|Had to get a before and after shot!|
|Ok, obviously this wasn't ACTUALLY taken the day I gave birth to her. You've gotta cut me some slack though, I was a little busy. A 5 day photo delay is not too shabby.|
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How far along? 39 weeks and 3 days
Total weight gain: We ended at an even 40! I'm glad, I like even numbers.
Maternity clothes? My maternity clothes amounted to a total of: a couple of Target maternity tanks (best things ever), one maternity shirt that I wore like twice, a skirt, a swimsuit top, some work pants, and some hand-me-down jeans from a friend. I was able to wear my regular clothes for the entire pregnancy, which is AWESOME. Thank goodness I'm a teacher and cardigans are my lifeblood. Also yoga pants, but I have no excuse for that. And...ok just between me and you? I personally did not spend a single dollar on maternity clothes. My mom bought me all of the aforementioned clothing items (minus the hand-me-downs) as a gift to "start me off," and I just made it work from there. I'm actually kind of secretly proud of this...
Sleep: At the end I had so many naps and early bedtimes. I woke up randomly around 4:30 a lot...half of me suspected that it was a sign she would be born at 4:30, which is obviously nonsense and the fact that I was thinking that was actually a sign that I had way too much time by myself.
Best thing about pregnancy overall: Going for the obvious here, but having the baby. I LOVED being pregnant...but not being pregnant is so much better haha
Miss Anything? Overall, I missed cold meats the most. The first thing I ate after Jenna was born was a turkey sandwich...just plain turkey on white bread and it was the BEST. THING. EVER.
|My sister knows what's up.|
Food cravings: Most notable food cravings throughout the pregnancy were fruit and chocolate, although in the days leading up to giving birth, food didn't interest me that much at all. Total quease-fest.
Anything make you queasy or sick: Um yes, labor. Labor made me queasy AND sick.
The baby bump: To be honest, my baby bump did not get as big as I thought it would. Granted, I still totally felt like a house, but I was still able to put on my shoes myself and could see my feet if I leaned forward just a little...I feel like those are things most full-term pregnant people are not supposed to be able to do. I guess this was nice, it was just surprising.
Gender: Girl!! I guess you never really know for sure until they're born, so I can say this with full confidence now!
Labor Signs: At my last appointment (two days before going into labor) the doctor said I was 1 cm dilated...woo hoo, progress! One labor sign I DIDN'T have was that last minute "nesting" instinct everyone keeps talking about. Pretty much all of 2nd and 3rd trimester I was nesting like CRAZY...at the end of my pregnancy, I was just tired and wanted to nap all the time, so I did. I feel like a lot of my pregnancy was opposite of what it was "supposed" to be...food aversions 1st trimester? False, everything tasted AMAZING (too amazing *cough*40pounds*cough*). Nausea ending during 2nd trimester? False, that's when it started. Huge burst of energy before you give birth? False, you could've renamed me Sir Napsalot or Big Naps McGee, and I wouldn't have noticed because I would've been asleep. I slept through most of my contractions, for crying out loud (I'll write more on my labor in a different blog post). Ah well, I guess I've always been a bit of a rebel. I also didn't have diarrhea leading up to labor, which was the one sign I was for sure counting on having. Again, more on that later.
Belly Button in or out? That bottom half stubbornly refused to pop out. I am so surprised, I thought for sure this was my second chance at an outie. Maybe the next pregnancy.
Wedding rings on or off? Off
Happy or Moody most of the time: Other than some ridiculous mood swings and crying about toast, my pregnancy was a very happy time!
Looking forward to: Everything :)