Feb 8, 2016

A Pregnancy Story: Week 35

At over 18 inches long and weighing about 5 1/4 pounds, you are about the size of a honeydew melon
and running out of room. You aren't going to be moving quite as much, doing all those somersaults you used to love, because there just isn't as much room. However, you should continue to kick the same amount, so make sure you just keep doing your thing. Your kidneys are fully developed and your liver can process some waste. Basically your basic physical development is complete, and you are now just letting vital organs mature and gaining weight.

I am so tired of the back and rib cage pain. It hurts all the time and it's getting worse every day. But then again I think everything is getting worse. I'm more hormonal. Hello discharge (sorry TMI!). My motion sickness is back. I have to pee every five minutes it seems, and I fear when I have to cough or sneeze because bladder control seems out the window. My feet are constantly hurting. I get winded really easily. Sleeping isn't easy to come by. Not to mention the massive nosebleed I got this week. Of course it's not all bad. I am growing a human being for pete's sake so it's naturally going to be hard on the body. But I am growing a human being and I feel so blessed. I just can't wait to meet the little guy who sits on my lungs and kicks my bladder. I have been really really hormonal lately. It seems that just about everything makes me cry. The pain in my back and rib cage continues to get worse but I'm trying to not think about it too much and keep powering through, knowing that it will go away once you are born.

I was so unprepared when Addison was born. I had everything ready around the house but in terms of a hospital bag, I had nothing. The night that we went to the hospital, but were later sent home, we had to quickly run around and get a bag together in case they kept us. Turns out we went home but we were back the next morning and were actually kept. Luckily we had a bag already packed, although my parents ended up stopping by our house to pick up a few things that we had forgotten including feeding the cat, socks and phone chargers. So this time I was determined to be more prepared. It did help that I had done this before so I had a better idea of what I would actually need in my hospital bag. But a few weeks ago I started putting together a list. Then I finally started actually gathering the things that I could now and included the list so to make it easier for Rob to put the rest of the bag together. Honestly I don't really remember what I included in our bag the first time around but I definitely know that I don't need all that much. Some of the things I'm including this time is a nursing tank, sweatpants, socks, and toiletries. Of course included is our camera and phone charger. I also put a small list together for what Rob might need since he'll be staying with me again. I'm still debating if I want to include my computer since I know I'll be there a couple days and it's nice to have something to do on the full day there other than cuddle our precious boy. I haven't decided about that yet but I still have a little time. The other list I had to put together is a packing list for Addison. We have no idea how fast my labor is going to be so we might have to take Addison with us to the hospital until my parents can come pick her up and then bring her back and get together some things for her stay with them. Or we might have time to put together her bag and it again makes it easier to have a list so Rob knows what to grab. My goal this pregnancy was to have a bag put together or at least have a list before 37 weeks (when Addison came) and I'm actually pretty proud of myself for getting my act together so early and already being that much more ready for our stay in the hospital.

(Saturday, January 30 - Friday, February 5)

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