Sunday, April 18, 2010

36 Weeks

We are now 36 weeks along - one more week til this baby is considered full-term! I'm still not expecting baby action any time soon, but I can definitely feel that she has dropped. I'm not having any contractions lately, not even Braxton Hicks, but I have been getting cramps and aches any time I get up too quickly and when I laugh. I'm not sure if that means anything, but I am definitely analyzing every cramp and twinge I get to see if it could possibly be a contraction. For now though, I'm pretty sure I haven't had one yet.
Baby's bones have hardened now, and her muscle tone has improved. She is pretty much ready to launch anytime at this point. Her lungs are still maturing, but she is getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on her own. The amniotic fluid is decreasing more and more as Baby takes up more room in there. She's probably somewhere between 18" and 20", and weighs 6-6.5 lbs. (about as much as a crenshaw melon, whatever that is!)
I'm feeling pretty decent right now. As you know, Friday was my last day of work, so I'm looking forward to finally being able to get a good nap in every day, as well as not having to sit in front of a computer all day. This past week I have been getting headaches every morning, which is NOT fun for me. I'm hoping that extra naps will help that! This weekend has been especially brutal. Generally I feel good, other than the exhaustion. I do have a really hard time getting comfortable, but I am managing okay. Leg cramps haven't been too bad this week. There's nothing quite like waking up in the middle of the night to stretch and suddenly being overcome by a cramp shooting up my leg!
36 Weeks

Now that I am home during the day, it's time to finish up my final baby preparations. Today I plan to get all of our cloth diapers organized by size, and get everything in her room put away. I still need to buy an organizing shelf for the closet, which I plan to do this week. Mike and I finally ordered a new glider for the nursery, which should arrive in a week or two. For the rest of the week, I plan to pack my hospital bag and prepare and freeze meals for after baby. All that along with napping should keep me pretty well occupied for a while! My next doctor appointment is tomorrow, so we'll find out how much more weight I've gained (hopefully not too much!) and whether or not she's still in the head-down position, which I'm pretty sure she is. I'll update again soon!


Future Mama said...

How exciting!!! You look AWESOME!! She's almost done!! Man, I can't believe I'm right behind you, can't wait to hear how it goes!! I'm so jealous you're already on leave with 4 weeks to go!! Lucky!! Makes me feel like I should prepare more now while I have a little bit of time from day to day!

thanya said...

Hey Alanna! Nice to meet you/run into you at Dr. Biter's office yesterday! You look amazing! I can't believe you only have like a month left. Where has time gone?!

Alanna said...

Future Mama - definitely try to do what you can while you have the time! Even being at home every day, I still feel like I just don't have enough time. (We'll see if I still feel that way if she ends up coming late!) I'm so excited for you and your little girl coming soon!!!

Thanya - it was great running into you too! Thanks for the compliment...I think you look great too - much smaller than me! I can't wait til our little girls can get together and play!