36 Weeks!

May 12, 2015

How far along? 36 weeks (tomorrow)! I haven't posted since 32 weeks...oops! And let me just say this...holy basketball belly! 

Maternity clothes? Yep, basically everything is maternity these days. I'm in the maxi dress all day every day stage...so glad that it's finally warm enough!

Stretch marks? Not that I can tell? I can't see everything at this point, so if they are there I'm unaware....and my husband hasn't said anything so I guess I'm good!

Sleep: I've mentioned it in passing but I've had some serious back and hip pain these past three weeks, which has made sleeping pretty uncomfortable. I'm up every hour or so to roll over (which sends shooting pains down my back) so I'm not getting much sleep. Add a few bathroom trips in there too. Amazingly last night I only woke up 3 times....so it's getting a bit better!

Best moment this week: Mother's Day celebrations for sure! I've been a little down in the dumps these past couple weeks due to my hip and back pain, but on Mother's Day I felt better than I had in weeks. And my boys spoiled me with lots of hugs and kisses, my favorite bagels, flowers, maternity photos printed and framed, rest time for me, and my husband doing the grocery shopping (which is my least favorite chore!) and picking up dinner....it's the little things that make me happy. 

Miss Anything? I miss being able to walk without pain. I'm going to the chiropractor and my OB each week and both have said it's probably not going to get better until this baby comes out. I've been in tears at the chiropractor's office because it is just so frustrating to have all these things I want to do plus a toddler to chase around and I just can't do it. I cannot walk or stand up without wincing or feeling like my hips might snap, and I can't carry Hudson around any more. All of my other muscles are super tight because I've been overusing them in an effort to support my back and hips. It's been heartbreaking and depressing. I don' know how women on bed rest do it. HOWEVER....I'm on day three of feeling a little better, so I'm in much higher spirits! I'm still in pain, but it's so much more manageable this week than it has been for the past 3 weeks, and for that I am thankful. 

Movement: Lots and lots of movement up in here! And a few times the movement was so low that it felt like I would either pee my pants or the baby was going to pop out. I didn't have that sensation when I was pregnant with Hudson because he was butt down instead of head down. It's crazy how different a breech vs. non-breech baby feels! 

Food cravings: Give me all the fruit! And juice! And lemonade/ice tea!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Sadly, yes....my morning sickness is back. Tossing my cookies once again. This baby is trying to send me a message that it would prefer to remain the baby of the family and that I shouldn't have any more! 

Gender: Less than a month to go before we know this. I seriously can't wait! But not knowing has made everything harder.....names still aren't picked out and the nursery still isn't ready. The name is going to be a game day decision, I just know it. We just can't agree!

Labor Signs: Nope, zero. I have my 36 week appointment today for the b-strep test and to get "checked"...lucky me! I need a refresher course in all labor terminology because it's been over 2 years since we took a labor class, and then we found out we had a breech baby so I didn't get to use any of what I learned. Plus then I became a mom and it rendered my brain useless....so I need to read up on some of this stuff!

Symptoms: Hip and back pain that is the worst ever, heartburn, queasiness, and bloody noses. I'm a HOT mess....but seriously, now that my pain is getting better, it's so much easier to deal with all the other symptoms. These discomforts I can handle! 

Belly Button in or out? Oh no, it's starting to pop out and is the WEIRDEST THING EVER.

Wedding rings on or off? On...I'm actually not sure if I can take them off at this point. 

Mood: Much improved over the past few weeks! 

Looking forward to:  Popping this baby out. Stick a fork in me, I'm done!

View me at 36 weeks (and finding out Hudson was breech) here



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23 Responses to “36 Weeks!”

  1. You look SO good, girl! I'm sorry that you're experiencing all of that pain, but so glad that you were able to get a good Mother's Day in!

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  2. You look amazing, lady!!!! Hope you're able to get more sleep, soon.

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  3. So precious, you!! Home stretch is here! EEEEEEE! xx

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  4. Well your hair still looks good despite the pain. So there's that ;)

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  5. You look so cute! Sorry to hear about all the back and hip pain :( I hope it gets a little better for you!

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  6. You look so great!! So sorry for all of the back pain you are experiencing. Are you doing any types of exercises or seeing any specialists (other than chiro) to keep this baby from flipping breech? Love all your thorough details throughout pregnancy. You were so helpful to me when I had a breech baby first go round. 22 weeks pregnant now with #2 so i'm curious :)

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  7. You look great!! Back pain over here too, it's painful for sure! We are almost there!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. You are absolutely stunning- you'd never know how rough of a time you've been having! I'm so sorry to hear about all the pain and the lack of sleep too =\ I'll say a little prayer that the last couple of weeks can be easier on you. Hang in there momma! :)

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  9. Oh I'm so sorry to hear you're having a lot of pain :( You're almost there!!! Ugh and as if your sickness has to return... pregnancy is so rough sometimes. Hope baby comes soon!! XO

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  10. You're almost there!!! Who knows...maybe he or she will make an early appearance?! So exciting Julie!! xx

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  11. Oh o! I'm sorry to hear you are having so much pain! Not too much longer now though and that sweet little babe will be in your arms and you will have forgotten all about it! (That's probably why we have more kids!!) :) XO

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  12. So cute! You make me miss being pregnant! Stick with the Chiro for back pain.. as much as it might not feel like it's fixing much now, I feel like it helped a lot with labor and afterwards..
    I totally thought I had NO stretch marks, and my husband just didn't say a thing! Haha.. he didn't want to disappoint! Thankfully they were small. Good luck!!!

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  13. I'm so sorry you're dealing with so much pain:( I had that in my pregnancy with Caleb, and almost had to go on bed rest. It's awful! Hoping these next couple of weeks go smoothly and as pain free as possible for you, Mama! You are so close!!!

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  14. You have the cutest little basketball belly EVER!! Yay for birthday surprise in gender; it's the BEST! Also, keep holding out for your choice of name, I think after L&D your husby will be much more willing to let you have final name say, ha!

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  15. You are gorgeous Julie! So I didn't get stretch marks with my first pregnancy and wasnt expecting to the second time. Well one day I noticed a strange scratch on my belly and just thought the dog had got me with her nail and went about life. It wasnt until after giving birth and still having that strange mark that I realized it was a stretch mark! I'm thankful to announce it is now gone ;)

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  16. Ugh to the back and hip pain. I feel like I had it pretty good with my one and only pregnancy, but I had terrible lower back and hip pain. Miserable. I can't even imagine adding to that a toddler to chase around. I sure hope it gets and stays even a little bit better. Good thing you are almost done.

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  17. You look adorable! Total basketball belly! :) Hopefully your back and hip pain get better!!!! I am dying to know what you're having!! And the name you pick!! :)

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  18. You look great Julie! I feel you on the pain! I went through it during my pregnancy & it's the worst ever! Hoping it continues to ease up & you start feeling better soon!

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  19. you look so beautiful! that bump is perfect! i can't wait to find out what you're having! I told matt that our next one I want to keep a surprise.

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  20. I need the fork first! lol. That is awful about getting sick again and feeling so terrible. I'm sorry!

    I've been dealing with bloody noses again and the feeling like I'm going to pee and have a kid fall out because she's so low sensation as well. Crazy!!

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  21. Hang in there! You look so great!! I love the belly (you are all belly). So excited to find out boy or girl. Hurry up baby :)

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  22. Ouch on all the pain! On a positive note, you look absolutely GLOWING and gorgeous!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  23. Oh gosh I'm so sorry to hear that these last few weeks have been so difficult for you. I remember the hip and back pain with zero fondness and so send you much much sympathy. You do look absolutely beautiful though, and its only just a few short weeks until you can hold that new little babe in your arms. I hope you get some relief from the pain soon xx

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