Week 36

How big is baby? The size of a honeydew! 

Baby Development FYI:  She’s still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range and continues to beef up.  She’s getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on her own.  Her skin is getting smooth and soft and her gums are rigid.  Her liver and kidneys are in working order.  Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too.


My body has been invaded, how’s that going? By the end of the week, the switch got flipped.  Pregnancy went from fun and cute to hard work and whale.  I’m not surprised, I always figured the last few weeks would be the grand finale of all the symptoms and that is not understatement.  It is nearly impossible to find a comfortable position.  The only one that’s (possibly) comfy is lying in bed with an enormous stack of pillows on both sides of my body and below my head.  Then, once you are finally happy and cozy in your cloud of pillows…the kiddo starts having a jam session in your uterus paired with a case of the hiccups.  The hiccups will always be cute though.  I’m also feeling heavy.  Might be TMI, but just getting up from the toilet takes work!  Nate also informed me of my new dunlap.  (Definition from Urban Dictionary: When the belly of an individual “dunlaps” over their belt/waistline.)  But as Nate found out, it’s a great place for me to hide his toothbrush or pencil 🙂  With all this going on inside, I’m still trying to enjoy the last few weeks.  This baby will only be in there for that much longer and then the real work begins! So keep on kicking my tail into shape pregnancy!  Wait…please don’t. ha

What’s been on my mind?  So many thoughts throughout the day it’s hard to keep track.  We both have a lot on our minds like how much is about to change, how much we can’t wait for things to change, how we can’t wait to hold the baby, what’s left to do, what’s the hospital going to be like, etc.  I thought I would be nervous about the delivery by now, but that still hasn’t hit me.
  
We are excited to be full term by the end of the week.  I know with technology and medical advancements these days, having a preemie is not as life threatening.  But it is a huge relief to know that you made it this far and the amount of risks has gone way down.  SO THANKFUL!

Crazy Cravings:  Lots of fruit juice.  And I’ve decided to put down the Chick Fila.


Highlights:  The doctor appointment…besides the Group B Strep test.  HOLY COW.  Weight gain is to 27 lbs, and every pound has tasted delicious, so I’ll take’m!  Hearing the heartbeat, which is in the 130s/140s.  And the doctor gave us labor/delivery instructions as well as circumcision information.  SO CRAZY WE ARE AT THAT POINT!  We have weekly doctor appointments from here on out, and the internal exams start at 38 weeks which I am more nervous about than actual labor.  

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