Weeks: 35 weeks! I’m almost 90% done with this pregnancy (a fact that continues to blow my mind).
Baby's Size: Baby Special is 5 1/2 pounds and over 18 inches – the size of a honeydew melon.
How I'm Feeling: Strong, happy, pregnant. J I barely felt pregnant until the past few weeks, but recently I have started to slow down pretty dramatically. As my belly has grown larger, my center of gravity has shifted and it’s caused a bit of back pain. Nothing severe, but enough to be pretty uncomfortable by mid-afternoon. To combat it, I've been focused on taking long walks, laying down when I get home, and listening to my body. I have been warned that the last month can be incredibly long and uncomfortable, and I’m going in to it with a clear mind and excited mentality – each day (however uncomfortable) is one day closer to meeting our child. I have no idea what the future will bring, so I am savoring these waning days of pregnancy – I can’t wait to meet our baby, but I also love being pregnant with him or her. It’s a really special place to be in (and strange too - never knowing the moment that your entire life is going to change).
Movement: Yes! Kicks and movements are getting more prominent, and it brings me so much comfort to be able to feel this sweet baby moving. Being pregnant is a privilege.
My thoughts: As I mentioned above, I’m trying to focus on the positives – this pregnancy has been the best eight months of my life so far. I feel closer than ever to my husband and parents, and so hopeful for the future. As it gets closer, my anxiety about childbirth has decreased pretty dramatically – I feel ready, and strong and like I was born to do this. (Truly). I feel so connected to the mothers that I admire, and to the generations of women that came before me. I am confident, and excited, and hopeful. I cannot wait to meet this baby.