So I haven't been around these parts in awhile. Last summer's tri-weekly posts about Ecuadorian adventures seem so far away but it's only been about a year and 4 days since we came home. The only Spanish I'm speaking now is the occasional explanation to a retiree of how they can withdraw money from their retirement account. What a life!
Don't worry, life is still good. It just couldn't be more different from what it was last year (besides the whole living creature leaching nutrients from inside my body. Is it bad to compare your unborn baby to your parasite?)
Well in case anyone has wondered, this summer has basically consisted of working at my busy job (which I love. Good coworkers and a ton to get done each day make for an awesome work environment), a fun trip to Newport with my fam, getting huge, nesting (organizing! cleaning! organizing! cleaning! decorating!), and spending as much quiet/alone/relaxing time with Jonathan as I can because it's about to get crazy up in here.
I'm 36.5 weeks. For those of you not familiar with the week stuff, a normal pregnancy duration is about 40 weeks. A baby born after 37 weeks is considered full term. I'm hoping to make it all the way to 40 just to give me extra time to prepare. I thought all moms-to-be were completely anxious to get their babies out out OUT! I'm not one of those. I need time! Aaahhhhh! Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to meet her. I'm just feeling slightly overwhelmed. Plus, I hear they're a little quieter and easier when they're still inside.
Baby is healthy and head is down. The midwife thinks she's 5.5 to 6 lbs. Weird cravings have been minimal... although I did have to stop on the way home from work yesterday to buy cottage cheese. That was a little weird. I've gained about 25 lbs. No stretch marks yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. The baby has officially taken over in there, though. My bladder, lungs, and stomach are suffering the consequences. Getting enough air is a huge challenge. Especially after eating an average-sized meal. And forget about eating a large meal. There is no room. I was about to say that I'm so excited to get my bladder back to full capacity so I can sleep through the night but I think it'll be awhile before I sleep through the night either way. Sigh. :)
Aaaand.... here's the belly at 36 weeks.
Oh. One more thing. We won't be attending a birthing class. So if there are any secrets that we need to know about that they only tell you in those classes, someone go ahead and let me know. And let's all save the horror stories for after the big day. Okay?