Wow – 36 weeks.
Four weeks. Less than one month. That’s some crazy shit right there.
According to The Bump, PB is now the size of a honeydew.
She is still the size of a ukelele, according to the The Bump’s “Dad-to-Be Edition” edition.
I finally made J take some photos of me, so I have belly photos without my head cropped out. These are from last Friday, so 35 1/2 weeks.
I took a breastfeeding class at the hospital last week, and while it did offer some useful information I did not find it to be as helpful as the other classes we took. I’m glad I went, though.
We have made a ton of progress with baby stuff. The nursery is almost complete. J still needs to build the bookshelf and we have one art project to create, and that’s about it. Tonight J is going to hang the artwork we’ve already finished. I had a laundry marathon this weekend, and washed all of the clothes, bedding, etc., over the weekend, so everything is clean and fresh for PB’s arrival. Everything is put away, too, in the dresser and closet. I love organizing things, so this was really me in my glory.
The car seat inspection went well and that is all set. J also put together everything except the pack ‘n play (which he will get to soon). So the bassinet, stroller, and swing/bouncer are ready for action (the nursery furniture has been together for a while). My hospital bag is almost all packed. I just have a few more items to add, but the major stuff is good to go. Luckily we live just over a mile from the hospital so if I forget anything J can always run home to grab it.
We don’t want the cats in the nursery unsupervised but we have been letting them in with us on occasion. They walk around sniff everything but haven’t really tried to climb on anything, thankfully. I did have one minor issue on Saturday, though.
Gina squeezed (and I do mean squeezed – I love her but she is quite plump) under the crib and was hanging out, purring. I didn’t think I’d be able to get her out (and was kind of worried she’d get stuck), but luckily she came out on her own after a few minutes.
Sleeping – Sleeping has only gotten worse, except now I can’t blame J’s snoring for keeping me up. It’s hard to get comfortable and I wake up frequently to pee. My hips are also bothering me again, so if I’m not waking up to pee it’s to roll over because whichever side I’m on hurts.
Fatigue – Oh yeah, I’m exhausted. I have had some bursts of energy and I’ve been using them to get things done, but for the most part I’m pretty beat. It’s sad to get winded walking up a flight of stairs.
Getting comfortable – I’m having a hard time getting comfortable at all lately. No position is comfy for a length of time so I’m constantly moving around, and my legs get very restless in the evenings, mostly because my calves are so tight. I try to stretch them but it doesn’t seem to help all that much.
Swollen ankles/feet – My poor ankles and feet have been swollen the last week or so. It’s pretty uncomfortable at times. And I’ve never had a fat roll on my ankle before. I’m drinking as much water as I can and am trying to prop them up whenever possible. One of the desks in my office has a ledge under it and for the other I’ve been using my upside-down recycle bin.
Prenatal yoga – This week was better than then the last two. I modified the first standing pose and was able to do a few others at the wall without trouble. Then the instructor led a sequence specifically for dizziness, which was great.
Walking – Still not as much as I want, but some. We are supposed to have a lot of rain and thunderstorms this week so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to get out. Maybe I shouldn’t have canceled my gym membership so soon. Oh well.
Breakfasts – Mostly oatmeal.
Lunches – Alternating between dining hall and leftovers during the week.
Dinners – I’ve been on a pasta salad kick lately. I’ve been making my friend’s super easy (and very tasty) recipe. It involves grape tomatoes, black olives, basil, and sharp white cheddar in a creamy sauce.
Snacks – Fruit, chocolate, popcorn.
Food aversions – None.
Food cravings – Watermelon, Smartfood popcorn.
Things I’m loving right now
Knowing I’m in the home stretch – I have really enjoyed being pregnant but I’m ready to meet PB!
My yoga friends – A few of us have gone through both 8-week sessions together, and I have gotten close to one girl from this session. We are all due within a few weeks of each other (there are four of us, ranging from 35 to 38 weeks) and we all live nearby, so we have exchanged numbers and plan to stay in touch and have baby play dates (and mommy trips for fro-yo or cupcakes!)
My yoga instructor – She was so thoughtful to do the dizziness sequence for me, and has been wonderful in general. She let us know that we can continue to attend this class (it’s actually called “Prenatal and Women’s,” not just prenatal) after our babies arrive, and says that she has tons she can do with us as new moms. She is a mom of two young children so she’s been through it herself and has been a great resource.
J’s shirts – I wear my nice maternity shirts during the day, but I had been wearing race tees in the evenings, and those have gotten quite… snug lately. I’ve taken to wearing J’s shirts, which are really soft and roomy.
My friends, family, and colleagues – I know I shared this already, but J and I are truly so touched by the incredible generosity that has been shown to us, especially at my two showers.