Today I am 36 weeks. Ahh – now the real fun begins.
I think I’ve made this statement before – I really love being pregnant. I think you either love it or hate it. I love it. I feel great, people hold the door open for you and compliment you frequently. I love feeling this little alien baby squirming around and getting to know my baby. However, the last month? Oh man, it’s hard. You *might* have gathered this from my weekend recap. There are a lot of crazy hormones going on, a lot of discomfort, and a lot of peeing!
See what I mean about looking the same at the end?? Ha. Gotta love the bikini I wore when I was pregnant with B!
Day are easy. For the most part, I feel great during the day. Sure, I’m tired and cranky – but chances are if you aren’t married or related to me – I’ll put on a good game face for you. My hunger is diminished significantly and it takes me a few minutes to get moving when going from sitting to standing, but there are actually still moments where I forget I am pregnant. Contractions have definitely started, but nothing to be concerned about. They aren’t quite painful – mostly just crampy and centrally located. I guess as a third timer, I’m lucky to know what a “real” contraction feels like (for me) – and this isn’t them.
35 weeks vs. 36 weeks — yes, I am definitely growing!
Nights are a different story. Nighttime brings a lot of irregular contractions (which is typical) and it’s really starting to get difficult to get comfortable in bed. Waking up 5 times to pee to does not help – mostly because it brings on another round of contractions and/or my brain will start racing. Every now and then I’ll get a good night’s sleep and I am amazed at how much better I feel!
I did have a Dr. appointment on Monday (and will have them weekly from here on out). It was a bit of a frantic appointment that thankfully ended well. Everything with the baby sounded and looked great. My blood pressure was good, I gained maybe a pound, and the heartbeat was clear and easy to find. However, when Dr. went to palpate my belly he got this concerned looked on his face. He walked around and felt the other side and kind of shook my belly and gave me a weird look. Ummm. What’s up Doc?
Now, this Dr. is the most laid back Dr. ever (and it’s part of the reason I love him) – so when he was giving me that look, I was concerned. In the past I’ve asked him if he can tell if a baby is in position, and he’s always told me that he can’t really tell until he starts checking for dilation and can feel the head. Why he was concerned this time, I’m not 100% sure. This was our conversation:
Him: I think this baby is head up.
Me: REALLY? I really think this baby is head down. I feel body parts all around up here (gesturing to the top area) and it doesn’t feel any different than previous pregnancies.
Him: Well, those parts could be hands or feet. It’s hard to tell with limbs. I think it’s head up. I think that (poking the large bump on top) is it’s head.
Me: *Freaking out – deep sigh* Okaaaaay….
Him: I’m going to see if they can squeeze you in for a quick scan.
He then GBS tested me (yay – so fun /sarcasm), but didn’t check me for dilation (which I guess would be pointless if the baby was head up – but then again so would the GBS testing) and I was off to get an ultrasound.
I’ll admit, I’ve always been paranoid about having a breech baby — as I was a breech baby (setting my mom up for 3 C-sections – sorry mom!). I’m pretty sure there’s no real connection there, but my pregnant brain does not comprehend this rationale. I just kept thinking, “Of course the 3rd one has to be different!” At the same time, I was happy he didn’t give me this news and then tell me to come back in a few days. At 36 weeks, there is still a 50% chance of turning a breech baby – so I appreciated his expediency.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too long for the u/s and as soon as the tech had the baby up on screen she confirmed that the baby is MOST DEFINITELY HEAD DOWN. PHEW. I was so relieved I think I did a little cheer. I asked her where certain body parts were and she said from what she could tell (it’s really hard to see anything at this point!) that the head was down in center with it’s spine coming up along the right side and it’s legs tucked under. And the big ‘ol bump I was feeling? Yep, definitely the butt. Crisis averted!
As for the other stuff…
Workouts: Still going! I’ve started doing the elliptical more – mostly because the treadmills have all been taken. I did a little solo spin last Saturday and it was tough. I don’t know that I will be going to anymore spin classes – the most I could handle was about 25 minutes. I’m still doing strength training 2-3 times a week though and it feels good. I’m trying to incorporate a lot of squats into my workout as it’s highly recommended.
Weight Gain: I’m up about 22-24lbs. I actually feel like I have gained less when I have gained more! I think some of it has to do with not losing as much muscle mass. That makes a difference! Yep, I’m perfectly happy with my gain. I still believe that your body is going to do what it wants – even if you eat healthy. Pregnancy is weird.
Name: We *might* have made some progress with the girl name. At least I feel better about our choices. Boy name is pretty much set.
Movement: This baby has never been super crazy active (unlike L – she was always moving) and it’s pretty much the same now – just slower. This baby IS, however, the hiccup champion of the world. I feel hiccups at least 6 times a day. Always after I eat and when I’m trying to go to bed.
Baby gear/room: We are good for the most part. I need to set up the Co-sleeper and find my Moby Wrap/Beco Carrier (I’m still contemplating buying an Ergo). The room is done is until we know it’s a boy or a girl. Then I will buy bedding and wall decor to finish it off! Probably this Lime Green chevron print for a boy…
I wish they had it in purple for a girl.
Other Pregnancy Symptoms: I have been having weird waves of heartburn that hit at night. I say weird because I’ve never experienced heartburn before! It’s not every night, nor can I pinpoint it on anything in particular. Other than that – I have no complaints. I might be the luckiest pregnant woman alive – I have no swelling, no calf cramps, no stretch marks, and the hair on my legs stops growing (I know – so weird and also TMI?). Although, the varicose veins are as lovely as always.
Hospital Stuff: I AM pre-registered for the hospital, but that’s about the only thing I’ve done. I was going to take a tour (they’ve completely renovated since I delivered L!), but we haven’t had time. We are tentatively planning to break the travel rule and visit friends in S. Florida (about 2-3 hours away) next Saturday (I’ll be 37 weeks) and that’s my deadline to have everything ready to go. The car seat will be in the car and the hospital bag will be packed (and with us). I do have everything I need (minus snacks for Dan – always bring snacks) – I just need to throw it all together!
Mentally/Physically Ready?: A lot of people have asked if I’m ready. My answer: Yes and no. I mean, I’m as ready as you’re going to be for a baby, but I’m also OK with not going into labor anytime in the next 2 weeks. In fact, I really wouldn’t mind the baby waiting until May. My endgame is May 16th. If I make it until that date I will be induced and oddly enough, I am actually OK with it. Why should Baby #3 be any different? 🙂 The first two times I was consumed with doing anything to put myself into labor. This time? Eh. Too much going on. I plan on doing some curb walking in a few weeks, but that’s about it.
Could I possibly ramble on anymore? (Don’t answer that). All I can say to finish up this post is this: The end is in sight, but like a marathon, the last mile is mentally the hardest. I have SOOOO much to look forward to – but there’s just that one last hill to climb 🙂