How far along? 36 weeks! Since we are getting right up to the end, I'm going to try to record an update every two weeks since things might start changing.
Weight gain: 23 pounds per my last appointment
Cravings: Yogurt, fresh fruit, Fage Greek yogurt (no other brand will do), peanut butter on apples, wine! (only a few more weeks until that indulgence thank goodness!)
Anything making me nauseas/queasy? Not at all!
Stretch marks: Not yet. Still applying Bio Oil and Belly Butter at least twice daily.
Belly button: Still in but just barely.
Wedding rings: I am currently still wearing my engagement ring because the shape of it is a little more forgiving but I can't wear my wedding band anymore. It still goes on snug in the morning but I know it would be way too tight as the day progresses and I really don't want to risk getting it stuck and having to have it cut off.
Maternity clothes: Yes. My only non-maternity item has been my Piko tunics and I am still really loving them.
Sleep: I am not sleeping well at all. During these past two weeks, I have become really uncomfortable pretty much all the time. I use my snoogle to cradle my bump and a lumbar pillow for extra back support but am still not really comfortable at night. This week I have also been battling a terrible respiratory cold so I have been coughing all night long, which certainly doesn't help.
Exercise: Walking and that is pretty much it.
Movement: Yes and it is noticeable from the outside. I can feel her hiccup and took a really cute video of her squirming around in there for Corey while he was traveling for work last week.
Gender: Girl, girl, girl. The bow situation is out of control. All of these are interchangeable and attach to elastic headbands.
Symptoms: Lots of swelling recently. The severe swelling started at the beginning of week 35 and it is very painful. My doctor ruled out preeclampsia because my blood pressure is still good but based on how much I am swelling said I will likely not make it until my anticipated last day of work on February 26.
Best moment this month: My baby shower this past weekend. Our little lady is already loved so much and I feel much more prepared now! Also, our Babymoon! This was amazing and so, so relaxing. I don't know if I have ever been so relaxed, even on our honeymoon in Hawaii. A full recap of that is about halfway done. Here's a preview for the time-being.
Worst moment this week: This cold has been no walk in the park and I still feel like I'm getting worse daily. I literally cried when the nurse gave me a list of things to try and I had already tried them all. Also, if you follow on Instagram you know losing my grandmother last week has been sad. She was 95 so I knew it was coming and was at peace with how long and full her life was. It has still been hard, though, because I selfishly wanted her to meet my little one.
Looking forward to: I'm really looking forward to my work baby shower this week and Valentine's week because it will be Corey's last week of overnight out of town travel and I really want extra help at home. Basically, between being sick and eight months pregnant I am dying for someone to be here to take care of me!
A few thoughts: I am starting to get a little panicked with how many things there still are to do. I had Corey carry in shower gifts then I just closed the nursery door and went to sleep since I was so sick. I need to organize everything and do another load of newborn laundry. I still need to pack my hospital bag and install our new car seat. I also haven't finished getting my classroom ready for my long term sub (my 11 weeks of plans are done, though!). My OB did say that I needed to plan to go ahead and finish up outstanding projects at work so I guess I'll be cleaning and organizing my classroom this week and trying to make a more conscious effort to keep it ready for the unexpected. As any teacher can tell you, working with the kids and lesson planning is fun. Grading papers and accountability paperwork is not so it is way to easy too just let it pile up.