ribs apart with his feet. He may be small but he is mighty.

As uncomfortable as he acts with all his pushing and wiggling he shows no signs of actually wanting to get more room by becoming an outside baby. I’ve had a few random contractions from being active but other than that, nothing, no signs that my body is even getting ready for labor. I’m not necessarily in a hurry at this point I guess. The exception being when he’s really hurting me with his movements then I’m all GET OUT! It will work out much better for everyone if he stays put another week or so at least though.

Other than the internal beatings this week has been pretty uneventful pregnancy-wise. My dad was taken to the hospital yesterday so that was stressful. They were afraid he was having another stroke but now they’re looking at other possible causes for his symptoms. I hate seeing my dad sick and not mentally all there. He is such a funny, brilliant man that it hurts me to see him be less than himself. I’m hoping these tests that they’re running give us some answers. My dad needs to be all there to meet my little guy. Keep him in your thoughts if you would.

On a side note, you get some fun looks from the people in the ER when you walk in as a giant pregnant lady. I wanted to immediately announce that I was just visiting. Instead I just walked to the elevator and found my dad’s room while sort of giggling to myself about what they were likely thinking.

So that’s it. It’s basically a waiting game from here. I put up a poll on SkyMommy’s Facebook page where you can guess what day he’ll be born. It only allows me to put in 10 options but I left the ability open for you to add your own if you want. If you guess the right date you get bragging rights and a mention on my blog. So, go cast your vote!

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27 Comments

  1. You look so cute Abigail! Sorry to hear about your dad…sending positive thoughts your way. Bet you can’t wait to meet your little guy 🙂

    Annie

  2. You look so cute Abigail! Sorry to hear about your dad…sending positive thoughts your way. Bet you can’t wait to meet your little guy 🙂

    Annie

  3. you look so cute in the photo! Unlike me…I just looked like a swollen, beached whale!! 😀
    So sorry to hear about your dad! I hope he’s okay now and they identified the problem.
    Don’t worry about your ribs! There’s a wonderful large muscle called the diaphragm which will prevent this from happening, if your uterine walls can’t! 😀 In my case, the attack was on my kidneys and every now and then I used to wince with pain and call him an S.O.B!!! 😛

  4. you look so cute in the photo! Unlike me…I just looked like a swollen, beached whale!! 😀
    So sorry to hear about your dad! I hope he’s okay now and they identified the problem.
    Don’t worry about your ribs! There’s a wonderful large muscle called the diaphragm which will prevent this from happening, if your uterine walls can’t! 😀 In my case, the attack was on my kidneys and every now and then I used to wince with pain and call him an S.O.B!!! 😛

    • Ha yes, I’ve definitely yelled his name a couple times. He is surprisingly strong for such a little guy.

  5. You may feel enormous, but I assure you – you look amazing! My last pregnancy was with twins, and I can promise you, I understand that ‘big as a house’ feeling.:) Glad it’s been a mostly uneventful pregnancy – that’s what one hopes for, right?

    • Thank you! I know I could be bigger (otherwise I wouldn’t be measuring a bit behind) but what I know in my head and how I feel can be two very different things, haha.

  6. You may feel enormous, but I assure you – you look amazing! My last pregnancy was with twins, and I can promise you, I understand that ‘big as a house’ feeling.:) Glad it’s been a mostly uneventful pregnancy – that’s what one hopes for, right?

    • Thank you! I know I could be bigger (otherwise I wouldn’t be measuring a bit behind) but what I know in my head and how I feel can be two very different things, haha.

  7. Sue

    Youch! While reading the pushing apart your ribs it was making me hurt too. I remember for me it was all back pain like she was grinding her head against my tailbone. I am thinking of you and the joy to come.

  8. Sue

    Youch! While reading the pushing apart your ribs it was making me hurt too. I remember for me it was all back pain like she was grinding her head against my tailbone. I am thinking of you and the joy to come.

    • It’s amazing how these tiny little people can feel like they’re actually grinding or breaking bones, isn’t it?

  9. The whole foot in the ribs thing sounds painful. I’m squeamish about being pregnant, it’s always seemed like something from a sci-fi film to me! If your baby doesn’t hurry up, you’ll have to wait a whole year until Mother’s Day. So, happy almost mother’s day for Sunday 🙂

    • Aw, don’t let me freak you out about pregnancy. It really is a very cool experience, even if there are some weird and unpleasant parts. Honestly, feeling him move is my very favorite part even though it can get uncomfortable now that he’s running out of room.

      And thankfully Mother’s Day in the States isn’t until May. Not a single chance he’ll still be in at that point!

  10. The whole foot in the ribs thing sounds painful. I’m squeamish about being pregnant, it’s always seemed like something from a sci-fi film to me! If your baby doesn’t hurry up, you’ll have to wait a whole year until Mother’s Day. So, happy almost mother’s day for Sunday 🙂

  11. I went two weeks over with Ian having contractions off and on the whole time. He didn’t want to go anywhere, so I know that feeling. He ended up having to be served eviction papers. So I wish you the best of luck on this wait and that you get to go into labor naturally.

    • Thank you, I’d love to go into labor naturally. And hopefully a bit early even! Who knows though, I’m hopeful while trying to mentally prepare myself for the long haul.

  12. You look adorable! Hang in there, baby W will be here before you know it.

  13. You look adorable! Hang in there, baby W will be here before you know it.

  14. I think you look teeny-tiny… so like you said, either the pictures are slightly misleading OR that shirt was a NO-NO-NEVER-AGAIN! hehe. LW was always all up in my ribs kicking and jabbing and it was so uncomfortable to even sit at a computer to chart while still working as a nurse, or to sit and drive a vehicle! NK wasn’t quite so mean to her momma! 😉 Sending positive vibes your dad’s way and hoping for good test results!

    • I’m going to hope it was the shirt. It isn’t technically a maternity shirt and it’s one of those more loose fitting flowy ones. Seems to me fitted clothes make me look smaller than loose ones. I’ll bring it out of retirement when I don’t have a giant belly I think.

  15. I think you look teeny-tiny… so like you said, either the pictures are slightly misleading OR that shirt was a NO-NO-NEVER-AGAIN! hehe. LW was always all up in my ribs kicking and jabbing and it was so uncomfortable to even sit at a computer to chart while still working as a nurse, or to sit and drive a vehicle! NK wasn’t quite so mean to her momma! 😉 Sending positive vibes your dad’s way and hoping for good test results!

    • I’m going to hope it was the shirt. It isn’t technically a maternity shirt and it’s one of those more loose fitting flowy ones. Seems to me fitted clothes make me look smaller than loose ones. I’ll bring it out of retirement when I don’t have a giant belly I think.

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