Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 36 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 36 – September 26, 2015

I had a reality check this week that there’s less than a month until this baby is coming. In truth, I think I’ve been in denial about the fact that this baby is coming soon, whether I’m ready or not. After a conversation with a friend, I decided to face reality and get with the program…I NEED TO BE READY! I have been logging hours nightly reading my Hypnobirthing book and trying to get myself mentally ready for an all natural birth. She made a good point–“Katy, you can’t read the book after you give birth…you have to read it and get ready BEFORE!” In addition to reading and mentally prepping myself, Eric has also started to regularly give me massages. He came up with the idea himself. He thought if he’s going to potentially give me a 10 hour massage while I labor, he should probably start conditioning his hands by starting now. What an AMAZING idea. Thanks, hunny! I agree. He massages my back while I sit and read. What a great way to prep for labor:) It’s all going to pay off.

The baby is around 19 inches and 6 pounds this week – the size of a watermelon. I had my 36 week appointment on Thursday and am measuring 37 cm, another 3 cm growth in the past 2 weeks. Wow. I believe it though. At my 36 week checkup in my first pregnancy, I was measuring 34-35 cm. So that’s a big difference in belly size compared to last time! When I look at the side by side comparison photo from then, I see a distinct difference. Let’s hope this baby isn’t a huge chunk. I am planning on a 100% natural birth, after all!

We still have yet to pre-register at the hospital or take a hospital tour. I plan to call about that and make those things happen very soon. Time is running out. We have done several birth classes already, and those will be finishing up this week.

I got 3-4 inches chopped off my hair and it’s still halfway down my back! But it feels refreshing to get a bit of a cut.

Last week I wrote about the hardwood floors. Well, that project has officially begun! As of today (Saturday night I am writing this), the entire front room is laid and the kitchen is started. We hope to have the kitchen complete by tomorrow. Then what will be left over the remaining weeks and weekends is the family room, hallway, bathroom and closets. I think we could get this done before my due date. On Friday I did a lot of help with the floors, but I also ended up getting light headed and having more Braxton Hicks contractions than usual. So I am planning to take it a bit easier so I don’t overdo it. Eric begged me NOT to go in to labor if at all possible. Here’s for hoping for a full-term baby!

My age: 29

How far along: 36 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a watermelon (19 inches and 6 pounds)

Gender: Girl

Events of this week: Several photography sessions, birth class, life group, chiropractor appointment, prenatal appointment, lots of photo editing, dentist appointment, installing hardwood floors, girls’ night at my house for my new MOPS table, had friends over for dinner, went to a baby shower.

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, growing belly and minor aches.

Exercise/Activity: 4 days this week. Woo hoo! And let’s really call it 5 because the first day of laying hardwood floors was a lot of exercise.

Sleep: I’m not that comfortable anymore. But I still don’t get up much at night…maybe once a night. Not bad. I just feel uncomfortable though.

Maternity clothes:  Yes. Though I basically wear yoga pants that sit underneath my belly most days of the week paired with a maternity top.

Stretch marks: No. Using lotion like crazy and hoping for a stripe free pregnancy!

Belly Button: Out.

Food cravings: Eating healthier this week. Having cravings for greek yogurt with craisins as well as swiss cheese.

Food aversions: Nothing.

Movement: Very active.

Best Moment of the Week: Finding out some good news in my family!

Worst Moment of the Week: Winter fell face first into our brick fireplace one night. Thankfully she’s fine, but that shook me up!

What I’m looking forward to: Continued progress on hardwood floor installation! It’s looking SO BEAUTIFUL. I love these beautiful floors. Also looking forward to Friday night. My good friend is turning 30 and to celebrate, she m, I and one other friend are staying at a fancy hotel downtown and then having a spa day. What a treat! I’ll be 37 weeks getting a prenatal massage. That’ll be heavenly!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: A full term baby. Part of me feels like the baby is going to play a dirty trick on us by showing up early since we don’t want her to. Please stay in until at least 39 weeks. Thanks!

What I miss: Downtime. I don’t have any. At all.

Next appointment: Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 1:20 p.m.

Comparison…big difference!

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Baby Girl #2 36 Week Pic:

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BUMP REPORT – 36 Weeks

36weekswatermelonPREGNANCY WEEK 36

Ok, how crazy is this?!?  36 weeks pregnant, is this for REAL?!  Check out the count-down-ticker on the side bar of my blog…it should read how many DAYS are left now, instead of months.  Today it shows 29 days left.  Whoa.  I think that Eric and I are realizing just how quickly our due date is approaching.  We are getting the final touches on the nursery done, buying items off our registry and momma is even starting to do a bit of nesting!  36 weeks means baby girl could be here anytime.  Now we are fully hoping for a full term baby (give us at LEAST 2 weeks, baby girl!).  But honestly she could make her appearance at any time.  We can’t wait to meet that little gal!!!

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I realized that today (September 9th) marks 6 years since Eric proposed to me.  I am so happy that I said yes!  I love him more and more with every day that passes.  I just can’t wait to watch him transition into his new role as daddy.  I think I love him now, but I can only imagine how much MORE I will love him when I watch him as a daddy to our baby girl.  So excited for that.  Look at HOW YOUNG we looked on September 9, 2007:

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My age: 27

How far along: 36 weeks (LESS than a month)

How big is baby: the size of a watermelon.  She is approximately 19 inches long and weighs 6 pounds.

What have you been up to: Since last week’s post I have traveled MANY miles.  We drove from Florida to Colorado in a mere two days, and I was amazed at how well the trip went!  On Wednesday we logged 17.5 hours from start to finish, driving from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Dallas, Texas.  Thursday we logged 13.5 hours from start to finish, driving from Dallas, Texas to Denver, Colorado.  Both days went flawlessly!!  Eric and I enjoyed driving along the coast and seeing some new scenery.  We had a bulletproof system: we alternated on 3 hour shifts of driving with walking breaks between shifts.  My feet swelled only slightly and I felt great throughout the entire trip.

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Since getting home, we have gotten together with friends, spent time in the nursery getting organized, purchased several baby items (glider rocking chair, video baby monitor, etc), gone to church and cleaned our house.  It feels so nice to get home and start final baby preparations.

I had my 36 week doctor check up today.  Everything is looking good, but there was one slight area of concern.  The nurse practitioner saw me at the appointment today, and she questioned my slight weight loss (I lost a few pounds in Florida and then have stayed the same weight for about a month).  As of right now, my total weight gain is 23 pounds, and she was wondering why I have not been gaining (and even lost a bit).  I explained that my eating habits have been super healthy (avoiding all processed/junk foods and all desserts/sweets).  Upon the explanation, she was very understanding and seemed to be fine with that.  Aside from the weight issue, she was also just slightly concerned with my fundal height measurement.  I measured at 34-35 cm, which is the same as my previous measurement from my last doctor visit a few weeks ago.  Just to double check on baby’s growth, she ordered an ultrasound for Wednesday morning.  She said there is no reason to stress or be concerned since at my 33 week ultrasound the baby was measuring right on track.  The NP said my fundal height might be based on baby’s positioning since she is so squished in there.

At first I felt slightly worried and stressed, but after talking with my sister, I know that everything is just fine.  She has 3 kids, and with all 3 of her pregnancies she gained most of her weight in the 2nd trimester.  Her 3rd trimesters is where her weight gain slowed down and she said there was some weight loss that occurred for her too.  As far as fundal height goes, she also measured on the smaller side with her pregnancies too.  All of her babies were born at healthy weights with no problems.  Sounds like she and I have had similar experiences.  So I will just NOT stress about this and be EXCITED for another opportunity to see my little girl on an ultrasound this week!  Here is a picture of my sister Maggie at 36 weeks pregnant with her 2 older boys (taken in early June):

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Exercise/Activity Level: With two full travel days last week, I managed to still get in 5 days of exercise.  There was zero way to squeeze a workout in on either of those days, except for the walking breaks I took every 3 hours during the drive (which doesn’t count!).  I ran 3 days and did cardio/weights 2 days.  I had been preparing myself to get slapped in the face with the mile-high altitude upon returning to Colorado, but honestly the 2 runs I have done since being here have been GREAT!  Yesterday my sweet husband went running with me around a nearby lake, and it’s incredible to see the gorgeous mountains and Colorado scenery.  Can you tell I’m happy to be home?!

Maternity clothes:  All maternity, and I’m excited to actually WEAR more of my maternity clothes now that I’m not living in swimsuits anymore.

Stretch marks: None.

Belly Button: Outie.

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty solid with a few hiccups.  Last night I was in and out of sleep all night long because my hips were hurting so bad.

Newest baby milestones this week: Baby is nearly full-term.  Most of her systems are up and running.  Her liver and kidneys are fully functioning, her immune system is all squared away and ready to attack germs, but her lungs still have just a bit more developing to do this week until they are ready for life outside the womb.

Best Moment of the Week:   Getting home!  Being back in our own house with our comforts, friends, community and church is just splendid.  I love being home.  I LOVED Florida, but there is just something about getting home that feels the best.

Worst Moment of the Week: Waking up in the middle of the night with sharp hip pain earlier this week.

Food cravings: I’ve continued eating super clean and I feel great.  I eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, greek yogurt and granola bars.  My go-to is still apples with peanut butter and vanilla greek yogurt.  Oh and also banana/peanut butter smoothies too (made with 2 bananas, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a dash of water and ice cubes blended together).

Food aversions: After feeling nauseated from eggs over a week ago, I haven’t attempted eating any since then.  Not sure if they still would make me sick, but I’d rather not find out.

Symptoms: Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, loose joints, hip pain, trouble rolling over/getting out of bed, slight swelling in my feet, growing/feeling like my belly is so huge it is going to make me topple over, etc.

Movement: This girl is a mover and a shaker.  In church on Sunday she was bouncing off the walls the entire service.  The music in our church is pretty loud and I think she was doing a little dancing:)

Gender: Girl

What I’m looking forward to: I’m looking forward to taking our maternity photos tonight.  We have a really great photographer lined up (Dueck Photography), and I am just so excited to capture some great shots tonight.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for our baby girl to continue to be healthy and grow.  She sure FEELS like she is growing a ton!!  She is making momma so uncomfortable and tired sometimes.

What I miss: Being able to run faster.  Yesterday there was a fit girl who ran past us (probably running my old pre-pregnancy pace).  Watching her get further and further ahead of us made me feel like I was literally running in slow motion.  I can’t wait to be lighter so I can run faster!!

Next appointment: Wednesday, September 11th @ 8:30 am for an ultrasound.  The doctor just wants to get some current measurements to see if baby Lute is still on track.

To-do list before baby’s arrival:  (I’m adding this one now that we are getting so close!)

THINGS I WANT TO GET DONE THIS WEEK:

-Hospital tour (tomorrow night)

-Pre-register at the hospital

-Buy items off baby registry

-Get the nursery 100% finished

-Wash & organize baby clothes

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