36 Weeks: I Miss My Waist

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I'm a day late posting my update this week, but oh well... I'm technically always a day or two late, since my weeks really turn over on Saturday/Sunday. But since I've been consistently taking my pics on Mondays, it doesn't matter, right? Right.

And this week is no different; I did take my photo last night. I just didn't have a chance to post about it.

36 Weeks Pregnant

At 36 weeks into this adventure, I've started to long for my pre-pregnancy body. Or, really, anything resembling my pre-pregnancy body. Hell, at this point, I'll settle for a belly that doesn't contain another human being. ;)

I also find myself trying to remember exactly what it feels like to button and zip up a pair of pants. To easily reach my toes when I need to trim and paint my toe nails. To be able to sit with my knees pulled up to my chest (normally a really comfortable position for me). To hold a baby on my hip.

How weird it'll be when I suddenly have these things back.

My belly is feeling stretched this week. Baby's movements are actually really uncomfortable for me now. When he/she sticks its butt out, I usually have to "rub it back in" because it hurts! Little bugger. The movements are moving my entire belly now. Last night, I was rehearsing a presentation I had to do for work today, and I had my laptop resting on my belly in bed. The baby was literally moving the entire laptop up and down with his/her stretching. I'm starting to really realize that I have a full-size baby in there now. Even though he/she is still on the small side, it's the size of a newborn now. Um, whoa.

This weekend, we installed the car seat bases in our cars. We really just needed to get them out of the house since we don't have a lot of extra room in here these days. So now I'm riding around with a car seat in the back (Michael just has the extra base in his). It's very strange to get into the car and see that in the back, knowing that in just a few short weeks, there will be a baby in there.

Our baby book came in the mail on Friday, so I also started filling that out this weekend. There are several pages designated to information on the parents and the pregnancy, so we completed all of those pages now.

Perhaps the most exciting baby event of the week is that our stroller arrived! We ended up getting the Bumbleride Indie in the ruby color and it is gorgeous. We love it, and can't wait to take it out for a spin! We're actually planning to try to train Tessa to walk with it before the baby gets here, so we'll be the weird couple walking around our neighborhood with an empty stroller. :)

Aside from feeling really ready to meet the baby, and some general discomfort, I'm still doing pretty well overall. Still suffering from some occasional heartburn and swelling, but hanging in there.

I have my first weekly appointment tomorrow, and I'll be getting "checked" for progress at each appointment now. I've been experiencing some random menstrual-like cramps, which I can only assume are mild contractions? I don't really know. But baby still seems to be sitting up nice and high, so I'm not expecting too much at this point.

25 (I think?) days to go! :)


Eric's Mommy August 24, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

I remember when I was pregnant and couldn't remember what it was like to NOT be pregnant! It seems like such a long time, but now looking back it went by way too fast.

Once again, you look lovely :)

Baby Momma Andrea August 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM  

When you mentioned wearing pants that button and zip I laughed. That was my biggest problem once I started to fit into pre-pregnancy pants was remembering to zip the fly... My son is 1 and I STILL forget!!!

tab890 August 24, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

I love your baby book! What a cute idea.

Your "button/zip" comment made me laugh, I totally felt the same way, and as soon as I came home and started feeling like myself, I put a pair of pants with a button/zip and I was so excited. Something so silly but makes you feel so human again.

Good Luck, you are in the home stretch now!!

Gretchen August 25, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

We are thinking of getting the bumbleride indie, where did you find the best price? You look great!!

Kelly August 25, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

I am reading your blog for the first time... I just had my first baby 6 weeks ago and I laughed so hard reading todays blog thinking oh man, I totally felt that way! and I honestly think that pregnancy is 1 month too long - its all fun and exciting to a point and then you are just so so so ready to be not pregnant and just have the little buddy already!! Good luck, it will go fast! (I am sure you hear that all of the time and its so hard for you to believe now, but it will!)

Nicole August 25, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

Pretty soon you'll forget what it was like to BE pregnant! While you're going through it, you wish your body back but now I don't remember what it was like to be the size of a house! And my body will never, ever be the same. Nothing fits me right now-all of my weight is totally in my stomach which I hate :(

Natalie August 26, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

congrats! You still LOOK great, even if you're anxious for this all to be done with!

check out my blog today--you inspired me with your salsa verde bake and i made an adapted version...we LOVED it!

Heather August 26, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

Thanks again, everyone. Your comments are all lovely to receive at this point in the game. I know I need to enjoy these last few weeks but it's hard when you're uncomfortable and (sometimes) in pain! Plus, I am just ready to "know" my baby. :)

@Gretchen--Unfortunately, the Indies are the same price everywhere, as the manufacturer does not allow anyone to offer coupons or discounts on them. The only thing you can really get a "deal" on is free shipping and no tax. Check out www.joggingstroller.com.

Heather August 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

@Natalie--The salsa verde bake looks good! I read in some of the comments on Rachael Ray's original recipe that a lot of people adapt it to make it vegetarian. I don't think you can go wrong, really... no matter what you put in! :)

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