37 weeks

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
This is crunch time. I woke up this morning and all I could think about were all the things we have left to do in preparation for our baby girl. Since we have been on vacation the past week, I've kind of just enjoyed being around family, celebrating the holidays, and capturing all the special moments Ava has been afforded with her family in New York. Now, I'm kind of freaking. The car seat back home isn't installed, baby clothes have not been washed and prepped, our hospital bags have not been prepared.. Granted, I know we have 3 weeks or so left until Olivia arrives, but with Ava bug... I had all of these things ready so much earlier. In less stressful more exciting news, Livy bean has definitely dropped. I can feel her lower in my pelvis (tons of pressure/pain here), and when she balls up in a corner of my uterus.. you can definitely tell what side her little bum is on. She's been kicking up a storm in this New York 28 degree weather, and I've truly enjoyed being able to spend almost two whole weeks with my in-laws during my pregnancy. Surprisingly, I haven't slowed down one bit. I've been active, I've been on the move, but I have a feeling that's going to change in the next week or so.

How far Along: 37 Weeks

Nicknames for baby: Livy Bean, Olivia

Size of babyAn estimated 6.5 pounds (the size of a watermelon) 

Gender: It's a girl! 

Symptoms: SO MUCH PELVIC PAIN, Breast tenderness, tons of Braxton hicks

Best moment this week: Having my in-laws include Olivia in our holidays. She received her blue bird ornament from Great Grandma Sandy, she received take-me-home outfits from Papa Clough and Grandma Chi-Chi, and such cute Vera Bradley clothes from Great Aunt Holly.

Movement: She has her days where she moves a ton more than others. I've noticed that the rolling is definitely consistent and correlates when I'm not running around. She balls up in a corner of my uterus and moves after daddy gives her kisses or rubs on my belly.

Food Cravings: Anything my in-laws cook. I have been SPOILED this past week.


What I Miss: Truthfully, I miss being able to get out of bed without pelvic pain. I've recently been experiencing such sensitivity when getting out of bed, walking too much, etc. Apparently it's my pelvic bones and ligaments spreading for labor. The relaxin hormone must be working exceptionally well because some days I am in some serious discomforts.

Sleep: I get extremely good sleep, once I am out, I am out! Except, I started drooling (yuck).

Justin: With the help of family, not every obligation to help has been solely on his shoulders. That has been a really, really good thing for us. Back home my family members easily live about 30 minutes to an hour away (depending on traffic) and I usually don't ask for help because I know Justin would be home to help a lot sooner than they would. During block leave we've literally always been surrounded with helping hands. My mother and father in-law have been preparing the best meals all throughout the day, my sister-in-law and her spouse have been such a huge help with entertaining Ava bug and helping me haul things up the stairs, and I really don't have to do much because people have constantly offered. This has given Justin a lot of free time to do some of the things he wants to do and just relax. He needed this.

Ava: Ava is golden. Aside from coming down with a 24 hour stomach bug, she has been consistently the same about almost everything. I've noticed since being in New York her toddler attitude has been a little more intense. Saying, "No!" has come about a lot more. She has SO many eyes focused on her and so many people trying to engage with her. Between flying and spending so much time at airports, from spending over four hours in vehicles for traveling to see family members, and finding her schedule on East Coast time... I'm still EXTREMELY proud of her. She's been helpful, loving her cousin, and consistently loving on mama's baby bump.

What I am looking forward to this week: As sad as I am about leaving New York, I am excited to be back home and settled. I can't wait to set up the remainders on our list of things to do for Olivia. I can't wait to just relax, sit back, and allow labor to come about on it's own time at home.

Happy or moody most of the time: I have been pretty happy, but I have also been ultra emotional. I've been completely overstimulated with the holidays and being around so much of my husband's family. I am so thankful for each and everyone of them. I've also had my mom in the back of my mind and the thoughts of not spending the holiday season with her. Knowing her illness has taken major declines this year is always in the back of my mind. Her birthday month is also my due date month, and I have made it such a huge priority in this pregnancy to try and focus on the good. 

♥- Leilani

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