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35 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 35 weeks. (From the Bump) Growing, growing, growing. Yup, baby and you. You’ve reached 35 weeks, and your uterus has grown about 1,000 times its original size, a number that might sound exaggerated to everyone else -- but to you it probably feels more like a million. You can expect to gain about a half-pound a week before birth, and baby’s beefing up, too. At 35 weeks, some moms-to-be feel like they have a ton of stuff left to do before baby’s arrival. Others can barely wait for baby to make his debut. Either way, try not to stress. Baby will show up when he’s ready, and he won’t care if you haven’t checked every little detail off your list. He's about 17.2 to 18.7 inches. From here on out, he won't get much longer, but he's plumping up. He's now about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds, and he'll put on a pound or more of baby fat before birth. Now, his hearing is fully developed, and he responds best to high-pitched noises.

How big is baby: The size of a coconut.

Weight gain/loss: I cannot confirm this at this point.

Maternity clothes: Yes, but honestly, I'm wearing just about anything that is comfortable and isn't totally revealing.  I wore work out pants to work yesterday, I've worn my lounge pants to work and today I'm wearing a dress.

Stretch marks: Yes.  See? Some are left over, some are new.  Either way, they are there.

Sleep: This last week has been hard.  I've been up a whole lot more at night and I think it's just because of my water intake.  I'm up at 1am, 4am and somewhere around 6am.  When I get up to get Coen out of bed, I have a hard time remembering to pee before I get him... If I don't go beforehand, I usually find myself trying to shimmy my pants off to pee while holding him, which is not fun for anyone to watch or witness.  Otherwise, I'm sleeping just fine.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Nah.  I'm really just not that into food right now.  If I don't eat breakfast, it messes up my day.  If I eat too much for lunch, I have a hard time enjoying dinner and if I eat too much (in general) I just feel gross.

Exercise: Not really.  I've been walking 1 to 2 times a day outside when it's nice, with a co-worker, but aside from that, nothing specific.  I do have a 13 month old to chase around and he keeps me on my toes.

Gender: All girl.

Movement: Yes, but something I've not really mentioned before is that my movement is mainly on my left side.  That's where her legs and arms are... so when she's moving around, it's there.  I get a lot of movement in the morning (after breakfast) and again in the evening (after dinner).  I can tell that's she's running out of room and that it's harder to left off the rounds of kicks and jabs that she used to do a month of so ago... but I can still feel her!  Strong little cookie.

The belly: Large and in charge.  S. said yesterday that he couldn't believe how big I had gotten in the last week.  Must have really popped out... I feel big, but not nearly as big as I was the last time.

What I'm loving: Just being pregnant and not being totally uncomfortable. I'm also loving spending time with Coen.  Last week we had a "mommy-baby weekend" because dad was out of town and I miss that we don't get to have that time every week!  He was so sweet and loving and just a joy to spend time with.  I loved every minute of it.

What I miss: Well, what we did miss was the county fair!  We usually go on Thursday because it's bull riding night, but it was storming here around 4pm and I wasn't really interested in trucking through the mud to get some fair food, watch bull riding and enjoy the people watching.  So, we stayed in.  The county fair where I great up is coming up at the middle of September and I'll be on maternity leave for that... So, I'll make it up then.

Symptoms: Still dealing with a bacterial infection and in-turn having a bit of a dry spell in the affection department, but outside of that I'm doing okay.  My hip is still not very happy with me, but that pain comes and goes.  It's mainly at night when I'm trying to get out of bed and I cannot.

The nursery: Last weekend, we made some serious headway.  We are almost to a point where we could call it done, I just need to hang a few more things and get a few other things before I can all it done.  I'll post about this another time.

What's different/the same this time: I had written about my worries and/or fears about delivering.  This seems to be much more intense than it was the last time.  I think it's because I have Coen and S. at home and I just don't anything to happen to me.  That's my biggest fear. 

What I'm looking forward to: Meeting this baby girl.  I've been watching videos of Coen when he was little and I just cannot believe how different he is now.  I also cannot wait to have a little baby that will just hold still for a minute and not be going 100 miles per minute.  I think the dynamic will be a little nutty, but it will be great!  She's going to LOVE her big brother because he will do nothing but entertain her and it will be priceless.

Best moment of the week: Hearing Coen speak more animal noises without much prompting.  He will even do them out of order and almost right on que.  It just depends on who his audience is.

Last appointment details: Everything looked good,  baby was measuring on schedule, heartbeat was loud and perfect.  Oh, I cried at my last appointment because I was worked up about my fears of this c-section, but she was so calm and reassuring.  It was good.

Next appointment: I go next Friday!


Jeannie said…
You look fantastic mama!! Before Harper arrived, I would cherish those special mama/toddler moments too :)
Jeannie said…
You look fabulous mama! Before Harper arrived, I would soak up every minute of Henry/mama time :)
It was such a precious time~!

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