35 weeks: You look like you’re going to pop!
My thoughts have shifted from how to deal with pregnancy to how to maximize life with a newborn. Even though bambino isn’t here yet, Trig and I often talk about what we would be doing if he was here already. I really feel like I hit the jackpot in my life. Not only did I get to marry a man made for me, but now we get to start a family together too.
It has been fun to watch the transformation in Trig from guy I was dating into my fiance, and then from fiance to husband. Now I can’t wait to see him become a dad too. I already see how much he loves bambino.
This weekend was full of baby talk. There’s baby fever going around, and I love it. Gina and I started chatting about what types of parents we want to be, and we both want to take our kids everywhere with us.
My husband and I are social people, and we don’t want that to change. Is that naive? I noticed that lots of new parents won’t join us out somewhere unless they get a babysitter, but I don’t want to do that. I want our baby to fit into our life and come everywhere with us (when appropriate). Thoughts from any new parents?
Here is my 35 week pic:
For the first time in this pregnancy strangers are telling me I look like I’m going to pop. Um, thanks?
*Past belly pics here.
Here’s what Babycenter says about this week:
Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
I’ve been walking a lot more, and it feels good. I wonder if the increased walking is the reason for all of the Braxton Hicks contractions that have been keeping me up for 4 nights in a row, or if my body would be doing it anyway. I know now that I really am starting to drop, regardless of what the photos show. My belly now hits my legs when I sit down, and the slope at the top is much more dramatic than before. One way or another, this baby is coming in the next month.
This weekend I had a few rough moments where I cried in frustration, but overall I have enjoyed being pregnant. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I will miss it, but I do know I’ll missing feeling those kicks and feeling like I can protect bambino at any moment.
Final preparations are under way. I am going to finalize my freezer meal list in the next week, and I’d love any tips you have on freezing food. I am very curious if anyone has frozen breaded chicken cutlets or eggplant. If so, what’s the best way to do that?
The post baby body plan is already forming in my mind. I’ve successfully lost a good amount of weight before, and I think I will have fun losing this weight too. I learned about this incredible company at the HLS called Five Bamboo. I am impressed by their mission and the quality of their clothes. Read and see for yourself. Part of my post-baby bod motivation will come in the form of the Rohre dress. It’s gorgeous and soft and perfect, and it will be mine when I reach my goal.
Trig has been an incredible partner throughout the pregnancy, most especially in recent days. He seems to intuitively know what to do to care of me, and I feel very lucky to have him in my life. On Babycenter today I share some tips for mom’s partner in the 3rd trimester, courtesy of my lovely husband’s thoughtfulness. Check them out and add your own!
Time right now is passing both slowly and quickly at the same time. I feel much like I did in the weeks before my wedding. I can’t think about anything else except labor/delivery and the beautiful end result of meeting my son, yet at the same time I wouldn’t mind a little extra time of life staying the same. I battle between the two extremes every day.
My next doctor’s appointment is in 2 days, and I am counting down the hours. I always said I would refuse cervical checks until labor, but now that I’m here I can’t wait to find out if I’ve had any action. I feel like I have since my BH contractions have been paired with lots of crampy feelings, but in two days I will know for sure. I never thought I’d be excited about something like this. Pregnancy changes a person in so many ways.
Oh, and random pregnancy thing to share… When I walk I only waddle now, and in my head I am constantly saying “waddle, waddle waddle”…. “waddle, waddle, waddle”… and then I laugh to myself.
Random facts of the week:
Weight gained in the last week: about 1 lb
Overall weight gained: 36 lbs. I said I would keep it real, and that is a very real and slightly scary number, especially since I started pregnancy above my normal weight.
Days before maternity leave: 6, which is insane. I still don’t understand how some women work up until they go into labor.
Diet sodas in the last week: 4? I very, very rarely drink diet soda, but I suddenly had to have some. Very bizarre.. and tasty.
Current cravings: Fresh tomatoes, mostly because we got 20 beautiful tomatoes in our recent CSA box. They are delicious.
What I miss: riding my bike, runny eggs, sleeping through the night, sweating hard, feeling pretty
Current symptoms: not sleeping, lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, a bit of ankle and wrist swelling (although not in my hands), severe heartburn
What I have left to do: Make some returns at Buy Buy Baby, complete freezer meal list, actually prepare freezer meals, re-read Ina May’s book to rev me up for labor, put together wall art. I’ll do all of that once I’m on maternity leave.
**Belly pics here