We made it! Baby Hales 2.0 is officially 39 weeks old. At this point, he/she could come anytime now!
Overall during this pregnancy, I’ve gained 34 pounds, and despite all the nausea in months 4, 5, and 6, and the skin tenderness in months 8 and 9, it hasn’t been THAT bad. At our appointment this morning, the doctor confirmed that I am 2 cm dilated, and have been for the past couple weeks. She also did a quick ultrasound to confirm the baby had enough fluid in the placenta (Yep! Nice and comfortable!), followed by a NST (non-stress test) to check the heart rate and confirm that we were seeing the kind of movement we wanted. The non-stress test showed the heartbeat hanging steady at around 140 bpm, and that I was undergoing true contractions every 8 minutes or so. The doctor was very pleased with this progress, and decided to send me home until next week’s appointment, with instructions to call her once the contractions grew stronger and came closer to 5 minutes apart.
And so, we wait. James and I have decided not to stress it. This baby will come when it comes. In the meantime, we’ve got our bags packed, the car seat ready to go, and we/I’ve been keeping ourselves busy by nesting. This includes putting up the tree!
This was the first year Lauren, and her stuffed friends, were really able to help. Here she is helping Daddy figure out how to put together our 10+ year old tree:
My primary job, of course, was to supervise and take photos. My photos came out “ehh”, but my supervision was on point!
And, thanks to me, before we knew it, it was time for the annual tradition of Lauren hanging the star at the top. With a little help from Daddy, she reached…
… and pretty quickly we had Christmas magic!
And, like I said, now we just continue to wait for the best present of all to arrive…
We already love so much Baby Hales, and we can’t wait to see you soon!