I realize no one else is counting down the days like we are over here, so I would just like to remind you that THIS TIME NEXT WEEK I WILL BE IN THE HOSPITAL getting my induction on!!! The nice thing about having to be induced is that I know when I'll have him (well, unless he comes sooner!). The downside is obviously it's harder and more stressful on the body, and the baby, anddd pitocin contractions are apparently worse? I wouldn't know because they're the only kinds I've had, but that's what I hear?
He's still quite active throughout the day (and night) which is rather surprising considering there's no room left in there! I can't wait to see what he looks like and see his little kicks and wiggles in real life!
EDIT: After our doctor's appointment this afternoon, they confirmed he has definitely dropped (still has a tiny bit more to go though). They measure your stomach every week, starting around 32 weeks, from pubic bone to the top of the uterus, and it should be the same as however many weeks you are. My belly has been measuring exactly on the dot up to this point, except today it was measuring at 35 (last week he was at 37). That means he's dropped down! Wohoo! I am also dilated 1cm and am 75% effaced! When I went in to be induced with Piper at 39 weeks I was 0cm dilated and maaaaybe 50% effaced, so I'll take it! I've had a few contractions here and there, so it's nice to know my body is getting ready!
The new blood thinner shots they switched me to at 36 weeks have not been going so hot. You obviously bruise like a peach on blood thinners, but I was getting these huge red marks from them as well, and on Sunday they turned super itchy and I had red bumps around where I inject them. They are switching me back to the original blood thinner shots because apparently I'm allergic to Heparin, which is a little nerve wrecking because there's no counter-drug for it...SO if I were to go into labor before Monday it could be quite dangerous. Here's to hoping baby stays in for a few more days!
I am finding it SO hard to move around like a normal person now haha. Getting out of bed, picking things up, standing up and down...it's all quite the process and takes much longer than it used/needs to. I've been having a TON more braxton hick contractions (and a few painful ones here and there) than normal which I think is my body getting ready for delivery, but also maybe a sign that I'm over-doing it a little? It's hard to rest with a non-stop toddler who wants to be chased, carried, and doing activities ALL.THE.TIME. It's also hard to mentally be okay with resting and taking it easy because it makes me feel so "blah", but I'm forcing myself to really rest up this week because I know it's important!
My stomach feels like it could pop right open any second, so as much as I want to eat huge meals, there's just no room. I still eat a lot, but pretty much non-stop throughout the day rather than at once. Pomegranates have tasted extra amazing this week, as have Square Organics crisp bars (if you haven't tried them, use "goodfortheswole" for 20% off)! I've been eating AT LEAST one every day this week, and could live off them right now!! Currently munching on yogurt topped with pomegranate and a crumbled up crisp bar as we speak.
Like I said, it has become really hard to move my body around, especially towards the end of this week. Plus, my body is just to the point where it's pretty "done" and I feel super uncomfortable. I think this last week of workouts will be walking, prenatal yoga, and maaaaybe light resistance training. I'm so grateful I've been able to stay active throughout this pregnancy! IT HASN'T BEEN EASY! I hope I never give the impression that it is. Pregnancy is TOUGH and it's very taxing on the body. I know that staying active up to this point has kept my body strong FOR pregnancy, and the hard work I have put in these past 9 months will help me during labour and recovery. My workouts every week are still all logged in HERE.
We constantly talk about who he'll look like (Piper is Jordan's actual TWIN), what kind of baby he'll be, what Piper will think of him...and I can't believe we'll get to find out so soon! My mum is flying in on Saturday, and will stay with us for the week (mainly to look after Piper while we're in the hopsital, and for a little afterwards), and then Jordan's mum is coming for 5 days, and then one of my sisters is coming for the weekend! Then we head out to Utah for Christmas!! So much excitement and anticipation!! I can't wait!