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Pregnancy Update: 36 Weeks

October 16, 2017

Remember that time I pretended I was going to do regular pregnancy updates? And then 12 weeks passed, and here we are, 4 weeks away from my due date? Whoops. I really wanted to keep up with this but then vacations happened, and we moved, and my best friend got married, and I became large and in charge and just didn’t have the energy. Now, I am officially done with work. D. O. N. E. DONE. It is the best feeling in the world. And, it has given me some more free time when I’m not trying to hoist myself off the couch, out of bed, from any sitting position, etc. So, I decided I’d do an update since things have certainly changed since I was 24 weeks.

Baby size: Websites tell me our little guy is about the size of a honeydew melon, weighing in at 5.8 lbs. Since he was estimated to be weighing 4 lbs at about 30 weeks, I’m going to assume this is bullshit. Also, honeydew melons are round, and the jabs I’m receiving in my ribs are not round. So, I’m going to say, he’s about the size of a baby.

Symptoms: I’m very fortunate to have had a fairly “easy” pregnancy. But, as everyone tells you, the third trimester has not been as kind (still not awful). I have sciatic pain every once in a while, but nothing some stretching can’t fix. Carpal tunnel has been introduced into my life gradually over the past few weeks. It is now constant. In fact, I can’t feel my hands as I type this. HOORAY. That’s pretty much the worst of it, other than a general inability to sit up, bend down, and things of the like that my non-pregnant self took for granted.

Body: I mean, I look like I’m 8.5 months pregnant. I think you can figure it out.

Currently Missing: Being comfortable. And wine. Always wine.

Sleep: I’m up 3-4 times a night to pee, try to get comfortable again, or tend to my carpal tunnel, which honestly doesn’t seem like that often. My mom bought me a Snoogle body pillow when I was first pregnant (thanks Mom!), and I couldn’t get used to it. It was bulky and I liked using my own pillow for my head, so I kept it aside thinking I might want it later, and I was right. ALL HAIL THE SNOOGLE. Due to said sciatic pain and overall general largeness, I brought the Snoogle out around the beginning of my third trimester and I haven’t let go of it since. I don’t know how I wasn’t using it before and I’m honestly not sure I will be able to give it up after (sorry, Tim).

Cravings: Nothing. I never had any serious cravings (or aversions) outside of the norm the whole time. Fine by me.

Reading: Common Sense Pregnancy by Jeanne Faulkner. I came across the author’s podcast randomly and enjoyed a few episodes, so I looked into her book. Jeanne Faulkner is a former labor and delivery nurse with four children of her own and this book is written in a way for clueless people like me to get some basics without scaring the crap out of you. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still petrified, but this has eased my anxiety a bit.

Buying: We bought a dresser for the little guy. His crib is put together, as is some baby gear like his swing and pack n play. We had a shower with my family and friends in NY a few weeks ago and are lucky enough that Tim’s family is throwing us a second shower here in a few weeks, so I’m trying to refrain from buying too much until after that.

Excited for: Feeling my hands again one day.

 

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