I've got a big belly and I cannot lie...
That's pretty much my theme song lately ;)
I have officially entered the last leg of this journey and probably the most uncomfortable. I'm trying to keep upbeat during these last few weeks, but honestly, it's getting harder and harder! I feel pretty good but am getting to the point where I'm getting anxious to meet the little guy and have my body return a bit more to normalcy (although that could still be in a bit...). I love feeling his kicks, squirms, and wiggles, but I can't wait until I can see his sweet face with all those moves :)
Anyway, here's the 36 week bump---I'm feeling a bit gigantic!
Baby stats: A watermelon. So, that's why I feel huge...;) He's now about 6.5 pounds.
What's new: There are a lot of new things that have popped up during these past few weeks. First, the swelling has taken on a whole new level. Even with moving, drinking lots of water, feet propping, and rest, my feet are still hobbit feet! Honestly, it kinda weirds me out when I look at my swollen feet or try to find my ankles. Any advice about reducing retention? Second, baby is moving down a bit so I've been feeling a lot more pelvic pressure/pain. I've found some yoga moves that have helped a bit--but it's not a fun feeling!
Symptoms: Normal end of the pregnancy stuff--swelling, pressure, a hard time sleeping, etc.
Movement: Baby boy still loves to move around--especially late at night. I love watching my whole belly move and trying to figure out how he's positioned. One day, I think he had some body part sticking out around my belly button. It was so crazy!
Cravings: Still loving fruit :) And popcorn!
Exercise: I have been walking, but not much more than that (which is probably why I've felt more sluggish lately...). But, I'm starting a prenatal workout program with Robin Long and will tell you guys all about it (it will keep me accountable!). Even though I feel huge, I still feel so much better with a little exercise--especially controlled + relaxed workouts.
What I miss: Sleeping on my back/belly. I told Josh that one of the first things I want to do when my body is healed up post-baby-pushing-out is flop down on my belly!
What I look forward to: Well, I am really looking forward to meeting our son! I teeter between feeling excited and confident about labor + delivery to feeling downright nervous and anxious about it. Right now, I'm hoping for as natural of a birth as possible. But, since I've never birthed a baby, I'm keeping an open mind! Even if it doesn't work out how how I planned/anticipated, I know that improving my physical stamina, practicing my breathing, learning to relax, learning about pain management, and praying about the big day can't hurt!
So, anyone have any good advice about ways to get ready for the big day?
What to pack in the hospital bag?
(also, the nursery is about 90% finished...so I hope to share it will you soon!!)