36 Weeks - A basketball belly.

We have a guessing game going on and you can play too if you wanna: 

My age:  29 (for one more week!)

How far along:  36 weeks - the last month!!  <---That's awesomely frightening.

It is an OMG belly now.

How big is baby:   He could be somewhere around 6 pounds!  We will get a more accurate measurement this week at our final ultrasound.

What have you been up to:   I'm still working a little OT but the work pressure is slowing so I can soon focus on baby prep [and napping].

Last week we took a recommended class called "Will I Ever Sleep Again?" which covered basics on how to get your baby on a sleeping schedule along with learning about feeding times, how to calm your baby, and what to expect to a degree, etc.  The info was awesome and I sure plan to utilize it.  There were a bunch of tiny newborns in the class and one was 12 days old and he was still only 8 pounds.  Ben and I were in awe with how cute and tiny he was.  His little cry was so adorable.  I can't believe we'll soon have a little one of our own.

We spent time on getting the last of our needed items and worked on the nursery!  We also have started to wash the baby clothes and pack our hospital bags.

This outfit (below) both my 20 year old and 26 year old brothers wore.  I am surprised how well the clothes/elastics kept from clear back then.  I am so excited to put them on our lil guy too!!

I still want to take classes on breastfeeding and also one on infant CPR and then I think we're set.

We also survived a monsoon storm that decided to flood everything, but I will probably post some pictures later.  It was crazy and the freeway became a channel for the water [while people were driving on it].  And we live next to the freeway, so yeah.

And I just wrote a novel.  :S

Exercise/Activity Level:   Still doing CrossFit about 3-4 times a week but taking it easy.  After this week I am allowed to have "as many contractions as I want," without concern.  I'm fairly certain that doesn't mean I can kick it back up a notch at the gym, but I'm just quoting my doctor.  :]  97% of babies are matured by 37 weeks.

I'm still not a huge fan of rowing and I look forward to doing my favorite cardio activity very soon... running!

Maternity clothes:   I bought two shirts and that bright colored skirt above that I should be able to wear afterwards too.  I needed something new to wear to my shower.  :]  I'm on major outfit repeat.

Stretch marks:   None yet.  Home stretch ahead!

Belly Button:   Flat-ish and stretched, but not an outie yet which kind of surprises me.

Sleep:  Still truckin' along but getting more uncomfortable on my side.

Best Moment of the Week:   I had a local baby shower and it was a lot of fun and I got some more great advice.  I was so caught up in chatting that I really sucked at pictures, but I will have to get some that I think Catherine took who threw the shower.  She is wonderful.  Look at this lunch and dessert crepe bar...

And one weekend we ate crab and shrimp with Nate/Becky and my brother.  It was fun and so freaking good that I think we'll be going back soon.

Followed by Bahama Bucks (and a flattering image of us all).

Worst Moment of the Week:   I have noticed that lately I get frustrated/irritated a lot easier than usual.

I had one lady at church tell me at 35 weeks that I looked like I was going to pop, which...lol I would never say that.  Now looking at my 36 week pictures I'll admit I do credit her accuracy.

Food cravings:  I haven't had many cravings and my fruit consumption has even slowed.  I guess I do want s'mores.  Ben makes the best ones in the toaster oven.

Food aversions:  Same deal.

Symptoms:   Back pain, but only on the right.  My right leg also likes to go numb and sometimes I can't get it to wake up very well which drives me bonkers.  I find floating in the pool to help and have been trying to do as much as possible.  I am also noticing swelling these days, but it hasn't been too bad yet.  Overall we're doing pretty good over here I'd say.

There was a froggy swimming around so I rescued him.  We found one dead in the pool the next day.  :(  I think it was my fault because I didn't take him outside of our yard.

Movement:   All of the time!  He seems to have been rotating a bunch over the past few weeks but prefers my right side.

Gender:   Boy!

What I’m looking forward to:   Meeting him!!

What I’m nervous about/praying for:   Now that we're getting closer to the day, I am nervous for breastfeeding.  Probably even more so than delivering!  I know it's supposed to be a natural thing, but I don't think I'm going to see it as such.  Maybe I'm not human, or maybe I'm just very honest.

What I miss:   I can't remember how it feels to be limber and quick.  I am looking forward to bouncing out of bed in the mornings and getting back to my old, comfy self.  Right now getting out of bed is quite painful and I can tell my joints are loosened.

Next appointment:   8/27 regular 36 week appointment (this week) +my final ultra sound, then we go to weekly appointments!


  1. I don't blame you for being nervous about breastfeeding. Some moms can do it and some can't. I am one of the unlikely ones that can't. Good luck! I hope it all works out for you in the end.

  2. And you also look so cute! The cutest pregnant lady ever!!

  3. I live this weekly update so much. Breastfeeding is hard in the beginning but so rewarding and easy later on, never thought I would say that. Give it a try, it's great, but don't beat yourself up if it is not for you. I now love it, but had my doubts the first 3 weeks.

  4. Getting close! I feel like this point is SO far off! Hope all goes well!

  5. OMG you look so great! I love it! Don't let anyone fool you, breastfeeding is not easy at first, but if it works out that you can do it for a while, it becomes easy and is the best thing ever!! PLUS your baby weight just falls right off thanks to breastfeeding!

  6. You look wonderful! And yes, people say the darndest things to pregnant women for some reason. The thing that surprised me with my first baby is how much people pay attention to you when you have a little baby. It's fun, but weird to attract so much notice when you're grocery shopping etc.

  7. And remember, breastfeeding CAN go easy and wonderful, like it did for me. I'm sad I can't breastfeed this baby because of medicines I have to take now. I'm rooting for you!