How far along are you? At the time of this post, I am at 36 weeks, 3 days.
How big is baby?: According to The Bump app at 36 weeks, Baby P is the size of a honeydew, measuring 17.2 to 18.7 inches and weighing in between 4.2 and 5.8 pounds. Getting closer and closer to bring able to breathe on his own. Liver and kidneys are in good working order and circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too!
Symptoms: Starting to really slow down due to an ever growing bump and feeling pretty tired. Also have some carpal tunnel issues in my hands, swollen ankles (so much so I had to buy a couple pairs of flats a size up to accommodate my feet!) Also, a little heartburn here and there. All worth it in the end- nothing I can’t deal with. Appointments are weekly now, and it’s nice to have the frequent check-ins with the doctors and see how I am progressing!
Sleeping: Not so great anymore- lots of tossing & turning. Trying to get in naps where I can and take advantage of every moment where I can rest before Baby P arrives!
Cravings/Aversions? No real aversions come to mind…my appetite is very big these days! Still loving milk and cereal- Cinnamon Toast Crunch to be exact. And all the sweets (as usual).
Fears: Hoping labor and delivery go smoothly, but the thought of it does freak me out a bit. Just trying not to think of the details and realize that it’s totally worth it in the end when you have a baby in your arms! Also hoping that I have no issues nursing- I really want to do it!
Miss Anything? I miss being able to run, and even more so, I miss wearing my regular clothes! I’m starting to wear a few things on constant rotation, and I just feel…round!
Generally Feeling: Excited…we will be meeting our son in just a few short weeks! In retrospect, the pregnancy really did go by quickly! I will have one more “bumpdate” on the blog after this..wow!
Looking Forward To: Meeting our little guy, holding him, loving him, the list goes on! So incredibly excited to see how our family will change for the better once he’s finally here!
What I’ve Been Loving:
-Workouts: still keeping up with 3 mile walks 2-3 times a week, along with a weekly prenatal yoga class and the Tracey Anderson DVD here and there. Moving around really does help me feel better and ease any back pain, makes me feel more flexible, etc. (Now if only I didn’t have to pee every 15 minutes when I’m walking haha!) Also, trying to make a conscious effort to sit on the big ball when I’m watching TV just to stretch out a bit, and also commit to some stretching before bedtime to open up my hips, etc.
-Showers galore! Since my first shower, I’ve had 3 more– one hosted by my mother-in-law, another with my neighbors and a surprise shower with my coworkers. Baby P is already one spoiled little man…so blessed to have such wonderful people supporting us!
-Other prep: only one more class to go in a couple weeks on breastfeeding, also have a car seal install check scheduled. Izzy got her annual shots/vet appointment and a grooming so she will be nice and ready. And my Mom recently came over to help me make a bunch of freezer meals to have on hand, too (blog post to come on that!)
Maternity Clothes? Definitely a lot of items on constant repeat, but with spring here, I bought a couple dresses as part of my March clothing budget to get me through at work. Also stocked up on some nursing/hospital essentials, like this tank and this tank, these bras (the BEST!) and a robe.
Boy or Girl: It’s a BOY! And I *think* we might have a winner on a name! Still not 100% committing to it until we meet him, but both T and I really like the name and are saying it out loud a lot…makes it feel so real!
Movement: Lots! And now that I know he is head down, I know when I am feeling arms versus legs kicking and punching. Such a fun feeling!
What I did/got for baby:
-hospital bag is packed and ready to go!
– just have a few last updates to go on the nursery, like window treatments, mobile and framed artwork (see here for details)
-T and I have taken Izzy on a couple “practice walks” with the stroller, and she’s done so well! I feel kinda funny taking am empty stroller around, but whatevs!
And my progress over the past few weeks: