36 Weeks: A Crenshaw Melon Sitting on My Crotch

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Baby is the size of: A Crenshaw melon. Judging from my last ultrasound, he should be 6 lbs, 1 oz today if he’s been growing on track.

crenshaw-melon

For context.

How far along are you: 36 weeks, 2 days

What’s happening with baby: From Babycenter, “Your baby dis still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. Your baby is shedding most of the downy hair that covered his body, as well as the vernix caseosa — a waxy substance that protects the skin during its nine-month bath in amniotic fluid. Your baby swallows these substances, along with other secretions, and they form a tar-like black substance called meconium, which your baby passes in his first bowel movements. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full term. (Full term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are preterm and those born after 42 are post term). Most likely he is in a head-down position. But if not, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version (This is a fancy way of saying that your caregiver will try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating him from the outside of your belly).” Well thank goodness for small favors, we’re about 99 percent sure he’s still head down. Also: HOW CRAZY THAT I’M FULL TERM IN LESS THAN A WEEK?!

Due date: February 3rd

Sleep: Waking up all the time, hard to get comfortably, painful to get up from bed, totally exhausted even after eleventy billion hours of sleep.

Best moment this week: It’s all good (I’m trying to stay positive).

Worst moment this week: I could have sworn he’d dropped, even though it didn’t LOOK like he’s dropped. I’m feeling a ton of crazy pressure on my cervix and my pelvis and it feels like everything in my body is about to fall out of my vagina. And then I was told (by a knowledgeable acquaintance) that I haven’t dropped. Here’s hoping I don’t until I’m in labor, because I don’t know that I can handle much more pain or difficulty walking. I had a mini nervous breakdown Sunday morning, as I struggled to put on my sneakers while Mister Mister and our dog blissfully snored away in bed behind me. Four more weeks — or more?!?! Never has such a short time frame seemed so very long.

What are you looking forward to: Bean’s arrival — just 27 more days!

Food cravings: Everything that’s bad for me.

What do you miss: Being able to navigate around average spaces without bumping into things, not having much of an issue with public restroom doors that swing inwards toward the toilet.

Symptoms: Heartburn/reflux, back pain, mood swings, hemorrhoids, constant peeing, swollen feet and fingers, irritability, gas and grumbly stomach, total exhaustion, anxiety and worry about impending parenthood.

Gender: Boy

Belly button: Out.

Ring: Off.

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