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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.



Week 36: My Pregnancy Journey.

Here we are – the last week until I am officially considered full term.  Hitting that milestone on Saturday will feel so good, because then I’ll know that he’s (relatively) safe to come at any time.  And what does week 36 have in store for us?  This week the baby is as big as a crenshaw melon!

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What is a crenshaw melon? – you ask!  I didn’t know either.  But believe or not, they had it at my local grocery store, so I decided to go with it.  I’m also excited to EAT it!  Google tells me it is a spicy and sweet melon that is delicious in salads and soups – yum!

Our little crenshaw should be six pounds by now.  Come out, come out whenever you’re ready!

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How I’m Feeling

Still feeling great!  Feeling more ready than ever, and relatively relaxed given all that is about to happen in our family.  Physically I feel great.  I seem to have hit a weird rough patch during weeks 30 through around 34, but recently I’ve felt less tired, more energy, and just overall more like myself. 

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I am also GINORMOUS.  Seriously, I can’t believe the size of this stomach.

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Sometimes I forget just how big it is until I open a door straight into it, or catch a glance of myself in our hallway mirror.  Truly mind boggling that the human body can change so drastically!

I’ve been keeping up with my walks and weights, and doing my best to keep moving.  Weights are becoming more difficult now, probably because my body already has so much extra weight of its own.  Just two sets of lunges leaves me wobbling my way back to the car.

I’m also getting a lot of looks and sideways glances at the gym these days.  Sometimes people even make comments (always nice).  I guess the giant belly really makes a statement out in public.

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I seem to have reached the stage of pregnancy where everyone assumes I can go into labor at any minute (which I suppose is true).  Everyone I call or text immediately thinks I’m en route to the hospital.  Boy are they disappointed when they find out that all I wanted to discuss was last night’s episode of Survivor.

This weekend while I was out walking Greenlake, I ended up going a little farther than usual because I ran into my friend Lacey.  What I didn’t realize was that Casey had texted me three times asking where I was and if I was okay.  By the time I saw his texts he was really worked up and worried.  He said that this late in the game, I need to have my phone within reach at all times, and I guess he is right.  Point taken!

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Getting Ready for Baby

Last week Casey and I went to a seminar led by Dr. Harvey Karp, author of the very popular baby book, The Happiest Baby on the Block.  I have read about half of the book so far, and also plan to rent the DVD.  Getting to hear him talk in person was a really valuable experience, and I’m crossing my fingers that we can use his techniques to calm our crying baby when the time comes.

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We had a little time to kill before the presentation started, so we popped into the Baby Gap downtown.  Tiny rugby stripes.  Too cute for words!

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Our hospital bag is half-way packed and sitting in the hall ready to go.  All babies clothes have been washed and organized (up to 3 months), and now all sheets and blankets are good to go as well.  I feel like we’re right on track!

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The nursery is basically done at this point, and I’ll probably do one last formal nursery tour for you guys at the end of the week.  The only thing I’m considering adding is a mobile to hang above the changing table.  Check out some of these cute options!  Mobile or no mobile though, it is definitely my favorite room in the house!

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Speaking of finishing up the nursery, remember a few days ago when I mentioned that the dogs were scared of the whale sounds coming from the sleep sheep?

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Apparently someone decided to be brave and confront poor Mr. Sheep.  Notice anything different about him now?

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I walked into the nursery yesterday and found him missing half his nose.  Sigh.  It is going to be a long road ahead of us with these pups, and we are going to need a serious lesson in baby-proofing.  I foresee a lot of destroyed stuffed animals, chewed toys, and teary toddlers in the future.

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Odds and Ends:

  • Total weight gained: 27 pounds
  • Days until next appointment:  seven
  • Maternity clothes still fitting:  very few
  • Signs of labor:  zero
  • Concerts attending next week:  two!
  • Days left until due date: 24 days

For more pregnancy posts or previous weekly updates, please visit my pregnancy page.

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Bonnie     at 9:49 am

You look great! Make sure you pack plenty of “granny panty’s” for underwear! I underestimated how many I’d go thru those 48 hours after birth!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Oh god, so scary!

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Bonnie Reply:

Don’t be scared about the “granny panties”… they are only temporary ;)

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Amber K     at 9:55 am

It is so amazing what our bodies can do. You are glowing as usual!

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Chase - the CHASE project     at 10:14 am

Full term! Yesss! I can’t wait to hear about his arrival!

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 11:31 am

You are seriously glowing – you look so beautiful and relaxed.
I’m so anxious to meet Baby Garnish!
PS- that book is great! Hailey sleeps like a champ when she is all swaddled up and the loud shh’ing noises quiet her right away.
So excited for you!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie     at 11:46 am

I never read that book but my birthing class instructor gave me the soothing techniques and they work GREAT.

You look glowing and amazing. Cherish the last couple weeks!

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Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine     at 12:49 pm

I love crenshaw melons, and I seriously cannot wait to see your baby :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

I’m going to cut into ours tonight – excited to try it!

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Rebecca     at 2:05 pm

We bought that exact sleep sheep for our puppy when we brought him home from the breeders. He loved the heartbeat feature. Hopefully your little babe loves it too.

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Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun     at 6:35 pm

I remember not noticing how large I had gotten. Luckily you only have a few weeks left. I still think you’re going early. Good thing you’re mostly ready!

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Heather     at 8:28 pm

The book is amazing! I credit my daughter’s peaceful nights to the swaddle blanket! We swaddled her for almost 9 months. Be consistent with the techniques and it will work! Congrats.

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Gabrielle     at 11:15 pm

You look great!! Very healthy and happy, just bursting with it all. Casey is right though, you need to be prepared for the little one to make his debut at any time.

Love the nursery so much. I have a mobile I got at Ikea a few years ago and it’s not even hanging anywhere, but it’s got space ships and a sun and moon, stars – not sure it would match what you have, but I’d be happy to give it to you if you think you’d like it. :)

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Heather     at 3:22 pm

Glad you’re doing so well! And wow, you’re so organized, it’s inspiring (re. the baby bag). =)
Poor Mr. Sheep. I think I spied his right ear a little loose as well.

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Nathalie     at 3:51 pm

You look so radiant and beautiful!Your joy and happiness really emanates from the photos :-) Just wanted to wish you all the very best for the final few days of pregnancy :-) You will be amazing parents!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thank you so much! :)

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