How far along: 36 Weeks and 3 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Current weight 137 lbs, officially up 32 pounds!
Maternity clothes: Most of the time yes, and wearing dresses nearly every day!
Stretch marks: Not yet.. the nurse even commented at my last appointment her surprise that I don’t have any yet…I told her it’s a blessing as I still have stretch mark scars from puberty.
Sleep: Oh yes! Naps are a once or twice daily occurrence for me. The exhaustion sweeps over me like a tidal wave and I can’t keep my eyes open. After a nap I feel like a million dollars!
Best moment last week: 4th of July with my siblings! This year all five of my amazing brothers and sisters were together in my home and I had the most wonderful day! It is rare for us all to get together and now my home is filled with special memories I will cherish forever.
Movement: Yes! Baby boy has been moving like crazy- especially at night, my bump looks so strange when he is moving and I always stare in awe and amazement.
Food cravings/Aversions: Still loving food, specifically fresh well made food. Fruit has been a huge part of my diet lately, along with fresh tomatoes from my garden. 3 varieties so far! Yummm!
Mood/Energy: Mood has been wonderful as I near the end of this pregnancy, a little emotional here and there just thinking about our infertility journey that has brought us to this point. Two summers ago was when I started this blog, a saving grace to the isolation and depression I was experiencing. And just last summer we were consulting with our doctor and making the big decision about pursuing IVF and here I sit a year later writing about my 36th week of pregnancy. Feeling so full and blessed and enjoying every precious moment left of this pregnancy.
Labor signs: Well let’s just say that earlier this week I spent one whole day on the couch due to major pressure down low and even started to pack my hospital bag (just in case) …thankfully, according to the MD I saw at my appointment two days later, after said “pressure”, I am experiencing something called lightening and this is completely normal during this stage of pregnancy. Baby is getting ready!
Oh and Still measuring on schedule, blood pressure is normal, and baby is head down. Yay!
Belly button: Starting to pop!
What I miss: Nada
What I am looking forward to: Meeting our son.
Milestones: 36 weeks! And getting the strep B test done… Ouchy & why didn’t anyone forewarn me?
And lastly a bump picture taken at 36 weeks 1 day: