Me this week-
The kickstart to week 37 was coincidentally our wedding anniversary! :) 9 years married... 9 years of happy times, ups, and downs. 9 years in the making of dreaming about, trying for, and fighting to start our family. 9 years to finally get here!! 9 years of waking up to my best friend every day. Scott is my ROCK, my best friend, soul mate, advocate, therapist, advice-giver, and more. I'm so glad we've found each other and I'm so thankful that we are finally getting the chance to bring our own baby into this world any day now. Cheers to many many more years ahead. I love you so much, Scott!! <3
37 week belly! :)
For the last few summers, I've taken on a summer job at school to design the calendar for the year. I love computer/design work and it's an easy way to make a few bucks so it's a job I actually enjoy. However, this year I obviously have a lot going on (between the new house and potentially going into labor any day) so I was panicking about not starting it yet. We had an issue with Verizon last week and while I waited around alllll day for them to get here and fix a problem, I set aside half the day to just get a head start and now I'm in a much better place for that should we suddenly go into labor. Phew! Now that I've started that, I NEED to get rolling on baby shower/gift thank yous. I'm sooo far behind on those but they are sitting on my couch and I hope to start them tomorrow. To everyone who sent us a gift, please know we are extremely thankful and have just had an insanely busy last few weeks but I have not forgotten about it. <3
A sweet TTC sister sent me some items, from one rainbow baby to another. Mostly rainbow baby newborn props for photos, but she threw in some books and a really nice note as well. Thank you, Vicki!! Can't wait to take pics of Bee in these and then someday pass them on to another rainbow baby mama. XOXO <3
I STILL do a double take walking past certain mirrors in the house sometimes... or just staring because I'm still in shock. There's a BABY in there!!! OUR baby!! <3 <3 Eeek!!
So I finnnalllly decided to stop Zumba this week... (boooooo). As much as I've loved it and it made me feel good even up until now, I can only slow down so much mentally. Physically, I can't do a ton but mentally I want to keep going and I know I'll end up hurting myself or just overdoing it and going into labor right there. lol. Plus, the gym is now 30 mins from home and I'm trying not to go far from the house. My friend Linzy is in town and was my original Zumba buddy years ago when I started, so I asked her if she'd want to go to a class AND keep me company on the drive, just in case. ;) As much as I miss it and don't want to stop, I needed to do what's best since Zumba at 38-40 weeks, 30 mins from home, when I mentally want to jump around like a rabbit, is prob best for this mama. So long, Zumba, but only temporarily! ;)
WHYYYY do we always take pics after, when we are yucky and sweaty? Blah. Ooops!
My friend, Marisol (in the center) is an amazing teacher. Christine and I have been going to her classes for years and both always stand in the front corners of class. We tend to match without planning, so Marisol calls us her bookends! :) Love you guys!! <3
Linzy and I used to always pose like this for pics before/after class... it's our ZT pose. (ZumbaTwin) <3
Mama and Baby Bee belly <3
Timehop does it again.... :) :) I love silly TeamRicci <3
I've been feeling GREAT still. My feet swell and hurt IF I'm on them too much and/or if it's super hot. It's been on/off hot. Considering it's mid-July, it hasn't been so bad really so I've been lucky. I try not to overdo it each day and find time to sit with my feet up and relax when I can. I'm not at the point yet where people scream and complain and want the baby out... I'm loving him staying put and it's helping me slowly transition to end the bittersweet worries of missing his movements but having to trade them for snuggles, which I will happily do.
Bee this week-
Bee's getting much bigger this week and is now considered FULL TERM!!! This is a HUGE accomplishment in the pregnancy world and we are so beyond thankful that we've made it this far! Anything from here on out will likely mean baby boy will be okay, as pretty much everything is now fully developed. He'll spend the last few weeks building up his lungs and fattening up a bit.
Our little buddy bear is making some BIG movements when he squirms around... clearly he's running out of space. It's funny sometimes because it'll make my whole stomach move or shake and sometimes my whole body jolts when he moves. It cracks us up. He's also more active at night lately, an hour or so before bed. He's obviously head-down ready to come out soon but he tends to put a LOT of extra pressure on my bladder at night and it's funny. Sometimes it feels like intense pressure or sharpness on my bladder and I have to run (or waddle, since I can only go so fast!) to the bathroom. ha! The other night I ended up having pretty heavy cramps for a solid 30 mins as we went to bed (like period cramps but more intense). There was nothing to time so they weren't contractions and after talking to a few mom friends I think he's just moving down further and things are moving around/stretching more, with less room. It's kind of comical really, and it means he'll be here soon!!
Sleeping this week has become a little harder, especially during the hours of dark. I'm up every 30 mins to 1.5 hours to pee or change positions and it makes for a long, boring night. I love when the sun comes up because it doesn't feel as lonely and for some reason I've been sleeping better between 5am-10am (a friend confirmed today that it was similar for her first pregnancy too so we laughed about that). It's all fun and funny because I know it's my body's way of prepping me for feedings and diaper changes during the night.
Bee LOVES Scott's voice & touch. Whenever he puts his hand on my belly or talks nearby, baby goes nuts. Last night he was making his big movements and his foot was sticking so far out my side, it was crazy! Scott leaned over and was talking to him and we tried to coax him to do it again. All of a sudden, BAM, he kicks hard and it hits Scott in the face! We were hysterical laughing, it was so cute and funny. :) Go, baby, go! :) hehehee I can't wait to see my 2 boys snuggling... melts my heart just thinking about it. <3
Little mister is growing right along!! :)