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

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