{My Pregnancy Journal} 36 Weeks

10628128_10152873656408109_6019270894316985376_nOh. My. Goodness. Are we really almost full term!? I am starting to get giddy with excitement over the imminent arrival of this little guy. Granted, he could still be six weeks out…but even that isn’t very far away! =)

It was a fairly exciting week. I spent a lot of time upside down, in pools doing summersaults, on my exercise ball, using hot packs and cold packs, at the chiropractor, and doing various other tricks to try to get this baby to go head down. He did so three different times but always returned to a breech position. This morning he was still head down on the ultrasound, but afternoon hiccups indicated that he is back in a sideways position…which is certainly much better than breech, but I’m concerned he may snuggle his head back up under my ribs where he seems to like it best. I’m very thankful to know that he still has the room to rearrange himself, however, and hope he settles head down when he gets too big to keep flipping. In the meantime, I’ll keep doing what I can to encourage an upside down position!

photoWednesday night felt kind of exciting, as my Braxton Hicks picked up like never before. I ended up timing them for a couple of hours because I was beginning to wonder if they were real contractions. They weren’t painful, although some were accompanied with mild low back cramping. They came every 6-7 minutes and lasted a minute each. In the morning I checked in with my doctor, who said this can be very normal for this stage of pregnancy and not to worry. But it was fun to get a tiny sense of what the beginning stages of labor might feel like, with the excitement of having something to time! =)

As far as symptoms go, can I just say “large”? Andrew gets a kick out of watching me try to put on my jeans. I usually can’t stand on on leg anymore without holding onto something. I have mid-back pain almost 24/7 and I just started having swelling in my legs, feet, and hands as of yesterday. All of these things just point to a due date that’s getting closer and closer! =)

Latest “baby brain” fail? I only shaved one leg today and didn’t realize until hours later. Looked down and thought, “Oh I missed a spot. Oh…I missed a leg.”

I have everything for Andrew’s and my hospital bags and just need to pack them. Caleb’s pack-n-play mattress has a water proof protector and jersey knit sheet on it, ready to go in his “crib” when we set it up. The carseat is by the door awaiting installment. I still have a few baby gift thank you notes to write and a few other odds and ends, but if Caleb came really early I think we are pretty much ready for him! =) In the meantime, I’m also trying to finish our Christmas shopping. The house is decorated and just waiting for a tree, which we will pick out with Caleb after he arrives.

ETA is 27 days from today!

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