36 Week update:
This week not much has changed. Half of the time the days feel like a blur, there is just so much going on. I’m sure this is because I am feeling so tired; I get up multiple times a night either from vivid dreams or the need to use the bathroom. According to my Fitbit, I am awake anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour every night now. Yuck.
Little is doing good as far as I can tell. He’s developed wake periods and sleeping periods. Fortunately, for now, they coincide with the busiest parts of my day. For example, he’s up and moving around 6:30 when it is time to get up and get ready for the school run, and then “sleeps” from 8am until around 10 most days. I know this could be way off and there is no way to know for sure, plus I’m sure this’ll change once he’s on the outside, but I gotta be optimistic.
Also, baby has dropped! I began to notice this last week, but now it’s certain. I can breathe easier, although I still get winded pretty quickly. I have so much more room up top now, and very little bladder room!
36 Week Appt:
Yesterday was my 36 week appointment, and began my pelvic exams for signs of labor. This time my appointment was in the afternoon; one hour before Aiden’s school dismissal to be exact and boy, was I an anxious mess. Everything went very smoothly and I was out with time to spare. Woohoo!
I am doing great, blood pressure and urine check were normal. Also my test results from the 35 week appointment came back fine and clear! I was most worried about the Group B strep test. I did not have it with Aiden, but did have it with Evan so I was concerned about this time around. But, I’m in the clear and that’s one less thing I will have to worry about come delivery time. Also, my weight has not changed from last week, I’m holding steady at 162.2. This threw up a flag for me because I gained weight with Aiden until 38 weeks when it stabilized and stopped gaining weight with Evan at 36 weeks and he was born at 37+4. So I started worrying a bit that this one might arrive early.
Sure enough, at 36 weeks I’m measuring at 1 cm dilated with baby head down and all the way down. I was really shocked. That morning I had 3 real contractions that were 3 and 5 minutes apart, but then stopped so I didn’t pay much mind to them. Now, I’m paying close attention to my body and looking up ways to keep baby in for at least a bit longer. A week to two weeks would be great, baby! Doc wasn’t worried and told me to just be ready. This is probably the worst part for me- the unknown.
I go back again in one week for another check and finalize birth plans.
Last night was the hospital tour! Even though I have delivered there 2 previous times, I wanted to get a refresher and see if there were any updates to be aware of. It was pretty exciting to see labor and delivery rooms and the postpartum rooms. It definitely brought back a whole slew of memories. I feel confident in delivering there again and excited for baby’s birth day.