36 Weeks

My non-stress tests were great this week.  Very active baby, and strong heartbeat.  More Braxton Hicks contractions.  Everything is good.

Now that I’m 36 weeks, they want to check my cervix every week for any dilation that could be happening which will indicate how close I could be to the beginning of labor.  This week the doctor said I’m about a half centimeter dilated.  Not very much at all, but she did say my cervix is very soft which is really good.  She said the baby’s head is very low which is what’s softening my cervix so much.  She said, “I’ve seen women with soft cervixes dilate to 4 or 5 centimeters really quick.”  So that’s a good sign I may go into labor before I have to be induced at 39 weeks!

I also got an ultrasound done this week to get a better indication of the weight and size of the baby and everything is around the 50th percentile for 36 weeks pregnant!  Right now the weight estimate is 5 lbs and 15 oz… so almost 6 pounds right now.  Not bad at all!  Her head size, shoulder size and abdomen size is also right on target so right now the doctors have no concern about the baby being too big for a normal vaginal delivery!  Yay!  Oh, and they even saw on the ultrasound that Josephine has really long hair!  She said it’s actually touching the back of her neck.  She said, “It’s at least an inch or longer!”  I have to get the hair bows ready! :)

My blood pressure again was low.  108/60 I think she said.  Still not much swelling in my feet or hands.  I am a touch under 151 pounds so I’ve lost a teeny tiny bit more weight.  It’s amazing to me that with this pregnancy I haven’t gained a pound, and I’m 4 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight.  I think cutting the carbs and weighing all my meals to prevent blood sugar spikes has really helped keep my weight in check as well.  It feels good to know that I’m only 18 days away from my due date and my weight and health are under control.

36 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 36 weeks…

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Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds 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.  At the end of this week, your baby will be considered “early term.” (Full-term is 39 to 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term, 41 weeks is late term, and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely your baby is already head-down.

We have begun looking at homes finally.  My house is only 1008 sq ft and it is jam packed with stuff.  Faith’s closet is already packed with her own things, and I have no room for Josephine’s things.  The garage is already filled with Faith’s extra toys that don’t fit in her room (and I have given away as much of her stuff as I possibly could.)  There’s just no more room to grow in this house.  I HATE the thought of moving out of this home.  I fixed it up myself and the whole experience was a life changing journey for me.  I really wish I didn’t have to sell it, but there’s just no more room.  I have the urge to nest so bad right now with baby only a few weeks away from being born!  I want to clean and organize but I simply can’t. It’s like an itch that I can’t scratch!  There’s no room to put things away.  All the closets are packed.  I have no basement for storage.  It’s making me miserable.  I have a clutter-filled home and all I want is organization and SPACE!

I feel like crying every time I think about leaving my neighbors.  I love love love my neighbors.  I want to keep them.  I want them next to me.  They are my friends and they have made me feel like my house and this neighborhood are truly my home.  Even though we are looking for another house right here in town, and will probably be only minutes away from them, it won’t be the same :(  I know wherever I move, I’ll never be so lucky again to have such awesome neighbors in all the homes that surround me.  It will definitely be a very bitter-sweet move.  Who knows how long it may take to find the right home though… I still may be here for a long time :)  And I’ll be thanking God each day for the time I have left here in my first home and in the best neighborhood anyone could ever ask for.  Ok, I feel like locking myself in the bathroom and having a good cry now.

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