Pregnancy Update: Week 36 and 37

Good morning all, long time no see. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas!

I apologise for being a bit lax on the blogging front lately. Its been a little crazy around here. Between getting all the last minute things I needed wrapped up, trying to catch up on some much needed sleep and getting ready for Christmas the past few weeks just slipped passed and now the New Year is already barrelling towards us.

In terms of how Baby H and I are doing we are still here, still pregnant and still waiting. This baby girl is getting bigger each day, which makes me a little nervous to be honest, but she is healthy and has made it past the full term mark so we’re very happy about that.

She still moves a lot, but you can really tell her space is restricted.

As for me – I am feeling huge, uncomfortable and cumbersome. I spend most of my time these days waddling around the house doing odd jobs, taking naps or chilling in the swimming pool because it it so incredibly hot and the pool is one of the few places I feel comfortable.

I have been experiencing some really intense Braxton Hicks contractions. These are quite painful and on more than one occasion Hubby and I thought we had to make the trip to the hospital. These always show up at night when I’m trying to sleep so right now most of my sleep takes place during the day…

Other than that we’re all still happy and healthy and looking forward to greeting the challenges of 2015 with open arms!

How far along? 37 weeks

Baby is the size of a: Leek (I thought we had been a leek already, but the app says leek so leek it is)

Total weight gain/measurements: Weight gain had slowed down a bit, but then Christmas happened. I’m scared to look!

Stretch marks: Nope not yet

Best moment this week: Christmas is always a highlight even though this one was a bit strange in how quite it was. Hubby’s family came down to spend Christmas and Boxing Day with us as I am stuck in Joburg until the baby arrives.

Miss anything? My abs, my feet not being all swollen and gross, real champagne and gin and tonic. 

Movement: She’s still moving quite a bit, but her movements have changed. There’s a lot more stretching and wiggling, not as many acrobatics.

Food cravings: Nothing really this week

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope

Gender: A little girl

Symptoms: Carpal tunnel, swollen feet, general moodiness, extreme tiredness, a little bit of nausea that comes and goes, very intense Braxton Hicks contractions… Oh and heartburn for the first time this pregnancy!

Belly button in or out? Out

Labour signs? At my appointment last week the doctor confirmed that my cervix had started shortening. She ruled out us having a Christmas baby, but any time from now is a real possibility. Baby is fully engaged, is in the perfect position to be born and is a really good weight. So we wait….

Wedding rings on or off? off

Happy or moody most of the time: I’m generally happy until I get over tired then I get really emotional

Exercise: I’ve been pretty good with exercise these past two weeks. I have gone on almost daily walks and have splashed around in the pool. It definitely makes a big difference to how I feel at the moment so I’m really trying to be consistent with it. It helps that I have so much free time on my hands right now.

Looking forward to: Ringing in 2015 – we’re not doing anything special, but I’m looking forward to saying good bye 2014 and hello to the new year. Then we have a Doctor’s appointment next week Tuesday and will hopefully get more info on when this monkey is coming!

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