Baby M Number 2: 36 weeks

36 weeks. This time with T I was day-to-day, and this time I’m week to week.  It’s such a different experience and I’m pretty excited to get to experience it (although, being active at 36 weeks is a whole different ball game – and add nesting into it – shew!  I’m worn out most of the time).  This time, I’m coming into the office daily (and fielding the: you’re still here?? questions), doing laundry, running errands… It’s so different.

Top: Gap; Skirt: Lularoe; Necklace: a birthday gift a few years ago from my grandmother

Top: Gap; Skirt: Lularoe; Necklace: a birthday gift a few years ago from my grandmother

 

How far along? 36 weeks

Baby size: A papaya, and about 18-19 inches in length and nearly 6 lbs

Weight gain: Holding steady at the same weight since the GD diagnosis.

Workouts: Walking occasionally, but mostly just doing normal activities and putting my swelling feet up as much as possible

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: Still pretty good!  I’m up about 3-4 times but I seriously zombie walk to/from the bathroom.

Gender: Sweet baby girl

Movement: All the time

Labor signs: Daily BH, becoming more regular.  Some of which lately have been more crampy, but still not what they talked to me about a couple of weeks ago.

What I miss: It’s all the same.  But I’m trying to just go with it – I have a month left.

Symptoms: The BH and this weird pain/sensation sometimes when I walk.  She’s bumping up against some nerve or something which almost makes my leg give out sometimes when I’m walking.  And when it happens, it feels like the feeling you get when your funny bone is hit.  Last night it started happening on our walk, but I just kept on walking and she moved.  I’m sure it’s a sight to see – me walking down the hall and my leg buckles.  Yes, I hold on tightly when walking down any stairs, in case you’re wondering 😉

In addition to my weight being steady, so are my BP as well as my kidney function (I can’t say that with 100% certainty, but the dipsticks have shown no change in the 8 weeks I’ve been going – throughout the last trimester with T it steadily rose).

Nursery/Other prep: I bought some crates from Target yesterday to put toys and things in for her closet.  I also brought up all of the bottles and my pump to get those ready to go.  However, this time, I’m going to try this cool new system, the Kiinde, to see if it reduces the amount of washing that we have to do.  I also will receive my insurance provided pump tomorrow since I wore my Medela out with T (it will work, but I don’t think it’ll last another year+ of multiple times a day of pumping).

Belly button, in or out: Flat, with a little, itty bitty bit poking out.

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: Definitely more irritable.

Best moment this week: Hearing that there are no plans for an induction as long as my BP and kidneys stay stable.  And then, these:

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I’m trying to capture all of these little moments of just me and my only baby girl before we meet our new baby girl.

Father’s Day was also fun – S loved his hat and the platter that T and I made for him (this is the before firing look).

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And of course the 4th year of doing the DAD photos.

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Looking forward to: The 4th! And hitting full term.  I never thought I’d ever be able to say that (I guess it’s still possible that I won’t hit it since she could decide to come on her own before then).  But I have a feeling that as long as I can handle it, she’ll stay put.

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