40 Weeks

by jenna on May 12, 2014

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Well, here we are at 40 weeks and I’m still pregnant!

I’m honestly not too terribly surprised since everyone tells me that first babies are usually a week or so late. I had a really great midwife appointment the other day and it seemed like I was making really good progress — I’ve also been having countless braxton hicks contractions but nothing I would say is “painful” quite yet. More just like someone is tightening a belt around my middle. Uncomfortable but not painful. My mom arrived the other night so it’s been nice to just relax with her here. She’s been spoiling Adam and I with amazing cooking and cleaning!

We aren’t talking about induction yet. They usually give you until 41.5 or 42 weeks here. I’m hoping baby beaugh decides to greet the world before that! Today I am going in for some more acupuncture to help speed things up {I’ve been going every week for the past five months} and seeing my chiropractor for what’s hopefully the last time until after he’s born.

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Thanks everyone for the good vibes! We had a great Mother’s Day yesterday with my mom here. We went to the farmer’s market in the morning and Adam totally surprised me with two huge bouquets of flowers {one from him, one from baby}, three adorably sweet cards and a pair of navy blue Tieks {from both him and baby}. I’ve been dying to get a pair of these shoes so needless to say, I was reallyyyyyy excited. Not going to lie, I was really hoping for a Mother’s Day baby so initially when I woke up yesterday feeling fine I felt a bit bummed, but he totally made my day!

As my doula would say, “babies come when they’re ready….”

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Our bags are packed and by the door, we’ve preregistered at the hospital and I finished the gifts I had planned to make the labor & delivery nurses and hospital midwifes {homemade jam…of course!}. Hopefully my next update will be announcing baby boy’s birthday!

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Chelsea May 12, 2014 at 8:45 am

Good luck, Jenna! I hope everything goes well!

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Desiree Spence May 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

I was going on 43 weeks and set for induction but it was pushed back due to staff shortage….baby came 12hrs before second induction date at 13 days late. Good luck to you! All that matters is that baby makes it safe.

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deirdre May 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

Wishing you well. The waiting is not easy, my girl was 10 days late. Soak up these moments, journal, pray, read. Happy belated Mother’s Day!

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Karen May 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

That belly picture in the striped shirt! Too cute! Good luck and hope your delivery is super easy and all goes well!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 12, 2014 at 10:25 am

I’m glad you had a nice mother’s day and that your mom is there….probably makes the waiting a little bit easier having some company :) Best wishes for an awesome birth (soon), Jenna!

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sarah May 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

I can’t believe it’s already your due date. I feel like just yesterday you announced you were pregnant.
Can’t wait to hear how delivery goes. And good luck, mama. As a good friend told me before the birth of my son, “we are much stronger than we give ourselves credit”

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Rachel May 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

Eek good luck, hang in there!!

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rebekah May 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

I am so excited for you all! Labor is a wonderful experience, I pray it goes smoothly and as you have planned, but most of all for a healthy baby boy. Cannot wait to see pictures of him and find out his name :) Best of luck, you can do it!

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Cheri @ Overactive Blogger May 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

Hang in there! That baby will be here before you know it!

Oh PS, those Raspberries makes me want to buy a ton and then do something with them!

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Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake May 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

You look lovely! Although the birth was difficult because of his size, things have been so much easier with my son (he came at 41 weeks). I still can’t get over what a difference that extra week made between him and his older sister (born at 39). He nursed better, held his head up much more steadily, started making eye contact and smiling sooner, doesn’t startle as easily, etc. I hope the next one will be a pound lighter though. ;)

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Christina May 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

There is a famous place in Atlanta that is notorious for their eggplant Parmesan…It is supposed to help women go into labor! They even have a whole page full of their “eggplant babies”. They have their magic recipe online…if you like eggplant, you could always give it a try!! http://www.scalinis.com/main-babies.html

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erin @hooleywithaz May 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

here’s to baby beaugh coming soon! you will do great when the time arrives, and it will be so much fun to finally meet your little boy!

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Brittany May 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

I was hoping for a Mother’s Day baby too! But I sit here now 3 days overdue and still waiting.
I’m glad your spirits are high and you are feeling good. We will both be meeting out babies soon no matter what now ;)

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renee @ savoring life through the lens May 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm

oh, i’m SO excited for you!! i had my second a year and half ago, and boy do i remember these last few weeks of pregnancy well. which i’m sure you already know, but before you know it, your new bundle of joy will be in your arms and those days of waiting and wondering when the “birth” day will come will be a distant memory. i’ve enjoyed following your pregnancy here and on instagram. wishing you the most awesome and smooth labor to meeting your new little one.

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Lani May 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Hang in there, Jenna! How wonderful that your mom is there now. Sounds like everything is all set. Are you having any cramping with your BH contractions? Walking is getting harder over here. I’m due the 20th, and it’s really hard to know what to do with myself sometimes. Wishing you guys all the best!

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Julianna @ Julianna Bananna May 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

best wishes for a safe birth, can’t wait to ‘meet’ baby beaugh!

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Karen May 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm

You’re looking as gorgeous as ever with that belly full of baby! Hang in there…just a few more days and the wait will be all but forgotten once you meet the little guy! So excited for you guys and praying for an easy delivery. xo

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Cinemarie May 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Wishing you a comfortable last stretch of pregnancy. Pamper yourself!! And try to get as much rest as possible :)
May the birth be all that you dreamed of !
Looking forward to meeting the boy!

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Denise May 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Just a word of encouragement for you, three of my four babies were late, one went 10 days over! Just remember that God is giving you some precious extra time to pray and prepare for this high and holy calling of motherhood. I will forever remember those final quiet moments I spent in my baby girl’s nursery praying and singing and sloooooowly ;) welcoming her into our lives. May God give you great JOY in the days, weeks, and years to come. May your son grow strong in the Lord and may you and Adam love him in a way that brings honor to Christ. God bless you and your family Jenna!

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Jenny H May 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Hang in there Jenna! I’m not a Mom so I can’t know what you are going through, but I’m rooting for you!

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Christina May 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I went to the chiropractor when I was 40 weeks and 5 days pregnant, the next morning I woke up and was in very early labor. I went to work because I was worried it was a false alarm, and my baby girl was born the next day at exactly 41 weeks! I fully believe visiting the chiropractor helped get the ball rolling. I have to say that I am so thankful that she was a fully baked baby. She was so healthy and perfect, and our breastfeeding relationship has been wonderful She just turned 10 months and is still an enthusiastic nurser. My advice is to rest/sleep lots now :) Good luck mama, you will be amazing!

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance May 12, 2014 at 1:50 pm

So excited for you! I can’t wait until you post photos of the baby!

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Ellie May 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I’m 40 weeks today as well. Also expecting a boy! I, too, am getting impatient and trying to enjoy these last few days of pre-baby time. But man the days get long sitting at a desk. Good luck to you! :)

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Allison May 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Wishing you well! Good luck!

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Brittany A. May 12, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I’m right there with you! I am 39 wks + 4 days, and have been having contractions for 3 days!! Just trying to stay positive, keep active & keep looking forward to meeting our baby girl. Here’s wishing you an easy, speedy delivery. Best wishes to you and your hubby as you welcome your baby :)

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Morgan May 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Wow! Those Tieks are crazy expensive. Lucky girl!

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ashley May 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

My thoughts exactly! Yikes! Super lucky girl :)

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Anita May 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Loved the pictures of you. I check everyday to see if your son has been born! Hoping your delivery goes easily. Praying for you.

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Jojo @ RunFastEatLots May 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Hope the baby comes soon, and wishing you the best in the delivery! Can’t wait to meet him :)

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Emily @ Life on Food May 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

One you look so cute. Two how sweet that you already have homemade gifts. So super duper nice. Best wishes!!

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Traci May 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Good luck, and you have a lot of excited people waiting to find out when the birthday is! Those raspberries look delicious too, at least you have a good snack while you’re waiting…? ;]

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Caroline May 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

My daughter arrived right on her due date, some 18 hours after my mom flew in. So sweet of her. It was in December, and I took packages of homemade holiday cookies. The medical staff loved them. I was surprised how many friends never thought to bring anything for them when they delivered. The entire team were all wonderful but I do think it helped the late night crew that delivered my baby stay there with me for those extra pushes!

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Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Can’t wait to hear about Baby Beaugh’s arrival!

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs May 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

So exciting! Wishing you all the best during this last stretch before you get to meet your baby! :)

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Megan May 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I love that you made jam for the nurses and midwives. Too cute!

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Karen Loves to Run (@karenlovestorun) May 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm

You look lovely! Prayers and positive thoughts being sent your way!
Karen @karenlovestorun

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Lola Lam May 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Best of Luck, Jenna! Sending good vibes your way :)

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Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats May 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

I was hoping for a Mother’s Day baby as well! I’m due in 2 days…..getting a bit inpatient!

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Leslie May 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I am so excited for you! Just 3 weeks ago I was out having lunch with my mom and brother while I waited for my little boy’s arrival. They do come out eventually although the wait can feel like an eternity. Savor every moment and while visitors are nice I was so happy to have time alone in the hospital to just soak up the first moments with him.

You are going to be a wonderful mom! Enjoy!

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Lisa L May 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

You look so beautiful Jenna! What a wonderful idea to bring the delivery staff homemade jam – that’s so thoughtful of you! Wishing you peace and rest the next few days. You and your husband will be great parents! I’m currently 16 weeks pregnant and have loved following your pregnancy notes. Congrats!!

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Lisa O May 12, 2014 at 11:21 pm

The best day of your life is on its way! Mine was 2 weeks over (induced) but it was still the most magical day of my life. Anticipate the mysterious day with joy, your body is about to deliver your baby boy into your arms, so exciting.
Thank you for all the beautiful recipes and life updates, you bring us readers lots of joy too!
Wishing you, your husband and family all the very best.
Lisa xx

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Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork May 13, 2014 at 4:21 am

Good luck in your final days. Sounds like everything’s going as well as possible. Your midwife sounds very wise. :-) Happy Mother’s Day and can’t wait to hear what happens in the coming days.

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Kelly May 13, 2014 at 6:58 am

Good Luck! Thanks for the update!! :-)

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Alyssa D'Amore May 13, 2014 at 7:02 am

Good Luck! I can’t wait to see pictures of your bundle of joy!

Alyssa
cupcakesandsequins.blogspot.com

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Fancy May 13, 2014 at 7:03 am

Thinking about you, Jenna! Sending hugs! You are gorgeous!

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Simi @ The Micro Harvest May 13, 2014 at 7:10 am

Sending you and your fam prayers! You look stunning!

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Waiting on #7 Baby IvyGrace May 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

Hitting your due date and still having to wait to hold your baby can be really tough! While expecting my youngest son who is now a healthy, full of life 7 year old boy, I was induced twice before he decided to bless us. The first time, I was on pitocin for a full 24 hours, never having one contraction. I left the hospital in tears because I was so over being pregnant. Thankfully, the second time around, a full week later, he was ready to come into this world. Blessings to you, your husband and especially your baby boy!

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Catherine May 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Hi Jenna! Been thinking, praying for you, hubby and baby Beaugh! That all goes well!!!
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Ella May 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

At first I thought your entire post was just that first picture, which would have been amazing!

Hang in there girlie. My second was 10 days overdue, so I feel you. You’ll do great!

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rachel May 13, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Hang in there! The waiting isn’t easy! My little one was late, too. Go on long walks with your husband, go get coffee, dessert, whatever… Just have fun getting out of the house while you can and whatever you do, don’t read forums on how to induce naturally! Ha!

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DessertForTwo May 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

YOU LOOK SO GOOD! Your belly is the cutest. I hope you get to meet your little boy soon. I’m praying for you :) xo

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Meg May 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I wished both my boys were back in once they got out. Enjoy the time feeling him move and knowing exactly where he is every second. Once they get out, there’s no turning back!

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Louise May 14, 2014 at 7:15 am

Best wishes as you begin the most rewarding experience/adventure of your life!

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Maria May 14, 2014 at 7:17 am

Is your necklace from Story Company?? I love it!

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Lisa May 14, 2014 at 7:25 am

Full moon tonight, Jenna… This moon is also called “mothers moon!”

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Michelle May 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Best of luck to you, Jenna! Can’t wait to see pics of baby boy. My doula also suggested lollipops (like dumdums) for the hospital. Yummy, distracting, and apparently sucking on something against the roof of your mouth like a lollipop stimulates relaxation. I had a c-section, so I didn’t try it ;) Feel free to try it and report back!

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Tamara May 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Best wishes Jenna! Your going to love being a Mom! Definitely the most rewarding experience of your life.

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Evonne May 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

Wow, it’s going to be a big baby looks like , my sister had a twin girl before, each baby come out weight about 6 oz. , but your tummy looks even bigger than hers, first I thought it was a great Beach ball in it, after I read the whole blog realize it is real, are you sure it’s not multiple in it? Just kidding, haha, good luck to you! big or not big , sure he’s gonna be cute like you !

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Purelytwins May 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

thinking of you!!

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Nike May 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

So, I’m planning my girl’s 1st birthday and it turned out the cupcake recipe I’m using is one you created, which got me to thinking, “I haven’t read her blog in awhile!” Wow girl – you’ve been up to a lot! My girl’s EDD was May 11 last year, but she waited until May 20 to make her arrival. I joked she didn’t want to share Mother’s Day or Memorial Day ever cause she split the difference. Excited for you to start this new chapter – motherhood is beautiful (and enlightening, and challenging and the best thing you’ll ever do). :-)

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sherri May 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm

happy birthday, grayson!! best wishes to you all:)

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Emily @ Fit as a Mother... May 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm

You look amazing! Good luck! :)

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Karen4Gators May 16, 2014 at 8:09 am

Congratulations on your precious new baby boy!!

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Steph May 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

Best wishes and praying for a smooth delivery for you! We are also at 40 weeks, scheduled to induce tomorrow, and it has been fun following you as we are on a similar timeline. :)

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