Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Baby Boy Update: 35 weeks


How big is baby: 35 weeks | the size of a coconut ~5lbs.


Verse that I am clinging to: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face / and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace

Been battling what feels like a lot of anxiety lately, just trying to get what feels like everything done before baby boy gets here. This song keeps playing (this line, actually) on repeat in my head and I really feel God telling me to refocus my mind on Jesus. Reality is, I cannot do the aforementioned everything on my own and I really just need to loosen the reigns a bit. Also, the view of Jesus in comparison to the "things of earth" on my to-do list right now is much better. 

How I'm feeling: I have a stupid cold, still. Not sure if it is just pregnancy congestion that is making it hang around, or if it is is me and my weak little immune system but I am not feeling my best. I haven't run a fever or had any headaches which makes me think it hasn't turned sinus infection (yet) but I am starting to get nervous about potentially going into labor with my breathing compromised. Breathing is important to me. Other than that, I feel okay. I have a big belly (anyone and everyone keeps telling me that) and that is different and unlike anything I have experienced before, but life is good. 

Symptoms: Heartburn subsided for a few days. I think little guy has dropped some because I definitely am breathing a little easier, I feel like I can eat more at a time and I have to pee every 37 minutes. Eczema is manageable, feeling super thirsty constantly and insomnia is real.  Still some swelling in feet and hands, usually when the temperature is higher (like sitting in front of the fireplace, or when it is 75º in December?!) 

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Still wanting sweet stuff like crazy, absolutely loving sweet potato leftovers from Thanksgiving. That was a craving early on and I have been looking forward to it for weeks! Want cold cold cold water and apple juice with the occasional, "I must have a Dr. Pepper NOW" moment. 

Weight gain/loss: No official weigh-in yet. I have my 36 week appointment tomorrow and they'll undoubtedly put me on the scale of shame. Not really keeping track anymore...

Sleep: one word: insomnia. I have been getting over a cold which has probably attributed to the dreadful nature of my sleep the past week or so, but I am really only sleeping/napping in like 2-4 hour increments. I am thinking this is great prep for once Lincoln comes, but I am dreading work for the next few weeks. 


Exercise: I've been trying to stretch a little bit, I feel like my leg muscles are super tight lately. I have the best intentions of getting a few walks in, but December is already so busy I feel like any free time I have not at work (or working online) is going to be spent asleep. Once #babywatch2014 officially starts I will definitely be walking more to try to get the ball rolling... (by the way, that is December 19th at 3:45pm)

Movement: Little dude is wiggling all the time. I can tell he is running out of room in there, his movements have become way less abrupt and more like little rolls from side to side with the occasional foot pop. Watching my belly is super weird and occasionally his movements knock the breath out of me! There is something tender on the left side that he kicks that really is not comfortable, gonna ask the doctor about my current internal anatomy. It does not feel good at all when he gets me there. Lately it feels pretty easy to figure out where he is in there, I can often find his rear (usually poking out, lately up near my ribs) and then can feel him curled in a little ball all the way down his spine. There is a rogue foot or hand or something that keeps popping out on my left side. He pokes it out, I poke back and we play this little game for a while. I wonder if he knows it is me out there poking back...

Best moment of the week: Thanksgiving! We got to spend time with M's family and all of his aunts and uncles and cousins for the first time since our wedding. It was great fun! His grandma also celebrated her 80th birthday last month so all her kids hung around and we got together on Saturday too to spend time together and celebrate her birthday. That day, we also stopped in to see my sister and her sweet family. This week was definitely a great one family wise. Feeling super thankful for family. Took my weekly photo at sister's house, she had the chalkboard up for Charlie's 9 month picture, thought it would be a fun change of scenery. 

What I’m loving: My sweet and wonderful husband. He worked his butt off over Thanksgiving break to finish the floors in the hallway and my lady cave and cleaned out his man cave. He helped me set up the rest of the baby gear (my lady cave is now home to a super cute bunny swing) and helped me with whatever thing I asked him for to finish Lincoln's room. I mean, he rearranged furniture, he hung things on the wall, he went to the print shop twice to print things to hang on the wall, designed a print (like, on demand). There were even a few times where he cooked dinner and cleaned up the kitchen. This does not include the many times he helped me put my socks and shoes on just to take them off later. This man. I love being married to him so very much. While I am so excited for what is to come, saying goodbye to the "just us" phase is quite bittersweet. I know that great things (some say, even the best!) are yet to come, but these past 9 years have been just life-changing and wonderful and amazing. What a gift. 

What I’m looking forward to: My 36 week appointment. This kicks off the weekly visits and progress checks. Here in a week or so we'll be considered "full term" and then the real excitement begins, but in the meantime I am just really looking forward to enjoying the last few weeks of this experience. 

Last week's baby to do
  • finish mobiles/hang decided to just go with the cloud one for now, may add another later over changing table 
  • get crib mattress
  • wash 0-3 + nb clothes; crib sheets; put clothes in dresser 
  • hang pictures on the wall in L's room, re-arrange chair & shelf & lamp 
  • TY notes from Hillsborough shower
  • organize L's closet (probably get another bin for clothes) 
  • pack the hospital bag! This turned out to be more than just a simple task, L's bag is packed, still working on mine & M's. 
  • finish maternity leave plans for FA
  • finish "if needed" emergency info for NCVPS course 
  • finish designing prints for L's room 

This week's baby to do

  • finish packing our bags
  • type up birth plan for "hospital" folder 
  • wash pacis + burp cloths
  • print pediatrician paperwork for "hospital" folder
  • follow up with cord blood donation regarding kit (they emailed me after I wrote this earlier in the week, we are good to go!) 
  • sterilize breast pump parts (may not get to this as it is a way low priority right now, it has just been on my list for a while and I want to check it off)




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