Hey there! Happy Friday to you! I can’t believe it’s literally been a week since I last posted. I just haven’t gotten around to posting lately. I’ve been focusing on taking care of myself and getting things ready for the baby. It’s hard to believe that we are just 3 short weeks away from my due date. After everything that I’ve been through, it doesn’t feel real that she will be here in 3 weeks or less. It still feels surreal to me. It also makes me realize that my entire life is going to change within the next three weeks. It’s a positive change and I am welcoming it with open arms. So let’s get started on my 36 Week Recap.
36 Weeks Pregnant
Fun Facts About the Baby At 36 Weeks
- Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long.
- She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath.
- Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.
- At the end of this week, your baby will be considered “early term.” (Full-term is 39 to 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term, 41 weeks is late term, and those born after 42 are post-term.
How far along? 36 Weeks & 6 Days
Baby’s size? A head of romaine lettuce
Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.
Sleep: Sleep is hard. I find myself waking up every hour to use the bathroom. It’s harder and harder to get comfortable. I will fall asleep for periods of time and then I wake up. The best sleep I get is when I first lay down. I can usually stay asleep for about 2-3 hours and then I start waking up every hour.
Best moment this week: Getting her swing, bouncer, and rocker that she is going to sleep in put together and starting to pack my hospital bag.
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my side, and tuna fish (I know some women eat it while they are pregnant but I stay away because of mercury levels).
Movement: She is a VERY active little lady! I can feel her foot perfectly on my side and I can tell where her butt is. She makes very strong movements and I swear I will never get tired of feeling her move. It’s the highlight of my day and I wait for it every single day.
Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Potato Chips, Ice Cream, Sprite Zero, McDonald’s, Nifty Fifties Reesey Cup milkshake with spicy cheese fries, Fried chicken from the Plain and Fancy restaurant, Arby’s roast beef sandwich (random!)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just heartburn. I’m managing it as best as I can.
Labor Signs: Not so sure about this one. I will talk to my midwife today about it.
Symptoms: tired, swollen feet, back pain, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely uncomfortable, hot
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy but I’m getting very nervous about becoming a mom. I just hope that I will know what to do and I want to be the best mom that I can be. In two weeks, we are taking a Baby Basics class that should teach us all the basics that we need to know. I’m praying that she won’t come before then so that we can attend this class and learn last-minute skills that we need to know.
Looking forward to: My OB appointment today, ordering art to hang up in her room and getting the nursery finalized soon. We are almost there!
So there you have my 36 Week Recap. I’m getting more and more uncomfortable as the days pass which is expected. I’m also getting very excited because every day that passes means it’s one day closer to meeting this little lady. I have my OB appointment today so we will check and see if there is anything progressing.
I’ve been taking it easy with work. I go in a few days and then I work a few days from home. I’m just trying to play it as safe as I can be because that is what my midwives want me to do. I’m glad that next week will be my last week of work. I will feel much safer being home in case something happens.
Well, I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!