I am bouncing on my birth ball as I type this post, part of me not believing I’ve already hit the 35-week mark, and the other part of me not believing I’m only 35 weeks along. Lots of conflicting emotions going on these days.
My sister hits her third trimester this week. It has been really neat being pregnant at the same time. She’s been an absolute lifesaver when it comes to my freezer meals. She’s great in the kitchen, and has been doing all sorts of cooking and baking lately. This has been a huge help to me! And for herself (get this) she made 62 postpartum freezer meals. SIXTY-TWO. Just let that sink in for a moment. Are you feeling slightly unproductive? Because that’s how I felt when she first told me.
Ironically, when I typed my 35-week post during my pregnancy with Bonnie, almost exactly two years ago, I talked about my sister coming to visit and helping with freezer meals. You can find that post here.
Anyway, here’s what I am looking like at 35 weeks along. Please excuse the pajamas (they are new, and when I get a new pair of jammies I all but live in them until they are nice and broken in.) Oh, and excuse the messy bathroom. The nesting instinct hasn’t hit me yet. Unfortunately.
How far along? 35 WEEKS!!!
Total weight gain? Just shy of 19 pounds, and feeling every bit of it.
Maternity clothes? Yes.
Stretch marks? No. I’m still really shocked by this… in a good way!
Sleep: Significantly better than it has been the past two months. Not great, but much better.
Best moment this week: I know it may sound redundant week after week, but I am just loving this time with my family. I missed them so much the past four years, and being down the road from my parents has been so amazing.
Miss anything? Sleeping on my back and belly, and sleeping comfortably in general. Actually, I miss simply being comfortable in general.
Movement: She’s always been really active, but I’ve felt her movements less this past week than usual. I’m hoping that means she’s starting to settle into her birth position, but I’m also aware that could just be my wishful thinking. She still moves from side to side frequently, so I don’t think she’s quite ready to relax into position yet!
Food cravings: Nothing specific, other than ice, but I have had the biggest sweet tooth the past week or two. It’s frustrating. I blame the amazing banana cream pie that Avery (my sister) made at the end of last week. It may have been one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.
Anything making you feel queasy or sick: No. I feel less-than-stellar overall, but not sick or queasy.
Labor signs: None, but lots of Braxton Hicks the past couple of days.
Symptoms: Nothing new. A growing belly. And butt. My butt is getting huge!!! I guess that’s necessary to support the growing belly.
Belly button in or out? Out, especially when Baby Girl is right behind it.
Wedding ring on or off? On. Pregnancy is so strange. I was smaller during my first pregnancy, but my feet and hands swelled SO MUCH. This time I am bigger overall, but experiencing no swelling in my hands and feet whatsoever.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, moody, stressed… you name it. I’m all over the place.
Looking forward to: Meeting this girl! She can’t come until my GBS swab comes back in about a week and a half. Once we reach that milestone I will be ready for her!
I’m also looking forward to my appointment with the midwife next week. I have a short list of questions for her, and once those are answered I think I will feel mentally prepared to go into labor. I’d love to have her the weekend of May 28th/29th. I will be 38 weeks at that point, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. And have I also mentioned I would like to go into labor during the night, and have her before Bonnie wakes up the next morning?
I mean… not to be too particular….
What’s Going on with Baby:
- She is still working on gaining weight, although from here on out it’s impossible to know her actual weight. Starting around the 36-week-mark, babies gain about half a pound per week until they are born.
- She won’t get much longer from here on out. My midwife said at our last appointment that she felt quite long. Bonnie was 21 inches long, so I’m expecting Baby Sister to be long as well.