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Week 35 Pregnancy Update

11 Jan

I am so happy to be in my 36th week.  That means we avoided having to take a helicopter to Phoenix to deliver Baby C.  It is such a weight lifted off my shoulders and I’m going to try and relax a bit now and just hope the baby cooks for another week.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, check out this post on bed rest.

How Big is Baby?

Baby, fetus at 35 weeks - BabyCenter

According to BabyCenter.com,

Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

According to BabiesOnline,

Your baby is getting plump. The fat deposits are now beginning to offer form and fullness to your baby’s legs and arms. Your baby is taking up most of the room in your uterus, so there is a lot less room to move around. Also, your baby’s lungs are now completely developed and producing what is called surfactant, a substance that helps in the exchange of oxygen in the lungs. Your baby is now approximately 18 inches long and weighs about five pounds. If you were to have your premature baby now, you’d be happy to know that there is a 99 percent chance of the baby surviving.

How I’m Feeling Physically

Physically during week 35, I was feeling fine.  My back started aching just because I had to give up all exercise, but other than that I feel good.  It is really hard adjusting to being so inactive.  I have so much pent up energy I’m hoping it will help me deliver Baby C is no time at all.  I feel like I could go have a great workout and do a million things at any point.  Since I was told not even to stretch, I definitely feel like my butt is getting bigger every hour I spend sitting on the couch!  Winking smile

It is all worth it though so Baby C can hang out a little bit longer, gain more weight and keep developing before she makes her grand entrance into the world.

I have been still getting those sharp pains down my stomach and I believe that is what is happening when my cervix is dilating.  Like I mentioned before the doctor didn’t seem to worry about those pains and said it was likely baby on a nerve, but I swear, call it mother’s intuition, they are being caused by my baby pushing down into my cervix.  I just have an inclining.  I am also have pressure off and on where I think I can feel where the baby’s head is at.  It hasn’t got any worse since last Friday, so I’ll be curious to see if I am anymore dilated this Friday at my week 36 doctor’s appointment.

I have been mostly listening to the doctor’s bed rest advice (99.5% of the time), but I will admit I have done a few things like collecting items for the baby to bring with us to the hospital, I’ve feed the dog and I did tidy up her nursery for about five minutes one night.  If I do anything like that I make sure not to be on my feet for more than a few minutes and always lay down afterwards right away. Thankfully my husband has been amazing and is always checking up on what I’m doing to make sure I’m laying down.  I was sitting up in bed talking on the phone with my mom the other night, when bed rest patrol came into the room and instructed me to lay down!  Smile

What would I do without him?  ❤ ❤ ❤

How I’m Feeling Emotionally

Last week was a bit emotional for me.  I went into my appointment on Friday excited for the weekend.  I had big plans to get the house cleaned up, pack our hospital bags and socialize with friends, but all those plans changed when I heard the news I was being put on bed rest.  What a bummer.  When the doctor was warning me against everything I couldn’t do I started crying because I was feeling so unprepared.  Here I thought I had 30+ more days and the doctor is telling me I will be lucky not to have the baby within the week!  It was just such shocking information and I was in disbelief.  I was both scared and excited at the same time.  More than anything, I didn’t want to have to fly in a helicopter by myself as Keith drove our stuff and car down to Phoenix.  I was scared to fly in a helicopter for starters and the thought of being in labor by myself for hours wasn’t sitting well either.  Since Keith and I moved out to Arizona by ourselves, we have no family in town so it is only the two of us.  Thinking I could potentially deliver a baby with no one by my side was too much for me to think about.

Luckily during bed rest, I’ve been able to fully prepare myself for Baby C’s arrival at any time.  I feel confident in my birthing method (Hypnobirthing), feel like I have a good handle on breastfeeding (although I still expect the hospital to help me get started) and I feel like I have a good idea of what the first few weeks with Baby C will be like (lots of feedings, diaper changes and not a lot of sleep).  We were able to order most of the things we still needed before our little princess’s arrival and I can’t wait to start getting all the items in the mail!  One things for sure, bed rest and online shopping go hand in hand!  Winking smile

Right now I’m hoping Baby C stays put at least until next Wednesday.  My dream scenario for her coming early (if she has to) would be to go into labor Tuesday and deliver her early morning on Wednesday.  Not only would she be full term by then (yay), but my doctor would be the one to deliver her since she delivers babies only on Tuesdays.

  Random Tidbits

  • Total Weight Gained so Far:  24lbs
  • Number of Movies I’m Watching on Average Per Day:  2
  • Days Until Due Date:  28
  • Days Until Baby C is Full Term:  7!  Wahoo
  • Centimeters Dilated:  2+
  • Favorite Thing About Bed Rest:  I can sneak a piece of dark chocolate anytime during the day!  Smile
  • Food Cravings:  Nothing, I’m actually having problems finding things that sound delicious, although the salad I had last night rocked my world!

Week 35 Belly Photos

I actually feel like the bump didn’t grow at all last week.  It is feeling a little bit small today.

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Other Pictures:  New Nursery Items and Hospital Going Home Options (there’s a lot)

Baby Swing

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Baby Vibrating Chair

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New Table and Lamp

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Book Shelves (still a bit bare)

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Closet- I’m loving those pink bins to store things like open packs of diapers, bottles, product instructions.

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Clothes side of her closet- we have a budding fashionista and she doesn’t even know it yet!  More pink bins, we have toys in one, bibs in another and then clothes (onesies and pants) 3-9 months in one and clothes 9 months + in another

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Diapers and essentials drawer right under her changing pad

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Outdoor hats, shoes, socks and hair bows drawer!  My favorite!  Smile

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Pajamas, onesies, mittens, hats and pants, sizes newborn to 3 months all washed and ready to go!

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Hospital clothes.  I know I am going to way over pack for Cameryn, but I want to make sure I have many options.  If you know me, I always over pack by a lot and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

Blanket, extra boppy cover (I don’t want to take her good cover with to the hospital), swaddle me blanket, pajamas in both new born sizes and 0-3 months (we don’t know how big she could be), socks, mittens, outdoor hats and boots and one outfit in size newborn.  I know the chances of her wearing boots and an actual outfit home are basically none but I just need to pack them anyways!  Winking smile

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