36 weeks: A big ole melon!
Bambino’s a big ole melon now! And I feel it!
I feel like we are just waiting around for the days to pass and labor to start. At this point in my pregnancy I am too big and too uncomfortable to want to do too much, and I am anxiously awaiting those contractions to get regular and make some serious progress. Even talking on the phone can feel exhausting at times. I have less than a week of work left, and then it is GO time. For the last two weeks before my due date, if I make it that far, I plan on doing all sorts of random things. I want to get one more pedicure and one more good haircut. I want to fill the freezer with a few meals to help us out until we figure out the whole being a parent thing. I want to work on bambino’s wall art, especially since Amy sent us a beautiful starting piece (the bambino print):
We are going to hang these frames above the changing table, and then switch out the basic frames for photos and other unique pieces as we patiently find them. I want to find a vintage colorful world map for the bottom right frame, and I’m unsure about the others. Where should I check besides Etsy?
And aside from the list of last minute tasks, I want to be sure to spend as much time on dates with my husband: life’s about to change.
If I’m being honest, I’m frightened about it all. I am equally excited to be done with living in a foreign body as I am to meet my son. When I was getting married and our wedding date approached, I had many freak out moments where I panicked. I knew life was about to change, and despite being excited and in love, I was afraid. I’m someone who adapts to change very easily, but until that change happens, I panic. I think that’s why I am so organized and full of lists with these big things- it helps me feel in control.
As I approach the day where we finally meet the little guy, the pain of missing my mom grows. I feel so thankful to have strong women in my life- my mother in law, my auntie, and my nonna- but I still feel my mom’s absence tremendously. I only hope that I can channel her as I become a mom myself. I wish she was here to be with me through all this.
New topic before I cry through the rest of this post….
Last week I could not wait for our doctor’s appointment. It went really well! This might be too much information, but the baby’s head is locked into position, and my body is slowly getting ready for labor. No actual values yet, but it’s on its way there. I’m not sure if I will have any more checks of that sort until labor- we will see- but it is encouraging to know that my body is doing everything right. When we had the miscarriage last fall I became afraid that something was wrong with my body, and it is really comforting to know that in every step of this pregnancy it is doing the right thing.
36 week belly pic:
*Previous belly pics here
Here’s what Babycenter says about 36 weeks:
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.
At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she’s in a head-down position. But if she isn’t, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an “external cephalic version,” which is a fancy way of saying she’ll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.
Pregnancy is really weird. For the first trimester I could only drink bottled water, and even then I needed to have lemon or something in it. Now I drink tap water (not even filtered) but it must have tons of ice. Our ice machine is constantly running because I really load up my glass.
A few complaints!
HEARTBURN- Please help me. More details in my request for help, but I’m suffering big time.
SLEEP- I’m not really sleeping anymore, but it’s ok because I have been able to rest a bit more in the afternoons.
STRETCH MARKS- I took a magnifying mirror to my belly the other day to check them out since my belly has dropped so much that they are somewhat hiding. It’s getting ugly. I hope that they fade fast and have been much more diligent about applying Bio-Oil.
I’m back to exercising again and it feels good. Yesterday I walked a lot. I had tons of contractions, but it was still nice to be moving and have the sun on my face. I didn’t talk about it much, but around 26 weeks when I had the pre-term contractions I ended up stopping exercise completely. It was hard and I’m happy that that period is over.
Last thought… exercise balls are made for uncomfortable pregnant women. I might look funny, but it feels so good to bounce and roll around on the ball. Almost every night while we watch TV I hop on the ball and it relaxes me. Somehow it makes the Braxton Hicks contractions easier to handle, and it makes my back and sciatic nerve pain lessen. Try it!
Random facts of the week:
Weight gain in the last week: I think I’m done with the scale. As of 35 weeks I had gained 36 lbs, so I assume I will end up somewhere around 40. This close to the finish line I just don’t care anymore as there is nothing I would do to change my diet. I might change my mind next week, but for this week the scale has been untouched.
Days before maternity leave: 2. I am still going to work a few hours each day until labor, but without the pressure of having to work. I need to be able to finish up my to do lists and to rest when needed at this point.
Current cravings: Rather than craving one food like mad, I have had very specific cravings that I had to satisfy throughout the week. One day it was a gyro, another day it was an iceberg lettuce salad with lemon juice and olive oil. Quite random. I really, really want a Boston creme donut, and I might just go and find myself one this week.
What I miss: sleeping through the night, sleeping on my back, easily reaching my toes, cracking my back, an existence free of contractions
Middle of the night visits to the restroom: on average 6. And yes I counted. Those are the types of things you do when you get up a lot in the night.
Times PB helped me get up from the couch or out of the car: 4-6.
Nights I thought I was in labor: 7. Every single night, like clockwork, my body acts up.
Painful punches from bambino that made me cry: 1, and then PB had to physically push his body out of the way. Didn’t think it would be possible, but it worked.
Times PB & I look at one another with an excited, knowing smile at the adventure ahead: Millions.
**Belly pics here