baby #4: 36 weeks

Feeling (and looking…) super tired lately!
Baby’s size: Supposedly around 6 pounds and 19 inches long according to all the baby apps/sites. At my appointment this week, my fundal height was 33 cm (so, that’s 3 cm of growth in 2 weeks, which is good for me, but clearly I’m still measuring small). The midwife I saw wasn’t as okay with that as my OB has been (you rotate through all the care providers at this practice), so I have an ultrasound scheduled to check her growth at 38 weeks, if I’m still pregnant by then.

Maternity clothes?: Yup. Enough said, right?

Gender: A little girl who is back to having no name… AGAIN! I cannot believe we are so close to meeting her and still don’t know what her name is going to be. Usually, I find something I think I like, and then ask the girls what they think. They try it out for a couple of days, but after I’ve heard the name so much, I usually feel like I don’t want to use it. I’m a little lost!

Symptoms: I’m feeling really lucky not to be having hip pain or sciatica like I was at this point with my other pregnancies. No pain is such a blessing!

Labor signs: I asked to be checked at my appointment because of the crampiness I’ve had lately. 1 cm dilated, 60% effaced, a very soft cervix and baby is at a -3 station, although the nurse who checked me did say that her head wasn’t budging at all when she pushed up on it, so it looks like she’s starting to engage. We’re moving in the right direction!

Sleep: My bed is my favorite place these days! I feel like I’m dreaming about her more lately, too.

Movement: She’s still just so wild! I really cherish waking up to her kicks, and I know I’m going to miss that a lot.

Cravings: Nothing really.

What I miss: I just feel kind of big! I miss being able to bend over a little more easily. Picking up toys and scrubbing the bathrooms is getting difficult. I’ve also noticed that I turn sideways now to unload the washer (we have a top-loader) because otherwise my belly is in the way!

Anything making you queasy or sick?: I mostly have to force myself to eat lately, and I’ve spent some more time lying down this week due to nausea. I’m really doing the best I can, but it’s hard.

Belly Button in or out?: Super-weird/kind of flat.

Exercising?: Ran 21.2 miles (longest run was 4.26 miles). Best average pace this week was 11:32 min/mile. Fitbit total steps: 70,414. I’m cutting back, and 4 miles is plenty for me right now (it’s also amazing that I can go that long without a bathroom break)! Prenatal yoga is still happening after my runs, too.

Mood: Half of my week was honestly super emotional/stressful because of my appointment and some things the midwife said due to me measuring small. I feel like I’ve been fighting to just keep functioning during this pregnancy, and being talked to like I’m not doing what’s best for my baby was really hard. I’m feeling a little better now and hoping for a better appointment next week.

Best moment this week: I’ve checked a ton of stuff off of my to-do list, so that feels pretty good. All her clothes are in her drawer, I have some newborn diapers, and I made myself a new boppy pillow! The old one was literally ripping in half just due to so much use! I’ve improved at sewing enough over the past 6 years that this one turned out a lot sturdier, too (and was done a lot faster- about 1.5 hours start to finish)!

I bought the cover at Target, because I always feel like by the time you buy a zipper and fabric to make your own, it comes out to about the same price. Plus, this aqua/minty color with the coral flowers is pretty much my favorite right now!Looking forward to: Kaelyn’s 4th birthday party, seeing family, and making it to early term this next week!

Big sisters: Kaelyn said she wanted to name the baby “Pepperoni” today. Haha! They love to run up to my belly and say, “Hi, Baby!”, and Kaya’s been telling me, “The baby could come this week!” I keep reminding her that we could have 3.5 weeks to go still. Nella actually pointed at my stomach and said, “Baba!” this week, so maybe she’s starting to get it. We’ll see!

Comparison: 36 weeks with Kaya; 36 weeks with Kaelyn; 36 weeks with Nella.