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Things I Want To Remember: 38 Weeks

It's pretty surreal sitting down to write this post. 38 weeks... we made it to term! This will officially be the last pregnancy update I write. We will meet our son this week one way or the other, a fact that we are still wrapping our heads around. I am glad I have these weekly updates to look back on, and overall I am just feeling really grateful. It's been a healthy, mostly uneventful pregnancy, and I couldn't ask for more. Here is what week 38 of pregnancy has looked like!


I had my last doctor's appointment on Monday. We did one last non-stress test to check baby's reactivity since I have extra amniotic fluid, and he looked great as always! I've had to do those twice a week for the past month or so, but I honestly haven't minded at all. Any chance to check on our little guy is a blessing in my book. 

I officially gained 32 pounds this pregnancy. My goal was 30, but I am happy with the way I look and pleased with how my body has been able to carry this baby. I will say, I am looking forward to losing the weight and wearing my old clothes again soon. ;)

Overall, Parker and I feel very at peace about having a c section. Even if I go into labor on my own, we don't really foresee a scenario where I don't have a c section since our son's head and abdomen are measuring so large. We've weighed the pros and cons and prayed about it, and a c section just seems like the safer way to go to keep him from getting stuck. I know a c section is a lot of people's worst nightmare, but that was never me. From day 1, I didn't care how he got here as long as he gets here safely. There are risks either way, but we are praying for a safe and healthy c section for both our son and me. 

Looking back, I can honestly say I loved being pregnant. The first trimester was easily the hardest with the sickness and not having Parker here. The second trimester was the "pregnancy sweet spot" where I wasn't giant, food tasted good, and energy was up. I loved the second trimester! The third trimester has been tough, but I laugh and say God makes the first trimester so hard so you appreciate the second and third. I am ready to not be pregnant, but it's been a blessed journey. 

I still get indigestion after every meal, and I told Parker that I am really looking forward to laying down at night without feeling the need to throw up. 

Lastly, looking back on this pregnancy, there are three highlights that stick out to me:

1. Finding out our baby is healthy. 
2. Finding out we are having a boy. 
3. Parker arriving home safely from deployment at the 30 week mark of pregnancy. 


It may be a few days before I am back on the blog, so feel free to follow me on Instagram (@chelseaphelps11) to see our son's birth announcement! 


Our Last Weekend as a Family of Three

Since the doctors have decided not to let me go past 39 weeks, we are officially meeting our son this week! We have a scheduled c section if he doesn't come on his own, so we went into this past weekend knowing it was our last weekend before our son enters this world. It was a very normal, uneventful weekend (aren't those the best kind?), but I wanted to document it because we really enjoyed every moment. 

I tease Parker about his one track mind all the time, but lately, we both have it. 90% of our conversation this weekend was either "Can you believe we are meeting our son in x number of days or less?" and "This weather is so perfect!". There were some "Isn't Jenny cute?" phrases thrown in there too, but this was pretty much the gist of our weekend. Despite being 30 degrees on Friday, it was in the 60s on Saturday and got up to 80 degrees on Sunday! This is our kind of weather and so uncharacteristic for Virginia in February. We loved it!

Friday night, we went out to a nice dinner to celebrate Parker passing his aircraft commander board. Love this pilot stud of mine! Ruth's Chris is our go-to celebration dinner lately. We are convinced they serve the best steaks in the world! We also went there the night Parker returned from deployment, and our favorite date night of 2016 was a Spring evening in May sitting on the patio of Ruth's Chris. We love it there. 



I have been meaning to go through my box of items we received when we were pregnant with Taylor Grace to see what I wanted to pass along to her brother and what was going to stay hers. I hadn't looked at this stuff since 2014, so it was neat to rediscover it all. Most of the gifts we received were given to us before we knew she was a girl, so they are mostly gender neutral. Excited to see little brother using the things we've had tucked away for so long. :)


Jenny has a new favorite spot in the house, and it's on the faux sheepskin rug we put in the nursery. She's going to be the best little buddy during all of those late night feedings!


Sunday, I took my 38 week picture before church! There's no hiding this bump, but what else is new?


We had a quick lunch at Cheesecake Factory after church and then promptly went on a long walk with Jenny. 80 degrees in February yall! We had the happiest pup!




Sunday afternoon, we started doing our taxes... always a fun time. I guess Parker decided at this point that Jenny's feet were cold? Made me laugh!


Parker's big project for the weekend was making bookshelves for the nursery. They are simple and exactly what I wanted. So grateful for a handy husband who is happy to spend weekends in the garage working on projects. They nursery is officially ready for baby now!


 That was our last weekend as a family of three! 

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