Wow, 35 Weeks already!!! I can not believe I am in the final stretch of my pregnancy. All of a sudden I have been feeling VERY pregnant and huge. Just ready to meet my little man already! The third trimester fatigue has set in and it has been taking me twice as much energy to pretty much complete the simplest of things these days. Taking care of Jillian has gotten to be a bit more difficult lately as the terrible two's are definitely upon us. She is really into that everything is "mine" stage, should be fun when she has a baby brother around to share her baby items with! We have been reverting back to that watching a lot of TV stage like we did when I was feeling very sick in the first trimester. I feel horribly guilty about putting her in front of the TV so much but sometimes it is just necessary when I need to sit down for a few minutes and reset. Jeff has been great pitching in here and there when he can which really makes a huge difference.
Work has been a bit on the crazy side lately too. As I mentioned in my last post, my manager and co-workers now know that I do not planning on returning to work so it's just been nuts trying to get everything done. You know that week before vacation when you are crazy busy trying to cram to get everything done all for the reward of taking the following week off of work? That is exactly how it has been for me, yet it's turning into a crazy month of trying to pound out task after task before I am on a permanent vacation!!!!
All of the craziness and hard work will all be worth it in the end when I get to stay home with my two little ones and do not have to deal with the hassles of work again!
How far along? 35weeks - 5 more to go!
Total weight gain/loss: Um, do we have to disclose this one? I am actually right where I was with Jillian although 5 pounds heavier. I am at 162 which is 40 pounds over where I was when I got pregnant. On the bright side, I lost everything with Jillian and hope to do the same with this one!!! I have learned alot about myself as far as weight gain and my pregnancies go. I am certainly one of those girls that gains everything up front and only a few pounds at the end.
Maternity clothes: Yes, and some of them are even starting to get a little tight. I have started a pile of maternity clothes to pack up and put away that no longer fit me. I am in that stage where I am getting pretty tired of wearing the same thing all the time and my wardrobe is growing even more limited now that I am fitting into less and less clothes. I am sure my co-workers are tired of seeing me in the same outfit all of the time. I almost broke down and bought a few tops at Target the other day but just couldn't justify spending more money on maternity clothes.
Stretch Marks: None at the moment and I never developed any with Jillian. Thank you Mom for these great genes!!
Sleep: Sleep is going well for the most part, however, I am getting up to pee a lot still. It's the never ending cycle of drinking a lot of water during the day because I am constantly thirsty and then paying for it at night. My back is surprisingly not as bad as it was which is wonderful. It's my little man that is keeping me up at night with those ripples and jabs since that is his most active time. Jillian has been getting up at 6:30am this past week as opposed to her usual 7:30-8:00 which is really what has making sleep challenging. Other than that, I have been getting decent pregnancy related sleep. I just need to get my butt in bed earlier!
Best moment this week: We finally painted the nursery this weekend and ordered his furniture. It feels good to be making some headway and crossing things off our list!
Movement: I now feel movement on both sides of my belly which is a sign that he is getting bigger and really stretching out. I am sure he is running out of room in there.
Food cravings: I love rice mixed with vegetables right now. Anything that is related to fried rice, stir fry or just veggies and green onion mixed with steamed rice is such a treat right now! My skillet is really getting a work out as of late.
Gender: BOY!!! Our little guy is still nameless. We are still stuck between Jeffrey or Nicholas. If I had to guess, he will be named Nicholas but I am still waiting from the final word from Jeff. I have such a cute little brother/big sister shirt set picked out right now and would love a name so I can order it!
Labor Signs: I have really been experiencing more noticeable Braxton Hicks lately. My belly tightens up to a point where it is a little painful. These are certainly not full blow contractions but it's scary to think I am getting close to experiencing them again!!!!
Belly Button in or out: Out.
What I miss: At this point, I am used to going without wine or beer but am really starting to count down the days where I can have a glass of wine with dinner again. What I am honestly missing is my energy but I am sure that will be something that I will not have back for awhile, even after my little man comes.
What I am looking forward to: Meeting my little man, wrapping up work once and for all, having my energy back, and wearing normal clothes!
Milestones: Almost to full term - only 2 weeks away!
One thing I wanted to mention is that my doctor says there is a slight chance that my body "may" still think this is a twin pregnancy and may want to come a little early. Because of this, he is going to monitor me a little more closely. I have an appointment this week and I am really excited to see how it goes.
Jillian wanted to get in on the picture taking this time and kept patting her baby brother. I am so curious to see how she is going to react to having him here. She absolutely adores babies but wonder if it will be a different story when that baby actually lives with her. Regardless, I know she will be an awesome little sister and can't wait to see her with him!
Have a great week!