Our Christmas Card and my 38 1/2 Week Bump Date

Thursday, December 20, 2012

By now most of my family and friends have received our Christmas card, so now I want to show you all!

I love looking at Christmas cards and I'll probably spend all day looking at all the blogs that linked up theirs on Kristen's blog!


38 1/2 Week Bump Date:
How far along? 38 1/2 weeks! 

Maternity clothes? 1,000% maternity

Sleep: Not sleeping. I'm napping. Yeah, lets call it that. Frequently napping! It is just so darn uncomfortable trying to sleep here lately, plus I've got so many thoughts going through my head. Our induction was cancelled this weekend...I'll tell you more about that at the end of the post in My Thoughts.

Best moment this week: Yesterday was my last day of work! Hello Maternity Leave!

Miss Anything? Nada.

Movement: So much! Love it! I'm trying to enjoy the last few days of it!!

Food cravings: Sweet tea and McDonalds pancakes. Oh, and hot chocolate.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nothing really. I've been too scared to try ice cream since the last incident!

Gender: Baby boy!!!!!!!!

Labor Signs: For the third week in a row, I am still at 1cm and not progressing. Getting a bit frustrated!

Belly Button in or out? In! Stretched but still in!!! 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Ready.

Looking forward to: December 26th or sooner? I'll explain below.

What does Alphamom have to say about week 38? 

Your Baby:
  • Is officially a little chunkin, at well over six pounds and 19 1/2 inches long.
  • Is also officially considered “full term.” In other words, he or she is STRAIGHT UP FREELOADING from here on out.
  • Is practicing making fists and fetal breathing in anticipation of life outside the womb.
  • Have probably had enough of this magical special time, thank you very much.
  • Backaches, joint aches, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, Braxton-Hicks contractions, painful kicks, bladder pressure, stretch marks, itchy skin, swollen ankles, fatigue, dry mouth, mood swings, did I miss anything else in this cavalcade of late-pregnancy hilarity?
  • Are alternating between crazy excitement about finally meeting your baby and crazy panic about oh my God, you’re finally going to meet your baby and they’re going to expect that you take it home and like, keep it alive and stuff.

My week 38 thoughts:

So last week at this time I thought that tomorrow, the 21st, I would be meeting my baby boy. Unfortunately, my hospital and my insurance have something different to say about that. I don't really want to get into specifics, but my induction was re-scheduled for Saturday night (22nd) and into Sunday (23rd). I decided against having the induction on this date because all of my family has Christmas on Sunday and I really don't want to make them change their plans just on account of me (unless I go into natural labor...then they don't have a choice!). So, I've decided to reschedule the induction on the 26th (which is only four days away from my due date) and the doctor is sure that the baby won't be too big for me to deliver vaginally by that date. I am HOPING and PRAYING that baby Apple makes his appearance before then and on his own!!!!

So, right now I am praying very hard for my body to shift into delivery mode on it's own...so please send me all of your positive thoughts!!! I am really sad because I thought I would have him home for Christmas, but I know that whatever is meant to be will be and if I am meant to have him home on Christmas, then that will happen.

I'm trying to stay optimistic and focused and I just don't want to worry or sweat about the small stuff anymore.

So, anywho...I may have a 39 1/2 week update for y'all next week or I may not! We shall see......


Jennifer said...

So cute. Love the card.

This is why I never read into the way you look or are carrying thing with the gender. You and I look very similar when I was pregnant. I had a girl. LOL

samantha said...

sending positive thoughts your way! you look gorgeous. so excited to hear about your birthing experience. i'm right behind you with my second! happy holidays! (and sleep as much as you can, when you can!!)

Jess Beer said...

Sending labor-inducing thoughts your way!

Kaitlyn said...

I know you want him right now, but if he waits until Christmas eve, then he will have the same birthday as me!!

And since he will be born right before or right after Christmas I must add that it's important for this birthday to be totally separate from Christmas. My mom always made it a priority, but most of my relatives/friends give me birthday gifts wrapped in christmas paper/bags, etc. It's hard to know lump everything together, especially when its such a crazy time of year. But from one "Christmas Baby" to another "almost Christmas Baby" I know he will appreciate having a separate birthday celebration from Christmas! I know I am!

Good Luck Michelle, I will be sending positive thoughts your way and hope the little man gets here soon!

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Pamela said...

Your Christmas card is gorgeous!! Love how you added the baby :) So sweet!

Amanda said...

Very cute card!
Praying for baby Apple to come so soon!!! You poor thing :( have a wonderful Christmas! XO

The Pink Growl said...

Love your christmas card!

Cotton said...

I was the same way for my mama! She was so frustrated with me she had her aunt drive her to the mall (I was born the week before christmas) so she could walk around and see the decorations. And she said she walked and walked and at a big bag of M&Ms in the process. She went into labor about an hour after getting home from the mall!!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

I'm sending you and Baby A all the good vibes and positive energy I can muster!

Darby Hawley said...

Bummer! Well I'm praying for Baby Apple to start working his way out and for your to have a safe and speedy delivery!

Stephanie said...

COME OUT BABY APPLE!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

Praying for a (hopefully soon) natural and healthy delivery for both you and baby boy!! Thinking about you sweet girl!! I can't WAIT to finally see him! Tell him I said to stop freeloading already or you're going to start back-chargining him for rent! HA!

WillJogForFood said...

Sending labor thoughts your way!

Being a Christmas child (12/27 bday) myself, my parents always tried hard to make my birthday special. I know you will too :)

Casey said...

Your card is so adorable! Here's hoping your baby boy comes asap!

Candice Moretti said...

What a beautiful card. Sending positive labor vibes your way!

Emily said...

As excited as you are to meet your little guy, every extra day just means his little lungs will be even more prepared to do their job...even at 38.5 weeks! If your body is able to dilate more on its own, that will give you a better chance for a vaginal delivery too once you're induced! I'll be sending good thoughts your way and hope he decides to come on his own soon! I'm 6 months behind you (due in June), so will be looking forward to reading about your birth story. Good luck!!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Hang in there mama! The last two weeks were the hardest for me....I started to feel uncomfortable and very nervous/anxious. But you totally have the right attitude! What will be, will be and there is no point in worrying! Regardless of when your little man arrives it will be the best day ever. p.s. you look absolutely GORGEOUS in your Christmas card!

Amber Cease said...

Sending good vibes your way! Those little ones do what they want, when they want, early on in life, hehe... my little guy came two months too soon despite efforts to stop it... and my labor with my daughter progressed so quickly, I almost had her on the bathroom floor and went via ambulance to L&D at the nearest hospital... neither of my little ones were delivered at the hospital I was SUPPOSED to deliver, haha. Little ones sure can be spunky little stinkers, but WORTH IT ;) Hang in there, girl!

Jamie said...

You look great! I hope he makes his appearance on his own ASAP!

LWLH said...

That belly, oh my gosh, you are too cute....can't wait till Baby Apple makes his entrance.

Landi {Freckled Confessions} said...

Hang in there, Momma!! Maybe you can treat yourself to some new shoes if you win my $100 DSW giveaway for my 1 year blogversary :) Sending positive thoughts your way! xoxo

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Holly said...

That really stinks about the craziness with the induction date! My niece's birthday is the 23rd...it's a pretty good date to have a baby ;) Good luck and I'll be praying for a healthy and safe delivery!!

Amber said...

Love y'all's card. So sweet!

C'mon baby Apple - we're all rooting for you out here!


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