I'm now 39 weeks pregnant and everything's looking great. My BP is still behaving and now we're just waiting to meet Karinne. I can't believe it's already almost time to have her! I wouldn't say that the pregnancy has flown by--it's definitely felt like 9 months--but it hasn't dragged either.
Being pregnant with the lap band actually hasn't been so bad. I never did get my band completely unfilled--I've still got about 2cc's in there (at least I did back in December!), and it's just enough to keep me from overdoing it most of the time. I do still have to be super super careful if I decide to eat bread or a tortilla, and I still can't drink while I eat. I'm a little bit nervous about getting fills again after I have the baby, but I've GOT to get to my goal weight before I get pregnant again! Hopefully having a baby and breastfeeding will work wonders for my weight :) I also never got any heartburn, which is incredible for 2 reasons: 1) Everything I read said heartburn was practically inevitable during pregnancy and 2) I have a lap band which should have made it even worse! I also didn't get any really bad swelling that stuck around; my feet and ankles and hands blew up last weekend, but it was gone in a couple of days. I think I've still got just the teeniest bit of swelling, but it's not bad at all; I only notice it because my feet aren't as bony as they were a couple of weeks ago.
I'm now up about 14 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm a little disappointed, as I'd hoped to just maintain, especially since I lost so much at the beginning of the pregnancy, but I'm trying not to let it get to me and just be realistic about it. No one is giving me a hard time about it except myself; but I also have noticed that I can still wear all the L and XL maternity clothes I bought so I'm pretty sure the weight gain is all in my belly. Now I'm starting to wonder what the heck I'm going to wear after I'm not pregnant anymore--there's no telling what size I'll be!
No two pregnancies are exactly alike, and I feel so lucky to have had such an easy pregnancy--I've definitely enjoyed my time being pregnant and I think I'll miss it a little bit. I hope this doesn't mean that my next one will be miserable ;)
So, now it's time for PICTURES!!!
|Cooking breakfast; Marc liked that I was barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen :)|
|At a friend's baby shower|
|Lots of pregnant girls at the shower!|
|We all went to high school together|
|Today, 39 weeks exactly!|