Pregnancy Update – 39 Weeks

Hey Guys,

Well, here we are at 39 weeks… Andrew and I are so pumped to welcome this little beach baby into our lives next week sometime, assuming everything goes according to plan, which it very well may NOT, but we’re not too worried about that.  If he’s late, he’s late, and that means we get more pre-baby time with my parents who have just flown all the way from Canada to Australia to meet their first grandchild.

39 weeks pregnant

39 Weeks

Everything with the pregnancy is going super well, apart from the usual little things that I guess are bound to happen somewhere along the way… sausage fingers, chubby cheeks, and swollen feet.  I’m thinking I may never be able to remove my wedding rings again, but that’s okay- I like ’em.

I was gonna show you a pic of the baby’s room, but then changed my mind since there’s not really that much to see… it doubles as Andrew’s office, so half of it is a desk, filing cabinet, etc.  Pretty boring.  We hung up a few flags and lanterns, etc, but I’m guessing once we hit our heads on them one too many times we’ll tear them down and go for something a little simpler.   😉

My official due date is November 20th, and I’m working till the 19th, which is fine with me since I think I might go a little stir crazy if I were just sitting at home for the next week.  On my days off though, I’ve been going hard trying to get heaps done at home… mainly nesting-type stuff.

nesting before baby comes

Nesting- organizing the drawers

For example, yesterday I cleaned out some drawers and got everything in there organized, went through the filing cabinet and got rid of old papers, printed my birth plan, put together my parents’ welcome to Australia folder, bought, washed, and labelled a bunch of new Tupperware, and packed my hospital bag.

Last week I washed and vacuumed the car, dusted and vacuumed the house, cleaned out the fridge, did a bunch of baby clothes laundry, bought a car that fits the baby’s carseat and stroller, baked and froze four extra batches of chocolate chick cookies, and ordered some last-minute baby stuff on Amazon.  Definite nesting in progress.

See that blue kneeling pad in the nesting pic on the right?  I just bought that for kneeling on while bathing the baby, but so far it’s come in knee-saving handy for tons of other kneeling projects.  The midwives have said that it’s good to get into the all-fours position, go swimming, etc, as it gets the baby into the right position for birthing, so kneel and crawl around I will.

computer desktop

Digital Nesting- a clean desktop at last

The biggest nesting project, however, has been what I’d call “digital nesting.”  You know how it is when your computer desktop is all cluttered with files that need to go somewhere, but you don’t really know where, and don’t have time to deal with it?

Well, it was finally time to do something about it since I don’t know when I’ll ever have a chance after the baby is born.  So I’ve spent a number of weeks organizing files, deleting old documents, and then backing up my computer every couple weeks.

The other big digital thing has been unsubscribing from those pesky daily emails you sign up for but never actually have the chance to read, so they just pile up in your inbox and annoy you.  That and deleting “friends” from Facebook who you’re not really friends with anyways, and who end up cluttering up your newsfeed with stuff that doesn’t really interest you.

I know that might sound a bit harsh, but I just want everything to be calm, uncluttered, organized, and uncomplicated when the baby comes so that I can focus 100% on being there for him, rather than my Facebook non-friends.

Fitness-wise, things are going okay.  Pretty much the only thing I’m doing is walking lots, plus being on my feet all day at work, which definitely takes it out of you at this stage of the game.  Still throwing in a few squats, butt kicks, lunges, etc, but I’m getting pretty tired, so just trying to do the best I can and not worry about it too much.

Let’s see… what else is new?  Well, today my grade 9s threw me a surprise baby shower… sneaky kids trying to get out of doing their assignments 🙂  It was so lovely of them, though.  They told me I couldn’t come into the classroom, which was kind of a dead give-away, but a few minutes later they came to collect me and yelled “surprise” when I walked through the door.  They had balloons and streamers all over the place, plus a big fruit platter, games, and presents… not too shabby.  Gonna miss those guys.

pregnancy annoucement poemOkay, one more thing… a bit of a throwback to how I told Andrew I was pregnant many moons ago.

The story is that he knew my period was late so kept on asking if I was pregnant.  I suspected I was, but wanted to surprise him if I was, so I took a pregnancy test while he was away one day, and bingo- I was up the duff.

Our 6-year anniversary was coming up that weekend, and I thought it would be so fun to surprise him with the news, so even though it was killing me not to tell him all week, I kept on concocting reasons for him that I might not be pregnant just to throw him off, and he totally fell for it.

Then, on our anniversary we went out for a nice dinner, and, after ordering, I told him I had a present for him and gave him this little envelope from Starbucks (our fav coffee place around here) with the start of a poem on the outside (first pic on the right).  He began reading it with NO idea what it might even remotely be about.

pregnancy announcement poem 2When he got to the bottom of the poem it said to open the envelope to read the rest of it, which of course filled him in on the big news (second pic on the right).

He was sooo happy and couldn’t believe it at first, which was funny since I’d already had a few days to process it all myself.

From then on we didn’t really tell anyone for a couple of months because we wanted to surprise our families and tell them over Skype on Mother’s Day, which was the end of my first trimester.

Good timing all around, first with our anniversary, and then Mother’s Day.

By the way, I totally can’t take credit for writing the poem… my friend Katie wrote it for her husband when she was pregnant with her first, and I asked her if she could resurrect it so I could borrow it.  So I guess, technically, Katie knew I was pregnant before Andrew did… oops.

Anyways, that’s the tale of telling Andrew.

I’m guessing this will be the last pregnancy update post… hopefully the next post will have a pic of a cute little bundle in it.  Soooo excited for that.

 

ps- I’d love to hear your thoughts on birth photography… did you have it done, are you glad, do you regret NOT having it, etc?  I’m looking into it right now, and the first quote I’ve received starts at $1200, which just isn’t gonna happen, people.  Craziness.

 

8 Responses to Pregnancy Update – 39 Weeks

  • Kelly says:

    Newborn pics are totally worth it! However find a style and price you are happy with!

  • admin says:

    Thanks, Kelly, but I was more talking about birth pics… like having the photographer in the room as the baby is born.

  • Becky says:

    I fully believe that it is a very personal thing. We had a few things go wrong and I don’t think I would have stayed as calm if there was someone I didn’t know in the room. Plus I reckon it is such a special thing for the mummy and daddy that I didn’t want anyone else in there. Lol

  • EB says:

    Agree it is a personal thing. I didn’t think we’d want photos but I am so so grateful my sis in law thought otherwise. I look at them all the time and discover new things. Not sure I’d pay 1200 for it but I LOVE having them now to look back on.

  • kristina says:

    Praying for you and Andrew and little one!! We are so excited for you. I love seeing your updates on Facebook (when I can access it…) Awesome how you surprised Andrew!

    Birth photography- YES DO IT! It is really special- but also important to have someone you trust- a good friend (mom friend if possible- who won’t pass out) so you feel comfortable if you happen to be uh.. in the nude.. I was in labor for 12 hrs, and as you can image by hour 10 I was pretty exhausted to the point of falling asleep. Timon was struggling to keep me awake- and so I don’t remember some parts (and b/c I had my eyes closed) so having photos was a good way to remember the amazing birth that God designed and brought me through!

    I had been in labor for 6 hrs when I realized I wanted a photographer- one of our good friends had volunteered, She (also a mom) showed up in 30 minutes and was super duper! Its way more about the little one and his first breath! and those first moments together are just so precious.

  • Anita says:

    We did a 1 year package… Maternity, hospital, newborn, 3 month, 6 month and 1 year cake smash. Totally worth the $$ we spent. Got so many beautiful pictures of babe…. She changed so much in that time period

  • corinnanairn says:

    Good thoughts… thanks Kristina and Anita.

  • corinnanairn says:

    btw, Anita, that sounds like SUCH a good deal/package.

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