Bumpday – Week 36

I just need to make it one more week, and then I’ll be happy to have this baby. I am so close to wrapping things up at work, and all the necessaries are taken care of at home. I know that I likely have 3-5 more weeks left, but I am ready. READY.

Baby size: Alvie is the size of a coconut! He’s still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range and continues to beef up.

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I’m feeling: Wiped out. Sore.

Physical changes: Alvie dropped at the end of last week, and I can fully inflate my lungs now! However, my hips are so mother-effing sore now, and I have to pee every 30 minutes, day or night. Also – upper digestive tract = better! Lower = not so much.

Baby stuff: He is just packing on the pounds now. His lung development is finishing up, but he’s considered full term on Monday! Wow!

Body Image: In the pictures from my shower, I look huge! In my mirror, I don’t look nearly that big. I feel like a whale. Or a house. Or a house big enough for a whale.

Food stuff: Raw cukes & tomatoes = yuck! Food just doesn’t taste great anymore. I get hungry (HUNGRY!) but nothing sounds good. It’s weird.

Things I miss: Sleeping without pain. I’d say an uninterrupted  night’s sleep, but I know that’s just inviting comments from everyone anxious to tell me that I will never have that again! So, in my brief rest periods between feedings, diaper changes, and whatever else, I am hoping to just rest without pain.

Labor Signs: More & more Braxton Hicks! Almost every evening now.

Prep Work (Things to do between now & Alvie Bean Day)

January: Find a pediatrician, lock down a daycare (one last tour scheduled!), recycle all the old electronics in the office, get the carpet cleaning appointment made, find a maid service for quarterly deep cleans, finalize shower list for shower giver! Find a new doula!

February: Attend childbirth class, take babymoon (canceled SAD), make sure all essentials are purchased (diapers and carseat at this point!), pack hospital bag

March: Attend breastfeeding & newborn care class; install carseat, finish getting less essential essentials (rocking chair, crib, changing table, other random stuff), make a plan for freezer meals, finish getting nursery ready, sign up for FMLA

In conclusion: I know the next 2-5 weeks are going to fly by, but I am so ready to be done. Swimming and yoga are still on the table, but not much else is. I’m trying to rest/nap as much as I can at this point. My other big goal is hydration, as a hydrated gazelle doesn’t have as many bh contractions. (Even if that does mean peeing ALL THE TIME!)

This week’s bump pic: Definitely starting to fill out in the arm, thigh & face region now. I cannot wait to start working out like a normal person again! I miss sweating! (Well, I miss sweating for cause – I’m always hot, so I sweat for no reason, or because I stood up & walked across the room, or because I blinked too vigorously…)

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Recent Comments

  • Alisa
    March 7, 2012 - 7:27 am ·

    I don’t think you look HUGE, you look 9 months pregnant =).

    I think you look adorable and I think your arms looks strong not full.

    I can’t believe Alvie is almost here!

  • bobbi
    March 7, 2012 - 11:10 am ·

    “or because I blinked too vigorously” – hahahaha!!

    You look adorable, as always 🙂 He’s almost here!!

  • SJ
    March 7, 2012 - 5:59 pm ·

    So I first read “In the pictures from my shower, I look huge!” and thought, “now why the hell is she taking pictures in the shower?” DUH!!! Miss you Ames. Best wishes on the next month. 🙂 love you bunches

  • Carolina John
    March 8, 2012 - 6:46 am ·

    One more week like, maybe, around the 14th??? You’ll make it. Our Ella came at 36 weeks, so congratulations on carrying this far! The end is near, and it’s really just a beginning. Hang in there, you’re doing great!

  • krsiten
    March 8, 2012 - 7:34 am ·

    That’s the most annoying unsolicited comment, “get plenty of rest now….” I always want to say, “really bitch, do you really think I never thought of that?” They can’t help themselves.

    You still look great!

  • Jessica
    March 10, 2012 - 10:44 am ·

    I won’t say anything about sleep….(OMG I thought I was tired when I was pregnant…)…instead I’ll say YAY!! Almost there!! Enjoy the last few weeks sans baby because here comes the crazy train. 🙂

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