The Belly Project: 37 weeks and counting...


Size of baby: About 6 lbs. and about 19 inches long

Baby's Resting HR: 144 (last week) and 147 (this week)
Total Weight Gain: 21 lbs
Maternity Clothes: YES! and the shirts are getting a TAD short :) and so are the bands on the pants
Gender: I am SO confused - people are almost 50/50 - the gender predictors unanimously agree girl - given I have faster growing hair, craving veggies (um tomato - yes!), lots of nausea, etc. etc.  I guess 2.5 weeks from now we will know!
Movement: still pretty active especially when I have a chance to sit so nap time for Solon in the afternoon and generally from 8-10PM after Solon goes to bed - it more shoves, elbows, and pushes from the inside out - I feel like one of these days my belly is just going to pop from the pressure of baby's pushing out...the baby has frequent hiccups at this point too :)
Sleep: pretty good - getting up at either 3 AM to use the restroom or 5AM - never fails I look at the clock and it is one of those times...the body pillow is a life saver but rolling over is incredibly uncomfortable - who knew!  I do get insanely uncomfortable charlie horses in my legs at night and I have to rub them out as my legs are straight up in the air (thank goodness Scott is sleeping so he does not have to witness that).
Cravings: not into snacking much but do still LOVE tomatoes, fruits are really yummy and this week I have been eating leftover birthday cake which has been delicious with a big glass of milk (trying to drink it as much now as I can because I am going to give it up right away this time as it gave Solon such horrible belly trouble - don't even want to go there)  Need a little caffeine to help get me through my afternoon slump :)
Symptoms: pressure, going to the bathroom every 5 seconds, belly button still not popped but I can see the end :), itchy palms????, constantly thirsty, back pain, uncomfortable to sit in any one position for long, hard to stand for long periods, just feeling lethargic (have to sit between chores and rest :), getting a little more uncomfortable to hold Solon (we are working hard on holding hands in parking lots and across streets, as he will be walking more when baby arrives and I have to carry the car seat), braxton hicks
Exercise: So to be honest this is going downhill fast - I just have no energy between chasing after Solon and my daily jobs around the house and it has been HOT again - hopefully with the cooler weather we can do more evening walks, I still go to zumba 1 time per week because it is so much fun!  I have to put my gym membership on hold for a few weeks....
What I miss: energy, feeling normal - very hormonal, bending over easily, carrying Solon, sleeping well at night...

What I love: thinking of what this little baby will be like, filling out the baby book and 1st year calendar and prepping everything for the hospital :)
 
A few additional things I don't want to forget: