My Pregnancy: 36 Weeks

36 Weeks Pregnant

Well, here I am with only 4 weeks to go until my due date; technically 3 weeks and 5 days as of today.  Not that I want to get too hung up on my due date.  I’ve told my midwives that I don’t want to be induced and they’ve agreed to only induce me once I reach 42 weeks.  I’m prepared to go through hell and high water to do anything to avoid being induced (like acupuncture and other natural remedies).  But I won’t worry about that, just yet.

Symptoms:
Can I skip over this section?  I feel like my symptoms are obvious right now.  Can someone please explain to me how people don’t know they’re pregnant?

Baby Update:
Boy, is my little man active! I find myself wondering, do other people’s baby’s move this much?  Since I work at my computer, I’m lounging in a still position a good portion most of the day. It seems like 90% of the time I’m still he makes huge movements.  The kind of movements that are hard to ignore while I work.  These aren’t “Look, I think that’s a foot!” movements.  These are “I feel like an alien is about to rupture out of my stomach!” movements.

At my last midwife appointment, he checked out as perfectly healthy.  I haven’t had an ultrasound since I found out the sex (at 18 weeks), but I’m happy about that.  There are mixed opinions in the medical world about ultrasounds and what kind of effect they have on the baby so I’m happy to avoid them unless necessary.  He was measuring about a week ahead a couple of months ago, but now he’s measuring right on time.  His heartbeat is healthy and strong.  And (very important to me!) he’s been head down for several months.  As I mentioned two weeks ago, he has been in the same place for so long that he has bruised my stomach muscles by pressing his little butt against the same spot over and over again.  However, I’ve appreciated the peace of mind that he’s not breech.  I do not want a C-section unless absolutely necessary.  And unfortunately no doctors in this area and only one midwife will deliver a breech baby vaginally.

Cravings:
My cravings now aren’t too far outside what I typically crave.  I could eat pizza once a day.  I actually bought some Lean Cuisine pizzas the other week when I was in a pinch and didn’t want to order to pizza.  Now I have the stuff on hand to make pizza from whole wheat tortillas.  I really just want the cheese and marinara, so this is a good substitute to avoid getting takeout several times a week.

I could also eat ice cream pretty much any time of day.  Brad and I went to the Whitewater Center with friends last night and then drove an extra 20 minutes west to go to Tony’s Ice Cream (in Gastonia — the area where I’m from) for the best ice cream in the whole world. It was Brad’s idea, but it didn’t take much to talk me into it.

I also am still craving protein like chicken, pulled pork, steak, shrimp, salmon, etc.  I used to be able to eat vegetarian meals for days without missing meat and now I feel like I need meat at lunch and dinner.

Fun Stuff
I had my last shower last weekend and then my family hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law the very next day.  So, it was a fun weekend filled with lots of baby celebrating.

The fall season of Charlotte consignment sales are starting so I’ve been going to those when I find out about them to pick up some more stuff for Baby E (Is anyone interested in hearing about my consignment shopping experiences?).

The nursery is 99% done.  The only thing I’m missing is an oar I ordered that was supposed to be here by now.  I can’t wait to show it off when that oar comes in.  It’s the icing on the cake so I feel like I need it before I do the big reveal.

My diaper bag came in yesterday and it’s even more beautiful in person than it was online!  We even bought a “diaper” bag for Brad, which is more of a messenger bag.  We plan to have a custom insert made from an Etsy shop so it can function as a diaper bag.  He wanted a bag that he could also use as an overnight bag for business trips once he no longer needed the diaper bag.  

The other gift I was most excited to receive was my jogging stroller, which my parents got me.  I got the Bob Revolution Single Stroller.  Although I liked the purple, I figure that if I’m running with my baby, I want people to see me, so I went for the orange.

Everything is starting to feel so real.  I can’t believe that technically, my baby could come any moment, but I’m trying not to focus on that, else I’ll drive myself batty.  It’s felt surreal when I’ve held friends’ babies for the first time knowing that just hours before, the baby was inside my friend’s body. I can’t imagine what this is going to be like when it’s my very own baby and I reach down and pull him out of me (as I plan to do).

I’m starting to pack my bag for the hospital, so I have to ask:
What were your “have-to-have” items that you’re so glad you packed in your hospital bag?  OR, what did you forget that you really wish you had?  

16 Responses to My Pregnancy: 36 Weeks

  1. Chrissy

    I am really glad I brought my own pillow (the first time I didn’t). I wish I had brought regular (thin, always) pads. I didn’t need the giant ones and the regular-sized ones at the hospital weren’t comfortable.

    • I already have a note in my bag that says “Do you have…? and one of the items is pillow! :) I’m SO glad you said that about the pads. I still need to get those and I thought I would need the big ones. But I really really hate those things. It feels like you have a pillow in your pants. So I’ll bring the thin ones and if I need something more absorbant, I’ll tap in the hospital’s stash. Thanks so much!

  2. Kelly S.

    I would love to see the diaper bags y’all chose. My husband is hesitant about carrying a bag of his own, but I’d like to convince him there are good “dude” versions available!

    • There are actually a lot of man-specific diaper bags that I liked, but Brad was insistent on this messenger bag with an insert. I’ll try to post about them next week and hopefully Brad’s will be in by then.

  3. Hillary Pilotto

    I would love to see a post on your consignment sales and maybe a “what’s in hospital bag” add on. I’m about 6 weeks behind you (FTM with a baby boy, too) and need all the advice I can get. I see all of these posts about what to bring and it seems like wayyy too much. I also have an older home that has smaller bedrooms so I will be using some of your ideas on how to organize the nursery. Thanks for all of your posts on preparing for baby E!

    • I thought about doing a hospital bag post, but then second guessed myself because I’m definitely not an expert and am just winging the bag stuff. But maybe I’ll reconsider. :) I agree — it seems like people are packing waaaay too much stuff (IMO). I was looking at a post the other day on this very thing and someone took a nasal aspirator and wipes. Don’t they already have those things at the hospital? Good luck with the organizing and the rest of your pregnancy. I love hearing from other soon-to-be moms. :)

  4. Tony’s ice cream is the best!

  5. Kelly B

    I took flip flops instead of slippers (SO thankful I did this) a robe or two a nursing bra, warm shirt for daddy, comfortable panties and a huge bar of chocolate. ;)Contrary to other comments I was thankful or the pillow like pads and mostly the ice pads they give you. I take as many of these home as possible.

  6. Great advice by your friends! 1. Pillow a must. 2. Flip flops 3. A line of communication for sanity (TV gets old) I had the opposite with pad issues… I was in NEED of heavy line of defense.LOL. Oh, the nursing bra – get a loose fitting sports bra. Softer and great adjustment to the whole concept.
    Also, don’t be afraid to ask for ice packs ahead of schedule… they save the day! :) You look beautiful! I can’t wait to hear the news of your little guy’s arrival.

    • Great ideas! I definitely will have my phone and maybe even the iPad to keep me sane. I’m not planning to go to the hospital until the last minute (like when contractions are 3 mins apart), so hopefully I won’t be there for a really long time. And if everything goes as I’d like it to go, I’ll be able to leave shortly after delivery. Thanks so much for the kind words. :)

      • Great ideas! I definitely will have my phone and maybe even the iPad to keep me sane. I’m not planning to go to the hospital until the last minute (like when contractions are 3 mins apart), so hopefully I won’t be there for a really long time. And if everything goes as I’d like it to go, I’ll be able to leave shortly after delivery. Thanks so much for the kind words. :)

  7. I loved having my eye mask there, so I could shut out the bright lights!

  8. I’m a few weeks behind you on my second. Here’s my suggestions~

    Gatorade or a homemade version. Fresh fruit and instant oatmeal. More underpants than you think it’s humanly possible to need. Slippers you can chuck afterwords. Lots of your own jammies. Two light cotton robes – one for labour and a clean one for later.

    Just be prepared to be there for a while if you need to. We had hoped for a natural delivery with our midwives and all that and I ended up in the hospital for nearly a week after an emergency c-section. My hubby didn’t want to leave me to go get stuff from home. Especially if you’re a first time mum, no one will judge your for having a ton of stuff. You never know what will work and what won’t until you’ve been through it.

    One word of advice that I wished I’d been given . . . Go easy on yourself with expectations as to how things should go. Be flexible and listen to your body in the moment. It’s ok to change your mind. Don’t be hard on yourself if things can’t go the way you want them to.

    BTW – If you’re interested in natural therapies, we had an amazing experience with acupuncture during our labour. This time I’m going to also try an acupuncture treatment called cervical ripening – you can start once a week around 37 weeks I believe.

    Good luck and congrats!

  9. Danielle

    You look great! Is your belly measuring on track with your weeks? I’m measuring about a week ahead and of course this makes me nervous! I like the idea of minimal ultrasounds. I’ve had too many and its created more anxiety than reassurance!

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