Pregnancy: 36 Weeks

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We took this photo at about 7 p.m. the day I turned 36 weeks pregnant, and it was still sunny and warm enough for short sleeves! Oh, how times have changed from when we had to take photos in the early afternoon on weekends because it was way too dark on weekdays. I’ve never loved spring more than I do this year! Warmer weather and longer days means baby time is not far away.

My pregnancy app says she was about 19 inches long and in the 6-pound range this week — about the size of a papaya. I go back and forth between thinking my belly doesn’t look that big (because I’m so used to it) and realizing how huge it must look to other people. The baby feels huge, too, since I can feel her pressing from all angles as she wiggles around. As I write this, it feels like she’s trying to bust out! I’ll be 37 weeks along tomorrow, so maybe she really is…

This was our last week of not having a doctor appointment, and starting this coming week, I’ll have one every week until she arrives. I can’t wait to see if our doctor will find any signs of progress this week!

I finally took off my wedding rings because I got way too nervous about waiting until they actually got stuck on my finger, and now I wear a simple hammered-silver band that my mother in law gave me a few years ago as part of a set of stacking rings. It’s plenty big to easily slip on and off, and I feel so much better about wearing it! Plus, my rings will feel extra-fancy when I start wearing them again. 🙂

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It was warm enough in Seattle to wear a dress to work a few days this week, and I hope that trend continues because I’m soooo much more comfortable wearing dresses than pants! I only have a few that fit, so I’ll definitely be wearing them on repeat for the next few weeks, but luckily I stopped caring about anything other than comfort long, long ago.

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How long will I keep going to work, anyway? At least through this week and probably next week — through 38 weeks — and then it might be a good idea to work from home until I go into labor. I find it very boring and isolating to work from home for more than one day at a time, so I don’t want to start doing it too early and then feel stir-crazy for weeks on end. In the meantime, I need to bring a change of clothes to the office in case my water breaks while I’m there. I know multiple women who’ve had that happen, so it’s a real possibility!

Side note: The more things I do to prepare for going into labor before my due date (April 26), the more I believe I’ll actually go overdue and it’ll all have been for nothing. But it’s always better to be prepared!

I went on one three-mile walk in the sunshine this week and felt great. I’ve outgrown my biggest pair of workout shorts, so I resorted to wearing the maternity jorts I bought a few weeks ago in anticipation of warm weather! 

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I have these Liz Lange ones from Target. They are super soft and comfy, and I figure I’ll be able to wear them even after giving birth since I definitely won’t fit into my regular shorts for a while.

I’m still sleeping really well, and my legs/feet only get swollen when I’ve been on them for a while. The only physical thing that’s been noticeably different over the past few weeks is that I’m so thirsty all the time. Part of me is interested to track how many ounces of water I’m drinking each day, but another part is scared that the number will be at or above the “drowning myself from the inside” level. I’d rather not know.

We got great news about daycare this week: I checked in regarding our wait-list status and discovered there are three infant spots available around the time we’ll need to enroll our baby! We’ve chosen the most convenient start date based on her due date and are completing the paperwork this week to secure our spot. HUGE RELIEF!!! Remember, we joined the wait list last October. Daycare competition is real!

Thanks to those of you who weighed in re: feeling an instant connection to your baby after birth. Most women confirmed they did feel it (including my own mom — aww, thanks Mom!), with one woman saying it took her a few months to really feel a connection. I suspect it takes many women a while to feel it, but they are probably more hesitant to talk about it. 

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, and while I’d love to feel an instant connection, I recognize there’s a chance I won’t. It wouldn’t mean I love my kid any less; it just means something completely crazy happened to turn my whole world upside down, and it might take a while to comprehend it. I really won’t be surprised if my first reaction to seeing our baby is, “WTF! That came out of me??” We’ll see! I’ll share my honest experience either way.

Last but not least, the most exciting event this week was my longtime friend Carly’s wedding! This was the wedding I was originally afraid I’d miss, since Carly and Nate got engaged just a week after we found out we were expecting and immediately started planning an early spring wedding. Luckily it was early enough that Aaron and I were able to attend, and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful event! The weather was perfect, the venue was stunning, and the bride and groom were so incredibly gorgeous and in love.

We stayed at the same hotel where Carly and her bridesmaids got ready, so I was able to hang out in her suite for a bit and visit before the wedding, plus grill one of the bridesmaids who just had a baby eight weeks ago about her birth experience — that was very helpful! I also got to see Carly have her “first look” with her dad, which was so special. Her dad is the best; we joked back in our junior high days that I was his fourth child, since I lived so close by and was at their house a lot. It was really emotional to watch him see his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. ❤

I didn’t take many pictures the whole day, as I’m consciously trying to be on my phone less and enjoy life in the moment, but here are a few I do have.

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The hotel was within walking distance of the venue, and it was so nice to walk there with our group of friends in the warm sunshine!

The wedding was held at Union Station in Tacoma, which is a former rail station featuring an amazing rotunda filled with tons of natural light and Dale Chihuly glass art. It was definitely the most elegant venue I’ve ever been to; the wedding photos are going to be incredible!

The ceremony was so personal and heartfelt, and of course I cried. Aaron and I snagged a little family photo during the cocktail hour, during which I ate two of every appetizer and drank a ton of water. 🙂

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I kept holding my belly not to be that obnoxious lady who’s all, “Look, I’m pregnant!” (although I am that lady anyway… welcome to my blog), but because my dress was pretty tent-like without a little helpful definition. It was super comfy, but made me look huuuugely pregnant. I guess because I am.

I was hoping to get on the dance floor a bit after dinner, but I must’ve been on my feet more than I thought because my legs and feet were all swollen and I just didn’t have it in me. Plus, right as I was mustering up the energy to go dance, a bunch of Domino’s pizzas were delivered and Aaron and I made a beeline toward those instead. 🙂 It was fun to watch the dancing, though, and I jumped into the photo booth a few times, so it looks like I was partying hard.

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Look at that gorgeous bride! #1 stunna. Huge congrats to Carly and Nate!!!

Their wedding was the first milestone I was hoping to make it to before giving birth; the next is Aaron’s 30th birthday on April 12. After that, I’m happy to have this kid come at any time. Cross your fingers that she’ll hang in there for at least that long!

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