36 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 36 weeks and 5 days

Meds: All taken daily – prenatal vitamin, Omega 3 + DHA, Ranitidine (2x/day), Magnesium (250mg at bedtime as per my chiro’s recommendation), Gaviscon for heartburn as required (which is OFTEN!).

Baby is the size of: a ripe papaya or a honeydew melon

Best Moments This Week:

  • Daily morning baths to loosen my hips/pelvis/back. I relax in the tub for 45 mins to an hour each morning
  • Putting the finishing touches on the nursery – just need to take some photos!
  • My Blessingway ceremony this past Sunday.

Funniest Moment this Week: When my boss video conferenced me this afternoon, but I only accepted via audio because I wasn’t wearing a bra and realized my boobs were leaking on my shirt. 😀

Total Weight Gain: a total of 16.2 lbs – +.06 from last week.

Maternity Clothes: You know it. It’s all I fit these days.

Symptoms:

  • My lower back and pelvic pain is here to stay. Yesterday I had massage, chiro and physio. I was feeling better until I sat at my desk all morning. Hopefully things can loosen up once I’m officially off work. I’m super slow moving as baby keeps dropping lower and lower. Getting out of bed or rolling over is the worst!
  • Occasional pukes are back. I’ve woken myself up 2x this past week puking in the middle of the night.
  • Tired.

Sleep: Not comfortable at all any more. Heavy belly, frequent peeing.

Food Cravings: Peaches, caramel candy apples – this one is really bizarre for me! But I discovered a local grocery store makes them and sells them for $3.99.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Middle of the night pukes, but not sure what is causing it as I have barely been eating anything for supper. I basically just have small snacks throughout the day.

Movement: He’s fairly active now. Since his last drop, I’m having a hard time finding exactly where his bum is now.

Stretch Marks: Yes, I’ve got tiger stripes.

Baby Bump: Growing and growing… You can notice the drop in the comparison photo.

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Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Some braxton hicks, but nothing else besides baby dropping again.

Belly Button In or Out?: Innie, but not much left.

Wedding Rings on or off?: Off. I’ve given up on any sense of style/normalcy.

Happy or Moody?: Low energy can make me moody. I find my patience level is back at a zero. I struggle with needing to get out and socialize versus wanting to stay home and hibernate. I get frustrated with not being able to do as much as I want to physically when I do have energy spurts. I’m very happy that I’m almost done work and baby is almost here.

Purchases for baby:

  • No purchases this week.

Purchases for Momma: 

  • A new microSD card for my phone to store baby pics (because yes, my old one is full and I doubt I’ll have time to transfer them all before he comes… and yes you can laugh and ask WHY I don’t use a cloud solution. I don’t have the answer to that).

Miss Anything?: Sleep, energy, eating large meals, cuddling,

Looking forward to:

  • Being off work – 3.5 days left.
  • A baby shower my girlfriends are throwing for me this Sunday
  • Our local Perinatal Loss Awareness Walk on October 3rd (as long as baby stays in til then)
  • The actual arrival of our little man

Am I ready yet?

Am I ready for my baby to come? Physically, that answer is MORE THAN YES!

My symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) a.k.a. public pain is horrible! I’ve just come to the conclusion it’s most likely not going away until the little man is out. I am still going for massage, chiro, physio and acupuncture. Acupuncture has proven to be the most interesting/effective technique for lessening the symptoms. My acupuncturist also practices Kyoto Hand Therapy which relates each spot on your hands to a spot on your body and is perfectly safe to use during pregnancy. I’ve got certain pressure points to massage on my hands to help with the pelvic pain. And let me tell you, it’s fascinating how sore your hand can be in a spot that relates to soreness elsewhere in the body! I’ve got a massage on Monday and I’m also hoping she can loosen my inner thigh ligaments. I’ve been stretching each night, but they are still super tight. My lower back is hit and miss. Some days, it’s super sore. Other days, it’s tolerable. That YouTube video I referenced in last week’s bumpdate is helping A LOT.

I’ve also gotten a bit of the pukes back. I’ve thrown up 3-4 times this week including a horrible episode in the middle of the night last night. I woke myself up choking on puke, then coughing and slightly peeing myself. Who said pregnancy was pretty? 

Overall, I’m just sore and slow moving. I have to keep reminding myself that it will take me at least 2x as long to do anything I want to do (i.e. grocery shopping), that I will need at least 1 pee break and potentially a snack along the way.

In terms of having things ready for baby, I’m confident we have enough to get us started. The baby room is complete. We have newborn diapers and wipes, clothing, bathing products, bottles and formula samples (if we should need them). I’m caught up on laundry. Our cleaning ladies just came on Friday. Our hospital bags are almost packed. Well, baby’s bag is packed, mine is 3/4 with a list of missing items and my husband’s is about 1/4. Today, he installed the car seat in my car and the extra base in his truck. There isn’t much else to do.

Emotionally, I’m getting there. I really wish I had gone off work at 36 weeks as I do have a feeling this little guy will arrive before 40 weeks. More than anything, I’m hoping for a few days before labour begins to relax, centre and get into a mindset to prepare myself for whatever may come. I’m not sure you can ever be 100% emotionally ready, but I’m feeling much more relaxed this week than I was a few weeks ago.

Mike keeps saying he’s super excited for the baby to get here as he wants to watch the Blue Jay’s games with him… and I won’t be able to say no if the baby is requesting it. My husband can be quite the character sometimes. 🙂

Deep down, I feel like he will arrive sometime after the full moon (Sept 27), yet before the end of mercury retrograde (October 9). We will see if my intuition is right or if I’m just anxious to meet him. ❤