Bumpdate – 36.5 weeks

I can’t believe it but we’re almost to full-term! On Sunday I’ll be 37 weeks so it’s really just a waiting game at this point. Baby girl is free to come whenever she’s ready!

We had an ultrasound and regular appointment this past Tuesday and thankfully, everything looked perfect. My midwife has been concerned this whole time about my weight gain and the fact that my belly keeps measuring about two weeks behind…so they had us come in for an extra ultrasound to check on this little peanut’s growth and my fluid levels. Praise God it was all good news! She measured in the 39th percentile at around 6 lbs, 2 oz and everything else was right on track. We got to see her little face too, but she’s so smushed in there that it was hard to see anything very clearly. She looks like she has chubby cheeks though, just like Jameson! Her nose also looked super similar to Jameson’s. But I guess we’ll see for sure when she’s born within the next few weeks!

Later at our regular appointment my belly still measured two weeks behind, so basically I’m just carrying her really compactly. No need to worry at all! They’re still pushing me to gain as much weight as I can so I can have some extra fat storages for breastfeeding after she’s born (I’m only up to 11 lbs gained total, which we now know is mostly just baby and fluid). I’ve been instructed to add milkshakes and cookies and all things fatty into my diet! Don’t mind if I do. 😉

How far along: 36.5 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a large cantaloupe (19-22 inches long and around 6 lbs, 2 oz according to our ultrasound)
Movement: Fewer giant rolls and more slithering, sliding movements if that makes sense. She’s running out of room in there so she can’t perform her acrobatics the way she used to. I can tell exactly how she’s positioned (head down, her back on my left side, her feet on my right side) and I feel her the most where her legs and feet are, as well as down very low in my belly where her arms and hands are. Sometimes it feels like she’s trying to push her way out!
Major symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions are definitely picking up and some of them are kind of intense. There have been a couple of times where my stomach was contracted for over five minutes straight, and sometimes I have to stop everything and focus on breathing through them. Besides that, just normal end-of-pregnancy symptoms…exhaustion, shortness of breath, and lots of extra pressure in my pelvis. Everything feels like a sign at this point…like I could go into labor at any moment. I’ll be sitting around and something weird will happen and I’ll think, “This is it! Here we go!” But nope, usually just have to pee again.
Best moments this week: Our friends hosted an open mic worship night this past weekend which I loved going to with my boys, and I’m also loving the fact that it’s finally OCTOBER!!! Baby month is officially here!
Looking forward to: Labor? Delivery? I don’t know but I’m really excited for this whole process to get started so we can meet our little girl. 🙂

** Cravings: I’m adding this category back in this week because I’m finally having some real cravings! They are super boring and lame (basically just cold and crunchy things, like raw carrots and raw broccoli) but I know they’re for real because the other night I thought I was going to lose my mind if I didn’t start eating some broccoli from the fridge right away. Thinking about it right now is actually making me kind of anxious…like I need to go get some broccoli right now. Okay bye.

This picture cracks me up because of the little foot going under the crib. 😂

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