Friday, March 2, 2012

36 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: Thirty-six weeks!

Progress:  4 cm dilated and 50% effaced-- Saturday, I had contractions that were 3-5 minutes apart and lasted for almost three hours.  Since then, Baby M has definitely dropped--you can see it in the picture pretty clearly.  I can also feel it.  I can breathe much better, and I am feeling lots of pressure.  All week, I have had sporadic contractions that always fade away. 

We had an ultrasound today, and Baby M looks perfect!  Fat, FAT cheeks!!  We don't have a breech baby (hooray!!), but we do have a baby who is face up/on its side.  That explains the pack labor/pains.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +19 pounds
I have lost weight this week.  I did the same with Gannon and Austyn at the end, too.
Size of baby:
Baby M weighs 6 pounds 12 ounces.  Biggest baby, yet!

Fetal Development:
"Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement."
"Your baby's the size of a coconut!  She's still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range and continues to beef up.  Your once-poppy seed would be able to breathe on her own if she was born right now.  Her skin is getting smooth and soft and her gums are rigid.  Her liver and kidneys are in working order.  Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too."

*Funny how the average baby is not quite six pounds, yet...Our little potato is already approaching seven!
Movement: Still rolling and punching, but not quite as much.  I guess there isn't much room left in there!  Still getting hiccups all the time, too.  I wonder if Baby M will have them as much after he/she is born?
Heartbeat: 143
Gender: We don't know!
Gut Feeling: I have NO idea! Bryan still says girl, but the last few weeks, I just don't know. At all. I am just ready to meet this little person that is going to complete our family!

Cravings: Chocolate milk!  I still have to have a glass of chocolate ! milk every morning, but most of my other cravings have subsided.  In fact, my appetite in general is decreasing.  I just feel like I have nowhere to put any food!
MaternityClothes: I am still wearing both regular and maternity tops, but I have retired my regular jeans.

Sleep: What's that?
What I miss: Sleep!  And being able to put on my own socks and tie my shoes.  I have the greatest husband ever to help me out every morning!!  :)
Nesting! I am going crazy trying to finish everything up around here, and while I know we have everything we need for Baby M ready, I can't help but feel like we aren't even close to being ready!
-Clumsy!! Chalk it up to preggo brain!
Leg and foot cramps! Yuck! These are contributing to my sleep issues, since that is mostly when they occur.

Missing Feet-- I am having more trouble every day reaching my feet! Putting on my socks and shoes has become nearly impossible, ha! Bryan has been so great to help me with my socks in the mornings :)

Indigestion/Reflux! All. Day. Long! I keep Tums with me all the time...sometimes it helps, but usually, it doesn't.

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