33, 34, 35 + 36 Weeks // Baby E

With Thanksgiving behind us and 4 weeks left to go, we’re super anxious now to meet our little girl! 4 weeks from now I’ll either be posting the next installment of bump photos or a special installment with a birth announcement. Only time will tell and it’s not within our control, so we’re just taking it real easy around these parts. I will say, here’s hoping she arrives on her due date exactly, right after our 40 week bump photo, which I may now do the day before her due date – ha!

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How far along? 36 weeks

Total weight gain: 38-42 lbs, depending on swelling – ugh! I was hoping to keep it to 35 lbs but I truly don’t feel like I’ve gained so much. You can see about 2 pounds in my giant feet though…

Maternity clothes? I ordered a maxi dress and two tops from Pink Blush Maternity and should have checked them out much earlier. Love their clothes! The fit is perfect and so comfortable. That’s all though…no more maternity clothes shopping!

Stretch marks? …another 4 weeks of no stretch marks. Pretty please skin, stay hydrated and stretchy for just a little bit longer!

Sleep: Still pretty good, though hubby has confessed to me that I’ve started to snore in the mornings. Ah well. I’ve also started to wake up every 3-5 hours, which still isn’t bad but is more than before.

Best moment this week: Week 33 – super uneventful as I had the worst bout of swelling to date which prompted me to go on self-imposed bed rest with feet propped up. The best moment though was probably making our favorite casserole for a new friend who just had a baby…and getting to hold that sweet baby while my own kicked from inside. ::heart melt::

Week 34 – Random day off for husband! We totally forgot he gets Veteran’s Day off so it was a nice surprise to have him home.

Week 35 – Receiving a surprise call from our electrician that they had an opening to install our dining room chandelier and bedroom wall sconces 10 days early. ALWAYS a great time to get something finished early when the clock is ticking towards Baby Day!

Week 36 – Thanksgiving Day, of course. We spent it with our neighbors who graciously invited us over for dinner. We missed our family but are that much more excited to be with them in January after our babe arrives.

Miss Anything?: Seeing my normal feet. I’ve figured out a trick where if I wear my Nike’s tied loosely for at least a couple hours, when I take them off all the fluid is in my ankles and I can see normal feet again (for 5 minutes)!

Movement: She’s losing the space to kick so it’s just awkward and very strong stretches and jabs for her. I was talking to my husband the other day about how it feels and while talking with my hand on my belly baby girl literally jabbed my hand so hard it made me scream. It was as if she heard us talking – ha!

Food cravings: Trying so, so hard to take it easy on the food these last few weeks. Chocolate cake is a win always, but peppermint ice cream is probably #1 right now. Holidays and all…

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: Still more Braxton Hicks and I’m getting the feeling they’re getting a bit more intense. I have this weird feeling I’ll deliver early (maybe a week but hopefully not more). We had Kate (the blonde doggie) place a bet in the baby pool and she picked all of the factors that match hers – particularly the date of arrival which matches the date Kate came home to live with us 5 years ago – 12/22. Kate rules this house, so I seriously would not be surprised if she won the baby pool too. We’ll see!

Symptoms: Swelling and sore hips/pelvic joints. The sore hips have started in the last 2 weeks and I can definitely tell everything is loosening up in there. It’s a really weird feeling…

Belly Button in or out? Depends on how baby is positioned but when it’s out, it’s never as bad as I previously imagined.

Wedding rings on or off? Off! Wearing rings sized to my normal middle finger just to have something.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! Had some moments of moodiness recently and when things don’t go my way, I get cranky and frustrated easily. Nothing that couldn’t happen to my non-pregnant self though. Ha!

Looking forward to: Finishing my work project within the next 2 weeks (sooooo close!!), hopefully finishing my 2014 Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery sampler by the end of the month since I just signed up for 2016, attending husband’s Christmas party next Friday (and probably sitting in one place for the entire time), and of course, BABYYYY!!!

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