How far along? 36 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +23lbs.
Maternity clothes? YEP!
Stretch marks? Nothing. I’m on track with the weight and my belly is about the same size as my first pregnancy. I feel like i’m carrying the same as well.
Sleep: Some good nights and some bad nights. I’ve graduated to multiple pillows positioned in a very specific way and then I just flip from side to side with bathroom trips in between. We also have the AC cranked because i’ve been hot as heck lately at night.
Best moment this week: With hitting week 36 we are now in the final stretch and are visiting the doctor weekly. We learned we are still 2cm dilated and are making progress. Slowly inching closer and our doctor seems confident that it could be SOON!
Have you told family and friends? Yep!
Worst moment this week: I realized that I might still go full term and that means 4 MORE WEEKS of pregnancy.
Miss Anything? Still EVERYTHING!!! I’m so looking forward to my first post-baby cocktail just in time for Summer!!! YAY!!!
Movement: Strange movements and baby is most active when i’m laying down. But Hubby made a good point, this could be because I pay attention more when i’m laying down. Most days we are so busy chasing Miss Reagan around that I don’t even notice fetal movement until she is in bed.
Food cravings: No
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not real. Still no appetite but the baby and I are both gaining weight so we are good. I’m almost at the 25lb. weight gain minimum. I gained 26lbs. with Reagan.
Symptoms: Rib pain, back pain, a little acid reflux, and an electrical sensation in my pelvis that is the baby hitting nerves as he or she drops. This sensation is usually followed by a Braxton Hicks contraction, which I have multiple times daily, and sometimes a brief real contraction that feels like someone stabbed me in the pelvis with a knife. I remember when I was in labor with Reagan I was TOTALLY SHOCKED at how painful “real” contractions can be. I thought I could handle it but boy was I wrong. The nurse just held my hand and nodded her head saying, “Yep, there is a reason they call it L-A-B-O-R.” I do wonder how men would react to such pain. I’m just curious.
Have you started to show yet: YES
Gender prediction: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: I thought my water broke the other day. NOPE. TMI, but yea, it wasn’t water. Enough said. PS this is totally real, unglamorous, motherhood at its finest. Everyone is so busy “glorifying” motherhood in all its perfection on Instagram and Facebook. BULLSHIT! TOTAL BULLSHIT. Real motherhood/pregnancy is peeing yourself and thinking your water broke, being so tired that you don’t shave your legs, and maybe not wearing a bra for like, IDK, a week maybe. Also true, sometimes I let Reagan cry in her crib because I just can’t handle it and am busy crying myself in my big girl bed. TRUE LIFE. Being a mom is really hard some days, not all days, but some days. And I am so thankful that I don’t feel ashamed at crying or asking for help when I get strung out.
Belly Button in or out? OUT
Wedding rings on or off? On but only sometimes. I’ve always been in the habit of only wearing my wedding ring when we go out in public. And we aren’t doing a whole lot of anything these days so its mostly off. My hands are slightly swollen but not too bad.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m feeling all the emotions there are to feel. Mostly nervous/anxious about delivering and what it will be like to have a toddler and a newborn in the house at the same time. I have no expectations about what life will be like with two kids and am trying my darnedest to stay grounded and calm. I’m assuming that “strung out” feeling with be multiplied by 10, but don’t want the fear of that to overshadow the joy and love we will experience in the first few days and weeks of being newborn parents again.
Looking forward to: NEXT WEEK, week 37!!! Baby will be considered full term at that point which means we have the go ahead to deliver whenever baby should decide to come! YAY!!!