(My bump is officially large and in charge)
I also had the luxury of feeling my first semi-painful contractions. I still have no idea when to classify them as Braxton-Hicks or whatever (are BH just any contractions that don't occur during true labor?) but these guys woke me up around midnight a few nights ago and even had me getting out an app with a contraction timer (what did pregnant moms do before pregnancy apps?!). It all really freaked me out because I know the pain levels pre-epidural are going to be even worse and all I could think about during it was "am I really ready for this?" I'm starting to think I was crazy for wanting to go the natural route initially!
I've felt like my shirts are getting smaller and this morning I saw some lovely new stretch marks on one side of my belly as confirmation, right where her head and torso have been for the past month or so. Little things like getting into the car and washing the dishes are starting to become a little tricky with it poking out so much, and I wonder how much more it will grow in the next 6 weeks. I'm at the point now where I kind of need some new shirts but I get kind of bummed out looking at maternity clothes because they're all so black and boring. Seriously! I was trying to find a nicer dress for a special event next week and I feel like all of the (affordable) options are like "aw, sorry you're pregnant and can't wear anything on trend. Here's a black sack for you to wear." I can't wait to wear some new clothes postpartum, even if I have to go up a size or two initially!
On the brighter side of it all, I'm still feeling her move around a ton which I'm trying to remember to enjoy since I hear things quiet down within the next few weeks as they're running out of room in there. My energy levels are pretty good still, and the serious back pain I was having has gotten a lot better.
We're going on a tour of the hospital tonight and I think seeing exactly where it all will take place will be a major reality check letting me know that this is really about to happen. I'm excited along with every single other emotion there is.
To all the moms out there, what did you do to stay sane during the last few weeks of your pregnancy? :)