Hi there! It’s week 38 here in the Burke household and we are so freaking excited! In less than two weeks our baby girl is due, and if she has a drop of her Mama’s and Poppy’s blood in her she will arrive on time. My fingers are crossed to have an October baby, though the odds are supposedly against me. Let’s get into this update thing!
Belly – is much lower now. Violet has dropped significantly over the last week and a half which has done amazing things for my ability to breath and eat more than a child’s portion of food at a time. Yay!
PUPPP – has gone away???…???…I have been itch free for four days now and this condition is not supposed to let up (but rather get worse) the closer I get to delivery. I know that I had a mild case, but now I’m wondering if I’ve been misdiagnosed OR if one of these remedies is actually working. If you read my post about PUPPP (click here to check it out) you’d know I started drinking lemon water first thing in the morning and I’ve kept that up. I’ve also been adding in dandelion leaf to my infusions, so that could have helped. Because I’ve not been itching I haven’t needed to use the pine tar soap, so it can’t be a build up from that. I wish someone had real information on this condition because no one knows anything about it, women are having to stab in the dark to relieve symptoms and have very few options. It’s not a particularly dangerous condition which is why there is nearly zero information about it. Maybe that will change one day.
Hair / Nails – Hair has been a bit dry for the last while, but that’s not new. It’s actually much better than it was in the first and second trimesters. Seriously, my hair turned to straw at the beginning. My nails are becoming weaker and I’m sad about that. I was enjoying growing them out and not having them bothered by dish water and the like. All good things must come to an end I supposed.
Skin – is still handling the hormone storm very well. No bumps or extra discoloration, just some thin lines that would appear regardless. I have a history of bad skin that I’ve worked at fixing for several years now (best remedy has been major diet changes. I saw zero results or negative results from anything a dermatologist prescribed me) so I’m so pleased that my skin has handled all this well.
Stretch Marks – Still none that I can find. I have two weeks left so there’s still time, but my skin has handled the massive stretch like a champ.
Swelling – This has been one of the toughest symptoms to remedy. No amount of raising my feet about my heart or exercise has affected the state of my swollen legs and forearms. For the longest time these were the only options given to me by anyone including my midwives. However, today I got some exciting info from another one of the midwives in my group, a dietary option *gasp!*. She recommended upping my intake of vegetables, particularly leafy greens and adding in a vitamin B6 supplement. I have more faith in dietary changes to actually fix a problem rather than the old “rest and relaxation” method that often only masks the symptoms. Yes rest and relaxation are healthy and necessary, but I don’t believe they can fix anything on their own. That being said, I’ve already put her advice into practice in addition to the pampering of my legs and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens over the next week.
Aches / Pains – My hips are still sore because this kid is only getting heavier and dropping lower (duh). I finally caved and went to a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy acupressure. I was pleasantly surprised and have had relief in my upper back since the appointment so I’m counting it as a success. I also learned that my legs are not two different lengths like I was told when I was younger (although an x-ray would be necessary to confirm 100%). Apparently my leg length discrepancy can be fixed by aligning my lower back and hips. Woohoo! The downside is that I have to continue going back until it’s fixed…bummer. Oh well, maybe it will go smoothly and will all be as it should be by the time we move in mid December…Ha!
Appetite – is back! I can eat more than a child-sized portion of food before becoming a roly poly! This is wonderful because I hate eating tons of tiny meals throughout the day. I know that people swear by it because of blood sugar levels and whatnot, but I just don’t like it. I’d rather have 2-3 meals and be done with the whole thing. Eating is not really my jam.
Mood – I’m totally over this whole being pregnant thing. If you are/were one of those ladies who just loooooved being pregnant, good for you. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful experience, but I am ready to go back to being one human being with my baby on the outside. I’m ready to not have elephant legs, hip pain, and be able to tie my shoes without trouble again. I am excited about taking my baby out for walks in the cool fall air and showing her the Empire State Building and introducing her to a NY bodega. I want to go for walks on the Greenway in Tennessee with my sister and Luna and have mommy chats instead of constantly maintaining my deteriorating body. That’s all. I just want a little normalcy again (and you can save your “it’ll never be normal again, it’ll be a new normal…” I’m also tired of hearing all that too. I just want to stop feeling like a tiny being has hijacked my body).
Energy – is fine…so long as I’ve had a nap. I still wake up with my Boy in the mornings to have breakfast and assemble a healthy lunch for him before he heads to work. This is also a time where we get to visit and I enjoy it, so I don’t feel bad for myself about waking up at 5:15am, really I don’t. People seem to think it’s me torturing myself so that I can be a “good wife”, but no, I just like contributing and spending time with my handsome husband. He’s pretty great 🙂
Preparedness – I’ve still got a couple of major things to do, but overall we are totally fine. I’m sure there will be something I wish I had packed or purchased, but it’s silly to worry about any of that now. I won’t know what I’m missing until I need it and I have a great little support system that will help me with anything I need. I’m so lucky to have a husband who wants to be involved and help out and to have parents that will allow me to borrow my mother for a good while as I adjust to being a new mom. I’ve also got friends here in the city who I can trust to jump in if I need them. Not to be all gushy, but I’m feeling pretty loved by the people in my life.
Sleep – is touch and go. I normally don’t have any issue falling asleep, it’s the staying asleep that gets me. I wake up about 3 times during the night to pee and that does NOT help the situation. Take this moment for example. It’s 1:38am and about half an hour ago I was blissfully asleep…until I wasn’t. I think it’s a bit too warm in the apartment and it woke me up, but no manner of sprawling could cool me down enough to doze off again. So, here I am, writing a blog post in the dead of night when I should be getting rest. I’ll definitely be taking a nap tomorrow.
Excitement – 10/10. Like I mentioned earlier, I am so ready to meet this little girl! I keep wondering who’s eyes she’ll have and if she’ll have hair. I feel her move and can imagine her wiggling around in the onesie I’ve picked out especially for her ride home. I’m looking forward to watching her change dramatically over the next few months as well. I’ve seen how quickly my niece has gone from newborn to a legit baby in just a short time so I’m aware I only have a hot second to soak it all up. Little babe, come on whenever you can. Your mama and daddy are ready and waiting to pinch your cheeks and snuggle you!