38 Week Bump

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The other day I looked on the app I use to track progress and so on and it told me I had 16 days till my due date. 16 days!!! What?! They say even at this point you most likely are still not fully understanding that your about to birth a baby and become a parent, even this close to the end it is still not a reality. It makes sense, but I felt in some way I would have some more realistic perspective that life was about to really REALLY change. Though from the stabs of elbows and knees in my belly all day and head butts between my hip bones I know that there is for sure a human in there without a doubt.

Recently I felt the joys of what they call lightening it happened about 4 or 5 days after my shower a couple weekends back and though the waddle has become reality, I felt the relief of being able to breathe deeply, lower kicks (not in the ribs), and the feeling of my body becoming my own again. For the first time in months I could see where I used to have ribs and it felt so amazing. My belly is lower these days without a doubt and the aches are real, but there is a lot of relief at this point. They tell you that, but goodness no one can prepare you for the relief it brings you other than for your pelvis.

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The one thing I didn’t expect with him dropping down was the fact that all the pants I was wearing under my belly really don’t work anymore. I have 1 pair of pants that is going to tide me over, but if I could I would just choose a dress to live in these days, but I thought I would share my one outfit I wear nearly daily especially on these chilly days we have had lately. I mentioned it last week, but the legging, tshirt, long sweater, and tennis shoe look is basically my go-to. I call it my I won’t give up outfit. The full give up is the sweatpants I put on the rest of the evening and morning, which are starting to get tight themselves these days.

The Nike’s were Mike’s present to me for Christmas because I wanted something I could wear but still feel cool in and get in and out of easily. They are great because though I need Mike to tie and untie them, my feet fit great and the ribbed insole is so comfy. I am over the moon that fashion girls made it cool to wear Nike’s like this because fitting into much less here at the end is basically like trying to fit a square into a round hole.

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Other than trying to stay comfy as he fills every square inch of the womb, stay walking and moving, and eat well, I have been finishing up the final touches of the nursery and have been working on filling out his baby book and have even written down all sorts of hopes and dreams for him as well. Call it the hormones, but I am so excited about this new chapter and sharing the world with this little guy. You hear so many “you just waits” and “your life is about to change and end but you will love it” and everything else you can imagine, which is great and most likely true, but I believe that even the newness of this adventure I really believe this is about to be one of those things that makes our life much richer and fuller more than anything. Us two is fun, but this guy is about to make life far more worth it and I cannot wait to see what he teaches us.

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On to the final few weeks as the countdown begins. Less than a month (at the most) and we will have ourselves the littlest Gilger in our home hopefully sleeping like an angel….I can dream right?!

Speaking of which, any newborn tips to give me from you experienced moms?

Sweater from H&M  |  Tshirt from Madewell  |  Leggings from Zara (similar)  |  Shoes from Nike at Finish Line

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  1. My babe is 4 weeks old, so I’m pretty new to this baby mama lark…but I am learning so much every day. Post birth is tough, but it gets better. You’ll heal faster than you imagine and be back to normal in no time. Life with a newborn is amazing, but takes some getting used to. after just 4 weeks I’m finding plenty of time and energy to walk the dog, cook, work on my website, see friends for coffee etc… basically it gets easier by the day so hang in there! S good box set is your best buddy when you’re feeding. Breast feeding hurts to start with, but after day 5 or 6 it gets way easier. So if you can stick out a few days of super sore nipples hopefully you’ll be fine after that. Drink a ton of water & eat lots of fibre. enjoy the newborn snuggles, they are the best things ever. I wrote a little post on life with a newborn that you might enjoy 🙂 http://www.blesstheweather.com/2016/01/these-newborn-days.html

    Sending you all the good vIbes for these last few weeks and the birth, such an exciting time. You’re looking great too – soon you’ll look back at these pictures and wonder how your baby ever fit in there!

  2. Look into the E.A.S.Y schedule for sleeping and eating. It really does work! Also, everyone will give you advice on how to get your baby to sleep through the night, but really the key is Always, Always lay them down awake. Once they learn how to fall asleep on their own, they will be sleeping like a dream in no time! Good luck, and you look amazing!!

  3. My baby turned 8 weeks old today. I am also new to this mama business, but I have learned a lot along the way. The best advice I can give is to trust your instincts. They are there from the beginning, you just have to learn to listen to them. Don’t be afraid to do something that may be unpopular if it works for your family (cosleeping, giving a pacifier, supplementing with formula, etc). The first few weeks are really rough. Everything is new, your body is healing, and you are learning to parent with your partner. You will have moments where you want to give up and you need to step away. Let yourself. Take a breath, regroup, and come back to your baby with a fresh outlook. Soak up the snuggles, take way too many pictures, find a great netflix series to survive cluster feeding, and enjoy your favorite takeout. The time flies by!

    My son has been the greatest experience of my life and I wish you the best!

  4. Don’t jump up to “DO SOMETHING!” every time he cries. Pause for 20-30 seconds to really observe his face and hands before you feed, change, swaddle, etc. You will start to see patterns in his expressions that will help you get better at meeting his needs. My daughter had an “o” mouth face that meant she was hungry and when her hands were balled up in tight fists it meant she was cold or needed snuggling. The more you learn to read your baby’s tells, the less helpless you will feel.

  5. The sleep deprivation is real! But know that it gets better afTer the first few weeks…youre still up at night a lot, but not for as long each time. Baby gets his days and nights syraightEned out. Good luck with labor, delivery and beyond!

  6. Every baby is different, so if your little one isnt following along Exactly word For word with What you read, dont panic. That Was the hardest thing i had to leaRn. My sweet aphelie will be four months old this saturday, and she is one Of a kind! She defies most of what people say is normal, But shes a good Baby. Thats my Best advice to you.

  7. I think the best piece of advice i was ever given is to follow your baby’s schedule. Too often i would try to get the baby to sleep or eat when i wanted and all it caused was mOre stress. Follow your baby’s lead, his body knows what it needs.

  8. best advice: pUrplecryIng.info
    hold him. he was so close to you for 40ish weeks, he just wants to be close on the outside too! wrap him up and cArry close.

  9. I have a new baby too, my first. I SPENt a lot of time just staring at him while feeding, or sleeping, or learning to use his hands. I didn’t find I NEEDed TV entertainment. My tip was told to me many times before baby – Get your rest! If you feel cranky or unlike yourself, it’s because you need more rest. After baby is when I realized I’m a busy body and could really use a lesson in relaxation.

  10. Congratulations! You are almost there. AnD the fun is definitely about to begin. I heard YOu are doing hypnobirthiNg, good luck with that. Im sure you will Do great. My advice for labor is try to stay calm, present and CONFIDENT and you will meet Your little one very soon. As far as new born sTage, dont forget to taKe care of yourself Too, so eat plenty and rest as much as possiblE.

  11. I really don’t have much advice for taking care of a newborn, despite having done it once already. It’s not that hard, you figure it out and every baby and parent is different. That said, ask people around you for feedback and trust your instincts. Babies don’t need much. Seek out help. Like, if nursing is going badly, get a lactation consultant’s help. If you are struggling to get groceries, have a friend pick them up. If people offer to bring over food, let them but decide in advance if they are staying. We had it go both ways, and both are awkward (like where we wanted to socialize but Friends just wanted to get out of our way vs. friends assuming they were staying to eat the food with us that they brought and we weren’t even hungry). Maybe that’s it. Again, trust yourself and get help. Let me know if you want to talk Labor. Not sure if you have a lot of mamas in your circle but I’d be happy to share my experience with giving birth to Leo. 🙂

  12. if you haven’t considered baby wearing, it is a must. my daughter was not one to hang out in a wrap or sling but my son loved it. preferred it and he spent a lot of time on momma’s chest. this is a god send when you can’t stand not being able to use both hands at once or your arms are tired. as far as sleep goes? good luck. 🙂 i had one excellent sleeper and one that couldn’t figure it out until 8-9 months old…even now we are still having issues as he is pushing uncountable teeth at 16 months (he just broke tooth #3!! yesterday!) grab the sleep where you can sneak it in. work and maintain relationships where you can sneak it in. it will all work out in the end.

    http://www.gabrielleorcutt.com

  13. I always hated hearing things like “enjoy your sleep now” or “kiss your social life goodbye” or anything else along those lines. yes, having a baby changes your life, but in the best possible way. and yes, i get up to feed him a couple times a night, but the lack of sleep never crosses my mind…the only thing i’m thinking about is that i get to snuggle my little guy. Going out and doing things with other people may take a tad longer, but we still do it.

    don’t let the negative nancys get to you. motherhood is simply the best. <3

  14. As to advice, i’m pretty new to this whole momma thing, but one thing that really helped us was to try to follow a sleep-eat-play schedule during the day, and try to keep them awake from 6-8 in the evening. that’s not always realistic with a newborn, but if you try as much as you can then they won’t get their days and nights mixed up and they’ll sleep better for you at night!

    other than that, just enjoy your little guy. 🙂 One day, Sullivan and i spent the entire day in our pj’s in bed. we snuggled, napped, watched tv, snacked, read, and did absolutely nothing productive. it was such a wonderful day and we bonded so much. I’d highly recommend it.