Tuesday, September 3, 2013

36 week Bumpdate! (a week behind)

I am a week behind on my bump date, so I will be posting week 37 this week, too.

real life: tired, getting over a gnarly cold, and in pajamas

This week: has been CRAZY. I was officially 9 months pregnant on the first day of school.  My bump update is now behind because every day after work, I pretty much face-planted on the couch and didn't move until Jeff came to check that I was breathing or to bring me dinner. I seem to have a sweet, sweet group of kiddos but there is no tired like teacher tired during the first week of school. I also got my annual "back to school cold" right on time for my long weekend and spent the entire labor day weekend in bed. I've never been so sick and coughing with my sore ribs was probably good pain tolerance practice for labor. I really wanted to take my 9 month picture in my classroom on the first day of school but I think I was sleep walking by the end of the day. Then, when I asked Jeff to take one, he said "You're a mess. Your eyes are watery, your nose is red, your hair is a mess, go to bed." Good thing he didn't see what I spilled on my belly. Hot mess.

How far along? 36 weeks (August 29)

Baby's size: Baby P is the size of a honeydew!

Total weight gain: Up 4 lbs at my last appointment for a total of 18 lbs. I'm pretty sure that it was just my feet, though. They were bad.

Maternity clothes? Oh, yes. Only my regular maxi dresses, yoga pants, and pajama pants still fit.

Stretch marks: The saddest damn thing happened this week and I found stretch marks on my lower belly :( It started out as small red marks and I lotioned and oiled those suckers up but they still came. I was really hoping to avoid my belly, especially since my belly button ring scars are already looking atrocious but it is what it is.

Sleep: None. Literally. I lay awake tossing and turning for HOURS. When I finally fall asleep, I wake up to go to the bathroom. Then with a cold this weekend, I slept maybe six hours in three days. I was given the ok to take Tylenol PM this weekend and it was a God send. I still tossed and turned at first but I actually slept well ALL night long.

Best moment this week: I loved meeting my new kiddos this week but the only real highlight was listening to baby's heartbeat at the doctor's appointment. It's the best sound in the world. We also got most of the baby laundry done and I love that baby smell!

Worst moment this week: I'm adding this one because this is serious. Rocky killed my pregnancy pillow. He has a thing for tearing apart his dog bed and any toy with stuffing doesn't stand a chance and apparently had a grand old time with my pillow. That morning when I left for work, it was kinda dangling off the side of the bed and I did think that I should move it but I didn't. I can't even blame him because it was so tempting but I was surprised because he loved it, too. This is actually the first thing that he has destroyed that doesn't belong to him. He has always done such a good job with knowing what is okay to chew and what isn't. What the heck, man. My cold was also pretty terrible.

Jeff took this with his flip phone and sent it to me.

What I miss: I always thought all the pregnant women were crazy when they said they were done being pregnant at 9 months, but I'm on that train now. I miss sleep, sleep on my belly, my feet, my shoes, beer, wine, my body, my regular clothes. It was like a light switch went on and I am SO uncomfortable. I will say that it is all worth it, though. It really, really is.

Movement: The movements are more like stretching. She's out of room.

Food cravings: Not much, I'm just starving and then full after two bites.

Food aversions: Still staying away from steak but other than that, I'm good.

Gender: Baby girl!

Belly button - in or out? It is so out that I may have to pull a Christina Ricci in 'Now & Then' and tape it down. I'm afraid someone's going to touch it.

Wedding rings - on or off? They are finally off. I had a panic attack Monday at work when I couldn't move them and I rushed to my colleague's sink and needed lots and lots of soap to get them off. So sad to start the first week of school with no rings. I kept emphasizing the MRS. in my name so my kiddos wouldn't think their teacher's a floozy. 

Symptoms: My ribs are still sore but the worst is my swollen feet. I have never seen anything more disgusting than my feet by Thursday afternoon. They looked like when you blow up a latex glove. Gross.

Labor signs: I'm having Braxton Hicks and some cramping but when the doctor checked my cervix, he actually laughed and said 'it's completely closed". Um, what? Then he said that I'll probably have a baby at the end of the month. Not what I wanted to hear.

Mood: Tired and anxious. I keep having baby dreams and whenever people say 'any day now', I have a small panic attack. On the flip side, though, I cannot wait to have that baby girl here!!!

Looking forward to: Is it bad that I'm already looking forward to the weekend?



  1. When I was 37 weeks pregnant I'm pretty sure I would have killed my dog if he chew up my pregnancy pillow. That thing was a life saver for me! You look adorable..almost there!

  2. Getting so close little Mama. You can do this!!!:) Your little princess will be here before you know it!

  3. I gained a lot of weight at my last appointment due to swelling too! It looks like my feet belong to a different person lol I go to the doctor again today and I am hoping he says I am dilated at least a little. I have been having bad cramps and braxton hicks also! I can't believe we are so close to the end. You are looking great!!

  4. Hang in there! Sucks about your pillow! Almost there...

  5. You are SO close! I hope you feel better soon!

  6. You are the cutest! Hands down! And holy cow you're SO close now! Hang on mama... even if it's without your pillow :) Hope your week goes fast so you can enjoy your weekend! XOXO

  7. Lookin good!!! You are so close!! The cramping towards the end is no fun but it just means it's getting close :)

  8. I am so sorry about your pillow! I have an 18 month old boxer and can completely relate. Although I am on 26 weeks along I sat and cried when I came home and found that she had burried herself under the foam mattress on our bed, resulting in memory foam bits being strewn about the house...I now sleep on a miserably hard bed :(

  9. I'm with you - on everything. I am so over being pregnant even though I know it is worth it. I cried last night lol. I was just like "I am so happy that I'm going to be a mom and I love her but I don't want to be pregnant anymore...." (:

  10. poor pillow!! ahh!
    sleeping on your belly is hard if youll BF! :( huge bummer.
    i can not believe how fast time is flying!!

  11. Totally thought you might have had baby girl since you didn't post your bump update last week! I'm in the same boat as you when I had my first exam last week, no progress whatsoever and baby girl is nice & comfortable. Fingers crossed we both have some progress this week!

  12. You're getting so close!!! Just hang in there and I promise you will feel like a normal person again soon! It doesn't happen right away but I would say 4-6 weeks postpartum is like a whole new world. I'm 10 weeks postpartum now and I swear sometimes I don't even remember being pregnant- I assume this is why women keep having babies because we forget so quickly!

  13. You are so close! Your sweet baby girl will be here before you know it...

  14. Stop copying off me and my week late bumpdate post!! LOL Props to Jeff for not letting you take a craptastic pic!! And who are you foolin' you are a total floozy!!


  15. oh no your pregnancy pillow!!! I would have been so upset, I've been sleeping so much better since getting my snoogle! I can't believe how close you are lady! I have a feeling by the time I'm as far along as you i'll feel the same way about being done with it. Totally worth it, yet...but there are def. things I miss. So excited for you!