Hey guys! I'm keeping things short and sweet today because my mom is flying in this morning to stay with us for the weekend! I might have mentioned before that my mom is a labor nurse out in California. She is coming out here to go over some last minute stuff with Dale and me before we have the baby in another 3 to 4 weeks. She is also planning on being here for the delivery, of course. I have to be honest, I'm absolutely terrified of giving birth. But I know how lucky I am to have someone who I love and trust, who really knows what she's doing, in the labor room with me.
As you can see, I'm sharing my 33-week maternity photo with you all today! At 33 weeks along, you can definitely see how tired I am here. Plus, you may have noticed that I grew out of the jeans that I always used to wear for these photos! Haha, whoops! In my defense, they were not maternity jeans...just some "fat" jeans that I had owned pre-pregnancy. Nothing but leggings and yoga pants for me these days, though! I actually had an ultrasound just a few days prior to taking this photo because I measured big at my last OB appointment. Turns out, Baby Jack is big! The technician estimated him at a whopping 5.5 pounds in weight (when the average is more around 4, 4.5 pounds), and measuring in the 95th percentile for the size of his head and belly. I know, you see? Definitely doesn't make me feel better about giving birth, haha! However, the doctor assures me that it's normal and that Jack is perfectly healthy. I am 5'9 and my husband is 6'6, so I guess you could say that having a big baby isn't such a huge surprise. We have another ultrasound planned for this coming Monday to check his size again, so we'll see!
As for my current symptoms, now at 35 weeks along, I would say that my biggest complaint these days is my size. I'm just so big that it's getting harder and harder to move -- and not just for me, either! I can tell the baby is getting pretty squished in my belly too, as he is all up in my ribs these days. I figure it's because he's so tall...sometimes it feels like his feet are literally hooked up in my lower right ribcage, and it does not feel good. He seems to be the most uncomfortable and fidgety after I eat and when I'm sitting for a decent amount of time. Makes it hard for me to work sometimes! Despite my whining though, I still do love feeling him move around in my belly...just not when he's pushing against my ribs, haha! I'm also swelling quite a bit. My wedding rings came off about a month ago, but now, my ankles have officially disappeared - attack of the KANKLES!!! I have also noticed my energy level dropping quite a bit just in the past week or so, which makes me a little more grouchy than usual.
Needless to say, I'm definitely ready to not be pregnant anymore and finally meet this little guy! I just wish I could snap my fingers and skip the whole giving birth to him part, haha. In case you were wondering, I will have one more photo taken at 37 weeks before I have Baby Jack, and then my collection of maternity photos will be complete! I really am glad that I decided to take these photos every month during my pregnancy. I'll be honest, I haven't been too fond of how I look in most of these photos, and there definitely were times when I was thinking, "Why in the world would I want to document how LARGE I am getting???" But in the end, it'll be so cool to have this collection of photos to look back on - especially once I'm skinny again! ;)
My Pregnancy: 33 Weeks! Photo by BrideInspired Wedding Photography