35-36 weeks

35 weeks, 4 days

Hey! It’s like there’s a whole baby in there! And it’s beginning to feel like he could come out at any time! Well, not really. In spite of the stretch marks and growing size (and I think he’s dropped enough that I have an appetite again…appetizers & desserts are so hard to resist now!). No contractions to speak of except for occasional cramping when I’m tired out. Saturday I basically spent the whole day in bed and I’m still enjoying evening naps. Next week I’ll start working from home full time, which should help if I need a little mid-day rest.

35 weeks, 6 days

Last week I found out that I won’t get the full three months of maternity leave I was hoping to take. I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t qualify since I just started my new job in May, but I was still hoping. I’ll have to start back part time around the first of the year, depending on when I actually go out. Right now my guess is that no matter how late I go in the pregnancy, my leave will start at Thanksgiving at the latest.

36 weeks, 2 days

Like my ruffly dress? I bought it at Target this spring and when I showed it to Carl he said that even if they didn’t sell it as maternity, with all that room maybe it should stay a maternity dress. I feel funny wearing it to work, so it’s a weekends only kind of thing. Somehow the shape makes me feel like a Christmas tree, but for the literal-minded I’m playing peacock.

At my doctor’s appointment today I was measuring normal, and I’m 1 cm dilated with the baby head down, so everything seems to be getting into place. We had our hospital tour last night and it just so happened that my friend Tarah had delivered hours earlier, so we got to stop by and see her beautiful baby girl. That made everything really real – I don’t know if we’re ready for baby yet, but Carl reminded me that at least Tarah got to “be done” being pregnant first! I have a “breastfeeding back to work” class Thursday to learn about pumping and all that helpful stuff, and we have an infant care class on Saturday, so we’re getting all the stuff checked off the list that I feel like should be taken care of (although of course we could make it work if we needed to at any point now). It’s weird not knowing if we have 1 more week or 5 more to go! I’m also trying not to feel too pressured by the fact that we should have our house “company ready” for visitors who will stop by afterwards – listening to my body and getting the required rest is really more important.

I’ve been waking up quite a bit in the night with bad dreams, so pray that I can get a little bit more rest at night in the next couple weeks, too.

 

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34 weeks

I finally decided just to go with a photo booth picture, double chin and all :). Plus there’s a long story behind this shirt. I tend to win a lot of contests, and I entered a few for a maternity brand that was promoting on a bunch of blogs this spring. I won a $50 gift certificate in May, which it took them til August to send (after sending my address twice and tweeting them more than once). When they finally sent a gift code, they removed everything from the clearance section of their website for a few weeks, which meant that nothing was below $50. They finally put things back on clearance in September, but then it was a little warm for this 3/4 length shirt, and when I wore it today it’s too short and I had to pull it down all day long! It may be getting close to muu-muu time.

I had a really nice baby shower on Sunday afternoon, so hopefully I’ll get some pictures to post here soon. We’re pretty well set for what we need – I started ordering the practical things like diapers on Tuesday so the boxes will be piling by the door now.

At my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday I was 34 weeks 4 days but measured 35 weeks – it’s only a couple days, but I’ll take it (except that my other assumption besides going late is that I’ll have a big baby, so maybe that’s what measuring big is about). No other signs of early labor, though – just a few braxton hicks and the desire for frequent naps. My pelvis hurts when I walk sometimes, too, but nothing too bad.

We’re carving pumpkins tomorrow – when I bought them today I resisted the urge to crack a joke about smuggling one under my shirt.

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Our fur baby

Everyone’s been asking how Trigger is going to handle the new baby. I’m pretty sure it’ll be one of the biggest challenges of having a newborn, trying to keep him separated. Anyone want to puppy-sit for a couple months? Are you sure? He does listen more than he used to, but would still like to have all of our attention all the time, thank you very much, and lets us know when he’s feeling neglected.

On top of that, the vet diagnosed a potential food allergy a week ago, so we’re cooking all of his meals (I know, right? We’re those people. And it’s a good thing we were already planning on making our own baby food so we don’t turn out to cook the dog food and buy processed food for the baby). But cooking for him (chicken in the crockpot with potatoes or sweet potatoes) is the only way we can eliminate all of the questionable additives that may have been making his paws and ears itchy (I’m very glad that his allergy hasn’t been demonstrated through a digestive disorder, ew). We have to try this for two months to be able to clear his system from the old stuff, so hopefully we can figure it out.

Oh yeah, and he started “marking” about a week ago. So there’s that to watch for, and a couple extra loads of laundry to account for it. The good thing about a dog as a practice child is that he trains us more than we can mess him up, which won’t be the case with our kids!

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33 weeks

Yeah, not too much to say now – I’m pretty tired out by the time I get home from work and pretty much take a nap every night. We had a fun time celebrating my birthday in DC this weekend, going to National Harbor, Pollo Cabero,  and seeing Cirque du Soleil “Ovo”. We picked up a couple things for the baby’s room at IKEA on the way back, so now I need to think about how I want to arrange things on the wall. I keep pushing things too far with my back in terms of how long I can sit up and do things, so I’m trying to be mindful and rest when I need to. It helps that Carl’s got a lighter class schedule now, so he’s around more to help out. It’s cooled off to actual sweater weather now, which is nice since I’m pretty overheated a lot of the time. Of course, Trigger has decided that he should start sharing our bed now, too, which means it’s pretty crowded in the double! I bought this dress on sale at Loft so I could have something new for the third trimester. It was fun to pull out something new for fall the other day. I’m also almost to “teacup” stage (where I can balance a teacup on my belly while I’m sitting) – I can manage if the cup is empty, but it’s not really upright. Somehow that’s my mental sign of when I’m ready to pop since my mom marked that point with each of us.

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