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Cheese Baby: Week 39

We’ve made it to the 40th week of pregnancy!!

Cheese Baby_40 weeks bib

With only 5 days(!) left until my due date, I figured I’d do another update with the naive hopes that it’ll be my last. Yes, I realize that based on family history and the fact that I’m a first-timer, Baby has a better chance of being late than early. But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream, right?

Thoughts from the 40th Week:

While I won’t say this pregnancy has gone by quickly, I can tell you that it feels a little surreal to finally be here. I’ve been counting down to December 21st for the better part of a year, and now that it’s less than a week away I find that I can hardly believe it. On one hand I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever. On the other, it seems like just yesterday that I saw that positive test.

Like the naive first time parents that we are, Evan and I decided to “celebrate” our last weekend as a family of two. Unfortunately, however, there’s only so much a person can do when she’s one week away from her due date, so my ideal romantic ski weekend away wasn’t really an option. The snow storm put a minor crimp in our plans, but I did manage to get a much needed haircut and we actually went out to a fancy dinner for the first time in a long time (and maybe our last date night for awhile!?).

cheese baby_39 weeks christmas.jpgSometimes I wear normal clothes

As a side note, eggplant parm does not actually induce labor…just in case anyone was wondering.

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Somehow the belly just keeps growing. I really don’t understand how this is possible. Nor do I understand why she hasn’t busted her way out yet due to lack of space, but here we are. Ready to pop with no signs of baby.

Cheese baby wk 18 vs 28 vs 39Apparently we didn’t take photos at 19 or 29 weeks, but…same idea (18 vs. 28 vs. 39 weeks)

I’m trying really hard to prepare myself to still be pregnant on the 21st (and Christmas, for that matter), but it’s much easier said than done. I honestly can imagine no situation in which I’m still pregnant next Saturday and feeling excited about it. In my mind it’d be like running a marathon, getting to what you believe should be the finish line and having the race coordinator say, “Surprise! We moved the finish line back but can’t tell you by how much. Just relax and try to enjoy the extra miles!”

I think I’d feel much less anxious for the end if it weren’t for the knowledge that I’m carrying what appears to be a very large baby. Our growth scan last Monday measured her bigger than expected at this point (even by my most generous estimates). I know there’s a large margin of error with these things, but even my OB estimates that she’s a big girl. And I can feel her in there folks. There is nothing but baby in this belly — all scrunched and taking up every single inch of available real estate. I know I’m so lucky that she seems to be healthy and thriving, but…every single day that goes by is a day where she gets bigger. And that scares me more than I want to admit.

I’m pretty sure that my hospital bag, like every other suitcase I’ve ever carried, is way over-packed. I’ll definitely need every change of clothes, that kindle and my iPod, right?? Just like going on a mini vacation. At least it’s ready to go and the car seat is installed.

I alternate between periods of extreme exhaustion and strange bursts of energy. One minute I’ll be lying on the couch, convinced that I will never ever be able to muster enough energy to lift my weight off and the next I’ll be madly scrubbing at some invisible piece of dust that only I can see. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve started to notice all sorts of dirt that never seemed to bother me before. Fan blades, the nooks and crannies in our gas fireplace, the horrible crack between the fridge and the kitchen floor. How have I lived with this mess for so long?? Evan is convinced I’ve gone crazy. I don’t really think I’m in a position to argue.

Cheese baby week 35 vs 39One month of growth (week 35 vs 39)

The nursery is finished…mostly. I still need a glider and want to hang a few more photos on the walls, but other than that, it’s ready and waiting for a baby. Truth is she probably won’t be getting much use out of it in those first few weeks anyway, but at least all her stuff is washed and organized.

Although I said I was going to start running again this past week as a way to maybe encourage my body to go into labor sooner rather than later (worth a shot, right??), I was too chicken (tired?) to actually do it. We had a week of freezing temps and a weekend with tons of snow and the thought of running through that at 9 months pregnant was just not appealing. I “ran” for a few quick spurts during our walks, but since Evan could easily keep up with me at his normal walking pace, I’m not really sure that qualifies.

Staying active continues to get tougher, but in general it feels better than just sitting around waiting for Cheese Baby to make her entrance. So I’ve been sticking to my routine of daily walks + yoga, pilates, and strength training a few times a week. I actually picked up the weights 3 different times this week. My workouts aren’t anything to brag about, but it’s the little victories at this point…

Braxton Hicks contractions — I’m over you. I’ve been feeling these things for months now. At first they scared me, then they excited me (my body is warming up!), and now they just annoy me. I’m tired of feeling fake contractions and false labor. Bring on the real thing, please.

Related: Although I’m not looking forward to the pain of labor, I can now see how women get to the point where they welcome the start of it. Not only because I’m anxious to meet my baby (because Cheese Baby, I really truly am), but also because at this point I would go through anything so that I wouldn’t have to feel this way anymore. Yes, I realize that sounds kind of selfish and awful, but it’s true.

cheese baby_39 weeks_Front full

Total weight gain: holding steady at 28 pounds

Number of days I’ve been pregnant: 275

Number of days I might still be pregnant: 5 – 19(!)

Days left until maternity leave begins: 2 – 3 (trying to make it to Wednesday, but my brain is quickly becoming mush)

Number of times during the past week when I’ve thought, could this be it?: 3

Pieces of chocolate consumed in the past week: too many to count

37 Responses to Cheese Baby: Week 39

  1. I just wanted to say good luck Lauren (and Evan)! I hope everything goes as smoothly as possible.

  2. You look amazing! I hope she comes soon:)

  3. I can’t believe that you don’t look pregnant at all from the front- a kudos to your fit pregnancy! You have just one beautiful belly bump. I hope she comes soon for your sake! I tried acupuncture, red leaf tea, spicy foods, pineapple, long walks and NADA. I know people swear by castor oil, but I couldn’t do it. If this baby girl goes late, then I might just give it a go.

    On a bright note, bigger babies typically sleep better, so hopefully that is the case for you!

    Let baby watch officially begin…
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)´s last post ..Weekend Lockdown

    • Thank you Brittany!

      I think all those “labor inducing” things were made up just to make pregnant women feel better about not REALLY having any control over when the baby decides to come. That being said…I probably will try them all, just to keep myself occupied. ;) Well, besides castor oil. I’m not sure the side effects of that one are worth it!

  4. Wow, your so close! Good luck and Congrats!!

  5. Lauren, thanks for your honest posts throughout your pregnancy! Whenever I read weekly pregnancy updates on healthy living blogs, I think to myself: “Wow, I would NOT be so happy to be 9 months pregnant!” You’re so down to earth about the whole thing, and I really appreciate it! Can’t wait to hear about Cheese Baby’s arrival. Hope she gets here before Christmas!
    Elise @ Expeditions of Elise´s last post ..Hot Chocolate 15K Race Recap

  6. I hope for your sake that you go quickly and aren’t pregnant another 19 days!!
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  7. Quick question: When you say you “want to hang a few more photos on the walls,” is that code for “Ali, when you come visit, please bring Goldfish on a Winter Day?” ON IT.
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  8. You put into words so beautifully exactly what I am feeling! My due date is this Thursday so it has been fun to follow along the journey with you! But come on now babies, your mama’s are SO ready to meet you! I am so excited to meet my baby, and also to not feel so incredibly uncomfortable all the time!

  9. You look so great! Can’t wait for Cheese Baby’s arrival. Thanks for keeping it so real during your pregnancy. :)
    Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian´s last post ..Coffee Date Monday {12.16.13}

  10. I have loved every single one of your pregnancy updates! I can’t wait to follow the birth of you precious baby girl!! You look amazing – love the pictures of you by the tree!
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun´s last post ..My Goals for the Week

  11. You look awesome. Best of luck and hang in there!

  12. Hi! Just thought I’d share since you’re nervous you have a big baby in there…a good friend of mine was told she was having a huge boy. After multiple scans they were certain he was 12.5-13.5 lbs. They said at the smallest he was probably more than 10 lbs and encouraged her to have a c-section. He was 8.5 lbs. So, they definitely can be very wrong, and she’s not the only one I’ve heard of this happening to, so try not to worry about it, I’m sure she’s the perfect size for you! :)

    • Thanks Jess! I find it reassuring to hear about times when doctors were off about this and predicted a much larger baby than actual (because the fact that the error could go the other way-plus one pound-truly freaks me out)! I hope your friend didn’t end up going through with the c-section just because doctors made her afraid that the baby was too big to deliver. That’s actually one of my biggest fears right now!

      • I didn’t mean to add to your worries! She didn’t feel strongly about not having a c-section, so she went for it. The doctors did encourage her to have one but she wasn’t forced into it by any means.

        I just had my first daughter 3 months ago (to the day actually!) and I know what you’re going through – there seems to be so much to worry about to get your ‘ideal’ birth. Try to be gentle with yourself, maybe you’ll get exactly the birth you’re hoping for, maybe not even close, but probably it will be somewhere in the middle and it will be perfect, and you’ll get to meet that little baby girl at the end! Best of luck in these next couple weeks, it’s quite the whirlwind! Oh, and I was once told that castor oil, though disgusting to consume, is somewhat magical at inducing birth. So, there’s always that! :)

        • Oh that’s good to hear! And thank you for your words of advice (congrats on the birth of your daughter!). I guess I should amend my statement above. While I’d love to avoid a c-section, it’s not really my biggest fear (just that I don’t want to feel pushed into anything, you know?) Ultimately I’m not holding tightly to any visions of an ideal labor/delivery. I’d rather go in with an open mind…and really, as long as she is healthy at the end of everything, I will be happy!

          I’ve heard mixed things about castor oil! Some people say it works, and others say the side effects just aren’t worth it. We will see how desperate I get… ;)

  13. Lauren you look radiant! Hope she comes soon and hang in there! :)

  14. I’m so excited for you! You are seriously glowing in that picture in front of the tree :) I was supposed to be born on Christmas Eve but came out on New Year’s Eve. My mom actually spent her entire birthday in labor with me. Fingers crossed she comes out soon and is smaller than predicted!
    Shannon @ Mon Amour´s last post ..Change of Plans

  15. You look great! Hoping this is your last update too! I totally agree with everything you are feeling. Just being SO close to the due date but knowing it could also be 2 more weeks(Lord help me) is so hard to wrap your mind around. The added fact of carrying a baby that is measuring ahead makes it so much worse. Of course we are going to think the baby will come early! Really trying to keep busy this week and not drive myself completely insane. I’ve been getting a TON if contractons the last few days too. They are driving me totally nuts. I wish my body would just make up it’s mind already! And don’t worry about the size, they are almost always wrong. Everyone I know who was told they were having a mammoth baby ended up having a normal size baby. There is really no way fro them to really know until the baby comes out. Big or small you will do great. Hang in there, hopefully you will find out very soon. I’ll be thinking about you!

  16. i’m glad someone is still carrying high like me! this truly is an ultra marathon where they always tack on a few extra miles for “fun”.

    i hope you go very soon, i know exactly what you are feeling. the anticipation is killing me (along with my back).

    i’m also scrubbing invisible dust off my floors in the hope it’ll induce labor :)
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  17. You look so great! I cannot imagine what it must feel like to be that pregnant — I hope she comes soon!
    Jen´s last post ..Pregnancy update: week 22

  18. I hope that right this very minute you are rushing to the hospital to have that baby! Until then remember that while you are “done” being pregnant there will be a moment during labor that you would give ANYTHING to just BE pregnant, and a number of weeks after that will make pregnancy look like the simplest thing in the world. I wish you lot’s of luck, very little pain, and many sleep filled nights.
    Jamie´s last post ..Meal Plan Monday

  19. You might not feel great (or even good?) but you LOOK absolutely stunning. Truly, you are glowing and (all baby) and beautiful. I am thinking about you and can’t wait to hear about her arrival (sooner than later). Best wishes to you, my friend. xo
    Corey´s last post ..Friday Fun II

  20. Looking good!!! She will be here so soon! Yes, it’s hard to enjoy the last few days child-free when you are SO excited to meet the little person who will change your world forever. But try and get some sleep and relax. Sounds like it could be any day now! :-)
    Tia @ Arkansas Runner Mom´s last post ..The CASA Half Marathon- aka Breaking 1:24!

  21. *hugs* Best of luck, Lauren! Your Cheese Baby is almost here!
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  22. My little boy came ON his due date, I was so proud of him. So not all first babies are late (I was 5 days late). Be encouraged! So excited for you.
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  23. I have loved seeing your pictures and watching your baby grow. I was telling my husband how amazing it is that a woman’s belly can just grow and adapt to another human inside them. Hope your little girl comes sooner then later and you can all relax and enjoy your new family on Christmas Day.

  24. That scrubbing and cleaning you have been doing is nesting. She’ll be here soon if you are starting to do that!!

    They did a scan on me to determine baby weight because I was measuring almost 6 weeks behind where I should be. They estimated her at the heaviest 5-5.5 lbs but she came out at a very healthy 7 lbs 3 oz. she was just snug as a bug inside. So, don’t take those scans to heart because as you said they create a huge margin of error. Good luck and hope to see a “she’s here!!” Post in the next few days!

    • It’s crazy to me that with all the advances in technology they can still be this far off with the measurements (though I know there’s a lot that can affect the accuracy)! I’m really trying hard not to put too much stock in what they estimated (even though at this point I sort of wish I didn’t know!) and just trust that everything will be okay.

  25. You look fantastic!! Hopefully little one comes soon and you don’t have to go beyond your due date!!!
    Jen@PregnantDiabetic´s last post ..Marvelous in my Monday {4}

  26. It’s so funny to see you not in running clothes, especially with the baby bump! Best of luck with labor and delivery, and of course hoping for a healthy mom, baby, and dad! Hopefully the little one will show her face soon. :)
    Susan – Nurse on the Run´s last post ..Why I Chose to be a Burn Unit Nurse

  27. Beautiful pictures! Hope your little one comes soon. If it helps, my water broke while watching an episode of Dexter so maybe try watching it to induce labor??? haha…j/k but seriously – hope your little one doesn’t make you wait too much longer!
    Andrea @ The Fit Scoop´s last post ..Baby Violet is Here!

  28. Omg you’re the best at taking pictures! I’ve barely taken ANY! Best wishes for a Christmas with a baby in tow! (Hopefully not in 19 days!)
    Kristin miller´s last post ..Gift Guide For Pregnant Runners

  29. you’ve been on my mind today!! hoping CB makes her appearance soon!! and, i continue to say it, you look fabulous!!
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