Oh baby! Week 38 of 40

April 2, 2012 by
Filed under: Oh Baby! 

37 Weeks Pregnant

So lately I have gotten a lot of good news.  I haven’t had any more blood pressure issues and my doctor thinks I only have about a week or so until Liam is born.  I am 60% effaced and 1 cm dilated.  Also my doctor thinks that once my labor starts, it will go fast.  I couldn’t be more excited.  Now I am just waiting.

I still need to put some final touches on the nursery, make my playlist for the hospital and finish packing my hospital bag, oh and finish up some thank you notes.  We had our 2nd baby shower last weekend and it was a lot of fun.  We have really amazing family and friends, who have been so supportive  during my whole pregnancy.

I haven’t really talked about this here on the blog but we plan on having as natural of a birth as possible.  Having said that let me also say that I think the way you choose to give birth is a very personal decision and I would never judge how other people choose to give birth.  Also by natural I just mean that I don’t want to get an epidural.   But I have decided that if I get to the hospital and realize that I have been too idealistic about  natural birth and it is not for me that I will get an epidural and not feel guilty about it.  A lot of people have been curious about why I want a natural birth and haven’t missed a beat in giving me their opinion about it, which is fine.

Reasons why I want to at least attempt to have Liam without the assistance of an epidural:

  1. My body is made to give birth and I want to embrace it. I believe now more than ever that our bodies are amazing and capable of more than we give them credit for these days.
  2. I plan on breastfeeding immediately after giving birth and sometimes having an epidural can interfere with your baby’s ability to breastfeed initially.
  3. I want to be able to walk around during labor (to help with contractions) and after labor I don’t want to be confined to the hospital bed.
  4. At the hospital where we are planning on giving birth, if you have an epidural you are required to have internal fetal monitoring and a catheter.  Internal fetal monitoring doesn’t sound like a bad thing but it requires Liam to have a sensor stuck to his little head during labor and I can’t begin to tell you how horrible the thought of having a catheter sounds to me.

Pregnancy Stats

  • Weeks Pregnant: 37 weeks and 1 day Full Term!!!
  • Size of my tiny baby: A Watermelon!  (Length:  19-22  in.  Weight: 6.5 lbs. )
  • My Weight:  156 lbs.  Total Gain: 41 lbs.

How am I feeling?

  • Emotionally:  I am so ready to have Liam.  I can’t wait to see him and hold him in my arms.  Sometimes I feel really overwhelmed with emotions both good and bad.
  • Physically:  To be honest, I’m exhausted, swollen and irritable.  I am just taking it one day at a time.
  • Fun Pregnancy Stuff:  Not a lot of things are very fun about being 9 months pregnant really.  It is fun to think about the fact that he will be here so soon!  I can’t wait to see his little face.
  • Cravings:  I haven’t really been craving anything crazy lately but I have recently discovered Peanut Butter Cheerios and they are so good!

Thank you Nikki Ballard and Katie Kester for taking my pregnancy photos this weekend.  You girls are the best.
by Selena Faye

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5 Comments on Oh baby! Week 38 of 40

  1. Lacey Lochala
    on Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    I am just so excited for y’all! Good luck with the birth, sweet girl, and I can’t wait to meet baby Liam! Lots of love to you both!

    P.S. Having a catheter was probably one of the worst parts of my (extremely long) labor! But how quickly you forget about all of that when you see your sweet angel baby! 🙂

    • Faye
      on Tue, Apr 3rd 2012 @ 8:19 am

      Thanks Lacey, I can’t wait to meet him too! Catheters sound horrible.

  2. Trish
    on Wed, Apr 4th 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    I didn’t have to have fetal monitoring… I know they say it’s a requirement, but for whatever reason they didn’t monitor Lila. I did, however, have a catheter. I was really afraid of it, but I honestly couldn’t even tell – I’m assuming because of the epidural.

  3. photo will be taken at the asc
    on Sat, Dec 21st 2013 @ 6:21 am

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought
    this post was good. I do not know who you are but certainly
    you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

    • Faye
      on Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 @ 8:47 am

      Thank you!

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