Whoa, 36 week update and the final weeks of pregnancy! Where did the time go. The 20’s weeks crawled by in this pregnancy, but the 30’s have flown.
Since my last check-in, so so much has happened and changed. With less than a month to go (I am 36 weeks and six days today), I’m in full prepare and go mode. The reality that this little one could arrive any day is hitting me hard. And we actually had a ‘is this it?’ moment on Sunday. But before I get into the details of the last week and a few other highlights, lets start from the top.
Baby Guster is 36 weeks and six days and the size of a cantaloupe.
Number of OB appointments left: 3 (one per week)
PREPARING FOR BABY
Preparation is my life as of late. We have spent the last two weeks putting the nursery back together, washing all the sweet baby clothes and packing the hospital bag. I spent time last weekend thinking back on my first few days, weeks and months with Mitchell when he was first born and the things I loved, wished I had and the struggles. Many of the struggles Phil and I look back and laugh at (thank goodness for sisters who are swaddling queens and all around lifesavers). But I knew for this time around I wanted a few additional baby gear items such as a Halo bassinet and Mamma-Roo. For the most part, we are set for the trip to the hospital. We have our bag almost packed and picked up a gift for the baby to give Mitch when the first meet.
The other thing we talked about in that conversation was Mitchell. It adds another element into a moment you cannot plan when there is another little one in the family. Fortunately, we have wonderful friends and family around who are kind enough to help us at all hours of the day. I know part of my worry comes from the lack of knowing when this little one will arrive and how we’ll coordinate with Mitch’s care.
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about what is going on with momma’s tummy and where I will go, what will happen, who will watch him and how excited we are for him to be a big brother. He has also come to a few doctor appointments to ‘talk’ to the baby and every night he places his hand on my belly. I know this will be a change for him, for all of us, I just want to do what I can to ensure he is part of this exciting time and knows he is loved.
Exhaustion: Oy, I just want to sit down in comfy clothes and put my feet up. I am still working and feel fine to continue, I would just prefer to do so in a bath or bed of feathers. Not so much to ask, right?
Insomnia: The 33 – 35 week timeframe I was tossing and turning all night. I could not catch a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, this last week has improved outside of the once-a-night bathroom trip.
Aches & Pains: Every time I see my doctor he asks about my back pain. I’ve been lucky that I haven’t really had it yet. There are times I will be a bit sore, but it’s usually at the end of the day and I wake up fine the next day.
It’s growing, that’s for sure and I am actually loving it. When I look at pictures from my pregnancy with Mitch, I look similar, but in reality, my weight is distributed much different this go around. I filled out in my low-back, hips and legs more than I did with Mitch.
CRAVINGS & AVERSIONS
Week 34 and 35 I struggled with food. I felt like I was back in the first weeks of my pregnancy again only wanting carbs and water. Nothing sounded good and even more so, when I did try to eat, I would get about five bites in and be full. I really struggled with food for a few weeks and ended up dropping two pounds during that time. Week 36 has been a bit easier on the food front, but in general, I am just not interested. Nothing sounds good or tastes that good either.
My one funny craving story happened this weekend. Phil and I were out shopping on Saturday and had just finished our to-do list. We walked out to our car and started discussing dinner options. Of course, nothing was interesting me except a french fry. That’s right. One french fry. That was what I wanted and turns out, had to have at that moment. Phil ran into Chick-fil-a and grabbed a small waffle fry. I had my one and was completely satisfied. So odd! ha!
Following Mitch’s birthday and a busy September, weeks 34 and 35 were very low-key. I fit in a workout every other day sticking to light cardio and weights. Week 36 was a bit better, but I am just listening to my body and doing what feels good. Over the weekend, I knew I needed a good burn, so I turned on a Peloton class. The next day I did toning and stretched. While I miss my energy and workouts, I have to do what feels right, and that feels good, too.
When you are pregnant, you wardrobe is made up of essentials because you will only wear them for a short period of time (in comparison to the rest of your wardrobe). I have a good mix, but after months of a limited closet, I am over maternity clothes and am eager to wear what I want just because I can.
Oddly enough, I am loving my belly and know I will miss it very soon.
WHAT I’M FEELING EXCITED FOR
While I have a lot of fear for sure, I am also super excited for a lot of things that are coming in the near future. I looked at hil the other day and said, “I don’t want to go through labor again.” That is my biggest concern, labor and delivery. My first time was smooth, but still, that is no joke. And let’s be honest, I’d rather not do it again. I am just holding on to the thought of what that temporary pain brings – baby. 🙂
Meeting my Baby: First and foremost, I’m excited to actually meet the little one I’ve been cooking up for the last eight/nine months. I can’t believe I’ll get to finally see what they look like in less than three weeks. Such a crazy feeling!
Not Being Pregnant: While pregnancy is a beautiful thing and truly a miracle, this pregnancy has been very difficult. Between morning sickness, extreme exhaustion and headaches and a big scare, I am ready to just welcome this little one and move onto being a family of four (ok, five with Henry of course!).
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