36 weeks

OMG, I only have four weeks left! eeekkk!!
Total weight gain/measurements: 23 pounds.
Maternity clothes: Of course, I don’t think that I could even fit into any of my old clothes. I am still trying to figure out which dress to wear during my maternity photo shoot. To be determined….
Sleep: Is getting more and more difficult, but honestly still not bad. I have been getting like 9-10 hours even on work days so that is really helpful. I can still sleep a short time on my back which is nice because sleeping only on my sides can be annoying and uncomfortable on my back.
Best moment this week: Just nesting more and more. Getting all of his clothes washed and organized. In saying all of that, I have a new niece that graced us with her presence. Gemma Mae Hinderman was born August 31, 2016. 6 lbs 14 ounces. Steph wasn’t actually due until September 9th but the baby was in distressed during a routine stress test, so they decided to delivery her that day. Both Steph and Gemma spent a few days in the hospital but are now home and doing great! Gemma looks so much like Gunner! He looks like he is going to be such a great big brother! I can’t wait to meet her!! She is so cute!
Miss anything? Typically someone would write something about missing food but I am missing the use of my abdominal muscles! It is difficult to just roll over in bed, meh!
Movement: Tons of movement. It is interesting when he pushes against me and his back makes my belly into a very bizarre shape. He has gotten the hiccups several more times. When Adrianna was visiting he got hiccups and she was able to feel him have them, haha!
Food cravings: Overall, this pregnancy I have craved sweets! Which is interesting because I would never consider myself a lover of sweets. I kinda hope it goes away once he is born. I am super excited to meet him and getting my body back into shape!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.
Gender: It’s a BOY!
Symptoms: My fingers are still really swollen which makes my finger joints hurt.
Belly button in or out? Still, partially in and partially out.
Wedding rings on or off? I am wearing my wedding band only. I have just come to terms with leaving it on all the time.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, I am so excited for Rick to come back to NC, finally! He will be back September 5th! It has been a long time apart but we are still doing great! Would I do it again, probably not! Being in my ninth month of pregnancy I need him here to help…in saying that, I am very independent and it has forced me to keep moving and being active so….BUT I am so so excited to see him tonight!
Looking forward to: I have another doctors appointment tomorrow. Last weeks doctors visit my fundal height measurement was at 38 weeks when I was only 35 weeks. So the doctor recommended an ultrasound to measure him. To be honest, the fundal height  measurement is really inaccurate. Because I have done ultrasound in the past I know that the ultrasound measurements can also be off by a pound, pound and  a half. I guess I am not too concerned about either of these measurements…he will come when he is ready! The doctor told me that it is very unlikely that I would be induced unless I go way over my due date of October 2nd. In saying all of this, when I found out I was pregnant I was very accurate with my last menstrual cycle being 12/13/15. Which would make me due 9/18/16. This date would make the fundal height measurements accurate. Who really knows!
Days to go: 28 days to go!
Baby development: Baby is the size of a romaine lettuce. He weighs around 6 pounds and is 18.5 inches long from head to heel. He is shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during his ninth-month amniotic bath. He swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture called meconium that will form the contents of his first bowel movement.
36-week-bump
Love,
Amanda

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