IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!
The baby is the size of a WATERMELON. Delicious.
Total Weight Gain: Officially at 25 pounds, still officially at the most I’ve ever weighed in my life!
Weekly Workouts: Every week is the least I have worked out so far in pregnancy, hah. This week consisted of just a few 3-mile walks. I am planning to up that with yoga and swimming. To be honest, I was just lazy this past week.
Maternity Clothes: Basically I wear the same outfits to work every week. Don’t even care. Gotta get comfy.
Sleep: Starting at 1am I wake up about once per hour. It’s great fun. I like to think my body is preparing me for baby to be here!
Best Moment of the Week: A FUN party for my SiL!! This mama can still hang – at least til 1am. Think I enjoyed my last night on the town. Also had a great time at the “Truck or Treat” event – weekend recap to come.
Food cravings: CHEESE and watermelon (we’re out of melon, nooooo!).
Food aversions: Nothing right now.
Symptoms: Contractions, swollen hands and feet. I have carpal tunnel in my right hand and can’t feel my first three fingers. I wrapped an ace bandage around my wrist and that helped with blood flow. So strange.
Movement: All I feel is joints!! She is running out of room.
“Your baby’s skull isn’t the only soft structure in his or her little body. Most of your baby’s bones and cartilage are quite soft as well (they’ll harden over the first few years of life) — allowing for an easier journey as your baby squeezes through the birth canal at delivery (and less prodding and poking for Mom along the way). At 36 weeks pregnant, the skull bones are also not fused together yet so that the head can easily (well, relatively easily) maneuver through the birth canal.
So your little bruiser (who you’ve now learned won’t be bruising you all that much with those soft bones) is now about six pounds in weight and measures slightly more than 20 inches in length. Growth will experience a slowdown now, both so your baby will be able to fit the narrow passageway to the outside and also so he or she can store up all the energy needed for delivery.
By now, many of your baby’s systems are pretty mature, at least in baby terms — and just about ready for life on the outside. Blood circulation, for instance, has been perfected and your baby’s immune system has matured enough to protect him or her from infections outside the womb. Other systems, however, still need a few finishing touches. Once such notable example: digestion — which actually won’t be fully mature until sometime after birth. Why’s that? Inside his or her little gestational cocoon, your baby has relied on the umbilical cord for nutrition, meaning that the digestive system — though developed — hasn’t been operational. So your baby will take the first year or two to bring that system up to speed.” – What to Expect (www.whattoexpect.com)
What I’m Looking Forward To: Crossing more things off the baby to-do list this week: getting my flu shot, making freezer meals, finishing thank you notes, 36-week appointment, carseat installation. AHHH!! We also have an engagement party for two wonderful friends!
What I Miss: Riding a bike, drinking (especially going out with the ladies on Saturday, wish I could have gotten my party on), doing nothing without getting winded.
Next Appointment: October 17th
Estimated due date is November 11th!