Bumpwatch Week 36

by - Sunday, October 26, 2014

How Far Along: Yesterday, we finished up our 36th week! The baby is the size of a honeydew melon, which now that you mention it, sounds delicious. BBG is pretty fully baked, and he has fully developed organs (the last thing they work on is their brain, so the longer we can keep him in, the better for his noggin. He also has gained lots of fun hobbies like hanging upside down like a bat like a pro and sticking his butt way up into my rib cage. This is the first week where I kind of get the sense that he isn't as comfortable anymore, because his attempts to roll over or get more comfortable never seem all that successful.

At our doctor's appointment this week (we are on weeklies now- how crazy is that?), we got a surprise ultrasound, but we still didn't get a good look at his face. We can now say his head is very round, though that kind of thing doesn't stick through labor as I hear. But he can know his head was round once- we have a picture to show him!

Best Moment of the Week: We had our second half of the "How to Have a Baby and Not Hate Each Other" workshop yesterday, and even though it sounds like the kind of thing that builds your character, we actually loved it. It is taught by a sweet older woman named Rosalys who lost her husband to Alzheimer's 3 years ago, so spending time with her and hearing her stories (including one about taking her husband to a scuzzy hotel) serve as exercises in appreciation. I feel like we have just been trying to figure out how we will get through that first few months, and hearing Rosalys, you feel like you should figure out how to enjoy it. It says a lot about an instructor if you have to give massages in a group of couples and sit in a circle talking about your feelings about your parents, and you still have a really nice day.

Most Interesting Prego Quirk: The rings did come off, the belly button maintains a strange non-outness, and I am officially too big for a couple of my maternity things. Otherwise, it's pretty uninteresting here.I would say that my brain and body are both working at like half the pace they were even a few weeks ago, and that part is hard on how I perceive myself (not to mention my blog output- sorry loyal readers!). I hate the feeling of not being productive, but my bandwidth is so limited that I just can't handle much.

I Would Really Like Some: You know, I'm good. I have been asking for clam chowder for a week, so we may have that this week (and Salmon- still pushing those Omega 3's!). Otherwise, I feel pretty spoiled already and am not struggling with any particular cravings or anything.
Bizarro Thing No One Warned me About:  You do reach a phase past cute. Maybe some people don't hit this phase, but I am there in a big way. At the same time, older women especially will sometimes smile at you like you are a toddler or a puppy. I don't mind this, just like I don't mind the occasional belly touch, but I do wish I knew what of it is baby-related and how much of it has turned into schadenfreude. So enjoy the belly when it is cute, because in the end phase, the baby is apparently sucking up the cuteness left.  No one will tell you that, but it doesn't make it any less true.

And The Boy?: Officially freaking out now. He can't sleep much at night, and he has a couple of projects left to finish which are clearly driving him nuts. Let us all hope, for his sake, that he gets lots of sleep and lots done today, because I think until everything is up and ready, he is just not going to feel alright about things. We ordered the things we absolutely need right away off the registry, but we are still pretty short on some of the necessities, so I think that is stressing him out too.

Looking Forward to: This week my cousin Shelly will be induced so she will have her baby! I am very excited for her as I know she is way ready to be done. Rochelle is a big planner, and she is always focused on the next step, where I am always kind of desperate to stay where I am (for instance, it makes me sad we will be out of the phase where we are both pregnant at the same time). But I am very excited to see her baby, and I hope she has a great labor! I really can't believe this time has come already!

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