Friday, July 6, 2012

What I'm Really Thinking...and {36 week} baby update

So tomorrow marks the 36 week mark!  Which for me means that I have another 2-6 weeks to go :)  I can't lie...that thought makes me panic a little.  We are not prepared at all yet...for this little man's arrival or for our little princess to start Kindergarten just a week or so later. 


What I'm really thinking...
With being 36 weeks also means a much more noticeable belly...and lots of strangers {and sort of acquaintances} asking how I'm feeling.  My response is typically, "Pretty good" or "I can't complain,"  when in fact, all I want to do is complain.  That's just not me {unless you ask my poor hubby, then he'll tell you that all I do is complain}.

I'm going to be totally honest with you all...I'm getting to the point where I can say that I'm about done.

Let's start with the pre-labor contractions.  They aren't painful, per say.  But I can definitely feel them...and they often taking my breath away for a second.  Sometimes they get really consistent, but I know they are just "practice."

And there's the lovely sciatica or nerve pain.  It plagues me at the weirdest times.  I can be walking down the hall at work and feel a sudden shock of pain in my upper thigh.  Sometimes it's on the inside of my thigh...sometimes on the outer thigh, but my oh my are these super painful.  It's almost impossible to walk through them.  Not to mention the lovely pressure that I get every time I stand up.  I often wonder if he's just going to fall out {don't worry...I'm not that naive :)}

And my poor, poor bladder.  People are serious when they say that it gets worse with each subsequent pregnancy.  Enough said :)

And I won't even go into trying to sleep.

Baby Prep
Nursery?  Nope
Clothes sorted and washed?  Nope, but I finally have them in my hands (or back of my car!)
Bags packed?  Nope
Plan for what to do with the big kids?  Nope

That pretty much sums it up.  I've been totally slacking.  I have no energy to get ready for this guy. 

I have started on artwork for his room {and I'm soooooo excited about what we came up with}.  And the hubby has been patching drywall in both bedrooms to prep it for painting.  But that's about it.  Yikes!

Check-ups
I've been going to the OB every 2 weeks and start weekly appointments next week.  They seem pretty useless at this point.  Pee in a cup.  Blood Pressure.  Heartbeat.  Any questions?  Nope.  Ok...you're done.  I definately don't take this for granted though.  I know that so many people would love to have such an uneventful pregnancy.  I count my blessings every day.

The big kids
It seems so funny to call them the "big kids."  Afterall, they have been my babies for so long.  And with them so close in age, they always both seemed like babies until just recently.  They are getting so excited for Knox to come out.  They both give my belly hugs and kisses multiple times per day.  They love to talk loud to him or blow raspberries on my belly and watch him move around like crazy.  They are getting slightly annoyed at my lack of lap to sit in...and the fact that their baby brother kicks them when they lean against him.

My worries
I don't really worry about much.  A baby really doesn't need much.  He'll sleep in our room for a while.  I'm exclusively nursing, so I don't have to worry about bottles or formula or anything.  We can always pack bags while I'm in labor and wash baby clothes after we get back home.

I do worry about my labor a little.  And it's not what you're thinking.  I'm not scared of the pain or anything going wrong.  I have full confidence that I can have the birth I want. 

I worry about when to go to the hospital.  With Gray, my water broke and contractions had already started.  They intensified tremendously and I labored at home {and in the car on the way there} for about 4 hours before going to the hospital.  And I arrived at 1-2 cm.  I know that the longer that I'm at the hospital means more chances for interventions and me to cave into drugs.  My plan is to be in late labor before heading in...I'd love to arrive at 7-8 cm.  I just don't know how to tell when I'm there aside from "checking" myself, which I don't think would be physically possible :)  We live about 45 min to an hour away from the hospital, which means I don't want to wait too long..uggh.  I'd totally be okay with an unexpected home birth...but car birth?  I'd rather not be the lady on the 11 o'clock news who gave birth in a Waffle House parking lot.

I'm sure I'll be posting another update before Baby K comes.  After I have him, I doubt you'll see a blog post for a little while, but I will make sure to update facebook.  Follow along if you want to know when he makes his grand appearance!  We also have {Bringing Home Baby} series starting in a few weeks!  Make sure to check back.

4 comments:

  1. Just had a 36-week ultrasound today! Your post echoes so much of what I have on my mind lately!

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  2. You can do it!!! :)

    Also, we'd love to watch the big kids!! Just let me know! :)

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  3. So excited for you! Will say some prayers that everything goes well.

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  4. Sarah!!! I havent got to get on here lately and I am so glad I did today!!! I am so excited for you!! You are getting me excited!!! :) I am going to text you today and see if you do have time to squeeze lunch or something in before your babe arrives! I can even come visit you and the kids at your house!!! :)

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