She’s here!

Emily Harper was born on Wednesday August 12th (39 weeks and 4 days gestation) at 12:56pm, weighing 6lbs 14oz and measuring 20 in long.

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Baby Progress: Week 39

(I never got around to publishing this post since I didn’t get all of the way through week 39!)

How far along? 39 weeks, officially full term!

Total weight gain/loss: In total I gained 17lbs during my pregnancy

Maternity clothes? Wearing the same things over and over

Stretch marks? Came out alive without any stretch marks. I hear they can still show up later, but so far so good…

Symptoms: I had some bad hip pain that was making me waddle around like an old lady

Sleep:  Sleeping was ok until my water broke!

Best moment this week: Having my baby!

Worst moment of the week: I was a little bummed that I didn’t progress much since my OB appointment last week, but I guess it’s true that it really doesn’t matter since I went into labor a little over 12 hours later.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Alcohol


Movement: She was definitely running out of room at the end there.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular

Anything making you queasy or sick: No


Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: My water breaking? Ha. I had infrequent contractions for about an hour before my water broke.


Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Meeting our little girl :)

Baby Progress: Week 38

How far along? 38 weeks (39 weeks tomorrow!)

Total weight gain/loss: Roughly 17 lbs. I don’t understand those guidelines about gaining 1lb per week in third trimester because there is NO ROOM FOR FOOD.

Maternity clothes? I haven’t really been leaving the house too much so I’m basically in shorts, a sports bra, and tanks most of the time.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: More frequent/occasionally intense Braxton Hicks contractions. Otherwise more of the same: back aches, round ligament pain, more heartburn.

Sleep:  David and I have been trying to get a decent amount of sleep, knowing that we won’t be getting nearly any in the not-so-distant future. I’ve run David out of our bedroom with my snoring and tossing and turning… :(

Best moment this week: Nothing in particular, just getting closer and closer to actually meeting this kiddo!

Worst moment of the week: We learned late last week that David’s aunt passed away. She was under hospice care for a while, but was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. My in-laws traveled out of town this week to my uncle’s memorial service, and then will host a local memorial service in a few weeks. Along with my father-in-law getting his 3rd knee replacement surgery at the end of the month, I think they are a bit overwhelmed. Hopefully the baby is a happy distraction from their grief and stress.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Ultimate (the team I play with wrapped up the summer season with a pretty decent placement in finals). Laying on my stomach and back. WINE. BEER. Everything, basically.


Movement: Had a few times this week where she decided to move around basically nonstop for almost 2 hours. Omg girl, take a break!

Food cravings: Oreos

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: (Apologies if this is TMI, but I just want to record this!) I was very surprised to find out at my appointment on Tuesday that I am 3cm dilated, 60% effaced, and at -1 station. Of course this was just after I was telling my doctor that I had very low expectations and that she was NOT allowed to arrive this week because of the grandparents being out of town.


Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On, shockingly! I would have thought for sure with the August heat and being 9 months pregnant they wouldn’t fit, but they’re still on.


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy. It seems like my emotions have leveled out a bit where I’m not extremely anxious or on the brink of tears every 10 minutes.


Looking forward to: Getting a pedicure tomorrow. Really I would just pay the salon to let me sit in their massage chair for an hour, but I guess the toenail polish is a nice touch too ;)

 

Baby Progress: Week 37

How far along? 37 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 17 lbs. A little freaky to see a number on the scale that I’ve never seen before (and yikes did I really use to weigh this much at one point non-pregnant??).

Maternity clothes? I’m getting tired of wearing the same things over and over again, but the end is in sight. I might grab another pair of the pants I’m wearing in this week’s photo since they are super comfortable and shockingly non-maternity (although they are basically cut like maternity pants…and my non-existent booty is even more diminished when I wear them). I’m also running out of different outfits to wear every week for my weekly photo. I might have to get creative near the end here…

Stretch marks? Still none so far…

Symptoms: Just general uncomfortable-ness and heartburn.

Sleep:  Decent. I haven’t been quite as exhausted lately, but I think it’s because I’ve been consciously being a lot lazier.

Best moment this week: Just getting a lot closer to being “ready” both in terms of logistics (hospital bag packed, hospital tour and classes complete, putting the finishing touches on the nursery) and mentally.

Worst moment of the week: Just the usual uncomfortable/tired combo. I am also annoyed that the floor lamp I have been waiting to be restocked went out of stock AGAIN and is now unavailable until September. Oh well. The nursery will never really be done I guess.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Being able to pick things up off the floor.


Movement: Is it possible to develop internal bruising from baby kicks? Ow. I’ll be shocked if she isn’t born with razor blades attached to her elbows.

Food cravings: Pop tarts

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: Some painful twinges here and there, but nothing serious yet. I’m on strict orders not to give birth in the next week because both my mom and my mother-in-law will both be out of town! I declined the cervical check this week (and was even kind of surprised they even offered it), but I guess I’ll find out next week if there’s any progress.


Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: I think everything is crossed off the “must do” list, so not really sure what to do with myself this weekend!

Baby Progress: Week 36

How far along? 36 weeks (I’ll be 37 weeks tomorrow which is “term”, but really, I’m OK if she hangs out in there until at least August 1st!)

Total weight gain/loss: about 16.5 lbs

Maternity clothes? In the words of Regina George, “Sweatpants are all that fit me right now.” I’m wearing the same 4-5 tops every week and some of those are starting to get too small. I picked up some patterned elastic waistband sleep pants off the clearance rack at Target that could be passable as trendy palazzo pants to wear in public/to doctor appointments/post-baby. (Even the top I wore in my photo this week looks admittedly ridiculous — I changed out of it pretty quickly after it was taken)

Stretch marks? Nope, but I feel like I am really being stretched lately. Not sure how much longer my skin can handle it.

Symptoms: The frequent pressure on my bladder is awful at times, especially when you’re taking multiple trips to the bathroom in a single hour. I’m also getting to the point where every twinge of pain starts to make me wonder “was that a contraction?”. She’s also up in my ribs occasionally which is uncomfortable. So generally — uncomfortable!

Sleep:  I’ve been sleeping decently (usually getting up around 3am to pee) but I still feel like I have zero energy some days. It’s almost worst than 1st trimester exhaustion because I have to carry this big belly around too.

Best moment this week: Nothing in particular, really…

Worst moment of the week: Same. Maybe a rough night of sleep here or there, but nothing awful.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Comfort. Not getting exhausted from taking a shower/standing for a brief period of time/life in general.


Movement: I think she is starting to run out of room, but her hiccups are definitely stronger. She is head down (yay!).

Food cravings: Nothing has really seemed all that appetizing lately.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: Nope


Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Neither?


Looking forward to: Doing a last minute Target run for necessities, packing our hospital bag, and maybe seeing some friends if I have the energy!

Baby Progress: Week 35

How far along? 35 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: up 16 lbs

Maternity clothes? I’ve been working from home pretty frequently, so I’ve been in tanks and workout shorts mostly.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Leg cramps at night. Not shooting pain or anything, but just waking up and my legs feel achy like I had a really hard workout.

Sleep:  I’m exhausted by 9pm and then I’m awake tossing and turning at 3am. Not cool. Tossing and turning is even exhausting!

Best moment this week: We got off the waiting list and into a daycare! Not our #1 choice, but still a good runner-up. She has a guaranteed spot for January, and I can get my boss off my back about my exact return date.

Worst moment of the week: Just a few rough nights of sleep and some anxiety about things still left to do/thinking about labor & delivery.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Not needing to pee every 30 minutes.


Movement: Still moving a ton.

Food cravings: I had some amazing peach tea at a friend’s house the other day and now I want everything peach!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: Yes, but “not from behind” according to my hair girl. Are you supposed to look pregnant from behind? That’s the 2nd time I’ve heard that comment :P

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: Not really a true labor sign, but I had some consistent/frequent Braxton Hicks contractions the other night. Probably due to dehydration. I’ll admit that it set me into a little bit of panic/nesting mode.


Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Getting the last few items crossed off the to do list and then RELAXING. I’ve barely gone to the gym lately and am looking forward to a few weeks (hopefully) of rest before she arrives.

Baby Progress: Week 34

How far along? 34 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: about 15 lbs

Maternity clothes? I’ve been wearing mostly maxi dresses lately since I’ve been too lazy to shave my legs. Lovely, right?

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Some back pain and stiffness. I’ll spare you the details on other new symptoms.

Sleep:  Consistently getting up to pee 1-2x per night, so I guess that’s here for good. Other than that, some light tossing and turning, but not too bad.

Best moment this week: Hanging out with friends for the 4th was great! We even got a few games of polish horseshoes in before setting off fireworks. I definitely paid for all of that excitement when the next day I needed a few naps. We set up the pack and play in our bedroom and took an infant CPR and “baby essentials” care taking class. Also I hit my weight lifting goal for the year (1 million lbs!!!). I’ll definitely be taking it easy at the gym from here on out.

Worst moment of the week: I had a bleeding scare that warranted a trip to the OB for an ultrasound. Everything turned out to be fine, but I was kind of a nervous wreck for a few hours days. They couldn’t find any reason why the bleeding was happening and it stopped a few hours later, but it was still reassuring to check things out on the ultrasound. She is measuring right at 5 lbs, has long legs, and a lot of hair already. I’ve been taking it pretty easy since then, so hopefully it’s just a one time fluke. It has kind of made me a bit paranoid that I’m going to go into labor in like…the next week…so while I have a sudden urge to nest, I know I need to relax a bit.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Being able to move around comfortably. Just sitting on the couch can be uncomfortable. I was telling my ultimate friends that I saw over the weekend that I miss being competitive!


Movement: She’s still moving a bunch, and actually I was surprised to learn during the ultrasound that she is actually head down. The large bump I’m feeling near the top of my belly must be her bubble butt. She even got a hiccup episode during the ultrasound. See? All. the. time.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No


Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No, thankfully!


Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: I’ve been pretty happy, but I can really tell that my pregnancy hormones are going into overdrive. One day I’ll feel huge, totally anxious about everything, annoyed, and other days I will have no problems telling myself that I have a cute belly and that I’ll survive labor and delivery. 


Looking forward to: My niece’s birthday party this weekend! I can’t believe she is already 1!

Baby Progress: Week 33

How far along? 33 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: About 15 lbs

Maternity clothes? I bought the dress in my weekly photo from Old Navy on Saturday. It’s comfy, but fits like a tent (WHY do so many maternity clothes fit like this? it is extremely unflattering). I used a belt from another top to cinch it in at the waist.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Just a few occurrences of having to pee RIGHT.THIS.SECOND. when she moves into certain positions (probably laying directly on my bladder…). Runny nose (again).

Sleep:  Sleep is OK. I’m still waking up at night when she has a hiccup episode or decides to start moving around a ton.

Best moment this week:
We purchased a bunch of things off our hidden Amazon registry for the completion discount (the prices are usually better than Target it seems). So the Amazon fairy has been very busy delivering packages to the house every day this week! So. much. stuff.


Worst moment of the week: Nothing really. I guess just being pretty sleepy.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? A massive iced coffee. Doesn’t that sound amazing in the hot summer?
??

Movement: Still stretching out a bit, but fewer episodes of sticking her foot into my hip, thankfully. She gets hiccup episodes 2-3x per day it seems. I think she’s still breech (or transverse) based on where I feel the hiccups.

Food cravings: Anything with sugar. Trying to stick with fruit versus candy, but I’ll have to indulge a bit for the 4th of July weekend.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, as long as I can avoid strong smells.


Have you started to show yet: Yep

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No
. Starting to wonder if I am going to feel some Braxton Hicks contractions soon?

Belly Button in or out? Out


Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: A relaxing 4th of July weekend and organizing/finding a place to put all of our newly acquired baby gear…

Baby Progress: Week 32

How far along? 32 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 15 pounds, same as last week. Eating more than a small meal is painful.

Maternity clothes? Just wearing the same old stuff, but I have been recently looking out for a pair of linen or palazzo-type pants that I can easily throw on with a t-shirt for leaving the hospital and post partum visitors. I guess they don’t necessarily need to be maternity pants, but either have an elastic waistband or ties.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: I’ve felt very pregnant this week, if that makes sense. Definitely really starting to feel the limitations of moving around. Also an itchy belly, and it doesn’t matter how much lotion I lather on! I guess this makes sense since she should be gaining on average a 1/2 pound PER WEEK from here on out. Eep!

Sleep:  Still going to bed early and getting up early. 

Best moment this week:
We’re officially halfway through 2015 and I am at 94% of my weightlifting goal (1 million pounds). I didn’t really expect to almost be meeting my goal already (knowing that I was pregnant when I set the goal in January) but I guess a lot of leg days will get you there quickly!


Worst moment of the week: Awful acid reflux in the middle of the night after eating greasy Papa John’s pizza last weekend.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Going up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. Tying my shoes comfortably.


Movement: Still moving around a ton. Even the midwife commented on her movement when she was checking her heartbeat via doppler at my appointment this week. She still gets into this habit of stretching out and shoving her foot (?) directly into my right hip bone which makes me wince. It doesn’t necessarily hurt, it’s just super uncomfortable. I *think* she’s still breech.

Food cravings: Ugh, nothing really. Eating has become fairly uncomfortable. Eating anything larger than a small meal just leaves me in pain. I guess she is taking up the room previously occupied by my stomach.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Certain smells this week (in the grocery store, in a parking lot) have made me feel like I’m going to be sick any second.
I’ll be so glad when that symptom of pregnancy is gone!

Have you started to show yet: Yep. Getting asked fairly frequently when I’m due.

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out? Out. As in out of control.


Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Hanging out with some friends a bit this weekend and then going out to dinner to celebrate David’s promotion!

Baby Progress: Week 31

How far along? 31 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: about 15 lbs

Maternity clothes? I’ve been pretty good about not buying anything new :) It was HOT in Atlanta this week, so really I’ve been wearing whatever is comfortable. Even if that means my belly is hanging out the bottom of my tank when I’m going to bed…

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Is it possible to die from heartburn? Or overdose on Tums? Asking for a friend.

Sleep:  I’ll have a night or two of really crappy sleep and then other nights I’ll be completely fine.

Best moment this week:
Finished writing thank you cards
!

Worst moment of the week: David’s uncle passed away suddenly this week. He had ALS, but was only 55 years old. His aunt is also under hospice care right now and is not doing very well, so it’s a tough time for his parents.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Back squats (with the bar). Please send out a search party for my booty.


Movement: Let’s just say I feel like she’s trying to open her own yoga studio in my uterus. Certain times I wonder if she is trying to flip head down because it’s like Sigourney Weaver in “Alien”. Let’s just say it feels really…weird? And even uncomfortable at times.

Food cravings: Strawberries and french toast, but not together.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nah


Have you started to show yet: Yes. In this week’s picture I am asking myself why I thought it was a good idea to buy a maternity top with horizontal stripes???

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out? Out


Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Just hanging out with family for Father’s Day!