Can’t believe this one of four updates that I have left (hoping I WON’T have a 41 week update…). This week was crazy busy, but in the best way possible! We were out of town this weekend – partially in Mt. Pleasant and partially in my hometown for a baby shower! Therefore, most of last week was spent preparing for that trip and this week has been spent resting from it – and getting the house back on track! And yes.. when you’re this pregnant that takes more than one day :).
I think after this baby shower I officially feel much more “nested” as far as the house/nursery goes. At this point I’m just trying to maintain keeping it as clean as possible for the next few weeks so it’s ready to go whenever my body decides to go into labor. But I’ll get to that in a minute!
How I’m Feeling
Weirdly, I feel like I’ve just gotten to a point where my belly is so big, I’m used to it and I don’t think of being that gigantic. Because until I look at this picture, I always think I really don’t think it’s that big. Clearly I’m deceiving myself here.. Speaking of the belly, I am constantly shocked at how several women have looked at me and said, “so it’s a girl!??” – What?! How do they knoowww? I realize it’s a 50/50 chance but I’ve had at least 3 women say that and no one has guessed wrong. Guess there really is some truth behind the whole “basketball vs. watermelon” belly idea!
Some great news this week is that I’m really surprised at how much energy I’ve had! It tends to go back and forth, and I definitely still get worn out pretty easily. However, most days (at least recently) I’ve been feeling relatively normal and have even been able to crank out some pretty sweaty workouts. I’ve actually kind of surprised myself with my stamina for being 36 weeks pregnant – I’m not nearly as out of shape as I would expect. (Side note: the only exercise that I can barely manage are lunges! WOW. Those are NOT as easy as they used to be, I’m guessing because of alllllll the extra weight up front now?) Getting a good sweat in really helps me to feel like my old self again and makes me excited for once I’m recovered and can start to rev up the activity level postpartum! Hoping this energy stays with me for a few more weeks!
What Baby is Doing
- She’s still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day
- She now weighs roughly 6 pounds and is more than 20 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
- These substances, along with other secretions, are swallowed, and will eventually result in a blackish mixture called meconium, which will be her first bowel movement
- At the end of this week, your baby will be considered “early term.” (Full-term is 39 to 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term, 41 weeks is late term, and those born after 42 are post-term.)
- She’s almost ready to make her debut! Her lungs and brain are still doing some last minute cooking, but soon she’ll be fully primed and ready for the world!
How far along? 36 weeks (1 month to go!)
Baby’s size? The length of a bunch of romaine lettuce! And thankfully not growing much longer!
Total weight gain: I honestly can’t remember what I was at my last appointment! I think I may have been a pound or two up? Sooo.. 37 or 38 pounds?
Maternity clothes? So glad I picked up some new stuff, I’ve been living in them! The more stretch the better!
Stretch marks? Just that mini little one I mentioned on my hip last week, so still hanging in there pretty well!
Sleep: Still pretty good! I sleep well, but I will say when I wake up to go to the bathroom I have to GO. Like.. it’s painful. Last night in particular I woke up and whenever I stood up to head to the bathroom, my bladder was so full it was painful! I let out a moan (which apparently woke Dustin up and freaked him out enough to ask if I was okay) and practically hobbled to the bathroom. I think my body just does NOT wake up until I reach emergency bathroom status, even if I go right before I get in bed! So.. not real sure if this is a solvable problem or not.
Labor Signs: Not really! In fact I seem to be getting LESS Braxton Hicks than before! I do notice they come more frequently if I’m stressed for any reason. But other than that they haven’t been making much of an appearance.
Exercise: Like I said earlier, the workouts that I did get in (2 maybe?) were awesome! That being said, I didn’t have much time to workout this week. Between traveling this weekend and running errands all day Monday I was pretty worn out with the days being so full. But again, this late in pregnancy, I consider a day full of walking and errands a workout in itself!
Movement: Still going strong! The Dr’s usually remind me at my appointments to do a kick count every day (at least 10 movements in 2 hours) but I haven’t ever had to! She’s constantly moving and shifting around and it’s pretty much always way more than 10 movements in an hour.. more like 10 movements in 5 minutes or less! I’m honestly so glad she’s so active though, as it really has put my mind at ease many times when I could have been worrying about her movements!
Food cravings: Sweets and fruit, all day long! I bought a watermelon this week and I’m STOKED to cut it open. Also, I have to mention my go-to ice cream this pregnancy. I should mention that we NEVER bought ice cream before I got pregnant, and now I have probably 1/2 cup pretty much every night. I don’t plan on making this a lifelong habit, but it seriously is a mental booster for me during pregnancy, haha! I’ve been loving the All Natural Turkey Hill brand! With only 5 ingredients, I don’t feel bad for eating “junk” and it actually tastes like real cream. I noticed right away it didn’t taste like typical grocery store ice cream – it’s soooooo much better! I usually stick with the original vanilla or chocolate and it’s changed everything I know about ice cream! Just had to share for all my ice cream loving friends :)
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope!
Gender: Beautiful baby girl!
Baby Items: A TON! Shower recap below!
Symptoms: While I honestly feel pretty good for being this late, I will say some new symptoms have popped up! The most noticeable being swelling! Ah yes.. the dreaded pregnant lady feet. It’s not pretty. It’s worse when I’ve been on my feet all day, so I just have to make sure I’m taking time to sit down every so often, which honestly can be hard for me! (I’m sure that will change soon, haha :) ). Making sure I get enough water helps too!
Wedding rings on or off? On, but quite tight.
Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy! :)
Looking forward to: So many things!
Baby Shower Recap
Like I mentioned above, part of my weekend involved heading home to my parents house for a baby shower that my mom (and sister) hosted. It was perfect weather for a shower and I had the BEST time! It was bumblebee themed (I may have mentioned to my sister awhile back that I LOVED the idea of a bumblebee themed shower… hehe) which was just as adorable as I had imagined. It was sunny and even HOT, so having the shower outdoors and by the pool was so cheerful and summery feeling! I also felt so very blessed that so many of my family members traveled a good distance to come, as well as a handful of family friends. I wasn’t expecting so many lovely ladies and was so happy to get to see everyone! If any guests are reading this, thank you so much for coming! It meant so much to me and I so appreciated all of your sweet gifts!
Some shower pictures:
Oops! Had to hide the baby name, for now! :)
Some of the pretty ladies! While we ate cake, everyone filled out some a card listing things that they were hoping for the baby (ex: I hope you grow _______, I hope you learn _______). Everyone’s answers were so sweet!
Loved all the baby clothes as décor!
Me with my hostesses! :)
I didn’t get many pictures of me opening presents (plus they weren’t super flattering, haha) but this baby was definitely spoiled! Gifts included wonderful practical things like our baby tub, sooo many cute clothes, a baby bullet (blender to puree baby food), toys, bath supplies, diapers, wipes, blankets, super cute diaper bag, a rock ‘n play, car seat (!!!) and our stroller (!!!). Those last two were obviously important purchases that I actually spent a long time researching, so I’m so thankful to cross those off the list. My aunt and uncle got us our car seat and my mom and dad splurged on our stroller! We had 2 stroller choices on our registry, just in case, but I honestly wasn’t expecting to get the one we did! It’s the BMW of strollers in my opinion and I’m so excited to use it when she arrives! (If you’re in the market and are curious ,we got the Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat, and we had picked out the Baby Jogger City Mini GT (not actually a jogging stroller) and the Britax B-Ready strollers. The Britax is the one we ultimately ended up getting!). We also got some sentimental gifts, including a baby blanket and newborn hat that my Nana knitted! I hope that blanket lasts a lifetime and I can’t wait to see her with it as she grows! I still have mine from when I was a baby and it’s currently hanging on the side of her crib :) Hoping hers goes just as far!
Thanks again for all the ladies that came and spoiled myself and this baby!
That’s a long post, so I’ll end it here today! Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!