"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Thursday, February 16, 2012

36 weeks

How far along? 36 Weeks

Total weight gain: another pound since last appointment 
Maternity clothes? surely
Stretch marks? i don't think so...  but it's hard to see all around this big lump in my belly area.
Sleep:  sure.  i'd love some!  in fact, i'm needing a cup of coffee each morning 
Best moment this week: well... i had a massage today and it was glorious.  i haven't had a massage since right before i turned 19.  and this was quite a bit different.  ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....  it was great.  it was also free... so that's makes it even greater!!

Miss Anything? being able to handle stress without crying.  also, knowing what emotion i'm actually feeling.
Movement: oh yeah.  she's not plopping anymore.  she'll move from one side to the other, but she has placed her head down and is fine with that (PTL!)  
Food cravingacts:  a few sweet things here and again. 
Anything making you queasy or sick:  there was something the other day, but i can't remember what it was.
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: yes!  i mean, it's approaching.  i started having contractions last week.  just a few throughout the day... but that's great!!!  nothing productive... but every little bit helps!!!  (you'll understand what i mean when i'm 44 weeks along and still posting these updates!)
Symptoms: a little heartburn, a few contractions every day, lots of pain from her movin' body, sore lower back and crotch and hips... but nothin' worth complaining about. 
Belly Button in or out? out
Wedding rings on or off? off

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy.
Looking forward to: my next massage...  next month.  :D 

her heartrate was about 140 today.  i was measuring right at 36 weeks.  1.5cm dialated, softening, and head down, but "still floating up there".  weekly appointments until 40 weeks, then 2/wk where they'll do another ultrasound and make sure she's ok sized.  if she looks to be ok sized with a placenta to eat off of and water to swim in, she'll let me go as long as needed with no induction.  she said she's never seen anyone naturally go later than 43 weeks and 3 days...  AND i told her not to let me know if the baby is large.  i can go without knowing that!
Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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