As I sit here today and type this post, I can’t help but smile as I look down at my belly to see strong movements from my girl. These past three weeks have been emotional for me since I know that the fierce rolls and kicks I have been enjoying lately will be gone soon. I have to say that I’ve never felt so in-tune with my body than I have for these past eight months. I consider myself so lucky to have been given the opportunity to experience how amazing a woman’s body truly transforms and reacts during pregnancy. I’ve never felt more beautiful as I’ve witnessed first hand the miracle of God’s creation right at my fingertips.
Just the other night as Brett and I sat in Allie’s nursery he mentioned that he couldn’t wait to see his baby girl. He wondered if she’d be beautiful. I told him that she’d probably look completely different than what he was picturing in his head, and that no matter what she appeared to others that she’d always be exquisite to the both of us.
Here is what happened during weeks 34, 35, and 36 of my pregnancy.
34 Weeks: Baby is the size of a cantaloupe.
Didn’t take a bump picture.
35 Weeks: Baby is the size of a honey dew melon.
36 Weeks: Baby is the size of a head of romaine lettuce.
34 Weeks: Didn’t weigh myself.
35 Weeks: 30 pounds.
36 Weeks: 32 pounds.
34, 35, and 36 Weeks: I miss my workouts so very much. Each day I seem to be on my feet for the entire day, which is more than enough to completely tire me out by the evening.
34 Weeks: After deep cleaning my house this week, I had a horrible dose of Braxton Hicks contractions. My stomach was extremely tight, so I walked around the house in circles and drank water until they finally subsided. Other than that and the normal soreness in my ribs, I have also noticed swelling of my ankles and pain in my knee joints after a full day of being on my feet. Daily soaks in the bath tub have been an absolute favorite of mine during the end of my pregnancy.
35 Weeks: I am definitely feeling the weight of our baby girl. I’m also experiencing the same symptoms as week 34, and I’ve noticed a bit of pelvic bone pain too.
36 Weeks: My balance is totally off these days. I’ve noticed that Allie likes to hang out on one side of my uterus at a time, so it makes perfect sense that I feel so unsteady.
34 Weeks: Waking every hour to urinate, and I’m also having trouble lifting myself up (or rolling myself off the bed) due to my growing belly.
35 and 36 Weeks: Same as week 34.
Looking Forward To…
34 Weeks: My daily glass of wine. At the end of a long day, I truly miss decompressing with a glass of wine or two. I’ll still want to watch my alcohol intake after giving birth since I’ll be breastfeeding, but I can’t wait to enjoy a full glass rather than the few sips or tiny glasses I’ve sneaked throughout my pregnancy.
35 Weeks: Getting past labor. As my due date approaches, I’m really getting nervous about having enough energy to push through. I’m trying to keep in mind that childbirth is natural and that my body was made to overcome the challenges of labor. It’s also helpful remembering that at the end of it all I’ll be able to finally hold my baby girl. I’m all kind of feels lately y’all.
36 Weeks: Finalizing the nursery. It’s coming along, but I may not be able to do a reveal until after baby Allie is here.
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases
34 Weeks: A rug for the nursery. I’ve also been purchasing items to place in my hospital bag: nursing bra, robe, soft shorts, breast pads, and lanolin ointment.
35 Weeks: Diaper bag, and faux flowers for floral mobile.
36 Weeks: Nothing.
34 Weeks: Still none.
35 Weeks: I’m still religiously applying Utterly Smooth cream to my belly at least twice a day. I think I can see a few small marks near my belly button, but it’s very hard to notice. I’m hoping that my efforts will be rewarded. Just a few more weeks to go…
36 Weeks: Brett did notice some marks under my belly, but I think they are crease marks from where my belly hangs over now.
34 Weeks: Yes, but she gets so shy in front of others.
35 Weeks: Yes, I love watching her roll from one side of my belly to the other. Her movements definitely put my mind at ease.
36 Weeks: My girl is getting so strong, and she’s definitely running out of room. This week Brett and I sat up in bed watching her roll and kick for several minutes. Brett also poked around my belly and did a bit of guessing as to which body parts he was feeling. He thinks he felt her little heel for sure.
Belly Button In or Out?
34 Weeks: Still in, but pokes out at the top when I’m standing. I’ve also had some major pain near my belly button this week. Brett suggested that I be very careful not to strain in that area since I could experience an umbilical hernia.
35 Weeks: Same as week 34.
36 Weeks: My belly button pain has eased off.
Any Interesting Stories?
36 Weeks: After mass this past weekend a fellow parishioner and I prayed together that Allie would continue to grow strong. We also prayed that Mother Mary and her angels would be with us during delivery. It was so incredibly moving, and I couldn’t help but shed a few happy tears. I pray that Brett and I can teach Allie the importance of faith in her life. My spiritual journey through this pregnancy has been breathtaking, and I cannot thank the Lord above enough for this incredible gift.
Also this week I was asked to take maternity pictures by one of Brett’s coworkers. Here is my favorite image from the shoot. Thanks so much to Camille Key for capturing these for me.
Since my makeup and hair were done that day, I decided to capture a few pictures myself that afternoon. It was a bit challenging, but the one below came out decent.