40 Weeks: Ready or Not …

This is it, you guys!

40 Weeks

Ready or not, Addison will be here any time now!! Smile

What is baby Addison doing this week?

According to this website, “This week marks the official end of your pregnancy. Your baby probably weighs anywhere from six to nine pounds and measures between 19 and 22 inches (though tons of perfectly healthy babies are smaller or bigger). The bones in her skull haven’t fused yet — Mother Nature’s way of making it easier to get through the birth canal during labor and delivery. She now has enough fat under the skin to maintain her body temperature outside the womb (with a little help from those cute outfits and swaddling blankets that you’ve been stocking up on!). You (or actually the placenta) are still providing the antibodies she’ll need to fight off infections for the first six months of her life. And if you plan on breastfeeding, your milk will be giving her more antibodies that’ll boost her immune system.”

Symptoms/Physical Changes:

- Continued acid reflux.

- Increased Braxton Hicks contractions.

- Just being big.  The end. Winking smile


I probably wake up every hour or so now.  Not only do I need to use the restroom, but I’m having a harder time settling my mind down.  I keep wondering if every ache and pain is the start of labor!

Cravings/Foods I’m loving:

Good grief, what am I not loving?  It makes me so irritated to read articles that say that your appetite decreases closer to your due date.  I want to meet one of those imaginary women.  Because I am constantly hungry.  Like, for real.  And milkshakes are a personal favorite right now, although I try not to have them too often!

What the doctor is saying:

My doctor wasn’t working on Thursday when I went in for another appointment.  So I met with the midwife instead.  She said that Addison has definitely dropped, which made me happy and surprised.  I hadn’t noticed any difference!  She also said that I have the “perfect” pregnant belly, which I found humorous.  I have no idea how to take that “compliment!”

I have another appointment scheduled for Tuesday.  At that point, the doctor will probably schedule an induction.  The midwife is guessing he’d schedule it for Thursday (so he doesn’t have to worry about working on the weekend Smile with tongue out), but that’s just her guess.

What we’ve been doing to prepare:

- Brandon put together Addison’s pack & play and swing.

- We were blessed to have another date night together.  We went to Mellow Mushroom on Saturday night.  It was a gorgeous night, so we were able to sit on the patio and enjoy our pizza.  It was perfect!

- On Saturday afternoon, I laced up my tennis shoes for the first time in 5 weeks and went for a walk!


Brandon was trying to prove with these pictures that from the front, I didn’t look pregnant. 

I don’t think he managed to prove his point … how about you? Winking smile

I’m hoping that the walking will help induce labor naturally. 

Hey, you never know.  If nothing else, it felt good to move again!

- We’re also trying a couple of other strategies that the midwife suggested for inducing labor naturally.  I won’t go into specifics because I prefer to keep this blog suitable for all audiences, but I’ll bet you can use your imagination to figure out what she may have recommended! Angel

Summary of Pregnancy

Looking back over the last 40 weeks, I have to say that I really have been incredibly blessed with an (overall) easy pregnancy.  Sure, I had a bit of nausea, the occasional fatigue, and a few hormonal ups and downs.  Yes, I had acid reflux and some other symptoms that caused a few sleepless nights.  But I think as a whole, I got off pretty easy!

13 weeks40 Weeks

What a difference 27 weeks makes, huh? Winking smile

Although I am nervous about the delivery, and I am even more nervous about what happens after delivery (i.e, caring for another human being!), I am so excited to meet our daughter.  And I am abundantly thankful to the Lord for the amazing gift He has given to me and Brandon.  I know that Addison is His child, and I am just fortunate to have her in my care for a short period of time. Smile  I pray that I will have the wisdom to raise her according to His ways!

And that, my friends, ends my weekly pregnancy updates.  At this time next week, I will hopefully be able to share pictures of our daughter!  But bear with me … I have no idea what my blogging schedule is going to be like for a while, because obviously my world is about to turn upside down!!

Question for ya …

What did you do this weekend?

Take your guesses: Will I go naturally in the next few days, or will I be having an induction?

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45 Responses to 40 Weeks: Ready or Not …

  1. kaceyjt

    Beautiful! My prayers are with you and Brandon as the two of you finish up this part of the journey and enter into your next adventure:)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Kacey!! :)

  2. Anna@AnnaTheApple

    Ahh how exciting! Your bump is so cute, you really suit pregnancy. I hope everything goes perfectly :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Anna!!

  3. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I hope that you get to go in naturally! You really don’t look pregnant from the front! It might be the black shirt too, but I was thinking that when I saw that picture, haha. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way this week!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Emily!

  4. Nicole

    So exciting! You look great and you only look pregnant from the side profile :)
    Good luck this week!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha you are a liar, but I love you. ;) Thanks, girl!

  5. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    I couldn’t help but wonder if you were going to be posting this morning, or if Addison made her appearance over the weekend! Can’t believe she will be here anytime, I keeping you in my thoughts and prayers this week! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Jana!

  6. Lauren

    Wishing you a fast & pain free delivery. Seems like just yesterday you posted the photo of the cookies & milk saying April 2013 and here you are almost ready to have baby Addison. Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you SO much, Lauren!

  7. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie

    So exciting, I can’t wait to “meet” her :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aw thank you, Laurie!

  8. amy @ fearless homemaker

    YAY for 40 weeks! It’s been so fun to read along on this journey with you, especially as a fellow pregnant gal. Here’s to a speedy, healthy delivery of your little lady … SOON!
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    • notsodomesticated

      You’ll be in my shoes before you know it, Amy! ;)

  9. Nicole

    Yay! You made it! You look great! I am 35 weeks today with my little girl and I love reading your updates every week to see what I am in store for! Good luck!I am sure you will do great!

    • notsodomesticated

      Aw thanks, Nicole!! Good luck to you! Only a few more weeks to go!

  10. Michelle

    You look so great ! and walking is definitely a great idea…and the other things you are referring too hehe ! Good luck this week !!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha thanks, Michelle!

  11. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    oh my gosh you crack me up!! This is a family blog!! LOL. I say the more the merrier! Might be a while after the baby comes…ahem. ;-)
    I say you go naturally on Thursday. How will we know??? Is Brandon gonna update the blog??????
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    • notsodomesticated

      Are you on facebook? If so, I need to add you as a friend … because I doubt I’ll update the blog, but I’ll probably have updates on my facebook page!

      • Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

        yes!! add me! I tried to find you but there are TOO MANY of you on there ;-) I think I am the only Cinnamon Ruvolo Wolfe. ;-)
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        • notsodomesticated

          OK I just sent you a friend request. :) I tried finding you yesterday, but I didn’t have the Ruvolo part … so I kept finding other peeps profiles!

  12. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)

    I’m just grinning ear to ear with excitement for you!! You make 40 weeks look so good :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh bless you, Brittany! ;)

  13. Leslie

    Praying for you!! Our own little girl still hasn’t dropped yet now that I’m entering 39 weeks and I also am hungry ALL THE TIME, so you are NOT alone. So excited to see pictures of your little girl and praying for a fast, safe and easy delivery for you both.
    Leslie recently posted..38 Weeks: Waiting GameMy Profile

    • notsodomesticated

      THANK YOU, Leslie! So glad to know that I’m not alone on that!!

  14. cheri

    You are just tooooo ‘dog gone’ cute!!!! Your blogs always bring tears to my eyes. (tears of joy :) )

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Cheri! Can’t wait to see you!

  15. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    I have to agree, your baby bump is pretty perfect ;) And I agree with Brandon too– At first I thought that the front workout picture was a photo from “before”!

    I’ll be praying for ya during this next week. Love ya girl and hope Addie gets here safely!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you for your prayers, Brittany!! Love you, my friend!

  16. Stacy @ Living as Stacy

    Praying for a safe delivery and a health baby! I’m excited for you and thank you for sharing this journey with us!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Stacy!

  17. Angelica from UF

    So excited for you and your husband! And his idea worked…when I saw the first picture, I thought that was a “before pregnancy” pic! And I love the shirt :) Hope all goes well, and my husband and I will be keeping you and your family in our prayers as well. Can’t wait to see pictures!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Angelica! I appreciate the prayers!

  18. Katy @ HaveYouHurd

    CONGRATULATIONS ON WEEK 40! That is so incredibly exciting!!! You’re hubby is right, you really don’t look pregnant from the front! Just thinking about being where you are right now is giving me nervous nelly butterflies! I still have 12 weeks to go before I’m there. Part of me can’t wait but the other part is saying “eek there is still so much to do!”
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    • notsodomesticated

      You’ll get it all done. :) I know I was worried about the same thing when I was at your point. But it all manages to get done in plenty of time!!

  19. Michelle @ Nice Lil Saturday

    Clearly it has been a while since I’ve checked out your blog and OMG woman, I had no idea you were pregnant. You look beautiful and happy at 13 weeks and 40 weeks…pregnancy clearly agrees with you :) You and your entire family are in my prayers this week; I can’t wait to see your little bundle of joy!
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  20. Kathy

    Praying for your labor and delivery to go well and start on its own! You still look adorable!

  21. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    You are so cute. I can’t wait for you to meet Addison FINALLY. :) [I know y'all can't wait either...]
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  22. Holly

    Goosebumps ALL over. Just everything. Makes me SO happy. And yes, SUCH a blessing. God is WONDERFUL :D Cannot wait to meet her!
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  23. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    Okay so I’m a little late here, but OMG! I am beyond excited for you!! For all I know you may have had Miss Addie by now. Can’t wait to hear about her birthday!!!! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha nope!! ;) You can see my latest post that I just published a minute ago, but no baby yet! She is quite comfortable in there! Hope you’re having a good week, Avery!

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