September 9th, 2013

Bump Update – 35 Weeks

87.5% of the way there… 35 weeks today! WHERE has the time gone? (Taken more from the side this week… #35 is the last number on the line and then next week is the LAST LINE OF THE SHIRT! Yikes!)


35 Weeks (9/9/2013)

How far along? 35 weeks
Baby’s Size: Coconut
Maternity clothes? Sure. But nothing is comfortable honestly. I want a muumuu.
Best moment this week: Getting stuff done!!!! I had a great doctor’s appointment Friday and then got a lot done over the last week too. I love feeling like we’re checking things off the to-do list.
Miss anything? Right now, my body. Not like “oh I want to be skinny again,” more like not being in constant pain. The last week it has progressed to the point of CONSTANT pain and discomfort. I can barely remember what it’s like to be able to walk or move my hips at all without agony. I miss that.
Movement: Less crazy full body rolls and more stretching now. Mostly her feet into my ribs. My ribs feel so stretched out. The last week my bras have been fitting way too tight across my chest- I don’t think this is due to a swift random weight gain in my torso. My ribs just feel like they’re pushed out to make room. I think my belly is moving UP instead of out.
Food cravings: B has been talking about risotto a lot (one of the things on his station at work) and especially today it is sounding PHENOMENAL.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling a lot better this week, just the usual. The only “sickness” I’m really experiencing still is heartburn. It’s annoying but overshadowed by my other pains.
Gender: A little girl!
Labor signs: Nope, and please stay away. As uncomfortable and DONE as I am, you need to keep cookin’ baby!
Symptoms: The feeling of my pelvis absolutely breaking in half, agony any time my hips remotely move or are touched, walking like a grandma, oh and a delightful phenomenon called lightning crotch. Google it. And then of course heartburn and DISGUSTING hunger. I can’t believe how hungry I am.
Belly button in or out? Innie but the creepiest one ever.
Happy or moody most of the time: I have been feeling nasty due to all the pain but besides that- happy!
Looking forward to: Finishing the rest of our list of to-do items. The nursery should be cleaned out totally – with the dresser done and crib set up – by the end of the week! I get so excited as these items get done.

I was SO thrilled with how things went the past week. Luckily I’ve been feeling better and better and finally kicking this weird summer virus cold thing. I had a chiropractor appointment Wednesday and sadly, it was the first time I didn’t feel better after an adjustment. I think it’s just gotten to that point for me. Then on Friday I had an OB appointment. I got to meet a new doctor this week and LOOOOOVED him. He very patiently answered a lot of questions I had. I start weekly appointments now (next is this Friday) and found out I won’t be getting any more ultrasounds unless they have concerns like baby’s position, etc. This doctor is on call the same day as the other doctor I love- Wednesday- so baby girl has a REQUIRED Wednesday birthday. I mean this doctor told me he loved pugs. COME ON.

Some of the stuff B and I got done this week… I did a lot more cleaning out of the guest room / storage room / nursery. It’s almost clear now!! B has the dresser in our garage ready to paint. He finished staining our dining room table on his days off last week so this week is dresser time. We also set up our room for baby- where she’ll be initially. Our PNP was already set up, but now we have the glider in there, and a changing table.

This weekend, I took ALL our baby clothes out of the nursery – where they were piled on the guest bed – and sorted them by size.


I bought most of our clothes second-hand so I wanted to sort and wash them all before baby arrives. Baby girl does NOT need anything until she’s at LEAST past 3 months, goodness gracious!

I bought an Oxy Clean stain removing stick, since a few times when buying used clothes I was told “oh and I threw in some stuff with some stains for free.” And let me tell you- that stain remover WORKS. The stains – clearly long set in – have either come out or reduced greatly on all the items. Oxy Clean has a fan for life!

I washed newborn items last night (guarantee since I’m stocked up baby girl will be 12 pounds and never need them) and learned that preggo/mommy brain is real. First wash was run without detergent. Whoops.

I also started packing our hospital bags. Some of the items I can’t pack yet but am trying to have ready so I can quickly grab them. Here are the lists I have for us… let me know if I am missing anything!

My Bag:

  • Robe
  • Slippers / socks
  • Makeup
  • Nursing bra
  • Yoga pants
  • Shower flip flops
  • Carmex lip balm
  • hair ties
  • Camera/batteries
  • Cell charger
  • Light (our hospital recovery room lights don’t dim and the tour guide recommended getting a tiny dollar store lamp for bedside)
  • Snacks
  • Advil
  • Hair dryer
  • Brush
  • Nursing tanks
  • Pillow/blanket
  • Nursing pads/nipple cream
  • Meds (in case B needs some Advil, etc)
  • Zip up hoodie (to wear with nursing tank when leaving)

For Baby:

  • Outfits (3) varied sizes
  • Paci’s
  • Wipes (our hospital provides diapers but not wipes)
  • Boppy / My Breast Friend
  • Swaddles
  • Mitts
  • Socks
  • Nail trimmers

I did pack the Boppy and MBF nursing pillows in the trunk of our car so that when she is born, B can grab them out of the car if I want to use them. (Both in the car so that I can try either/both. I hear the MBF is better for early nursing, and the Boppy is better later.) I also have a towel in the car in a trash bag, so if my water breaks and we are driving to the hospital I can sit on the towel then throw it in the trash bag. Already in the car, bam!

So much has gotten done but so much is left. Not to mention a few more purchases. Really need our PNP mattress pad, another set of swaddlers, and the dang VIDEO MONITOR, among other less urgent needs. Trying to fit in all the things we need to do and buy is crazy since we don’t know when baby girl will arrive! Only two weeks until she’s considered full term.

Hopefully next week when I check in I’ll have pictures of the almost fully set up nursery and will tell you our hospital bags are packed and that the carseat bases are installed. I love making progress! There could only be about five of these bump updates left… can you believe that? I am sure B will be happy to give up his job as photographer, haha!


16 comments to Bump Update – 35 Weeks

  • Terri

    Wow! You are so prepared! How exciting!!!

  • Erin

    I would add a notebook & pen. There’s always little things you need to jot down or might need to have a list of visitors and gifts. Also, your baby book if you want keepsake footprints for it. Take extra clothes for B and shower flip flops for him as well. And, do you have shower toiletries and toothbrush? Didn’t see that mentioned but hospital samples usually suck. And honestly, I would pack the wipes but not tell them and then play dumb and see if they magically find some to use. That seems really stupid that they’ll provide diapers but not wipes. Also, ask them for breast shells. Tell them your nipples are sticking to your shirt. You may not need them but will be super handy to have on hand if you end up bleeding or sore.

  • How exciting that you are so close and wow, you are prepared. Way to go!

  • Katie F.

    It’s getting so close now! I had excruciating hip pain with DS2 and was required to wear a support belt, even while on bedrest. Let me tell you, that thing was ah-ma-zing! Buy one!! It really helped with post partum support too, so it doesn’t seem like such a waste of money for five weeks. I would also recommend packing a nipple shield

  • I can’t believe you are almost there! It seems like just a few weeks ago you told me the news!! I hate to hear you are in so much pain- a girl I work with is about where you are and she hurts all of the time. You poor thing! Baby girl (who still should be named Nikki) has got a major wardrobe going on, I think a fashionista is in the making! Can’t wait to see the nursery!!

  • Lisa

    My friend who just had her second son a few days ago suggested you pack burp clothes and stool softners. Although there is a 5 guys close to your hospital which works quicker than a stool softner will LOL

  • OMGOSHHHHH im getting so sad!!! But SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! OMgomgomgomgogmogm I cant freakin wait. Ps you may be getting so soviet era aremenian china in the mail from my host mom…. she is insisting. Its completely absurd, like teacups and stuff super soviet style…. xoxoxoxo ROSH

  • Cal

    I was so happy when we brought extra pillows (with bright pillow cases). We were constantly using them, either to help me get comfy, to help with nursing, or for my husband to sleep on. Like you said, throw a few in the trunk!

    We also brought our ipod and dock. It was actually really nice to have some music/white nose to drown out the hospital sounds.

  • Erin

    Breast shells are these silicone cup things that have holes in them. Your nipples my end up cracked and bleeding and miserable. If that happens you run the risk of them sticking to your breast bad or bra/nursing tank and then when you go to feed again you basically have to rip it off like a bandaid which will make you hurt even more when you’re trying to nurse. The shell goes between you and the bra and allows air to pass through so you don’t stick to anything. They’re reusable so you can wash them after each use. They also have a little foam thing in there that will absorb the milk once your milk comes in and is leaking everywhere.

  • I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better! And I’ll have to remember that stain stick, I need it!

  • I’m just so giddy for you! My biggest recommendation for these next few weeks (ya know, because you asked for it. GAH. Can’t believe I’m totally giving unsolicited advice right now) take it easy. Put your feet up and relax, especially since you’re hurting already. Actually, make some frozen meals and then relax.

  • Morgan

    I can’t believe you’re to the last line of your shirt already! Sounds like you guys are making some great progress on the nursery and I can’t wait to see it!

  • Sounds like you have a lot of things ready to go, how exciting!

  • Your so close! Getting excited for you! We didn’t need clothes for Mackenzie that first year. My brother is lucky, I just passed on 3 totes of clothes from NB to 12/24 months! And your right, OXI stain remover = AMAZING! I started using it after MAceknzie was born and love it! Especially since I always forget what has a stain on it and 99% of the items get washed/dried before I even treat it. :o)
    Pregnancy brain….love it. I thought it was july today. :o) Way to go getting that bag started and way to be on it with the towel/trash bag. I need to do that. I also want to get a waterproof mattress pad.

  • Your symptoms had me laughing out loud as soon as I read about the grandma walk. I am feeling all the same things and totally rocking the grandma hobble. SO many clothes! That is awesome! We thought we had a lot and then I washed the 0-3 month and found I had only 4 pairs of pajamas and some outfits, so we had to get some more. We’re holding off on the newborn for the same reason, I’m sure she’ll be big only if I wash the newborn clothes. You sound totally prepared! :)

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