39 Weeks {Maternity Photos}

Hey friends!

Well, the Hypnobirthing classes are now over (I will do a review once I actually USE the stuff we learned about….). Her room is pretty much done. We have a carseat canopy (my sis-in-law made it!). And it matches the nursing cover (another sis-in-law made that!). And we have some diapers, wipes, and the hospital bag is mostly packed.

Pretty much all we need now is that adorable Baby Perks. 😉

I get that she will come on her own time, so I am trying hard to relax (hah! oxymoron much?!) & just let it all happen, but dude, that is harder than one might think.

Keep sending those positive, relaxation thoughts, and baby sprinkles (or is it sparkles? or dust?) my way!


Speaking of all that fun jazz, here is a baby bump update!

39 Weeks

Baby Perks is just over 39 weeks today and is about the size of a small watermelon. 

Here’s what Baby Perks has been up to this week:

  • Baby Perks continues to build a layer of fat to help control her body temperature after birth, but it’s likely she already measures about 20 inches and weighs around 7 pounds.
  • The outer layers of her skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

And here’s what’s been happening with me this past week:

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How far along? 39 weeks (& 3 days)

Baby’s size? a small watermelon

Total weight gain/loss:  30 lbs. (as of last week at my appt)

Stretch marks? still zilcho so far..…fingers are still crossed!

Sleep: Pretty good. Two nights were horrible though! I don’t want to complain too much because I’ve had incredible sleep for the entire pregnancy, but those two nights were rough–both times I had gotten up to go use the restroom in the early morning hours (3rd or 4th time that night), and could NOT go back to sleep. I also woke up starving twice and had to go eat a snack before being able to fall back asleep. Otherwise the other nights have been awesome. Still racking up sleep like it’s my job!

Best moment this week: The wonderful weekend we had with part of our families!

Miss Anything? Same stuff: Lying on my stomach. Running HIIT sprints on the TM. Less bathroom trips. Being able to get out of bed or the car quicker.

Movement: Yep! The movement is definitely less than before (‘settling’ in, so I’ve heard), but she has very distinct wake & sleep cycles. She is still most active at night.  She is head down & face to the back (perfect birth position), so that’s real nice.

Food cravings: This week, once again, I just eat when I need to & what I feel up to eating. No strong cravings, really. I’ve eaten oatmeal a few times, lots of snack plates (cheese, crackers, veggies/fruit), pears, salads with chicken, milk, ice, and popsicles. I really enjoyed the fro yo & Cafe Rio I ate though!

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Food aversions: Nothing.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.

Gender: GIRL <3

Labor Signs: I’ve continued to have a lot more distinct contractions at night, and more Braxton-Hicks (practice surges) throughout the day. Also the appt last week confirmed I hadn’t progressed much since the previous appt. (bummer) and was still dilated to a 1 and about 70-75% effaced. Her head is at station 0 (which means she is engaged in the pelvis). I am excited to continue to progress towards birth!


  • like always…. getting up to use the restroom allll the live-long night long
  • practice surges (Braxton Hicks) throughout the day
  • menstrual-like cramps/contractions randomly throughout the evening
  • appetite is still not strong-eating when I am hungry
  • it’s definitely hard to tie my shoelaces, shave, and get out of bed or the car. Jared often has to give me a hand!
  • I had a surge of energy over the weekend-so that was nice
  • feeling like my uterus might fall out-especially during Zumba
  • I’m feeling more calm this week
  • lungs don’t feel squished at all–she has def dropped!
  • some lower back pain
  • some groin pain

Belly Button in or out? OUT….mostly. The top part sticks out when I am standing.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Maternity clothes? Nothing new. I wear mostly ‘regular’ clothes with a few maternity tops, and now I’ve busted out the maternity jeans for fall.

Baby items purchased? Nothing purchased. Some more gifts have come–we feel so blessed! (p.s. she is gonna be one decked out lil’ lady!)

Happy or moody most of the time: happy! I haven’t been moody in awhile–I am sure Jared is cool with that. 😉 I am def excited for the upcoming birth!

Funny moments this week: Hanging out with Sara. She makes me laugh!

Looking forward to: Her BIRTH!!! :)


Fitness Thoughts at 39 weeks:

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{pic is from yesterday after I taught my BP/CX class}

  • This week was pretty good. I felt less tired than the previous week, but it is still tough to direct/teach/take a class whilst being 39 weeks pregnant. 😉
  • If you missed it, here is my post all about the modifications I’ve made in my fitness classes during pregnancy!
  • I taught my Zumba class this week (and my little sis came!), and it was fun, but I definitely felt the ‘strain.’ I think I am going to sub out that class if she isn’t here by Friday–I just don’t think I have the energy for it this week!
  • I read on one of my pregnancy apps that I should “start doing squats to prepare for the birth.” HAH. CHECK & check to that item. I’ve been doing squats the entire pregnancy!
  • I am so grateful for the awesome people that come to my classes-they’re great & I am sure they think it’s hilarious & awesome I am still there. I know I am a spectacle, but it’s all good. I know I am doing what is best for me & baby girl, and that we’re going to have a strong birth because of it! :)


Maternity Photos

Like I mentioned, my sis-in-law took some maternity photos for us. We wanted a few for memories’ sake, and it ended up working out when I was 39 weeks pregnant. So, pretty much HUGE. 😉

Jared actually thought it was hilarious that I wanted to do this because I sometimes comment “oh I hate that picture” when I see myself pregnant. Which is stupid, really, because I haven’t minded being pregnant. And I loooove what the outcome will be. 😉 But there are some moments where I’m like, “whoah! I am huge.” And that is only human. So just being totally honest here. But it is all good in the hood, for realz. Being pregnant is awesome–and you definitely give your body up, so there’s that.

Thanks for your kind comments as well–I do appreciate that a lot! :)

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{hah. that one was my fave! 😉 }

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{Jared was told to put his forehead near the bump…so he headbumped it. HAH!}

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I bet you’re sick of seeing pictures of me & Jared right about….NOW. 😉


I am off to teach some early-morning BP, then work!

Have a GREAT day! <3

What are some yummy foods YOU’ve been enjoying lately?!? Mamas-did YOU take maternity photos?? If so, what ‘week’ were YOU?! Have YOU started sprinkling me with baby dust yet?! 😉

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  1. SO CUTE!! the pictures are gorgeous and you both look SO happy!! come on, baby perks!!! xoxo
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted…potato eatin’ kind of galMy Profile

  2. Those pictures are great! I did not get sick of seeing pictures :) I love that you did it when you were so pregnant, and she caught beautiful moments of you guys! Sending happy thoughts your way!
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  3. I love your maternity photos! You are so adorable and that navy-orange combo looks great on you!
    Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted…#5 Treat Yourself Tuesday {TYT}My Profile

  4. ahhhhhhhhhhh! I cannot wait to “meet” your little peanut either. Looking great. The maternity shots are great

  5. I love the pictures! Your last as a family of 2… :-)

  6. So not sick of seeing you and Jared yet. I think you look stunning, and I looove the maternity photos. My favorites are the more candid ones where you’re laughing.

    Btw, I’ve sent over some labor fairies to sprinkle you with baby dust. Don’t be alarmed ;).
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  7. Oh sososo cute! I loveeee them! Jared only pops up on the blog in selfies and posed pictures, so it’s nice being able to see you guys interact! Such a great couple <3 You're in the home stretch now! Almost there!
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  8. Have fun at BP! And love the pics – I totally felt the same way at about 39 weeks, but I am glad that I have those pictures now to look back at. :)
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  9. TOO CUTE! and you are SO CLOSE! I can’t believe it!!!
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  10. The photos are absolutely beautiful Annette!!
    You and your Husband are too cute.

  11. Great photos!
    You are going to be so strong during your labor… I am sure it’s tough waiting for the big day to arrive but it will be here before you know it :)
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  12. danielle says:

    omg i love love love LOVE your pics of you, Jared and baby Perks!!!!!! so sweet and cute, and you both look happy and like you’re having fun. <3 you! You are so motivating and inspiring :)
    xoxoxox's from down South, lol

  13. I’ve been enjoying granola and oatmeal. It’s great for milk supply, as are carrots, asparagus, baby carrots, and hummus. Yum!

    I had maternity pics done at 35 weeks and love them. I didn’t grow much in the 3-4 weeks when she came and never dropped so, I considered them perfect for my memories. It’s hard to believe when I look at her that just 3 weeks ago she was inside and now she’s here.

    I pray God blesses you with an awesome nursing staff when it comes to labor and delivery and postpartum care. You’re definitely almost there. The day I just didn’t have the energy to go to my usual yoga class was the night I went into labor. Thinking good thoughts for you and yours.

  14. Summer may be over, but you’ve still got watermelon!!! 😉

  15. You and Jared are just the cutest! I love how the photos totally represent both of you and your relationship. :)
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  16. Sending you lots of labor dust! The anticipation is HARD.
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  17. Your photos are adorable!!!! LOVE THEM ALL! You are sooo close! Any bets on when she will make her debut?
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  18. Those pics are just perfect! We didn’t do maternity pics but I so regret it now…you’ll have them as a memory forever! And I can’t get over how cute you look in your workout gear…I love that you’re still doing your thang at 39+ weeks!! Good for you :)
    -Sammy @ http://www.peaceandloveandicecream.com

  19. Aww, you guys look so cute! I love the pictures of him kissing your belly, just adorable.
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  20. you look fantastic for 39 weeks! and i love that you are still teaching. i’m sure you’re such an inspiration to your class. i was overdue with my first 2 kids and i remember people telling me i should do squats to induce labor. i would tell them i was doing weighted squats (in bp) and it obviously did nothing to get my baby out! i did bp until the end of this last pregnancy again. i did a class on friday morning and went into labor that night! good luck waiting out this last little stretch!

  21. The pictures are gorgeous!!!!! :-) You are both adorable!!

  22. Krista says:

    Love the pics!! You guys are such a cute couple : )

  23. You guys are precious!!! I can’t wait to see baby Perks!!
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  24. So beautiful! Love the heart on the bump pic- good luck girl xxxx
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  25. What great pictures!! You look beautiful and incredibly happy!
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  26. I’ve read that wanting to chew/eat ice when pregnant means you may need more iron in your diet? That’s what happened to a friend anyway, so I just thought I’d share :)
    You look beautiful – I love the maternity shoot pictures!!
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    • thanks girl! Yep, that is correct–for most that is an indication of iron deficiency. However, I just freaking love ice & my iron levels are normal :)

  27. Sprinkle sprinkle!! :)

  28. Cafe RiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Girl, you know I’m all kinds of jealous right now! But mostly, I’m all kind of sitting right here getting on my own nerves for all the “aww”-ing I just did for the last few minutes! I LOVE the maternity pics!! You look amazing! The dress with that orange top looks great and you are absolutely glowing! I’m always a sucker for the hand heart pics, but I LOVE that one of you and Jared toward the end where you’re laughing…candid shots are my favorite!
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  29. Ya’ll are adorable!!! Loving these sweet, sweet pics!!
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