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39 weeks and ‘roid rage


At my midwife appointment on Tuesday she said she was surprised I hadn’t gone in to labor yet from running… but then said it’s equally as possible baby girl is so used to it that it doesn’t faze her.  I have a feeling it’s the latter because I ran 7 miles last weekend and did a lot of housework with Dave and felt nary a contraction.  In fact, I have yet to feel a single Braxton Hicks.  I never felt them with Leo either and since I only had back labor with him, I actually have no idea what a contraction feels like.  It’ll be a “fun” surprise!  I haven’t been checked for dilation or anything yet but that will happen tomorrow.

Everything is still feeling good and I have had absolutely no signs of labor, which makes me think baby girl is going to come late.  Running feels comfortable and fairly easy and I’m hitting 4 miles most days without a problem.  I have a new pair of running shoes waiting for me – I told myself if I’m still running at 40 weeks then I can switch to them.  Food still is kind of “meh” for me, although honeycrisp apples and cheddar cheese always sound amazing.  And the chewy chocolate chip cookies that Kimberly gave me from Trader Joe’s (oh wait, those are all gone).

Every morning I wake up and think, “maybe she’ll come today!” and every night I go to bed thinking, “oh thank goodness she didn’t come today.”  Leo, while doing better, is still a complete mess.  The steroids helped his breathing immensely but have messed a brother up.  His sleep is terrible – short naps and on Sunday morning he woke up at 2:30am for the day.  He also has some serious ‘roid rage, which is crazy when added on top of exhaustion and normal toddler irrationality.  Sunday was just insane.  He was pretty much in a constant temper tantrum from 2:30am until he went to bed at 5pm, with short reprieves for a brief nap, a walk outside, a car ride, some coloring, and a bath.  Other than that it was full meltdown over everything and nothing.  Exhausting for all of us, to say the least.

In any case, we’re hoping now that the steroids are done (Sunday was the last dose) he’ll be able to even out.  Back to baby – here are some pictures of baby girl’s room (ignore the homebirth supplies – those won’t be there after she’s here!):

the pillows in the crib are for labor - ignore them
the pillows in the crib are for labor – ignore them


gorgeous prints by our friend Lauren!
gorgeous prints by our friend Lauren!
nursing corner
nursing corner and homebirth supplies

Kim requested a picture of the freezer, so here it is!


Recent addition to the freezer: lactation cookies (taste more like granola bars than cookies, but really good)



7 thoughts on “39 weeks and ‘roid rage

  1. C’mon baby girl! I wanna know your name and see your face! Kim, did you post a blog about why you’re opting for a homebirth this time around? I’ve never been brave enough to consider it and would love your perspective!!!

    1. I’m not sure… I thought I’ve mentioned it but maybe not? Anyhow, we had a great experience with the hospital with Leo’s birth but were also anxious to leave afterwards (just not as comfortable, woken up more to get checked on, etc.). Since we knew we wanted to do a natural birth again we were considering a birth center but then my sister did a homebirth, which got us thinking that way. We love that we’ll already be home and we feel comfortable knowing we’re just a mile from the hospital should we need to rush there (not likely). Also going through labor and delivery once before helped us feel confident – my body handled it well and I felt like it was something I could definitely do at home and be more comfortable at the same time. Not as important but a definite perk: it’s also financially easier.

  2. I love that your freezer is so stocked up and ready!

    FWIW, I never had braxton hicks either, and until the moment my active labor started (I went from NOTHING to having ctxs 1 minute long and 3 minutes apart), I didn’t think we were anywhere close either. Oh -and Stella never dropped until I started pushing and my water broke! So ya, not everyone will have tell tale signs that labor is imminent. 🙂

    I can’t believe you’re still running 4 miles a day! I’m TOTALLY failing on the exercise front lately (and have been since around 22w?) and I know I need to get back into it so I’m strong for my birthing time. Gah!

  3. How AWESOME you are running so much!! That is awesome!! I hope you have a wonderful labor and she makes it easy for you. I have done several runs in the past 1.5 weeks (I waited until the 2 week mark post partum to start) and it feels so different from running with the added weight and belly.

    Your nursery looks great, btw!

  4. I thought we had it bad this weekend when M decided that napping was optional. Oh. Let’s talk about fun. Anyway, you guys are incredible if everyone is alive this morning. I hope Leo can stop juicing before little girl gets here. Those kids and the juice.

    BTW, your freezer is awesome. Ours isn’t nearly as organized and has less stuff.

  5. Ooo, I say there is SO MUCH ROOM in the freezer for stuff! Hee hee hee! Thanks for the pic!

    I hope going off the meds means Leo had a great Monday, er, or, Tuesday! 🙂

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