36 weeks!

What’s going on this week:

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) 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 full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she’s in a head-down position. But if she isn’t, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an “external cephalic version,” which is a fancy way of saying she’ll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 –  28 days to go!

Weight Gain: honestly, I haven’t checked in a while.  I have my next appt on Tuesday, we’ll know for sure then!

Symptoms:  Sciatica.  Every day for the last 5 or 6 days.  It kind of sucks.  And the fatigue has really kicked in…everyday at about 2:30, I just want to crash out.

Cravings/Aversions:  Nope.

Sleep: Sleep is starting to make a downward spiral…between waking up 4-5 times a night to pee, and waking up fully every time I need to change position, and Scott having to poke me or wake me up when the snoring gets going a couple times a night, I’m not getting a lot of consecutive hours of sleep.  (I don’t think he is either, unfortunately.) Hopefully this is preparing me for the nighttime waking up that is to come…I’m usually such a great sleeper and one of my big fears about new motherhood has been the lack of sleep.  I don’t really function very well when I don’t sleep…it makes me cranky and spacey.  Maybe my body is anticipating that and is getting adjusted.

I am loving:  The little stockpile of meals I’ve been working on for after the baby is here.  I made a list of meals and snacks I wanted to have on hand for some quick dinners and breakfasts, and I’ve been working my way through getting them all prepped and into the freezer this week.  It makes me happy knowing they are there for us, and that Scott or I will just need to heat up the oven and pop one in for a  quick dinner.  I made a full batch of blueberry muffins and another one of pumpkin muffins, as well, and  I’m trying really hard to forget they are there for now.  Those pumpkin muffins are calling my name!

I miss:  Being able to do everything I want to when I want to.  Taking it easy is harder than I thought it would be.  It makes me feel guilty to be sitting on the couch reading or watching tv when Scott gets home from work, even though I know it’s the best thing for me right now, and really, it’s all that I’ve got the energy for by that time of day.

Movement:  Good…I’ve been trying to catch a good video of one of the times when he is moving around a lot, but the little stinker seems to know exactly when I start recording and stops moving.  Then I stop recording and he starts up again.  And so on.  Over and over.  We’re at an impasse.

Nursery progress:  Not much change since last week.

Exercise:  Does changing positions in bed at night count?  It should.

Looking forward to:  Either when the baby changes position or comes out so the sciatica goes away.  Only to be replaced by other aches and pains, I’m sure.  🙂

Belly Shot: we totally missed the week 35 picture.  So we’ll just have to do without that one, but we took a week 36 yesterday, so as soon as Scott dumps his card, I’ll post it!

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