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At this point in my pregnancy, it is hard for me to think about anything besides the impending arrival of our baby.  I feel like a ticking bomb.  Anyway, part of the reason it’s difficult to focus on almost anything else is I can’t really do much beyond working at the computer, tidying up the house, reading, and watching TV.  Sounds nice but I’m a wee bit bored (slash antsy).  I’d love to do a long walk or hit the pool for a swim every single day, but sometimes exercise really just doesn’t agree with me – especially in the heat.  Walks are getting shorter and shorter and must wait until after 7 PM.


I really do not understand HOW some women run marathons at 38 weeks pregnant – I can barely waddle.  If you ran until your due date, you get major props from me.  You. Are. Superwoman.


Every morning, I wake up and think, “Body, today would be a nice day to have a baby!” And every night, I sit on the couch and think, “Body, do NOT go in labor right now.” I really don’t want to go into labor at night because I’m end up completely sleepless. And just because I feel like that, I bet a million dollars I go into labor at midnight. Hah!


I actually have a question for the other mommas out there – when you got super pregnant, did the baby’s movements kind of… hurt?  Not painful-hurt, but uncomfortable-hurt.  I mentioned this to my midwife and she kind of looked at me like I was crazypants.  But I’ve got this 6 pound kiddo inside me, flailing around like he is at a killer rave, and it’s not exactly pleasant.  My doc did say that BabyHTP is ‘tightly packed’ – could that have something to do with it?


Gratuitous Maggie picture for your viewing pleasure.


I bowed out of the BBQ I was planning to attend.  Thus, dinner was eaten at home.  I wanted to create a Memorial Day-ish meal, but we don’t have an outside grill, so this was the best I could do:


Platter included:


Pinto beans

Steamed spinach

Roasted tiny potatoes

Corn on the cob

Baked mushrooms


And Soy Creamy for dessert.


Hope everyone’s Monday was wonderful!



  • Amy May 28, 2012, 9:09 pm

    In reverse order, YES – the movements at the end hurt. They were worse with my son than with my daughters, and someone said that was because of testosterone, but I was also thinner with #3 than I was with #2 and #1, so that could have been it, too. I was never as thin as you are, though, and so for your sake I hope it’s a boy. Otherwise you’re in a LOT of pain.

    Most women go into labor at night – it’s a hormone thing. The good news is that you’ll get this really crazy burst of adrenaline and all kinds of awesome hormones that will carry you through the first day or two, and even when you have the opportunity to sleep, you often won’t be able to. Don’t be afraid to just go nocturnal with the baby for a little while. Kick out the visitors and SLEEP ALL DAY. Gosh, if I could go back and have my oldest again, that’s exactly what I would do. You don’t get the option once you have older kids, so enjoy it now.

    So excited for you!

    • CaitlinHTP May 28, 2012, 9:14 pm

      Aw very nice to hear this is semi normal. I was getting concerned. Maybe it a boy!!!!

  • laura May 28, 2012, 9:16 pm

    Um yes they hurt!! Every little move was squishing my lungs or some other vital organ. At one point her foot was on top of my ribs sticking out! I went into labor at one a.m. The aderenaline will help keep you awake.

  • Sharon May 28, 2012, 9:19 pm

    I thought my son was going to try to kick out a window for himself through my ribs during my first pregnancy. It would take my breath away every now and then. Didn’t experience this with my second son though. Best wishes to you! Oh, and by the way, started labor with both during the day – one within an hour of waking and the other mid-morning. Hope you have the chance for a decent night’s rest.

  • Amanda K. May 28, 2012, 9:20 pm

    I definitely felt my son doing some more…spirited movements when I was pregnant. He also tended to stay in certain positions. Once when I was driving it felt like he was digging his feet (hands? who knows?) into my lower right pelvis. It hurt so much I almost stopped the car so I could lay down. I think it’s pretty normal.

    And I agree with the previous post about the hormones and adrenaline. I went into labor at 4:30am (my water broke and I was very overdue, so my Dr. asked me to come in as soon as my water broke) and my son was born at 6:30pm. By 10pm my husband was EXHAUSTED but I was sort of wired. Hormones are powerful 🙂

  • Kelly May 28, 2012, 9:22 pm

    I know my cousin was VERY uncomfortable/in pain for the last month or so of both of her pregnancies, and both of her girls were totally normal, so I’m guessing its normal.

    Keep cookin that baby and get some rest and lots of snuggles with the pups, it’ll be time before you know it! 🙂

  • Cailin May 28, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Those last few weeks of waiting and the wondering of “will today be the day?” we’re hands down some of the most awesome days (in retrospect maybe ?) With the first I was bored and walking the dog was my biggest outdoor activity. With the second, I was excited but not in as much of a rush, knowing it would happen when it happened (luckily not 8 days late like my first!!). It’s such an exciting time of life! I went into labor at 6 pm with number one and was mostly too excited to sleep that night. I didn’t go to the hospital until 7 am and even then, didn’t have the baby until 7 pm. Missing out on that night of sleep and i was exhausted through two hours of pushing!! but who cares at that point!
    With baby #2, u went into labor around midnight and went to the hospital the next day around noon. Baby was born around 6 pm. Now I am preggo with #3 and trying to cherish everything about it, even though I have felt awful most of the time so far.

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2012, 11:28 am

      Aw I hope your pregnancy improves!

  • Stacie May 28, 2012, 9:23 pm

    My second was nearly 9 pounds. He would sit on a nerve and yes it hurt! You’ll be fine but I’m surprised a midwife would look surprised at that!

  • Jessica May 28, 2012, 9:25 pm

    Yes, the movements hurt! I would lay there and watch my stomach just do crazy things and it was not comfortable!

    I started having (painful/steady) contractions at 5pm on my way home from work on Friday and didn’t have my daughter until 2am on Sunday, talk about sleepless!

  • Megan May 28, 2012, 9:30 pm

    It is totally normal for the movements to hurt towards the end. Space is tight for the baby so they are trying to make more room for themselves! Thinking happy thoughts that you go into labor during the day!

  • Mary C May 28, 2012, 9:43 pm

    I’m a week ahead of you (39 wks tomorrow!) with my 1st and have been feeling so much the same! Even though there can’t be any room left in there for him to move (at times I feel about to burst!), he’s a real painful kicker…and it might be because he’s been kicking in the same spots for weeks now (under the right rib, ouch!). I just hope he doesn’t like it in there so much he wants to stay. I’m ready!

  • Liza May 28, 2012, 9:49 pm

    Just wanted to say that you look amazing! You may feel huge but seriously you look incredible! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2012, 11:29 am

      Thanks Liza 🙂

  • Wendy May 28, 2012, 9:50 pm

    My first lodged one of her body parts into my ribcage right at the beginning of third trimester, and left it there until she came out. My lower ribs actually stuck out farther on that side that the other. So yes, movements can definitely be uncomfortable, or even downright painful.

    I went into labor at night with both of mine. With my first, I was running around ALL day long like only a crazy nesting pregnant woman can, and ended up leaving for the hospital at 9 p.m. on zero rest. I was wiped out by the time she was born at noon the next day!

  • Colleen May 28, 2012, 9:52 pm

    Oh yes! Those last few weeks are terrible. The fun is over. All you want is your body back. And the simplest baby movements are uncomfortable and unpleasant. Mine had their favorite ribs they pushed on to no end. I pushed back occasionally.

  • Christie May 28, 2012, 10:16 pm

    My baby had her booty right up against my rib cage on the left side. That was pretty painful. I was just talking to my husband about this earlier today and reminiscing about how I used to try to massage her down so I could get relief there. It was the worst when I sat slouched like in the car or a booth at a restaurant.

    I had an anterior placenta though so kicks and such weren’t too painful. I didn’t feel nearly as many movements as other women.

    Good luck through these last weeks! The ticking time bomb feeling was the worst part of pregnancy for me!

  • heather May 28, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Definitely painful. There’s a lot of baby in there just wanting to stretch and move. I felt like I was going to explode everytime my baby moved in the last move!

    My midwife told me that many babies are born at night because they feel safer. The days are loud and busy and full of hustle and bustle. If they come into the world at night, it’s cozy and quiet and there aren’t as many people around. After she told me that, I actually wanted m baby to be born at night so that she felt safe. Sure enough, she was born at 2:30 am!

    Good luck!

  • Earthy Nicole May 28, 2012, 10:43 pm

    I admit, I’m getting antsy for BabyHTP’s arrival too! I know the feeling though, because I was the same way with my baby. Anyways, I do remember some pains and discomfort towards the end. My little girl always had a foot right up under one of my ribs so I couldn’t sit in certain positions and when she’d kick up there it hurt! I ended up completely sleepless for weeks.. I didn’t sleep the night before because I was having contractions and the first night, I couldn’t bring myself to put her down and sleep… and on and on and on. I know everyone talks about how you’ll NEVER sleep again but if you’re easy on yourself for the first six weeks or so, you can just nap with the baby and recover like you deserve to. Think of it as the fourth trimester!

  • Sana May 28, 2012, 10:48 pm

    I always hear about babies being born at like 3:42am. Why can’t babies come at noon? Just in time for lunch 🙂

    • Andrea May 29, 2012, 1:17 pm

      My baby came at 12:55PM. A bit late for lunch, but we made it work. Amazingly, after eating non-stop for 9 months, I wasn’t all that hungry for lunch.

  • erica May 28, 2012, 11:02 pm

    Oh gosh, yes the movements towards the end were uncomfortable! Kicks in the ribs would actually make me say “ouch”!

  • JessicaE May 28, 2012, 11:04 pm

    Lol, you are not crazy. I’m only 32 weeks along and some of my son’s movements are VERY uncomfortable! Especially ones involving my ribs… Your midwife shouldn’t have looked at you like that 😀

  • Jaime May 28, 2012, 11:16 pm

    Oh, Caitlin… you are not crazy! I remember feeling like my daughter’s toes were stuck between my ribs. It was a terribly uncomfortable. That being said, I cannot wait for BabyHTP’s arrival- you and Kristien are going to be such fabulous parents. <3

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2012, 11:30 am

      Thank you Jamie 🙂 This was sweet.

  • Jaime May 28, 2012, 11:17 pm

    oops- that should have read “It was terribly uncomfortable”… sorry!

  • kristen @ livinlifeinlouie May 28, 2012, 11:19 pm

    I definitely had some ouch moments. My son was 9lbs! (5 days late) and he would always get his leg or arm stuck in my right rib. Eventually I tried to “push” him with my hand to move haha

  • Courtney May 28, 2012, 11:19 pm

    I’m 33 weeks with my fourth. My last baby was 9 lbs 2 oz. And even now some of his movements make me actually gasp out loud because it does kind of hurt. It feels like he’s going to karate chop right out of my belly. Lol!!

  • Kathleen Ojo @ Onward; Inward May 28, 2012, 11:20 pm

    Ya man, they hurt! I’m only at 31 weeks right now, but for the last couple of weeks I’ve had definite discomfort… my girl is head down but still high up, and she likes to pedal her feet against the wall of my uterus in one particular spot, so often that it gets sore! It feels like she’s going to wear a hole through my gut (oh, how I wish I’d never seen Alien).

  • TanyaS May 28, 2012, 11:24 pm

    I was pretty sure my kids were going to punch right through my cervix.

    There isn’t much fun about the last couple weeks, only that you get extra leeway to take it easy 🙂

    • Crystal May 29, 2012, 1:26 am

      I swear they kickbox in there towards the end.

  • Lea May 28, 2012, 11:34 pm

    I was born at 12:30 in the morning after my mom had been in labor for 23 hours. And I was 2 weeks late on top of that. My poor mother, hopefully I was worth it!
    She also carried my 7lb+ twin brothers for the full 40 weeks before they finally induced her, I guess it was comfy in there!

  • andrea May 29, 2012, 12:22 am

    I’ve had two kids and, yes, the last few weeks of pregnancy it definitely hurt when I felt movement. Actually, eveerryything hurt the last few weeks! Totally normal! I was in labor during the evening/night with both of my girls…luckily I had very fast labor and deliveries with each! Crossing my fingers for you! Btw, your dinner looks totally delicious and simple…it’s almost midnight here and I saw the pic of your plate and got hungry haha

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 29, 2012, 1:17 am

    I was definitely uncomfortable by the end of the pregnancy…sometimes the kicks felt like they were lodged between my ribs and would take my breath away! Hope you get some rest and enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy 🙂

  • Crystal May 29, 2012, 1:24 am

    Things definitely hurt at the end. I’d be sitting there, feel the baby jam itself into my rub cage and spend 5 minutes trying to shove her around so I could move. Going into labor at night isn’t so bad. You’re pretty jacked up on hormones by the end. With my last baby DH and the baby passed out two hours afterwards and I was on facebook letting everyone know b/c I just couldn’t sleep. I was up for 3 or 4 hours afterwards.

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  • Lauren May 29, 2012, 1:27 am

    I felt the same way, I seem to feel every single movement to an extreme. I would cringe when I would drive over a speed bump in my final weeks. It all seemed to make sense when I met my 9 lbs daughter, she must have been “tightly packed” in my fairly petite frame.
    Be mindful of getting rest and napping when you can. I labored through the night and was so thankful I had rested the day before because it got me through a very long night. People love to tell you to sleep now when you are pregnant, unfortunately it’s not a bank and you can’t save it up, but being well rested before you go into labor is invaluable , just be kind to yourself in these final days and weeks and try not to let the boredom and anticipation make you crazy. For me it finally happened when I stopped worried about when and how.

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2012, 11:30 am

      haha isnt that how it always is with everything? a watched pot, as they say.

  • Ginna May 29, 2012, 1:28 am

    Yes! It hurt alot towards the end when my little girl moved. Especially her face which was so low in my pelvis. I only gained about 25 lbs and had an 8lb 15oz baby. She was very tightly packed on there! And I was the crazy lady who stayed up all night cleaning the early morning I went into labor at 39 weeks. I have never been so exhausted, even now with a 6 week old! 🙂

  • Marissa C May 29, 2012, 1:39 am

    Yup…our kiddo definitely hurt when she was moving towards the end!

  • Katheryn May 29, 2012, 1:48 am

    Yep, it definitely hurt at the end. I just had #3 eight days ago, so I definitely remember.

  • Debbie May 29, 2012, 2:30 am

    Yes, movements from about 36 weeks were uncomfortable when I was pregnant. My midwife thought it might be because he was estimated as a large baby (scans said 11lb birth weight) so you can imagined the surprise when he came out at 7lb 9oz 🙂 fingers crossed you have a day labour.

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2012, 11:31 am

      oh god, thank goodness he was not 11 pounds. i would cry if a midwife said that to me.

  • Sarah May 29, 2012, 2:37 am

    Yep! Those last few weeks can be a LOT hellish – physically, mentally and emotionally. The waiting and wondering …. second guessing every twinge. And feeling SO whale-like.
    Just take the chance to be EXTRA kind to yourself. This is it for a long, old while, Missus.
    I remember at about 38 weeks with my first, standing looking out to sea after a walk (waddle) along the beach and thinking “I’ll never be alone again”.
    You have such an amazing ride ahead… rest up and try to enjoy the peace. Well, as much as you can!!!!!

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2012, 11:32 am

      Hahah this made me laugh. It’s funny but true. You won’t be alone for a long, long time.

  • Casey May 29, 2012, 3:36 am

    Caitlin you may not feel 100% but you look so beautiful! I can’t imagine how it feels to be just WAITING at this point, but we’re all waiting with you so just remember you’re not alone 🙂

  • Dental Management Consultant May 29, 2012, 5:12 am

    Don’t fret, girl! Before you know it, you’ll be missing that bulge and movement happening in your tummy. I’m sure your baby will be as healthy as an elephant because of all the nutrition you’re packing in! What’s your dog’s breed, btw? Looks cute! I’m sure he’s also excited for his coming playmate!

  • Linda @ lemons May 29, 2012, 7:07 am

    Oh yeah, I was uncomfortable and it hurt. My first baby was 9 lb 5 oz, having something that big living inside of me and attempting to roll around was not pleasant at the end. At the very end he wasn’t moving and I got really scared and had to go in for tests, it turned out that he was just too big to move. He was basically stuck between my ribs and my bladder, and it hurt! So don’t worry, you are normal.

  • jen May 29, 2012, 7:18 am

    Caitlin when you have pinto beans like this just on a plate, do you season them with anything or dump them straight from the can? Thanks!

  • Charity May 29, 2012, 7:47 am

    I’m almost 33 weeks along and I find his kicks becoming uncomfortable as well. I wouldn’t say they hurt yet but they definitely get uncomfortable when he hits certain spots. Especially when he kicks the same sensative spot 2-3 times in a row..

    BTW can I have Maggie? She is such a cutie pie!! We could trade dogs for a week 😉 I have a super cute loveable beagle!

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2012, 11:33 am

      haha if you took maggie for a week you would want to give her back after a day. she is cute but sooo annoying and naughty.

  • KindraC May 29, 2012, 8:00 am

    YES, it hurts near the end! I’m pretty thin, so I thought it was maybe because the baby was just flat out if room. But judging from the other commenters, it just seems to be normal. There is video I took of my belly two days before my water broke where it looks like a square and not a round belly. Turns out it was her rump and her stretching her legs out that made the square shape 🙂 I know you’re antsy (I was too!) but remember to BE PRESENT daily–savor these moments of anticipation. He/she will be here before you know it!

  • Rebecca May 29, 2012, 8:27 am

    I’m 39 weeks pregnant with a girl and up until a few days ago her movements could get crazy painful. At this point, I think she is about out of room and she mostly just rolls around so it doens’t hurt as much. But you are definitely not crazy. I read somewhere that like 60% of women go into labor between 12 and 3 am. Thus, I’ve been trying my best to get to bed by 10 pm just in case 🙂 Good luck!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 29, 2012, 8:32 am

    I think the marathon distance is crazy… and preggo?! Straight insanity!

    You are so close! Hang in there 🙂

  • Megan@ The Running Doc May 29, 2012, 9:07 am

    I hope I’m able to do as much exercise as you have when I’m pregnant one day! I’m not pregnant and it’s too hot outside here in Texas to do anything outside so I can’t even imagine how I would feel at 38 weeks pregnant!

  • Andrea May 29, 2012, 9:23 am

    YES! I thought movement was especially painful with my first. I was due around the same time as you…June 7th, but didn’t have him until the 17th (sorry…you probably didn’t want to hear that). Anyway, I had major pelvic pain with my little guy who turned out to be quite big at 9lbs 0oz. I remember the memorial day that I was pregnant with him canceling out on our BBQ also and being VERY ready for his arrival. 🙂

  • Leslie May 29, 2012, 9:52 am

    Her movements were definitely painful towards the end of my pregnancy. There just isn’t any room in there! You’re definitely not crazy pants.

  • Abby May 29, 2012, 10:00 am

    Oh Caitlin how I know what you are going through! My daughter was due January 31 and she didn’t come until feb. 11! I so badly wanted to meet her and remember my husband and I kept on having our “last” date night, which was many!! Finally they induced me and she was so content on staying right where she was I had to have a c-section! ( not my plan but you know…). But at 10 pounds 2 ounces maybe for the better! Hang in there girl! And I remember the kicks not hurting so much but I am 26 weeks along with my 2nd now and he/she kicks and moves ALL the time. I either have a dancer or a wrestler in here!

  • Jenny May 29, 2012, 10:12 am

    Absolutely felt the same way about everything…exercise in the heat, anticipation of the birth (and fear of going into labor when I hadn’t slept and was exhausted), snoring, getting antsy, and baby movements being uncomfortable. I have loved reading about your journey because you have experienced many of the same things I did. I spent a good portion of pregnancy struggling with the limited ability to be as physically active. It was hard to find the balance between staying active and getting the rest I needed.

    Hang in there, sweetie, the baby will be here soon!

  • Katie of Cabbage Ranch May 29, 2012, 11:13 am

    Yes! Pregnancy is wonderful, miraculous, blahblahblah/not all sunshine and kittens. That goes for baby’s movements, which I found uncomfortable and not nice toward the end. To make things more interesting, when I’d push her back- i.e. get your little foot outta my rib, kid!- my husband would kick into protective mode and insist I “stop doing that to the baby.” Ummm, where’s the love for the baby mama?

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 29, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Yummm I’ve never tried soy creamy, but that looks amazing!

  • Kim T May 29, 2012, 1:18 pm

    Oh man, I was so huge and uncomfortable the last few weeks of being pregnant. Who am I kidding I was uncomfortable the entire time. The thing that’s crazy though, is that it’s just so discouraging waiting around for the baby to arrive. I didn’t want to go out, didn’t want to talk to anyone, didn’t want to answer the phone. Felt awful sitting, awful moving. My baby was due April 7, but somehow I had convinced myself she would be early and would come toward the end of March. Complicating matters was the fact that my best friend was also due April 7. Her daughter was born April 1. I cried. Then I felt like a horrible friend. My daughter came April 18, after being induced. Labor was super easy. But man those weeks of waiting were hard. The difficulties vanished from my mind the moment I held my daughter though. So worth it. Biggest change you’ll ever go through. Hang in there. It’s tough, I definitely feel for you.

  • Amber K May 29, 2012, 2:51 pm

    I totally feel the same way. I want to begin labor at the beginning of a day, not at night. And so that pretty much guarantees that if I get pregnant I will give birth starting around midnight to 1am. lol

  • Leatitia May 29, 2012, 7:19 pm

    Oh yes it’s normal! I remember my son kicking me in the sides…ouch!

  • Kathi May 29, 2012, 10:16 pm

    When I had my second child, I was sound asleep, and sleeping like a baby when I sat straight up in bed at 2:30 am and knew I just had a massive contraction. My first thought was, “I really don’t feel like going in to labor right now.” But I did, and had my baby boy in my arms by 10 am. 🙂

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