Baby Update: 38 Weeks

by Lauren on September 16, 2014

The best way to describe myself this past week has been an emotional roller coaster.  One moment, I’m relaxed, happy and feeling great, the next I burst out into tears feeling overwhelmed, anxious and completely unprepared.  It’s so so true what they say that the last few weeks of pregnancy are some of the hardest of your life.  And let me be entirely clear since my last update seemed to pose some misunderstanding…it’s hard because I’m SO SO SO excited and anxious for what is about to be the most life-changing experience I’ll ever have.  Apparently, some of you thought my last post of claiming to be full term at 37 weeks was a bit premature and I apologize if I gave off any wrong impression, but I can fully assure you that this baby is my life and I want NOTHING than the absolute best for him and his health.  I know he is going to come whenever he is ready, I’m just extremely anxious, that’s all.  I’m sure most of you that have had babies can relate.


So now I am 38 weeks and 4 days, just a few days away from really being full term according to just about every source you read.  I guess I had some crazy feeling that he would come early since that was really our fear for most of the pregnancy.  With my flare and being on the steroids and medication during the pregnancy, my doctors had to keep an eye on my progression pretty closely because preterm labor was a good chance for me.  I prayed and prayed he wouldn’t come early for so long, so when my doctor finally told me we had made it to the safe mark, I was elated and just wanted him out and in my arms so I could protect him.  Never ever would I want him to come before he is physically developed and risk his health in any way so again, I’m sorry if you that is what you took from my last post of feeling ready to have him.


Regardless of when I’m ready, he doesn’t seem to be quite ready yet though and that’s okay.  At my doctor’s appointment last week, I was 60% effaced and 1 cm dilated so things are happening, just slowly as they usually do for your first time around.  I have to remember my body is still new to this whole labor thing and it is going to take some time to figure out exactly what to do in order to get him out safely.  Other than that, I’ve been having lots and lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, mild to moderate cramping (it feels like bad menstrual cramps most of the time), lots of pressure and weird pains down there.  I know it’s all just my body preparing, and despite my husband’s recommendation, I’m choosing not to call my doctor with every new pain that comes along.  Luckily, I have a very experienced L&D nurse on hand who happens to be my mom.  I feel like I’ll just know when the time comes to make the phone call and everything up until now has just been prep and practice I imagine.


I don’t have too many new things to share, but I’ll still give you a few updates:


Baby Updates:


Baby’s now the size of a pumpkin!
 (hopefully not as big as that pumpkin though!)

The last bits of vernix caseosa (the white goo keeping baby’s skin moist) and lanugo (downy hair) are slowly shedding into your amniotic fluid. Baby’s head is about the same circumference as his abdomen, and his head could be covered in an inch or so of hair.


I found out at our ultrasound last week that our baby has lots of hair!  This of course made me cry because I can just picture him even more now. We also discovered that the little guy really is a “little” guy and weighing just about 6 pounds, which puts him in the 19 percentile for weight.


Mommy Updates:


Weight Gained

I gained half a pound at my last appointment.



Well, I’ve definitely been more motivated to workout now.  My doctor gave me the green light to keep exercising as it’s a great way to help get my body ready for labor and puts my mind at ease.  John and I continue to walk almost every night (about 2 miles or so) and I’m still working out in the mornings most mornings.  I also seem to have more energy than I usually do, despite just being larger and a bit more uncomfortable.  Must be those crazy hormones kicking in again.



Guys, sleep has been going really well.  Like I’m kind of weirded out by how well it’s going.  Most nights, I get a solid 8-9 hours and only have to get up once (if that) to pee.  Sometimes I toss and turn, but for the most part, I’m sleeping like a baby (ha, pun intended).  Savoring every last bit of this now.



As I mentioned above, just lots of cramping, tightening and Braxton Hicks.  I also feel a lot more pressure and pain down there.  I definitely think he drops more and more each week now.



I’m still feeling him move all of the time, which I definitely love, but what I’m not loving so much is the position of his feet.  He is still head down (praise the Lord) and on his side.  His body is kind of curved around my stomach and his little feet are jamming into my right side.  I get a lot of awkward and sometimes painful back kicks from those little baby heels daily now.  I really don’t mind too much as I just imagine those little baby feet and how I’ll be kissing the crap out of them soon enough.


Stretch Marks

Remarkably none.  Again, praise the Lord!



I’ve been super fortunate that I’ve had hardly any swelling this whole pregnancy.



Most of the time, it’s great.  Like I mentioned before, I’m trying really really hard to stay relaxed.  Our friends keep telling us to cherish these last moments together because we will never get them back and John and I have been very conscious of that.  We spend hours in bed or on the couch just lying on each other, talking, or enjoying the peace of stillness.  Most of the time, we are talking about our little guy though so I’m not sure if that defeats the purpose, but hey, he is pretty important to the both of us.

Baby Items Purchased this Week

We were so blessed by our family and friends and have pretty much everything we think we need for the baby, but I did run out this weekend to get a few more plain white newborn onesies (I have hardly any newborn onesies and it looks like my baby is going to be in them at first), and some Wubba-Nubbas.  I hear they are an infant lifesaver! I also spent some time washing bottles, pacifiers, toys, and other random stuff this weekend.  Everything is organized and put away just waiting to be used!


Looking Forward To

Well this is a no brainer but his birthday obviously!


Questions –


I put this out on FB but I’m curious to get your opinion as well.  Crib bumpers….yes or no?  I’ve been getting such mixed reactions.


How did you learn most of the essentials for a newborn?  Was it through the hospital, books/Internet/ or friends?  I’ve been thinking of more and more things I am clueless on, like how much am I supposed to feed him?  How long is he supposed to nurse or if I give him a bottle, how much does he eat at one time?  I feel like this is pretty big deal. 


Weekend Highlights + a Recipe + Weekly Menu

by Lauren on September 14, 2014


This past weekend was pretty uneventful and unlike last weekend where I deliberately took lots of pictures, I failed miserably this time around.  I only have a few photos of some delicious food, which I guess isn’t such a bad thing.  I’ll recap quickly…..


We were pretty lethargic on Saturday morning but after a big breakfast of eggs, toast and bacon, we decided to take an hour long walk around the neighborhood.  We are watching our neighbor’s dog this weekend so we had a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather even more.

After our walk, we came back and did some usual Saturday cleaning and eventually, I made lunch for both of us.

I’ve still been on a smoothie kick….

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To go with our smoothies, I put together the remnants of what we had left in our fridge, which happened to make a pretty tasty pita pizza topped with sun dried tomatoes, goat and feta cheese.

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John left for work later in the afternoon and I ran out and did a few errands.  I got some last minute things for the nursery and did a big grocery run for the week.  I’ve been in the cooking mood lately and decided to do a thorough job at planning out each meal this week as well as putting together a pretty involved store list.

I ended up grabbing a salad at Whole Foods for dinner and ate that while binging on my new favorite Netfilx show, Revenge.


We normally get up early on Sundays to make the early service at church, but I wasn’t feeling so great this morning and asked John if we could forego the service this Sunday.  I slept for a little longer and then eventually got up and moving.

After a quick trip to Babies R Us, we spent the majority of the afternoon lounging, watching football and eating nachos.

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These were super simple.  I just laid out some multi grain tortilla chips on a foil-lined pan, topped with salsa and cheese and baked them for about 10 minutes.  I then topped them with my make shift guac (just mashed avocado, lime juice and salt).

After a few hours of football, I grew restless and decided to head down to the gym for a little workout.

Tonight’s dinner was a good one!

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I absolutely love my White Turkey Chili.  I can’t recall if I have this recipe up, but just in case, here it is.

White Turkey Chili
  • 1 pound ground white turkey
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 cans white northern beans, drained
  • 1 jar of salsa verde
  • 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  1. In a large skillet, cook onion until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, being careful not to burn. Add in the turkey and cook until slightly browned. Add remaining spices, beans, and salsa. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer over medium low for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Top with avocado and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) if desired.


You can sub chicken for the turkey, which I have also done and it turns out just as good.

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When you make this, you MUST also make cornbread to go with it.  Chili and cornbread….what a beautiful match!

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Day one of a delicious dinner, check!  Here is a look at what else I’ll be cooking up this week.


  • Baked Chicken Tenders with Mashed Cauliflower
  • Salmon Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

We should have plenty of leftovers so we can rely on those as well.


Well, that’s all.  Hope you guys all enjoyed your weekend as much as we did!







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