I’m not that into pregnancy blogging, or photos, or obsessing. Lots of friends have been all stars about documenting their experiences, and while I’ve journaled a bit, I’ve preferred processing and learning in my own, more personal ways. It’s funny to see all the ways different people mark the journey though – so now that the clock is ticking I figure I can temporarily jump on the bandwagon with a template I’ve seen online.
How far along: 36 weeks, 1 day
Total weight gain: 22 lbs
Maternity clothes: Yeah, these have been necessary for a while. Although a fair amount of strategically stretchy normal clothes still fit (workout clothes, maxi skirts, dresses).
Sleep: I’ve never been a great sleeper so not much has changed. really hoping the baby inherits Jim’s ability to sleep any time, any place. I’d say I’m averaging about 7.5 hours per night and rarely feel well-rested.
Best moment of this week: Getting a great report after an ultrasound at the doctor’s office, and being told to eat more.
Miss anything: Besides balanced hormones? Being able to decompress through exercise and go for more than three minutes without sweating.
Movement: Mine’s becoming limited, but the baby is an acrobat.
Food cravings: Fruit, baked goods (pie, pastries), cereal.
Anything making you queasy or sick: The thought of having to deliver the baby.
Have you started to show yet: Yes, it looks like I swallowed a watermelon.
Gender: It’s a girl. I have disproven every old wives tale based on symptoms and lack of symptoms.
Labor signs: Mild cramps/contractions.
Belly button in or out: Out. Thank you for asking. All things considered, how would a belly button stay in at this point?
Wedding rings on or off: On. Still look like an honest woman.
Happy or moody most of the time: I don’t know that either seems fully accurate, I think I’m somewhere in the middle. However, moodiness is more likely linked to it being 114 degrees than any part of pregnancy.
Looking forward to: Meeting this baby.
Words of wisdom: I’ve gotten a lot of advice over the past few months, and have grown to appreciate the overflowing and wonderful network of moms in my life. There are, of course, people who overshare, incite panic and retell your their own birth stories 40 times over, BUT — the majority are caring, thoughtful and totally honest when you need it. Some of my favorite advice came when I asked a few friends for advice on packing a hospital bag. I loved the answers I got and learned a lot.
Other news: I’m on a social media cleanse. One week sans Facebook or Instagram. It was needed.
Here are grainy photos (with Bruno photobombs) from 35 and 36 weeks: