36 Weeks – Into the final month!

As of yesterday, I’m officially on maternity leave, per my doctor’s recommendation. Everything looks good at my doctor’s appointments and my blood pressure has even gone down a little this week which is really great news! Things are definitely getting real and we are so excited to meet our little girl!
Rumor has it that the last month of pregnancy can feel like it lasts for years. I’ll be honest – I’m optimistic that it won’t be so bad – I guess we’ll see!

She said:

How far along? 36 Weeks
Total weight gain: 12 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes… And still miraculously fitting into some non-maternity clothes if they’re cut just right!
Sleep: Sleeping while I can (based on the advice everyone keeps giving us!) and enjoying the occasional nap.
Best moment this week: Lower blood pressure at the doctor! Confirmation that baby’s growth is right on track.
Miss Anything? Not so much.
Movement: Yep – particularly when we play music for her. She’s an especially big fan of the Hallelujah chorus.
Food cravings: Food in general. SO hungry these days. I’m still enjoying my Eggos and also strawberries and pizza!  And chocolate milk. Obviously. 🙂 Oh and then there was that puppy chow I made for Than…
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not so much.
Have you started to show yet: Still showing
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: None at all.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off?  Sadly, off. They got a little snug and so I took them off. I can get them back on but they are just snug enough that I’m not sure it’s a good idea to keep them on.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: A friend taking some maternity photos for us later today, upcoming baby shower, getting labor/deliver OVER with, meeting this baby, dressing her in cute clothes…

He said:

How far along? T minus 4 weeks
Total weight gain: More free clothes this week.
Maternity clothes? Yes.
Sleep: Ok. I think the Snuggie helps a lot.
Best moment this week: I’m still intrigued by all the movement the baby is making. It’s so cool to watch and wonder what she is doing/thinking!
Miss Anything? Not really.
Movement: Lots of it!
Food cravings: Chocolate milk is here to stay. I can live with that.
Anything making you queasy or sick: It’s still my job to take care of the trash.
Have you started to show yet: Yes! It’s really pronounced now.
Labor Signs: No.
Belly Button in or out? Still in.
Wedding rings on or off? Sadly, they had to come off this week. But better taking them off on her own then having to cut them off.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Maternity leave. Although I think she might be a little bored, but I know I would enjoy it. 😉
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35 Weeks

I’d say 35 weeks and 5 to go, but I’m not so sure we have 5 to go! It’s looking like we might get to meet her a little earlier than expected due to my high blood pressure – but who knows. We’re just taking it one day at a time.  As of now, the baby looks great. She’s right on track in terms of growth and her heart rate is good. It’s hard to believe we’ll likely meet her within the next month! One more week of work until I’m on maternity leave. It’s so strange to think about having 3-4 months off work but I am very excited for focused baby time!

She said:

How far along? 35 Weeks
Total weight gain: 10 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yep – and getting a little bored with them at this point…
Sleep:  Particularly good if I take a bedtime bubble bath! Seriously – it’s amazing. Why did I not do this before?!
Best moment this week: Surprise packages and presents for baby girl in the mail! And the 3 day weekend (last weekend)!
Miss Anything? I’m supposed to try and get a little more rest and I’m not very good at slowing down. I miss being able to do lots of active and productive things, particularly as I’m feeling very energized at the moment (nesting, perhaps?).
Movement: Lots and lots of movement. She kicked both my doctors this week and she’s also found my right rib cage.
Food cravings: Eggo Waffles with butter only (no syrup) – and I probably wouldn’t turn down a glass of chocolate milk with an Eggo…
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: Yep. It’s amazing how at certain times during the day I look bigger or smaller depending on where the baby is sitting…laying…? She’s also moved from the right side to the middle which really made my belly pop (see photo below).
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In. It’s not coming out, people. I’m sure of it.
Wedding rings on or off?  On – thankfully! Though my blood pressure is high, I fortunately don’t have any swelling which is a very good sign.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Meeting the baby, seeing what she looks like, learning who she is, my baby shower and much more!

He said:

How far along? Almost there!
Total weight gain: We received a high-chair from extended family. At this point our weight gain has sort of plateaued, but once the baby is born, well….
Maternity clothes? Yep!
Sleep: So-so. I think a bedtime bath routine helps!
Best moment this week: Watching her react to music we play. She either loves or hates country music, but she certainly loves Handel’s Messiah (I just know!), which I’m good with. Also, installing the car seat made the excitement that much more real.
Miss Anything? Not really.
Movement: Yes, lots of it, especially when we play music.
Food cravings: It seems that cravings have kind of ended. Either that, or she’s fulfilling them without me know. If the past is any indicator, it’s probably the latter.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Undercooked chicken. Don’t ask.
Have you started to show yet: At this point I’m not sure it’s possible to NOT be showing…
Labor Signs: No.
Belly Button in or out? In. It’s not going to happen, sadly.
Wedding rings on or off? Still on.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Finally meeting the baby!
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And just for the fun of comparing – here’s what’s happened to my belly in the past 7 days. Whoa.
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34 Weeks – Anticipation is building!

Only 6 weeks to go! And you never know – she could come early! That’s precisely why I started packing my hospital bag today!  Next on our agenda is installing the carseat! Overall I am feeling good – the doctors are monitoring my blood pressure carefully as it spiked this week – hopefully the medicine I am taking will keep baby and I both healthy and well.

She said:

How far along?: 34 Weeks
Total weight gain: Right around 10 pounds.
Maternity clothes?  Yep… I’m looking forward to wearing some of my regular clothes that don’t currently fit again. It will be like having new clothes! Though I might miss the maternity jeans… So. Comfy. Everyone should wear maternity jeans – it’s just how clothes should be made!
Sleep:  
Overall pretty good this week.
Best moment this week: Getting my maternity leave dates sorted out – it makes me feel better to have a plan (though due dates, etc are such an estimate those dates could totally change – but I really like having a plan!)
Miss Anything?  Nah, I’m also grateful to report I’m feeling much more energetic again after the last couple of weeks of being so tired.
Movement:  More than ever before. She (visibly) moves around for longer and longer periods of time – strong enough movements you can capture them on video! We love to imagine what she’s doing in there. She’s a little feisty I think. I’m getting monitored 2x per week because my blood pressure is high and she likes to go sleep while they monitor her so we have to try and wake her up. It’s like she knows… Haha. On the other hand maybe it means we’ll have a good sleeper?!  We also play this fun little game where we push on my belly and she kicks us back!
Food cravings:  Still drinking my fair share of chocolate milk… Baby will hopefully have strong bones – and perhaps a love for chocolate.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still feeling a little queasy on and off, but it’s not too bad.
Have you started to show yet:  Yes – in fact, someone guessed I was 8 1/2 months pregnant earlier this week. Hmph! And I can only imagine what I will look like at 8 1/2 months pregnant – guess it’s not too much longer and we’ll see!
Gender: Girl.
Labor Signs: Thankfully no. Not yet. We’re not quite ready but hoping this 3 day weekend takes us much closer to being ready!
Belly Button in or out?  Still in and convinced it’s staying in for the remainder of the pregnancy.
Wedding rings on or off?  On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Putting those cute baby clothes sitting in the closet on our little girl, holding her and kissing her, and hopefully having blood pressure back in the normal range once I’ve given birth.

He said:

How far along? Further along… At this point I feel like we should be counting down.
Total weight gain:  We received a package from a friend which included some clothing. Other than that, the baby is just heavy.

Maternity clothes?  Yes.
Sleep:
I think it has been better this week.
Best moment this week:  When Baby Veltman kicked back after I gently pushed on Ru’s tummy and said “I love you.” I think she was saying it back through her hand and feet language. 🙂
Miss Anything?  Well, we haven’t run out of milk or chocolate syrup so not much to miss.
Movement:  Yes, lots of it! She is really active now.
Food cravings:  Still chocolate milk, and I’ve joined in the fun!
Anything making you queasy or sick: All the pressure on her bladder? I know I would feel that way if something was constantly pushing on my stomach and bladder.
Have you started to show yet: Oh yeah! And the movement is really visible too.
Labor Signs:  Not yet
Belly Button in or out?  Still in.
Wedding rings on or off?  On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Cuddling the baby.
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33 Weeks

It still feels surreal that we have a baby coming in just a few weeks. You’d think the the constant need to visit the bathroom when I start walking for more than a block, or the serious baby wiggles and kicks that sometimes make my entire belly move would make it real – but I guess being pregnant has become my new norm because it still feels surreal! I hope that once baby arrives, being a family of 3 becomes the new norm just as quickly as pregnancy has become the norm.
Lots of people keep asking if “we’re ready.” That is a great question and I really have no idea. Can you actually be ready for the arrival of a baby? I mean, aside from having some diapers, blankets and a crib for baby to sleep in….  At least we are well on our way to marking some of those things off our list! And I’m probably more ready to bring baby home than I am for delivering her!

She said:

How far along? 33 Weeks
Total weight gain: Hanging out at about 9 lbs. Though my belly is starting to feel really heavy! I suppose 9 pounds is about the weight of a bowling ball so that makes me feel better. I don’t bowl often, but when I go every 2 years or so I always have forgotten how heavy bowling balls are. And I may or may not have found myself sore after bowling a few times…
Maternity clothes? Yeah… I pretty much alternate between maternity clothes and yoga pants. Definitely a benefit of working from home!
Sleep:  Some good nights and some bad nights. Than’s sleep may also be suffering on my bad nights due to all my tossing and turning…
Best moment this week: Getting back into a good routine after the holidays was SO nice.
Miss Anything? I miss my standard lunchtime workouts. I was having some pain in my side when doing the elliptical (my current workout of choice). The doctor told me it’s probably just because things are stretching and isn’t a major cause for concern, but I should try something that puts less pressure on me like the stationary bike or aqua aerobics. I am already bored with the bike and look forward to the day when I can do the elliptical again!
Movement: Lots of big movements throughout the day. She seems to be getting a little possessive, as she kicked Than’s arm away when he had it resting on my belly the other night. Yes, the belly is big enough to serve as an armrest…
Food cravings: Just my standard chocolate milk… I don’t think I’ve ever consumed so much milk in my life. I’m not typically much of a milk drinker.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Definitely feeling queasy if my stomach gets too empty – I am getting better about remembering to have snacks because it is SO not worth the nausea.
Have you started to show yet: More and more each week.
Gender: Girl – though last night I had a dream that we actually had a boy. He was so cute – he was super round and squeezable (kinda like Than as a baby – hehe!)
Labor Signs: None for now.
Belly Button in or out? Inching outward, but still in.
Wedding rings on or off?  On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy – with the exception of right now as our neighbor above us stomps around like crazy. I don’t know how it is possible for someone so small to make SO much racket! One person who probably weighs only 100 pounds sounds like a herd of elephants. I am not even kidding.
Looking forward to: Meeting the  baby! And I’m also looking forward to our infant care class coming up – I think it will at least give us a starting point for figuring out what we’re doing with a newborn!

He said:

How far along? 33 weeks. Wow, time has flown by! And it has been an adventure savoring every moment as much as I can. I am getting more and more excited to finally meet Baby Veltman!
Total weight gain: Nothing this week.
Maternity clothes? Yep!
Sleep: It’s been on a sort of downward trend, but Ru did get a good night’s sleep Thursday night when she only had to get up in the night only twice. I feel bad for her knowing that’s a rarity and unlikely to happen again during this pregnancy.
Best moment this week: With the start of the new school quarter, things have been hectic. But talking, reading to the baby, and spending time connecting before bed has been a real blessing!
Miss Anything? Nothing comes to mind. If Ru writes something here I’ll feel bad though. I hope I’m paying attention enough…
Movement: Yes and lots of it! I’m actually worried about all this activity carrying over after she is born; I feel I better get back to the gym to ensure I’m in shape enough to chase her around! Although, if we can steer all this energy toward’s ice skating, I’m all for it. 🙂
Food cravings: Chocolate milk. Previously, we only had to get milk once a week. Now it feels like every day we’re on the verge of running out! Same goes for the chocolate syrup!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Well, the Baby’s pressure on Ru’s bladder certainly hasn’t been comfortable.
Have you started to show yet: Yep, and it’s become even more obvious now as the baby continues to grow.
Labor Signs: No.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On. I too hope she never has to take it off.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, although I’d certainly forgive any moodiness as a result of all the pressure on her bladder and the frequent bathroom trips as a result.
Looking forward to: Meeting the baby! Getting so close, I feel like that’s pretty much the most exciting thing to look forward to at this point.
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32 Weeks – Due NEXT MONTH!

Happy New Year! It’s January (duh!) which means I’m due NEXT MONTH. I can hardly believe it!

She said:

How far along? 32 Weeks
Total weight gain: I lost a little weight this week – probably because I’m feeling queasy again and I haven’t been on much a schedule and if I don’t feel hungry I don’t really think to eat. So we’re down to a total weight gain of 8 pounds again. But the belly continues to grow so I’m not overly concerned.
Maternity clothes? Usually, though fortunately I can still squeeze into my workout clothes b/c they are stretchy and a couple of pairs of regular jeans that button below the belly.
Sleep:  Still interrupted by numerous bathroom breaks and weird, weird dreams, but sleeping ok overall, as long as Than doesn’t steal all the blankets! Brrr!
Best moment this week: Getting the baby’s room very close to done and shopping for her outfit to come home in! She obviously needs to look cute for that 10 minute car ride home – hehe.
Miss Anything? My energy. It’s gone…like completely zapped. This is like the 1st trimester all over again!
Movement: Yep, and I think I can tell where certain body parts are sometimes (mainly her bum and feet).
Food cravings: Nothing really…
Anything making you queasy or sick: Pregnancy is making me a bit queasy in general, but nothing specific beyond that.
Have you started to show yet: Yes indeed. Though this week’s picture might be a little deceiving – I’m not quite as big as I look in the photo… Haha.
Gender: Girl!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In. I think I’m in the innie club FOREVER.
Wedding rings on or off?  Still on!
Happy or Moody most of the time: A little of both I’d say.
Looking forward to: Knocking things off my massive to-do list over the next few weeks – yes, the nesting has begun!

He said:

How far along? 32 weeks. Yes, I’m sure I’m right this week as it was pointed out several times last week that I was “off” by a week.
Total weight gain: This week we only gained a few clothes, including the “take-home” outfit. She’s going home pretty! 🙂
Maternity clothes? Yep.
Sleep: Ok. The Snoogle helps, I’m sure.
Best moment this week: Finishing up the Baby’s room.
Miss Anything? Not that I’m aware of.
Movement: Still moving around a lot. She’s quite active!
Food cravings: With her parents here, we went to a lot of different places that should have filled any cravings she had.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Have you started to show yet: Yes.
Labor Signs: No, just an occasional Braxton-Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? In. I’m starting to think it’s never going to pop…
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: The upcoming infant care class should be fun and interesting…
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