(You can blame and/or thank Daddy-to-be for the clever name of this post 😉 )
So first off, I apologize for the lack of baby updates. Even my husband has commented on my sporadic posting. All I can say is that it has been a busy couple of months, so unfortunately something had to take a back seat. I still love you, NwaP.
Having said that, here I am to update ya’ll on my current baby progress! And holy sh*t the progress we’ve made! Last time I blogged about my bump, I looked like this:
And today, at 36 weeks, I’m looking a little something like this:
Here are some stats for my 36 week old “bean” (source):
- We are now about the size of a honeydew melon (see pic below).
- Baby is almost able to breathe on his/her own!
- Skin is baby soft and gums are rigid.
- Liver and kidneys are in working order, as are the circulatory and immune systems.
- If he/she were born now, they’d probably need a fair amount of TLC, but would be okay!
- Weight: close to 6 pounds!
- Length: 17-19 inches!
It’s sooo hard to remember the days when I thought the size of a lime was huge!! My how things have changed.
Physically you can see the changes I’ve made in the past 5 weeks. As for the “gory” details,,,
- I feel like my bladder is the size of that aforementioned lime. Even though I want to be drinking water all day, I seem to pay for every sip of it by having to hit the ladies room AT LEAST every hour. Nightly, I’m getting up at least once to p.
- I’m definitely waddling.
- I can tell that my endurance is shot as climbing a few flights of stairs is much more of an effort than it was early on.
- TONS of pelvic pressure. I don’t think (based on photos) the baby has technically “dropped,” but the excess weight I’m carrying is definitely being felt. Makes that whole bladder issue even more annoying.
- Belly is pretty much always hard. There’s not a whole lot of real estate left for baby to move around! Though the movement is still constant.
Things I’m loving lately:
- Baby hiccups.
- Everytime I go into the nursery. The fresh baby smell that’s already in there makes me smile 🙂
- Being able to say “4 weeks to go!!!!”
Things I’m missing:
- Running. Marathon training for the Perfect Strangers is starting soon, and I’ll be sad to miss out on the weekly training runs/ gossip sessions. Thankfully I received my BOB stroller at one of my showers, so baby and I can go out for some walks/ runs on our own this summer!
- Eating/ drinking anything without worrying about heartburn. For the love, I better be having a mini gorilla with the incessant GERD I’ve been having! Zantac has helped some, but I’m still eating Tums like candy.
Things I need to do:
- Pick a pediatrician. Thank goodness for good recs from great friends!
- Order a few things off my baby registry. The only big thing I didn’t receive at my baby showers was the pack-n-play. I’m thinking it’s not gonna be necessary right off the bat, so I might wait and get one a little later.
- Have a few date nights with the hubs.
- Pack my hospital bag.
As for things I worry about, the list isn’t too long. Clearly childbirth won’t be a walk in the park, yet I can’t be too concerned since I haven’t taken even one class to educate myself. Everyone I’ve talked to says the L&D nurses give you all the education you need at game time, so here’s hoping I get some good ones. I plan on breastfeeding the babe, and that’s probably where my greatest concern lies. But again, that’s what lactation consultants (and experienced Moms) are for. Last but not least, I worry about how Miss Allie is going to respond to the new baby. I know she is wonderful with kids, I just see how confused she is already with the mass amounts of toys that are coming in that aren’t hers. I suppose it’ll be an adjustment for her, just as it will be for Mom & Dad. Any words of wisdom on any of the above worries are more than welcome!!
I have these fleeting moments when I all of a sudden stop dead in my tracks and think, “Holy sh*t, I’m going to have a baby in a month.” I remember back in the winter months asking my friend Nadia (who had a baby last summer) at what point she actually realized that she was going to have a baby. And her response? Never. It wasn’t until the day that her daughter was born that things finally became real. And that’s how I’m feeling. It’s like this: We understand life is going to change. We understand sleep will be put on the backburner for awhile. We understand that a newborn is a lot of work. The constant reminders are unnecessary. Yes, we are excited. But we can’t truly speak to its magnitude until the day has arrived. So stay tuned. Baby birth story will (hopefully) be coming soon, and with plenty of details 😉
So that’s that! Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in another update or two before baby arrives, but again – no promises!
And just out of curiosity,, what do ya’ll think,, BOY or GIRL!??