I have gotten so many requests to take a picture of how I look from the back...well here you go!
Finally! Here we are at the last bump update :) I am officially 40 weeks pregnant - today is the due date! Unfortunately, baby "Junior" has decided he isn't ready to make an entrance yet so we are still waiting. But in the meantime, here's what's been going on!
How far along? 40 weeks!
Total weight gain/measurements: 27lbs. I lost another pound this week, putting me at 142lbs. It's funny because I now actually weigh the exact same that I did at 40 weeks with Emilia!
Maternity clothes: This outfit is already on the blog, as my Style Saturday post! I'm just not wearing the cardigan here. The leggings aren't maternity but were always too big and I'm wearing one of my Boob nursing tops that doubles up as a maternity one.
Stretch marks: Ohh yes, those wretched things are back with a vengeance and it only took them one week longer than last time to appear! Thankfully they are still only in the one area (around my bellybutton) but I have gotten more this week :( The reason I can tell is because the old ones are white, whereas these new ones are blue-ish. I'm crossing my fingers and toes that they fade afterwards because no matter what anyone else says, stretch marks are NOT a fun aspect of pregnancy!
Sleep: When I do sleep, I sleep well. But it is uncomfortable what with only being able to lie in one position...and I do wake up a lot at night. My 2 hour naps during the day when Emilia goes down from 3-5 are my saviour!!
Best moment this week: This is going to sound pretty silly but I actually really enjoyed baking over the weekend! I hadn't done it in ages & had forgotten how much I missed it. The whole house smelled amazing & Emilia woke up from her nap to freshly baked cupcakes :) She loves when I bake too and I think it's a lovely tradition that I hope to continue!
Miss anything? Not being pregnant!
Movement: A ton. He is so big and strong!
Food cravings: Not really having any right now.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No.
Labour signs: Not exactly...which of course is disappointing this late into the pregnancy! But the Braxton Hicks seem to have stopped & aside from the regular lightening crotch/needing to pee every 5 seconds there's not much else going on. I got a weird "lightening crotch" feeling in the back of my pelvis one morning which was extremely painful/uncomfortable but it went away after a few seconds & never came back! A little update on my membrane sweep which I had last week - well, obviously it was unsuccessful but I also kind of knew it would be after my doctor's visit because he said baby's head wasn't fully engaged yet and he still had a bit more to go. I left my appointment feeling a little bit disheartened but at least I knew not to get my hopes up.
Symptoms: Heartburn. Stretch marks (as mentioned above!). Fatigue. Shortness of breath. Back-ache, partly due to the fact that he's so big right now and heavy to carry around...and also because of lifting Emilia. Constipation/generally just not being regular is still an issue although it has improved. Nesting...oh I am nesting big-time right now and have been for the last couple of weeks. Everything has to be perfectly organised and if it's not I go a bit insane. Thank god everyone in my family seems to be used to it by now so they know what an OCD psycho I can be!!
Belly button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Both.
Looking forward to: Having this baby!! Well, okay of course I'm a bit nervous too. And I'm sure I'll miss being pregnant in a couple of months...but right now I'm definitely ready to be done! I have my last doctor's appointment on Tuesday by which stage if the baby hasn't come already we will be planning the induction date!
Watch my 40 week pregnancy vlog below!
I'd like to say a big thank you to all of you who have stuck with me on this incredible journey...especially those of you who have followed since my first pregnancy! It was so interesting to compare both the differences & similarities in them. Although my second pregnancy was definitely harder, I think that's pretty normal and I did still enjoy it :) I hope you guys will continue to follow along with my postpartum journey and although the bump updates are finished I will do my best to keep Mommy Mondays a regular series on my blog. Thank you again for all of your support!
To read my 40 week bump update from my first pregnancy, check it out here!