36 Weeks & A Month to Go

by tinysneakers

January 2012. A month and year I never thought would get here back in May. I groggily realized just after the stroke of midnight on New Year’s that IT had arrived. Our due month. {Maybe. February is still in the running.}

Time to stop learning about pregnancy and remember what I’ve learned about labor. Time to stop learning about labor and learning about taking care of a newborn. Time to stop thinking about what needs to be done before the baby comes and do it!

36 weeks pregnant

What’s Up With Baby

baby at 36 weeks

It’s all about rapid growth from here on out- baby is gaining about an ounce a day now. Add that to the already 6 pounds, 18 1/2 inches of baby and it’s no wonder things are feeling beyond cramped in there. The end of the week marks “full-term” status, although I’d love for baby to stay put a little longer {no matter how much I’d like to be able to breathe}.

What’s Up with Momma

baby belly at 36 weeks  3rd trimester belly bump 36 weeks

Somebody flipped the “let’s get horribly uncomfortable for the end of pregnancy” switch last week. Everything was fan and dandy and then suddenly switched to everything aching and loads of discomfort. I can see why people say the last month is tough- and I’m barely into the homestretch.

It doesn’t help that I’ve spent the last 2 weeks drowning in snot, tissues, and congestion. You’d think if the germs waited 6 years to bother me, they could’ve picked a better week than Christmas and having family in town, but no. It’s no surprise my first cold in forever and a half happened during pregnancy- your immune system functions at a less than stellar level when you’re pregnant. Oh well, it could be worse!

The Belly

There’s no avoiding the fact that there’s a giant belly jutting out in front of me now. A walk into the running store prompts a jogging stroller pitch; a request for bathrooms in a no-customer-restrooms store results in a minor look of panic and an immediate escort to the employee bathrooms; lounging on the couch and lying in bed are no longer relaxing or remotely comfortable.

I feel like I have a foreign object tucked under my shirt. Like someone literally stuck an oversized basketball in there. It gets in the way, it rests on my lap when I lean forward –if I can manage to lean forward, and it’s as hard as a rock most of the time. I’m constantly rubbing my belly trying to figure out what each lump and bump is and which body part is where. {At last week’s appointment baby was head down- let’s hope he or she stays that way!}

Sleep…or Not

Sleeping has become a chore. I’m completely exhausted and falling asleep practically standing up at night, and a few hours later I’m tossing and turning and arranging a moat of pillows around me. The plural use of the  word pillow says a lot for someone who has slept with a grand total of zero pillows her whole life. You’d think nature would let moms-to-be catch up on some zzz’s before the little one arrives, but apparently that’s not how it works.

Getting Excited

Like really excited. Pretty soon I’ll be able to actually hold the little baby that’s taking up so much space in my belly. I’ll much prefer that to the current lung, stomach, and intestine squishing going on. Winking smile

I’m really, super, extremely hoping the mythical nesting instinct will kick in one of these days. I’m pretty ok with the fact that not everything’s ready- the nursery is a giant project room, the guestroom/office isn’t functional, my room’s a mess from moving everything from room to room trying to find new homes for things- but I’d still like to have things in order before we add a newborn to the chaos.

Guess it’s time to start thinking about installing car seats and packing a hospital bag…!

Previously on tiny sneakers:

Last week: 35 weeks pregnant

Earlier weeks: pregnancy week by week


P.S. Anybody know a good contraction timer app for Android? It might need to mysteriously appear on the husband’s phone one of these days…

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Ahh homestretch for you!! At midnight on New Years John and I were thinking, “the baby comes this year!” I bet you were even more excited thinking yours could come this month! I’m so so so excited for you and you are still looking adorable!


Jen January 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I can’t believe you’re almost there! It is SO not cool that sleeping at the end of pregnancy is basically impossible. I really, really hope you can get a few nights of good rest before your little guy or girl arrives! You continue to look great. SO excited for you 🙂


Kelly January 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I’m getting so excited for you!! Hope you had a nice Christmas with your family and you’re feeling better 😉


Jamie @ Food in Real Life January 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

We are so in the same mentality! I’ve definitely hit the “this is super uncomfortable” stage as well! I’m also starting to think about caring for a newborn versus learning about pregnancy/labor/etc. I really need to pack my hospital bag too and install that car seat. My nursery is more organized but I wouldn’t call it “ready” by any means. Does EVERYONE ask you if the nursery is ready? That is the number one question I get. It will all get done. Eventually. 🙂


ErikaMC January 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

My husband and I both had the Pregly app on our phones and I’m pretty sure it had a contraction timer. My labor went soooo fast we didn’t even have time to time the contractions so we didn’t get to use it!


Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff January 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm



Alison January 5, 2012 at 1:13 am

Oh man, I know exactly how uncomfortable you feel right now and I don’t miss it! You’re almost there though! I don’t know of this app is for android, but I downloaded the iPhone app called Full Term for timing contractions. I ended up not really using it since I basically skipped early labor, but it’s really simple and functional.


sarah (the SHU box) January 9, 2012 at 6:03 am

SO FREAKING EXCITING! i can’t wait for baby SOS!!


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