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Baby Bump Week 39 - 38w6d
My 39th week baby bump story

39 weeks

How far along: One week away from my due date, holy sh**!!
How much do I weigh: 61,7 kg (+ 12,9 kg / + 1 kg this week / 28 pounds in total)
Those last few weeks I’ve been gaining and gaining (well, quite constant, it’s just weird to see the scale showing higher numbers each week).
I wonder how long it will take me to get rid of my extra weight but I’m not that worried because up until now I’ve been quite disciplined when it comes to losing weight. Never tried to lose pregnancy weight though. And never thought I’d gain so much in the last 4-6 weeks. Yet, one morning I’ll weigh myself and the next morning I’ll weigh 1 pound or 1 kg more, then the next day I’ll weigh a pound less again. I’m pretty sure I’ll hit the 30 pounds, maybe even 15 kg?
Belly size: Circumference 102cm, Top to Bottom 43 cm

Baby Bump Week 39 - 38w6d

Baby Bump Week 39 – 38w6d

Belly button in or out: It’s even/out now ๐Ÿ™‚
Sleep: Still not complaining! Getting up once. After my bubby gets up for work though (around 6 am) I couldn’t get back to sleep anymore two days this week, the rest of the days were just fine.
Food (non) cravings: Nothing special. I have a big appetite though, especially after I’ve been running around. So close to birth I’m thinking I better give my body what it wants so that it can store the glycogen I need for the big day. Just like athletes do before they run a triathlon… I eat a lot of fruits (bananas, apples, mangos, blueberries, blood oranges), cereal, yogurt, veggies, bread with vegetarian spread and cheese. I just can’t get enough of cereal with milk, but that’s been a craving of mine before pregnancy as well.
Symptoms: a lot of pelvis and popo pushing. It feels weird and I wonder if it’s possible that a baby breaks the water with its fingers and not the hormones ๐Ÿ˜‰ *jk* Other than that, heartburn and a sore body when sitting or laying.
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions sometimes. Ok, since Friday, 38w6d I have them quite often, especially in the morning. So I guess my uterus is practicing for its big event.
Maternity clothes: Pants, for my last two weeks of pregnancy I bought a maternity t-shirt which I can wear the next few months as well. It’s getting too warm here.
Stretch marks: None
Miss anything: Nothing this week
Looking forward to: That moment when I know “I think I’m going into labor”. Still hoping our baby-boy will be born in the week from the 21st to 28th, but actually I’d love to have him here now already.
Also looking forward to the OB visit (it will be the last with my gynecologist), wondering what she’ll say about inducing and when I should see the gynecologist who will be delivering our baby.
Best happenings this week: My OB appointment on Monday (thanks Mom for coming with me)

  • How far along: 38+2
  • CTG: all fine. In the beginning he was sleeping so his heartbeat was a bit low, but then I had to drink water and the doctor’s assistant gently shook my belly and then he was more active and everything was fine
  • My Blood Pressure: 110 / 70
  • Cervix: wasn’t checked
  • Babyโ€™s weight: around 3 kg (7 pounds). He’s getting chubby cheeks already ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Our Baby-Boy rubbing his eye at 38 weeks 2 days

    Our Baby-Boy rubbing his eye at 38 weeks 2 days

  • Amniotic fluid: he still has quite a good amount
  • Placenta: light calcification
  • Babyโ€™s head: around 34cm

Other than that the weather was lovely and I even got a bit of tan.
I met with two of my colleagues for lunch on Tuesday and visited some other colleagues afterwards and went to a bazaar on Wednesday with my sisters and bought some tops for our baby-boy. 95% of the clothes for newborns / half year old babies were PINK! Only girl’s stuff! Afterwards I called the hospital to see if I could come by to get my third prenatal acupuncture, the midwife said yes so I drove there then.

Baby Clothes

Baby clothes I bought for 6 EURO

Tonight, Saturday, we’re going out for Running all-you-can-eat non-fish Sushi one last time, looking forward to that.
Movement: Still doing his gymnastics regularly
39 weeks baby bump

39 weeks baby bump

Gender: Baby-Boy Bruno
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited that he can come any time. We are all sooooo nosy to know when he’ll come ๐Ÿ˜€ Actually I’m happy I didn’t go into labor on Friday the 13th. I don’t believe in that but still.
Sports: Just the regular getting things done in the city and stairs. On Thursday for example, I washed two loads of laundry and walked 454 stairs! The washer and dryer are in the basement, so down – up – down – up – down – up… Did Yoga on Friday.
Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga

I also did some gymnastic for pregnant women and now I have a sore back. Maybe I shouldn’t start with new exercises in my 40th week…

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My 36st week baby bump story

36 weeks

How far along: 35 weeks 6 days – 1 month to go – 4 weeks to go – 28 days to go ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m officially starting my 10th month (and I’m 8 months pregnant)
How much do I weigh: 60,5 kg (+ 11,7 kg / + 25.8 pounds) *cries* that’s a gain of 2 kg in one week. I decided I shouldn’t care anymore, my BMI before birth was 18,7 which means I’m “allowed” to gain between 11,5kg to 16 kg (25lb to 35lb). I’ve had big meals for dinner this week and I always notice them on the scale on the weekend, pregnant or not.
As long as I can still walk the stairs easily without my boyfriend pushing me up I won’t worry.
Belly size: I have the feeling I’m getting fatter and fatter, not just my belly but my legs as well because my maternity clothes are getting tighter and tighter. Can’t wait to go jogging and to the gym again, especially with our Jogging stroller and our Baby-Boy! I’m really happy we bought the stroller we bought and I hope it will motivate me to go out lots.


Baby Bump Week 36 – 35w6d

Belly button in or out: Still in / even
Sleep: Not complaining. Sometimes I have problems getting back to sleep after I’ve gotten up to go to the bathroom, but not every night
Food (non) cravings: Nothing special. I just like to eat and I’m more hungry. I used to eat a yogurt with fruit as a snack, I still do, but I’m very hungry one or two hours later, esp. if I went for a walk in the meantime. Well ok and I have to admit, I love anything sweet! Pastries, Cookies, Cakes, Chocolate. Gimme!
Symptoms: I woke up on Tuesday, brushed my teeth and had quite some teethridge bleeding. Then I blew my nose to find quite some blood in my tissue as well. So I guess my mucosa was a bit sensitive that day. I hate hate hate having a bloody nose though, I get sick seeing the chunks of blood. I get dizzy and it feels weird in my tummy. Plus I’m scared to blow my nose. Those symptoms luckily only occurred on Tuesday.
The baby is getting bigger and bigger so some of his movements hurt and if I have a weird feeling in my pelvis or if I blow my nose or sneeze I touch my panties to see if the water broke ๐Ÿ˜€ Luckily every pregnant woman so close to the due date writes the same, I’m happy I found lovely blogs online. It makes me not worry so much (sometimes) (I’m also relieved to see skinny girls gain just as much or more than me). Especially when he stretches against my bottom left body it really really hurts and it’s a possibility for me to train my breathing. I wonder what he squishes down there (my uterine or pelvis artery maybe?)
All in all though I feel really good, I can walk the 50 stairs to my apartment easily, I’m not super tired, I feel like I can do almost everything still. When I go for walks I just walk slower or stop if the pressure on my pelvis is getting too intense. I still can cut my toenails and shave my legs, too.

The big 3-oh weekly baby bump

The big 3-oh weekly baby bump

Maternity clothes: Pants, Leggings, Undies, Tops – anything. I wear the same clothes pretty much every day
Stretch marks: Nope
Miss anything: Nope
Looking forward to: March!
Best happenings this week: Had my 8th (?) check-up at the OB on Thursday. My mom came with me, seeing examinations of pregnant women were quite different around 30 years ago. She enjoyed seeing / hearing the heartbeat of the baby during my CTG and seeing the baby on big screen during the ultrasound ๐Ÿ™‚

  • How far along: 35+5
  • CTG: all fine
  • My Blood Pressure: 110 / 65
  • Cervix: closed and medium soft
  • Hepatitis B: negative
  • Baby’s weight: around 2,4 kg (5 pounds 5 ounces)
  • Amniotic fluid: he still has enough
  • Placenta: light calcification
  • Baby’s position / Fundal height: costal arch – there’s no more moving up, only moving down into my pelvis now (hopefully)
  • Baby’s head: Not in my pelvis yet, which means, if my water breaks I need to be carried to the delivery room lying. I hope he’ll be down next time I go to the OB which is on Monday, March 2nd 2015.
  • Baby’s lungs: He’s making breathing exercises already meaning, the lungs are done!

On Sunday my bubby and me made a first-aid course for babies and toddlers which was very informative. We’re both very happy we did it and I recommend everybody to take part in a course like that before the baby comes or (shortly) after.
I had my last prenatal class on Tuesday, it was a partner evening so my boyfriend came with me. We learned how he should hold me during labor, how he can massage me and how I need to breathe.
My midwife came by on Wednesday to give me a “course” on how to breastfeed. We used my Minion as example for my baby-boy ๐Ÿ˜€
Friday we had such lovely weather, it felt like spring! I put on shorts, a tank-top and a bunch of sunscreen and sat on our balcony and felt so good, I would have loved to put on flip-flops and run around the city and get ice-cream ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course it was only 10ยฐCelsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) but on the balcony it was hot! I wish for the weather to be that way four weeks from today and that our baby gets born on a lovely spring day!
Movement: Lots, his back & butt is on my right side when I look down
Gender: Baby-Boy Bruno, for sure!


The white thingy is not his arm…

The ultrasound sessions are always good for a laugh because he always shows us how much man he is ๐Ÿ˜€ If I tell my bubby to touch my belly to feel how our Baby-Boy pushes his butt against it he only smiles and says “that’s not his butt” haha.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and a bit worried that he’ll come too early. It’s probably because I read on a bunch of websites that “the baby is pretty much done and can come any time now” which scares me a bit. I asked my OB if the light calcification of my placenta may lead to an early birth and she said “no, it’s all normal, why should he come early?” and I only answered “I don’t know”. I guess what scares me is the fact that I kind of fixate on the due date the doctors figure out and that I don’t feel prepared if the labour signs would occur now.
What keeps me calm a bit is the fact that my mom had me and my sisters: 11 days late, 4 days late and right on due date, that my oldest sister had her baby one week early with a planned c-section and my middle sister had her kids: 3 days early, 1 day early, 4 days early with a planned c-section. So no baby in my family came way too early. My boyfriend came two weeks early but that’s the other side of the family ๐Ÿ™‚
Sports: Around 1 – 1,5h walks

36 weeks baby bump

36 weeks baby bump. It looks smaller than last week but maybe the angle is just different

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Baby Bump Week 27 - 26w6d
My 27th week baby bump story

27th week

How far along: 26 weeks 6 days
How much do I weigh: 55,7 kg (+ 6,9 kg)
Belly size: At times I gain 1 kg a week. Unbelievable how rapid weight gain can go!

Baby Bump Week 27 - 26w6d

Baby Bump Week 27 – 26w6d

Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Sometimes I sleep until the alarm goes off, sometimes I get up once, sometimes I can’t get to sleep too good anymore after I got up once. The whole program, but I can’t complain.
Food (non) cravings: Nothing special
Symptoms: None actually
Maternity clothes: Pants and some tops
Stretch marks: None, and no linea nigra
Miss anything: I missed drinking alcohol at the company’s Christmas Party ๐Ÿ™‚ It started at 3pm yet I survived until about 10pm without it. I guess I was high from all the sugar in the non-alcoholic punch. But of course it’s always nice to chat with the co-workers, especially in a company where everybody gets along quite well with each other.
Looking forward to: Enjoying my Christmas Vacation
Best happenings this week:

  • Going to the OB and hearing that everything is just fine with the baby
  • I made a carbohydrate loading test for diabetes and all is good, I don’t have pregnancy diabetes
  • I had a CTG (cardiotocograph) done, baby’s heartbeat is jut fine and I don’t have contractions
  • My cervix is 4,3cm long – all fine, my ph-value is fine too
  • My iron value is fine
  • Baby is lying with his head down (which can always change of course, let’s hope he’s lazy)
  • Baby boy weighs around 980g
  • My blood pressure was a bit low


Baby Boy and the umbilical cord at 26 weeks, 5 days

The first clothes we bought for him

The first clothes we bought for him

Movement: Daily <3, mainly he's kicking/boxing/whatever on my right side. My placenta is on the front wall left so maybe that's the reason - he knows the food etc. is coming from the left side so he's scared to kick against it ๐Ÿ™‚ While having a french class in the evening last Monday he kicked me in such a weird place I almost jumped out of my seat and screamed out Jesus! Gender: Baby Boy
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and never moody ๐Ÿ˜‰
Sports: Not so much this week, too busy

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Baby Bump Week 21 - 20w6d
My 21st week baby bump story

21st week

How far along: 20 weeks 6 days
How much do I weigh: 51,9 kg (+3,1 kg)
Belly size: Getting bigger day by day! My colleagues are like “whoa, where did that come from?” almost daily ๐Ÿ˜€

Baby Bump Week 21 - 20w6d

Baby Bump Week 21 – 20w6d – BA NA NAAAAAA

Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Pretty good
Food (non) cravings: Nothing unusual, I like to eat.
Symptoms: None
Maternity clothes: Pants only
Stretch marks: I hope not
Miss anything: Nope
Looking forward to: Finally deciding on which stroller to buy.
Best happenings this week: We saw our Baby-Boy again on Thursday at 20 weeks 5 days to have another big scan. Everything is very good with him, he was quite active again. On Thursday he weighed 372g, he’s finally getting fatter.
Baby Boy at 20 weeks 5 days

Baby Boy at 20 weeks 5 days

Baby Boy in 3D at 20 weeks 5 days

Baby Boy in 3D at 20 weeks 5 days

Movement: Almost daily I’d say, no specific time
Gender: Third time approved – we are getting a baby boy
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and undecided, regarding the stroller.
Sports: Started again, finally, lifting weights for strength endurance.

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Baby Bump Week 19 - 18w6d
My 19th week baby bump story

19th week

How far along: 18 weeks 6 days
How much do I weigh: 50,6 kg (+ 1,8 kg) – I weighed 53 kg at the OB which almost made me faint (it was right in the morning), BUT I had all my clothes and boots on. The last times I always wore summer clothes but this time it was pretty much winter here.
Belly size: It’s getting bigger day by day it seems. Sorry, my hollow-back is showing again, I’ve always had problems keeping my back straight. My trainers at the gym tell me all the time ๐Ÿ™

Baby Bump Week 19 - 18w6d

Baby Bump Week 19 – 18w6d

Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Pretty good. I wake up once to go to the bathroom but fall asleep easily
Food (non) cravings: No typical (non) cravings, everything as usual
Symptoms: The uterus is stretching and I can feel it. It didn’t hurt as much this week like it did last week.
Maternity clothes: The pants. They’re a bit too big and I don’t feel too good in them, plus I need to get them shortened. I think if I’d feel comfortable in my maternity pants I’d feel more comfortable with my big belly. I might buy one more pair of pants at a different store.
Stretch marks: Nope
Miss anything: Nope
Looking forward to: Seeing my baby again in two weeks ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m also looking forward on picking up the diaper changing table in three days and painting that.
Best happenings this week:

  1. Seeing our baby! He’s so active which was nice to see, read about it in the gender reveal post.
  2. Meeting the midwife. She dropped by yesterday afternoon and the bubby and I could meet her personally. She’s very nice and friendly, it seems like she doesn’t want to press her opinion on the mothers but also wants that the moms feel comfortable with their/her choices. She’ll help me after the birth, showing me how to breastfeed, weigh the baby and things like that. I can call her anytime I want before the birth as well but if all goes good with me and the baby, the next time I’ll see her is in February 2015.
  3. Moving the big couch out of the baby room into the living room ๐Ÿ™‚ Now we have space for the baby furniture and a huge sitting area in the living room. The colors of the couches don’t match (one is brown, the other one grey) but oh well. It’s the best and only solution.

Here are some photos of our baby

Baby at 18 weeks 5 days

Baby at 18 weeks 5 days

Baby boy in 3D at 18 weeks 5 days

Baby boy in 3D at 18 weeks 5 days

Baby boy in 3D at 18 weeks 5 days

Baby boy in 3D at 18 weeks 5 days

High Three

High Three

Movement: Hm, not sure. This morning in bed I thought I might feel the baby kicking, but nothing obvious. My OB thinks I’ll be feeling him kick very soon. She’s usually right with her thoughts.
Gender: A baby-boy – 100%!!
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! I don’t think I’m too moody, but you’d have to read the blog of my boyfriend for his opinion. He doesn’t have a blog?! Dang…
Sports: What now?

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It's a boy!
Boy or Girl? The gender reveal post

At 18 weeks and 5 days baby had its big organ scan.

Before the OB checked the baby, she checked my female parts using a vaginal ultrasound. She checked if my cervix is closed (which it is) and measured how long my neck of the uterus is, which was 4,2cm I think. So all good there. Phew. She also checked the sex of the baby just in case she couldn’t see it in the belly ultrasound. So I knew 100% but my boyfriend, who was waiting in the next room, didn’t. When the OB and me came out of the doctor’s office that was his first question – “what is it??”, so of course, I told him :).

Then we went over to the belly ultrasound to get a good picture of the whole baby. All was good, my OB measured baby’s head, belly and thighbone to figure out the weight which is around 230g.
Then she checked the whole body, started with the brain, the face, the heart, the torso, the arms & legs, hands & feet (he only showed us one foot) and also the blood flow, the baby’s and mine. She turned on the sound for the heartbeats, first the baby’s which is quite fast (wumm.wumm.wumm.wumm.wumm), and then mine. I felt like a big elephant with my slow heartbeat “wumm……………. wumm………….. wumm”.
Everything good, everything there, everybody happy.

The baby was very active and moved around lots. We saw it kicking against my full bladder, ehem ๐Ÿ˜‰

While the OB was checking baby’s heart it was making a somersault. The OB didn’t move her ultrasonic device and all of a sudden, instead of the heart in zoom the baby showed its genital area, it was a sweet and funny moment, especially the comments of my doctor.

Baby really wanted to let us know that it’s a boy!

It's a boy!

It’s a boy! Can you see? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think he wanted to tell me “Hey Mom, no pink Hello Kitty stuff for me, I know you love pink and Sanrio but, I’m a boy, see?!” It was very sweet.

So I guess I’ll just have to buy pink Hello Kitty stuff for me (but there’s also blue Hello Kitty stuff) and not for my baby, sigh, but I’ll get over it ;). Last year I even bought a new carpet for our office/baby room which is turquoise, so that’s perfect! We are very very happy that the results are all good and that our baby boy is healthy and growing and sportive, just like his parents, hah ๐Ÿ™‚

Now we can narrow down our baby names, we already agreed on one name but I’d like to have two or three names we both like and then maybe decide on the final name when our son is born. I also want him to have a second name and that’s something we didn’t talk about at all. But, we have time ๐Ÿ™‚

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