Week 36

Lindsey Koetje —  September 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

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How far along?  36 Weeks
Size of Baby:  romaine lettuce
Total weight gain/loss: no gain; 18 lbs. according to dr. appt.
Size of belly: 36 cm.
Baby’s heartbeat: 148 bpm
Best moment this week: Not baby related.. but finding a house!! We are making an offer 🙂
Baby related… Wes was an amazing husband and helped me clean the house. (I think the nesting bug kicked in but I didn’t have the energy to do it all myself) 🙂  He also cleaned my car and installed our carseat! I also got our hospital bags packed!!!
Miss Anything? Not really… I still miss not being able to stay comfortable for more than 30 min, but I think I’m starting to get used to it by now
Movement: Little one has gotten active again! I think the funniest moment was when I laid down for the dr. to measure my belly and baby stuck it’s butt out so far that Wes and the dr. chuckled because my belly was so lopsided! The dr. patted it down so he could get an accurate measurement 🙂
Food cravings: nothing really this week
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!
Gender prediction:  I’m still thinking boy but at the same time, I sometimes still feel that little voice of doubt that it could still be a girl!  We are so excited to find out!
Labor Signs: a little crampy and apparently having contractions I don’t really feel.. I would be okay with that continuing for a bit longer 🙂
Symptoms: achy shoulders, can’t get comfy, achy mid back, swelling, constant need to pee, and linea negra
Belly Button in or out? I’m going to just say flatish.. I don’t think it is going to fully pop…
Wedding rings on or off? Off, they got tight last week and I figured I need to stop chancing it.. although I am thinking of trying them again.  My fingers do not look swollen as much and it feels so awkward without them!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to:  Meeting this baby!
Side note: I have been trying to stay really active throughout the pregnancy and am being able to still be flexible, somewhat get in and out of the floor and staying active.  This weekend Wes and I noticed the cause of my swelling though!  Every time I have to go up to the video control room to help Wes on Sunday’s, my ankles and feet get very achy and swollen.  Once I keep them up, the swelling goes back down and doesn’t really come back.  I think it is just a sign that I’m over doing it and my body forcing me to relax.  For those that do not know… the video control room is basically on top of a mountain that takes a million stairs to get to!  It always takes me a few minutes to get my breath back as well 🙂
Dr. update: Again, this is serving as my pregnancy journal for now, so read on if you wish but this is mostly for me to remember later! 🙂
I am still doing good!  My blood pressure is staying normal at 112/68 and my belly is measuring right on track, no longer ahead!  I didn’t gain any weight in the past 2 weeks since my last appt.  I had my Group B Strep test this week and will find out the results next week.  It is a normal test to see if I carry a certain bacteria.
The dr. also checked my progress and it doesn’t look like I will be going into labor anytime soon!  I have not thinned at all and am still closed up.  The baby is also still head down but high and not engaged into the birth canal at all.  This just confirms my feelings that this baby is comfy and not coming any time soon… more than likely late!

Lindsey Koetje

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