Pregnancy: Weeks 36-38

My last weeks of pregnancy!!! I can’t believe we have a date set for our daughters birth! She’ll be born tomorrow, January 10th, at exactly 39 weeks. I’ve mentioned in previous updates that she was breech… Well girlfriend was comfy and cozy and decided that she wasn’t going to flip head down. Since she is still breech, we have a scheduled c-section planned. I’ve got to say, it’s kind of nice knowing when she’ll be here and not worrying about going into labor at the grocery store. :)

  • Night sweats!!! You never hear about this pregnancy symptom, but for the last couple of weeks I have been waking up basically on fire! Usually I’m freezing but lately I have been running so warm. Must be my little bun in the oven.
  • The baby is still so high up(although people have since mentioned that she dropped..) Breathing has become more difficult. Lots of breathlessness from simple tasks such as walking, climbing the stairs, etc.
  • Since the baby is so high, acid reflux has been out of control. It’s the worst at night after dinner.
  • I have been having some heart palpitations and racing heart beat when I lay down for bed. It’s somewhat alarming but apparently it’s nothing to worry about.
  • I finally started experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions.
  • Sore hips from tossing and turning all night long. I wasn’t really expecting that.
  • Feeling TONS of movement these days, like Tae Bo double time style punches and kicks haha Kind of throws me off guard.
  • Today, I’m finishing up my 38th week with last minute packing/preparing for Hazel’s Birthday. I can’t believe we’ll meet her tomorrow!!!
My best friend sent us a special delivery, celebrating of the last day just the two of us.

Pregnancy: Weeks 32-35

I’m currently 36 weeks as I write this post. We’ve come so far, it’s unreal how fast the last half of this pregnancy has been. These last few weeks have been…strange. It feels like time is going by both fast and slow. I’m anxious for her arrival, but would like to cook her as long as I can. From here on out, we’ll have weekly appointments until she’s here!! We’re in the final stretch, folks!

We had a random snow day and I had to get a picture of the snow the THE BUMP! 34 weeks
  • I felt my first Braxton Hicks contraction at 33 weeks. My whole stomach will tighten and become rock hard and then release. It’s not painful though!
35 week bump picture
  • Not sure I can claim this as pregnancy related but we got a house cleaner and my life has forever been changed! OMG… It’s the best gift I’ve ever been given. I’ll gladly accept this as my “push present” ;) If you’re thinking of something to gift to a new mom, consider a one time deep clean. She will appreciate it more than you know!
  • I thought I had been spared, but it seems as if the leg cramps and Charley horses have made their way into my last weeks of pregnancy. I will wake up in the middle of the night with INTENSE pain and leg cramps in my calves. It’s so painful!
  • I’m still having issues sleeping through the night. If I’m lucky, I’ll wake up to go pee about 2-3 times and fall back asleep. But unfortunately, I’ll wake up to go pee and will lay awake for 1.5-2 hours. It’s BRUTAL! The leg cramps don’t help.
Nursery progress! I plan on taking more pics for one blog post once it’s completely finished.
  • Feeling emotional, but what’s new? It’s the worst when you know you’re being mean to your hubby for no reason and then feel bad about it… bless those men!
  • I hear I’ve got the waddle down now. I don’t feel it but coworkers have started to notice.
  • Lots of acid reflux now :( The baby is sitting really high up in my abdomen and is putting pressure on my diaphragm. I’m experiencing a lot of breathlessness too.
  • We signed up for cord blood/tissue banking and our kit came in the mail. There’s a lot of really interesting research out there. Cord blood is literally saving peoples lives. I’m excited to see new research behind the use of cord tissue in the future too.
Look at that squishy cheek and button nose!
  • It’s been determined that the baby is in complete breech presentation and probably won’t be flipping head down. We’ve discussed a C-section as my Doctor doesn’t think I’d be a good candidate for a version, seeing as she hasn’t moved this whole time. At 35 weeks, he said that since she has been in the same position this entire pregnancy, her chances of flipping are about 5%-10%…soooo not very likely. He thinks she’s in this position for a reason…maybe not enough room to flip around, the position of the placenta, cord length, etc.
  • We got to see the baby practicing breathing on the ultrasound which was SO COOL. It’s hard to believe she’ll be here in 3 short weeks!
My coworker noticed I was dressed like the emoji and created this. Hilarious!

Pregnancy: Weeks 28-31

I hit the 3rd trimester!!! Each milestone we pass makes me feel more and more at ease, besides the side effects that come with the third trimester. My third trimester has been very “by the book”… Most of this pregnancy I’ve had no real complaints but it seems as if I hit the 3rd trimester and I’ve become more irritable/emotional/short tempered/breathlessness, etc. Maybe it’s the exhaustion, carrying around the extra weight and lack of sleep(as I write this at 3 am) But wow, the books are right about the second trimester being the best! Both first and third have their downsides. This update is rather lengthy! We had a lot going on these last few weeks.

  • On my last update, I left off with my gestational diabetes test. Well, I got my results back a few days later and ended up passing!!! I’m not sure why I was so worried that I wasn’t going to pass, maybe because it’s quite common, but my Doctor said I rocked it! My levels were 91 with a reference range <130.
  • I don’t think I’ve mentioned this in my other recaps, but in the previous weeks we started touring daycares and finally booked one out near us. Feels good to get that checked off the list!
  • Scott has given me a nickname of b.o.b. “big ol belly” He’ll be looking at me and say-“and just think, you’ve still got 2 months!” haha He likes the bump.
  • We went to a Halloween party and dressed up as the 50’s housewife and milkman. It was a hit and turned out so cute!

  • My linea nigra has finally started to show up and I love it. It’s very faint, right above and below my bellybutton.
  • Took my first prenatal yoga class!! Which brings me to my next bullet…
  • Suspended my Burn Boot Camp membership. My renewal date was coming up in the middle of November and I was not getting the use out of my membership to make it worth renewing. I did go ahead and sign up for 5 additional prenatal yoga classes. It’s nice to workout with other pregnant women and not be singled out or have to modify everything.
  • I don’t think my skin has been more clear since getting pregnant. It seems to be more drier which helps with my breakouts I guess…
  • I’ve been experiencing a lot of pain/pressure just under my breast, in my chest due to acid reflux/heartburn.
  • We saw a concert at 29 weeks 5 days. Funny story: We were in line at Stubb’s to get in when a door guy walked up to us and asked if we’d like to see the show from the VIP Lounge… We both looked at each other like, what’s the catch, is this guy joking?? When we realized he was being serious, we were like HECK YES! The VIP Lounge had private bathrooms, free stubb’s BBQ and drinks, couches for lounging in… it’s was great! The door guy was just being nice because he saw that I was pregnant and didn’t want anyone bumping into me. I appreciated the comfy couches in between songs :)

  • Had a weekend of celebrations for Baby Hamilton. First, my co-worker threw me a little baby shower at work and I was so blown away with all the generosity and love shown by my coworkers. It turned out so great! Then, the very next day, my family threw me a baby shower with my side of friends and relatives. We are officially ALL set with ALL the things. Baby Hamilton is already so loved! It’s very nice to have my baby showers out of the way before the holidays begin. I imagine it will be a little chaotic in the next couple of weeks! Plus, I’ve got all baby clothes washed and organized. Let the nesting begin!

  • Went to a mini birthing class hosted at my Doctor’s office. It was a general overview of actual birth and what to expect. But honestly, it made me a little bit more anxious than I was before.
  • We hosted our last hurrah party before Hazel’s arrival. We won’t be hosting another 40 person party for a loooooong time ;)

    • I never really had sensitive boobs in the beginning like most people do in the first trimester but they are totally more sensitive now and getting fuller.
    • We took a hospital tour and saw the labor room, hospital nursery and got general information on what we’re supposed to do when it’s go time! Can’t believe she’ll be here in about 7 weeks! Speaking of 7 weeks…
    • I had a growth scan at 31 weeks, 6 days. Baby is measuring small with a big head! She’s still breech and hasn’t moved from the same position this entire pregnancy. We’re not making plans just yet, but the Doctor and I discussed that she’ll be delivered, I’m assuming either planned c-section or induction, between Jan 10th-Jan 17th and I won’t be going over my due date. I’ll know more at my 36 weeks scan!