39 weeks pregnant

How far along? 39 weeks and 2 days
Total weight gain/measurements: 25 pounds total. I lost 2 pounds since last week but considering I had gained four between my 37-38 week appointments, its not too abnormal.
Maternity clothes: Basically consists of yoga pants and t-shirts.
Stretch marks: None…except for the teeny silver ones on my hip that are still teeny.
Sleep: Some nights are good. Most, though, suck.
Best moment this week:The doctor telling us I was 1-2 cm dilated and 50% effaced! Last week my cervix was still posterior and therefore no progress at all. So to hear that there is something going on to get this baby moving was awesome.
Miss anything? Wine!
Movement: Tons. He has always been so active! I can feel him a lot down in my crotch area now versus up higher since his head is down there. It feels like he is moving in my butt! Haha!
Food cravings: Nothing. Except water hah. I am constantly thirsty.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Smells still make me nauseous. Especially since my nose seems to fabricate smells lol. Today on the way to my appointment I swore I smelled poop. Smelled like someone took a big poop right on the dashboard. Idk why but I was going nuts lol.
Labour signs: 1-2cm dilated, 50% effaced, head is at a -2. Not feeling any Braxton Hicks lately but I do think I have felt a few real contractions here and there. Definitely a lot of pressure.
Symptoms: Heart burn has certainly eased up as he keeps dropping. Swollen feet and nausea are probably my biggest symptoms right now.
Belly button in or out? A stretched out outie. It’s pretty much flat against my tummy except for a little pop out in the middle.
Wedding rings on or off? Off. Too swollen.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy…but anxious.
Looking forward to: Having this little babe!

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36 weeks pregnant

How far along? 36 weeks and 4 days.
Total weight gain/measurements: 23 pounds total! I was like, WHAT. I gained 4 pounds since my last appointment, two weeks ago. Oh well 🙂
Maternity clothes: Sick of them. I want to wear my regular clothes. It’s gotten to the point where I literally do a load of clothes every day because I have nothing else to wear. Same few shirts. And gym shorts are my best friend. Not to mention I can only fit into one pair of dress pants (they are maternity, of course) so I have to wash them at least every other day.
Stretch marks: None…except for the teeny silver ones on my hip that are still teeny. The red ones I thought I saw disappeared.
Sleep: I toss and turn SO MUCH.
Best moment this week: Getting the last thing we “needed” for baby’s arrival – a baby gate to quarantine the dogs into the dining room so they won’t bother us in the living room if we need them to shoo! Haha.
Miss anything? I miss…well, my regular clothes!
Movement: He moves a TON still. He no longer jabs me in the ribs though. Now it’s more like…my organs and stomach muscles and hips haha. He dropped quite a bit within the last couple days!
Food cravings: Nothing really.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Smells still make me nauseous. I have a stomach of steel so no matter how nauseous I get…I tend to only dry heave instead of actually puking. Good or bad… I don’t know.
  
Labour signs: He has dropped. He’s head down. And I’ve been having false labor for the past two days. I had some major Braxton Hicks yesterday morning for about 6 hours! And I’ve had a couple today.
Symptoms: Same as any pregnant woman I’m sure. Varicose veins, clumsy, heart burn, aches and pains. You know.
Belly button in or out? An outie! But it doesn’t totally stick out…I think it’s too stretched out lol
Wedding rings on or off? My fingers haven’t been swelling so I do wear my wedding band. Not my engagement ring though. I’m afraid my fingers will swell and they’ll have to cut it off me haha.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy…but anxious.
Looking forward to: Meeting Lucas David, of course, and marveling over the fact that I’ve created a damn human being ;]

Question everything

This is bit of a ramble, but here it goes..

If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my journey of trying my hardest to live a natural & cruelty-free lifestyle…it is to question EVERYTHING you are told. Ask “Why?” and “What’s that?” like a toddler does. Do your own research and figure things out for yourself. Just because a doctor tells you his opinion does not mean its even medically recommended (they don’t teach parenting tips in medical school). And even if it is medically recommended – the medical world is very flawed. Look at what the rest of the world is doing: the changes they are making, the products and procedures they are banning. I had a customer tell me the other day that our country can highly benefit by looking at the way other countries do things. As a high-ranking military member, I can’t even guess how many countries he has been to. His comment still has me thinking. Americans are taught that our country is the best – therefore we tend to trust our leaders, doctors, and the media more than we should. We frown upon other countries. But when other countries are way ahead of us at banning products with toxins in them, animal testing, and food with GMOs…why, exactly, do we frown upon them?

Routine infant circumcision and vaccinations are other “mommy” topics that countries have changed their medical recommendations on. Routine infant circumcision is something that America is far behind on. We are the ONLY country that still recommends circumcision for reasons other than cultural and religious. It is rare to find a medical organization except for ours that even recommends RIC under any circumstances, period. Even our own professional research shows that the health benefits that doctors preach are irrelevant.

I’m rambling a bit more than I wanted to. But my point is: don’t assume that you and your family are being looked out for. Just because its on the shelf, don’t assume “It’s a product targeted especially for babies, of course it’s safe!” (Most likely, it’s not!) and don’t listen to the ‘one’ study that proves _______. Get on the Internet and find the facts until you feel as if you know the truth in your mind. Especially focus on articles and journals done by researchers in a variety of countries.

You always, always need to question what you are told and look out for yourself and your own family…you can very rarely depend on others to do that for you.