38 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along? 38 Weeks... We're getting so close!

Baby Size: According to my BabyBump app, Harper should be about the size of a leek  (these fruits and veggies sure do get stranger and stranger). She should be around 19.75 inches and weigh approximately 6.8 pounds. But according to our last ultrasound a week ago, she's  surpassing the typical weight gain by about a pound. Looks like I'll be pushing out an eight to nine pound baby in a few more weeks!

Total Weight Gain: As of Friday, I'd gained two more pounds at my doctors appointment which puts me right around 37 pounds total. However, over the weekend, my swelling in my legs and feet have actually gotten somewhat better so I'm not sure currently where that puts me as my fluid retention is the major part of my weight gain.Hopefully, that helped me drop a few pounds :P 

Maternity Clothes: With the warmer weather this week, I've been able to mix it up. I've been wearing pre-preggo maxi dresses and skirts but I pretty much stick to maternity tops unless they're of the flowy and loose variety. When I'm at home, I lounge around in yoga pants and old t-shirts. Occasionally I steal some of the hubs basketball shorts because they swallow me whole... which sorta makes me feel good and not so much like a whale :P haha 

Stretch Marks? Still just the few stretch marks on my left hip! Hoping I can make it the duration of this pregnancy without adding anymore!

Sleep: OMG! That is all I do do these days.  Friday night I slept for eleven hours and then I laid down twice for a nap on Saturday. On Saturday night I slept another eleven hours and then spent the afternoon laying around. I'm definitely in that end-of-pregnancy tired-all-the-time phase! But I'm going to soak it all up because when Harper gets here, I'll be entering the no-sleep phase. 

Best Moment This Week: Finding out that our baby girl is quite healthy despite her kidney/bladder issue. We were relieved to know that this issue may affect her when she's first born but will not be a long-term problem as it is quite easy to treat if it doesn't correct itself outside of the womb. In other great news, we also found out that if Harper has yet to arrive by her due date, we will be induced either the night of her due date or the day after as my doctor hopes for her to be delivered during the day! We're so happy to at least have a set deadline and know that she'll be here by a certain point!

Miss Anything? Being able to move around as freely as I used to. I seem to forget that I can't just jump out of bed anymore or just bend down and pick something up. 

Movement: Harper moves less and less these days as she's running out of wiggle room. However, that doesn't stop her from wiggling when her Daddy talks to her. I swear, she will go all day without moving but as soon as Kevin puts his hand on my belly and starts talking to her, she goes nuts! She's most definitely going to be a Daddy's girl! 

Food Cravings: Ice cold drinks and hot dogs... which is weird because I've always been a cheeseburger kind of girl but if I catch the sight of a hot dog, that's all I can think about! Thank goodness a Sheetz just opened a mile from our house and I can fix those cravings in a hot minute! Even better, I can get three hot dogs for $1 and a free fountain drink. I'll take that :P Those deals couldn't have come at a better time for a prego woman!

Gender: A Girl {Harper Londyn Holt}

Labor Signs: I've had quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions lately. Other than that, just the fact that I've began to dilate and efface; though Miss Harper has still not dropped any!

Symptoms: You know, just the usual. My swelling has actually gotten better over the past few days. I'm guessing it's due in part to all of that napping I've been doing so I've been able to stay off of my feet. However, I've noticed that even though my feet and legs aren't swollen as badly, my face is starting to puff up! But thankfully, I only have a couple of weeks left to go and I can deal with that. My acid reflux is starting to flair up again. It's gotten pretty intense in the evenings but I've discovered if I wait a few hours to lay down after snacking or eating, it seems to be a whole lot better and doesn't give me near as much trouble. 

Belly Button In or Out? I still have an inny. I've been waiting for my belly button to disappear but it's still just hanging in there. 

Wedding Rings On or Off?  I'm still not wearing them in fear that my hands will start swelling and they'll have to be cut off. I just don't want to take that chance. 

Mood: I'm not going to lie and say that I'm not having mixed emotions these days. I'm so excited about meeting my daughter and I can't wait to get her here safely and in my arms. However, at the same time, I'm nervous about all of the changes that are going to take place. I'm worried about how it's going to affect mine and Kevin's relationship; how I'm going to tackle all of my OCD notions with a new baby (i.e. keeping the house neat, clutter free, and organized); how am I going to function on no sleep; and am I even going to know what to do enough to be a good parent? All these thoughts run through my head and I start to freak out a little. However, I've been reminded they're all completely normal  thoughts and you just take it one day at a time. Hopefully, I'll be able to remember that when she arrives though!

Looking forward to: Meeting our baby girl and finishing up those last couple of items on our to-do list! As of this weekend, I should have just about everything checked off of the list... or at least all the ones that I really wanted to accomplish. We're also looking forward to our second set of maternity pictures that will be taken on Friday (:


  1. I am craving hot dogs lately! So funny! In fact, this weekend my hubby is planning on getting a new propane tank for the grill specifically so that he can grill some hot dogs for me, lol!

    You look adorable with just a couple of weeks left to go! You can do it! Enjoy the sleep while you can (I am SO jealous, as I can't seem to sleep well no matter what I do!) You are not alone in the worries that you have about how the new baby will affect your life. I too have been thinking about how big of a change this will be...A good change, but definitely a big one. And you and I both may just have to give up our OCD tendencies for a while, as hard as that might be. I am already driving myself crazy trying to get everything 'just right'!

    Glad to hear that Harper is doing good:) Can't believe she'll be here in 2 weeks or less!

    1. Girl, I attribute my sleep to the fact that I've been busily trying to get my house in order and trying to get all those last minute things checked off the "Before Harper Arrives" to-do list! By the time I work and get home and rush to get everything done, I just fall over in bed! haha

      And I know! I can't believe my pregnancy is nearing the end. It's crazy to think that it seemed like she'd never get here and now it's so surreal that she can come at ANY time!

      And don't you worry, your little guy will be here too before you know it!

  2. you look awesome girl! it won't be long :)

  3. ahhh you're so close! you look fab!!!

    and this may be a dumb question, but how do you know the different between braxton hicks and normal, real contractions?

    1. Thanks girl! It's amazing how fast pregnancy flies! I seriously thought it felt like it would be forever when the time would finally arrive for Harper to arrive and now it's HERE! She could be here any moment. It's so surreal.

      As for the contractions, Braxton Hicks contractions don't hurt. As I've neared my due date, they can be uncomfortable but as soon as they start they disappear. They just feel like my belly tightening. Now real contractions are more rhythmic and aren't as sporadic. They also get more uncomfortable because they don't just go right away!

      It's one of those things that you don't really know the difference until you experience them both and it's like... oh, I got it! Now I know which is which! haha


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