Wednesday, May 26, 2010

36 weeks = 9 months = almost there!

This pic is me at 35.5 weeks and my friend at 33 weeks at her shower. I can't wait for our "twin" girls to be born!

How far along? 36 weeks - holy cow! Sorry I missed 35 - opps!

Total weight gain: Do you really want to know? I'm up 39 lb!

Appointments: So, besides the technician being a "B", the sonogram went well! Baby is measuring a few days ahead and my fluid levels are normal. The tech refused to let us see the baby's face and gender. So I guess we just have to hope she'll be cute and hope she's a girl! I also had my 36 week appointment yesterday. They did the Group B Strep swab and an internal exam. I am 1-2 cm dilated, 80% effaced and baby's head is at -1 station. I didn't expect any progress, but I am so glad my body is preparing for labor!

How big is baby? baby is gaining about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Next week, your baby will be considered full-term. Most likely she's in a head-down position, but if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version, where she'll try to turn your baby by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

Maternity clothes: Still wearing the ones that fit! It's amazing to me how many of my clothes are too small!

Stretch marks: The couple on my underbelly have gotten wider and more scary looking. Luckily I can only see them in the mirror

Sleep: I wish I could sleep better. I am only sleeping MAYBE three hours at a time now, with bathroom breaks in between

Movement: On most days, this baby doesn't like to stay still. She loves hanging out in my ribs!

Food cravings: Just random small things. Like last night at 2 am, I had to go down stairs for some Diet Sprite. I couldn't sleep until I got some!

Food aversions: Not really - but a lot of food that I normally like doesn't appeal to me right now.

Belly button: Still a shallow innie

Symptoms: I feel like everyday I feel a little bit worse...I'm trying to be a trooper, though...

What I'm looking forward to: Giving birth. I've actually been studying up on natural childbirth. I can't wait to see what my body can do.

Weekly Wisdom: When you feel emotional and have to cry, just let it out!
Weekly joy: Matthew has been so sweet, doing so many little things to take care of me. I really appreciate the small stuff he does! Also, I hit a "big" milestone 35/35 last week. When you are 35 weeks pregnant, there are only 35 days left to go! I can't believe we are under a month now!!!


Chris and Mary said...

Holy crap girl! I can't believe you are already dilated! Yay!!!! Good for you! I def didn't on my own, so I so hope you can on your own!!! Whoop whoop! :)

Meredith said...

Woooo! How exciting to be a month (or less!) away!

Jen J. said...

OMG why wouldn't the tech let you see the face or gender?! What a biatch! Glad you are doing well though. :o)

Anonymous said...

You are so cute! Love these little twin pics :)
Can't believe you're almost there, congrats!

That Married Couple said...

Cute picture!

Gillian said...

You look so beautiful!!!!

Juliana said...

I can't wait to hear your birth story!!!