Thursday, March 5, 2015

Baby Special: 36 Weeks

Weeks:  36 weeks!  If the baby was born today, it would likely not need too many extra medical interventions due to prematurity.  (Knock on wood).  I am so grateful for every smooth day of my pregnancy.

Baby's Size:  Baby Special is around 6 pounds and 18.5 inches – the size of a head of romaine lettuce!    

Trimester: THIRD!

Cravings: NADA!  I can say with almost certainty – cravings have not been a symptom of my pregnancy.  (I’m glad for that, actually).  

How I'm Feeling: Still feeling damn good.  I am so incredibly grateful for this.  It’s about this time in pregnancy that women usually start to get uncomfortable, and while I have felt some moments of discomfort, I still feel pretty great.  I've had some heartburn, and a bit of back pain, but nothing that Tums and some strategic positioning don’t fix.  I have a feeling these next 4-5 weeks will feel long – so I’m savoring these days of feeling healthy and good.  I have no idea if I’ll ever be pregnant again, so I’m trying to savor these waning days of pregnancy. 

Movement: Oh yes!  Baby is active. 

My thoughts:  It was a spectacular week – I had a beautiful baby shower hosted by my amazing sis in law, Kelly, at her home.  The details were just incredible.  I felt so loved and spoiled and just… special.  The shower deserves its own post but it was incredibly special, thoughtful and celebratory.  
This was also the week that I was "upgraded" to weekly doctor appointments (nothing unusual – that is routine for women at this stage of pregnancy).  This may be TMI to some, but for the sake of posterity I want to include – at my most recent appointment, I found out that I am not yet dilated, but am starting to efface (the two medical necessities for traditional childbirth).  The baby is moving in to position, and I am grateful that my body has started preparing for the Main Event.
This week we also finished our Labor/Child education.  I really liked all four classes we took (Labor, Birth Postpartum // Low Intervention // Infant Care // Breastfeeding) and I feel way more prepared for Baby to arrive because of them.  It may be because of these classes, but I don’t have any nerves (yet?) and am just so excited. 
I don’t know how the time flew by this quickly, but I’m at a milestone that I've been eagerly anticipating.  Our nursery is finished, my bags are packed, our diaper bag is packed, we have “going home” outfits selected for the baby.  There are still a few things on my pre-baby checklist, but the vast majority are finished.  We still need to: wash all of the baby’s gear, install the car seat and get it checked, set up the stroller, set up the Bassinet.   Most of these things will likely be done this weekend :) I am considered full term next Thursday (37 weeks) and have cousins and friends that have delivered that early.  Statistics say that I’ll go another 4 weeks before the baby makes his/her appearance... But I want to be prepared. 
I am starting to get incredibly curious about who this little one is – and I am so, so excited to meet him or her! 

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