35 Weeks – Getting to the “I’m ready” point

{35 Weeks}

Most everyone that I talk to who are either pregnant now or have been recently, have warned me about the 36 week mark. They mostly say that is when “I’ll hit my wall” or my breaking point with my pregnancy. Not that I didn’t believe them but because I’ve been feeling so great this whole time I just sort of took this information with a grain of salt. Well, they weren’t kidding! I’m now well into my 35th week and feeling like I’m getting to the “I’m ready” point. I’m ready to have Abbey, I’m ready to be done with waddling, I’m ready to be done with not fitting into anything, I’m ready to be done being pregnant. SHIT, its only been 13 months total (or something crazy like that) that I’ve been pregnant I’m thinking that my body needs a break.

I’m getting super tired, not sleeping very well, getting more and more heartburn and just overall ready to have a baby. Obviously I want Abbey to be healthy and also ready to enter the world so I’m trying to keep that in mind as I gear up for my 36 week appointment on Monday. I might just break down and beg Dr. Caligaris for relief and have him admit me so I can have the baby finally but again, it needs to be healthy for her. As my sister-in-law, Sarah, always says, “baby always wins.” Just another very true reality for our soon-to-be-baby-world.

I hate having a “negative” blog post so I’ll throw some very great positives into the mix. Thanks to my mom and Kat I’m now feeling like I have all of Abbey’s goodies under control. As George’s Aunt Mungy stated, “Abbey didn’t get sprinkled, it was a full on shower!” She couldn’t be more correct, George and I are so blessed to have such amazing family and friends who have given us so much to help start our new life with Abbey. Clothes, clothes and MORE clothes have been either washed and put away or separated in pink bins for future wear. I can’t express how awesome it is to know that we already have a few outfits for the 18-24 month stage and even 2T!

{Belly Updates}

{How far along?} 35 Weeks 4 days and only 31 days till my due date! (Due date is exactly ONE MONTH from today, wow!)

{Total weight gain} From my last doctor appointment I had gained 22 pounds. I’m thinking that on Monday when I see the doctor again I’ll be pushing the 30 mark. I just feel like a waddling blimp at this point. Its okay, comes with the territory.

{How big is baby?} According to my website resources, Abbey should be 18 inches long and over 5 pounds now. I’m guessing that she won’t get to much longer but they do say that she should be packing on the pounds between now and delivery.

{Maternity clothes?} YES, the extra large type. I am now rotating the same 5 or so outfits to wear to work, good thing I work mainly with guys and they won’t notice.

{Sleep?} BAH! Such a sore subject as I love my sleep. I’m having the hardest time getting comfortable now and the tossing and turning routine just causes pain. I talked to Caligaris earlier in the week because I was concerned with the lower side pains and he reassured me that would be my round ligament stretching and to just be more careful when I’m moving from side to side. *I have a sleep question at the end!

{Best moment this week?} Lots of great moments! Being overwhelmed with the mountain of diapers from George’s diaper party, spending time with George’s family for Abbey’s baby shower, and then organizing all of Abbey’s goodies and putting her clothes away. Just gets me more excited for her arrival!

It's a mystery week - just kidding, we are at Week 35!

{Movement?} My little acrobat is super active mid morning (10ish) and then later on at night as well. Throughout the day she will punch or kick here and there but when she gets on a roll in the morning or night it is just so amazing to watch. I just look down at my belly and smile and talk to her of course.

{Food cravings?} On Monday I went to Just Crepes with a few co-workers and had the pizza crepe….dear GOD, I want to eat one everyday. I haven’t but I’m pretty sure I’ll be having one more before the week ends.

{Labor signs?} I am literally questioning every little ache and pain but nothing that screams LABOR pains as I’m sure they will have me screaming.

{Heart Burn} Back to yes! I swear if I have a drink of water I get heart burn.

{Belly button in or out?} Still in, guess my little turkey isn’t ready yet!

{What I miss} CHERRY COKE!!! (YESSSSSSSSSSSS) And after being around a few parties this past weekend I could use a glass of wine or beer please. I also miss reaching my feet! I can NOT put on my own socks, I about passed out on Monday. Not worth the effort, I’ll go back to sandals and just have cold feet unless I can get ready fast enough for George to put them on for me. Which leads me to my next miss, ENERGY! Oh yea and sleeping on my belly. See, told you I’m ready to have this baby!

{What I’m looking forward to} 36 week ultrasound! Next best thing to actually physically meeting Abbey would have to be the ultrasounds. Not too mention that we’ll be doing measurements at this one. I’m curious if she stayed head down from the ultrasound on the 26th of September and how big she truly is right now.

{Milestone} I’m staying active despite the loss of all energy….okay I’m TRYING to stay active.

{Questions} 

  1. How strict were you on yourself about sleeping on your left side? It is like my body is rejecting left-side sleep these days.
  2. Did you hit the 36 week wall? Don’t be shy, some of you already admitted this to me!
  3. For contact wearers – were dry contacts/dry eyes an issue during pregnancy? Mine are getting so dry now every day.

26 Weeks – Belly Acrobat

{26 Weeks}

From the title I’m sure you know what I’m going to talk about. My daughter is an acrobat! She is tumbling and kicking and just moving around all over in my belly. This has been hands down my favorite part so far. Feeling her move and roll has to be one of the most unique feelings in the entire pregnancy. I’m loving that others can now feel her too, it makes me feel less crazy as I’m constantly saying, “OH my gosh, she moved again,” or “did you see that?” Of course you can’t see it yet but I do have witnesses of the movement because George, Heather and Kat have all felt her! Abbey starts to be pretty active around 10:00/10:30 at night and it really gets her going when I lay down on my left side. As you can imagine this is the time that I’m trying to get to sleep and she is just waking up to kick and move around. How can I just fall asleep and miss this? Lucky me, she is a night owl like her daddy!

If you have been following my Facebook posts then you know that I’ve been a nesting fool. Poor George is worn out by Monday morning because I have him doing so much around the house on the weekends. Two weekends ago I had this crazy hair up my butt and wanted to hang my new mirror and jewelry box. I got a jewelry box for Christmas but needed another one because there is just so much. I was thinking of Goodwilling some of it but when I found out we were having a girl I couldn’t deny her the opportunity to dig through the madness of necklaces and bracelets galore. So my need to clean up my jewelry turned into my bigger need of hanging the new mirror/jewelry box which ended up with a trip to Ikea and a re-arranged bedroom. This was all starting at 4p on a Saturday when friends were coming over for cards at 7p and George had just started to snuggle in for a nap. OOPS! Then this past weekend I had another bug up my butt and went back to Ikea for more house furnishings and we also bought the crib.

all put together and waiting for vacancy!

Crib shopping was such a cinch, we had done the research and actual lurking online so it was a matter of picking it up and paying for it so that we could get it home and assembled. I thought George was going to have a heart attack when he saw how much the mattress was for the crib. The crib wasn’t that expensive but the mattress was almost half the amount of the crib. He wasn’t too thrilled. All in all it was an easy assembly and the nursery is looking more complete. Thanks to my Aunt Carolyn Wenstrup and cousins, Gretchen Zazycki and Shannon Wenstrup we already had the crib set and it matches the nursery decor perfectly. I will say that I’m a bit confused as to why the crib set even comes with all that it does, you aren’t really supposed to have a bumper in the crib right away! The poor baby can’t even use the comforter it comes with either. So basically you are down to the crib skirt and a sheet at first and the rest goes in the closet. So the crib with the skirt and sheet look really great. Check out the photo – the tree that my Aunt Carolyn painted is the perfect size to frame the crib!

{Belly Updates}

Here I am...there is a LOT of me, that's for sure.

{How far along?} 26 Weeks 4 days and under the 100 days mark for the countdown!

{Total weight gain} At my last doctor appointment I had learned that I gained 6 pounds putting my total at 12 pounds. My nurse mentioned that was a pretty normal hike and that Abbey was going through a growth spurt, so that made me feel better.

{How big is baby?} According to the website updates that I read each week, Abbey could be close to 2 pounds and is probably about 14 inches long. We’ll probably be able to find out for sure once we have our 3D ultrasound next week.

{Maternity clothes?} YES! And thanks to all my friends and mom for buying and passing along more clothes for me to wear. Its nice to have a change in the wardrobe even if most of it is “pre-loved.”

{Sleep?} Sleep is very hit or miss. I seem to wake up at least once a night sometimes twice and that seems to break up my sleep. The other thing is that I’m getting uncomfortable and my muscles are starting to ache because I tend to sleep on my left arm all the time or my left hip. Sometimes I just end up going out to the couch where I can prop up a lot of pillows to get a different sleeping position, plus I’m not waking up George a bunch of times from all my tossing and turning. Yea for leg cramps – had one of those late last week and I was pretty much trying to roll out of bed as fast as I could. Then I upped my banana intake the next day!

{Best moment this week?} There have been so many “best” moments recently! George feeling Abbey kick or what he calls “push” would be characterized as a best moment. Abbey loves to kick and move at night and I’m beginning to think she loves it when I watch Big Brother because that is when she seems to be most active. Another “best” moment was when George was putting the crib together and then finally seeing the nursery a little more complete. I can’t wait to fill it with the final touch – a beautiful baby girl.

{Movement?} OH yes! Most of her movement is at night and like I said above, I think she likes it when I watch Big Brother, wonder what she would think of Jeff being voted out this week. I’m sure she is as unhappy about this as her mom!

The baby apartment is turning into a double-wide!

{Food cravings?} After my 12 step program I’m finally off the LaRosa’s calzones but now I’m addicted to ice. YES, ice! I love the ice down the street from my office at the little deli called Silverglades. This has to be categorized as one of the weirdest cravings (at least I’m not eating dirt!) but its extremely low-calorie and refreshing! I just feel bad for my boss who has to hear me chomp on it all day.

{Labor signs?} Nope!

{Belly button in or out?} In….barely!

{What I miss} sleeping on my back or stomach (still true since I’m sick of the one position I’m sleeping in now)

{What I’m looking forward to} I scheduled a 3D ultrasound at the Becoming Mom Spa in Deerfield. We are going to be there between 27 and 28 weeks (September 1) which I was told is a good time to see the baby in 3D (thanks Lauren!) I’m also looking forward to starting the birth classes. I know they are going to have boring parts but its still fun to say, we are going to birthing classes!

I’m also excited about our shower with the Rockies this weekend. My brother’s baseball team who I have pretty much grown up with is throwing us a little shower out at Brookville this weekend. I love organizing and re-organizing Abbey’s room so I’m sure that will happen after this little party.

{Milestone} I’m 10 weeks 3 days from being considered full term! (slight heart attack when I said that out-loud to myself)