35 Weeks

How far along: 35 weeks completed 09/04/2012.

Weight gain: I had a check-up with the midwives on Tuesday, and I netted the same as 2 weeks ago (147 lbs, for a total pregnancy weight gain of 14 lbs). Thankfully the midwife I saw didn’t seem concerned at all.

“Are you eating more than you used to?” she asked.

“Yes!” I cried, determined to convince her that I’m not undereating. “I just had a banana and a Mexican pastry chock full of cream and a big cup of coffee for breakfast, and I’m about to buy a bagel!”

“Well,” she said, “just try to eat another half a sandwich per day. But the baby is measuring and sounding great!”

In short: nothing to worry about. She even told me I didn’t have to come in to my appointment next week, so there you have it.

Clothes: After our amazing and hideous and incredible and painful and marvelous Ikea trip last week (more about that soon), my clothes now have a home again: a dresser! And a closet! However, having unpacked everything into these lovely pieces of furniture, I’m having trouble quickly locating my baby-belly-friendly clothes. I think I need to go back to the old drill of planning out my outfit the night before, which I’d recently become a little lazy about.

Purchases: Our Ikea trip resulted in a ton of stuff, and as for specifically baby-related purchases, we now have a crib and a crib mattress. And don’t get me started on bins–I’m writing a whole separate post about how bins are now my life. And there shall be no separation betwixt the Jenna and the bins for the remainder of her days.

Body: I’ve got some back pain (probably from lifting boxes and the like when I shouldna lifted), but other than that, no major changes from previous weeks.

Sleep: It’s been tough–a lot of waking up around 3am and just being awake for an hour or so. A lot of overheating in the night (hence one of my husband’s nicknames for me: “The Heater”). And restless leg syndrome up the wazoo. Hmmm . . . intermittent sleep . . . waking up at odd hours . . . fidgeting . . . am I having a baby or becoming a baby??

Best moment(s) of the week: The moment Monday evening when everything in our new apartment was moved into place, pictures were hung, etc., except for Alice’s room. I then swept the steps and dusted and vacuumed and experienced that wonderful feeling of domestic peace and order. One room to go!

Even after Alice’s room is set up, there are of course a few little things remaining to be done–printing pictures to put in the Ikea frames I hung in the 3rd bedroom, getting some kind of mat to stabilize a rug that slips and slides around like crazy, getting some hooks for the hallway shower so guests can hang up their washcloths–but nothing major.

Movement: I’d been thinking lil’ Alice was lying sideways, because for the past couple weeks there’s been a consistent hard lump to the left of my belly button, and consistent pushes of something on the right side of my belly. I figured the hard lump was her head and that she was extending her body and pushing her toes against my side. I had started thinking I should do some side lunges or some of the other movements recommended to encourage your baby to turn head-down.

Well, the pieces poking out on my right side are definitely her feet, but after the midwife investigated the situation on Tuesday, the bump in the middle is her bottom, and her head is down. Hallelujah!

Food cravings/aversions: Must eat more food. This shouldn’t be a problem.

Symptoms: Shortness of breath (my lungs are starting to feel the schmoosh) . . . a wall of tiredness around 3pm . . . annoying awakedness at 3am . . . some back pain . . . nothing too terrible. Basically, I’m feeling tired but good.

Emotions: I’m feeling the love! We spent Labor Day weekend with my in-laws, and my husband’s aunts (Laura, Louann and Missy) and cousin Kate came up as well. It was lovely to spend time with these funny, kind and wise women. I only wish they all lived closer so that I could see them more often. Anyway, we had a little baby celebration brunch, and they all pitched in to get us a car seat, the last remaining big-ticket item on our list. (Thank you thank you thank you!!) Of course, there was also some other fun stuff for baby and me thrown into the mix–in particular, a sleeper that looks like a ladybug, with a hat to match!

And then, to top things off, Tuesday my blogging friends led by the amazing Veronica all threw me a virtual baby shower. I feel so undeserving of all this love and attention . . . though that won’t take away from my enjoyment of the chocolate treats Veronica mailed, heh heh. Anyway, you should all check out their blogs and soak up the marvelousness of each one of them!

A Little Lunch (Eufaula, OK): Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Scones
City Songbird (Greensboro, NC): Merry Christmas, Alice!
Eats Well With Others (New York, NY): Peanut Butter and Honey Ice Cream
Hunting for Bliss (Bozeman, MT): Garam Masala Deviled Eggs
Pinking Shears & Broccoli Spears (Newark, DE): Making Food Good For Your Baby
Sydney Shares (Eugene, OR): Baby BLTs 
That’s Some Good Cookin’ (Salt Lake City, UT): Cheesecake Cookie Bars
The Pajama Chef (Bloomington, IN): Iced Tea with Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup
Two Dogs In The Kitchen (Sterling, MI): Spicy Asian Meatballs
Veronica’s Cornucopia (Wichita, KS): Raspberry Almond Fudge Cookies
Very Culinary (Sacramento, CA): Toasted Orzo and Chickpea Salad
Words on Wendhurst: A Gift For Jenna and Alice

Sniff, sniff. Thanks gals! Sniff, sniff.

I’d also like to point out that though I’ve been crying quite a bit, it’s not because I’m sad! In fact, it’s become the signpost that I’m really, really tired. When the tears start falling and they start falling fast, that’s my cue to go take a nap.

And of course, I do have lots of emotions about meeting Alice. I’m excited, but to be honest, right now I’m not in a hurry to get to the end of my pregnancy. I’m enjoying carrying her around inside. I’m enjoying feeling her move. I’m enjoying still being a woman with no dependents, able to move freely. I’m enjoying being able to focus all of my at-home time on my husband. I’m in no rush for this to end . . .

. . . though I know when the time is right, I’ll be ready. I’ll have to be.

Hopes and dreams: I’m really digging how things are right now–in every sense. We have over a month to go before our little girl joins us in the outside world, we’re pretty much all moved in to our apartment, and now we can just enjoy our new space, each other, freeze meals, rest up, and chill out.

The other night, when our work for the day was done, my husband and I just sat in our livingroom for about an hour, looking at our surroundings, talking a little, and just kind of existing in a cloud of domestic bliss.

What I miss: Being able to push through tiredness without all this crying nonsense!

And I’m about to miss cow dairy products . . . a lot. That’s right: I’m giving them up 1 month before my due date (which is this coming Monday!) because of some info from a nutritionist who said that some infants can’t tolerate cow products for their first 3 weeks or so of life, and can become very colicky if they’re getting cow dairy from their mom during breastfeeding. And since cow dairy products take about a month to leave a person’s system, now’s the time for me to cut ’em out. Alice may not be sensitive to all this, but for me, it’s worth the chance of reducing the fussy factor.

I hope to find some good goat’s milk and sheep’s milk alternatives so that I can keep eating creamy stuff. (In case you missed the memo, I love creamy stuff.)

What I’m looking forward to: This evening. And tomorrow. And the next day. I’m looking forward to every single day before her birth, just being and enjoying and reveling.

Husband update: He’s so pleased to be almost fully moved in! Having peace at home gives him the mental freedom to focus more of his energies on his dissertation, which is what he really wants to be doing right now.

Also, I don’t know why this amazes me–it shouldn’t, after setting up house with my husband in 4 different places throughout our marriage–but he’s really darn good at organizing space. He tackled both the back closet (our cleaning/coats/luggage/shoes area) and the closet in the 3rd bedroom (for our instruments, photography stuff, sewing stuff, games, etc.) while I rested, and did an amazing job. If it had been up to me to whip those closets into order, I don’t think I could have matched what he did–not even close. He outdid any expectations I had for those closets. He’s got skillz. I should know this after being in a relationship for 11 years, but it’s still been a fun reminder of his awesomeness.

Enjoy your weekends everyone!

18 thoughts on “35 Weeks

  1. kelsey

    sounds like you are getting all settled and ready for Alice to arrive! you could try to find coconut milk products for creamy stuff too. it doesn’t have an aftertaste like rice and almond milk do. hemp milk isn’t bad either. 🙂

  2. Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst

    My sister in law and I commiserated on how sleep seems to be sabotaged in the third trimester, and I really think it’s God’s way of slowly preparing your body for those first few newborn months. Take lots of naps whenever you can!

  3. Suzie

    I can’t believe at 35 weeks you can still do the disappearing act! That is crazy. You’re looking stunning as always Jenna. Just visit those new markets by you and find your fill of food 😉 I can’t believe how soon little Alice will be here!

  4. Julia Menn

    Use caulk on the rug – that’ll stop the sliding issue. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/make-any-rug-slip-proof-with-c-105935

    I shudder at the mention of goat milk. I had to go on this crazy diet back in highschool to fix me, so for 2 months I could barely eat anything, and the only dairy I could have was goats milk. And no-one ever told me NOT to put it on cereal…. So, if you do get into goats milk, I am warning you now – Do NOT put it on your cereal. 😛

  5. Amy

    It was great fun being a part of your virtual shower, Ms Jenna. Yep. I remember that final month of no sleep. Legs hurt, belly is huge, have to pee all the time, heartburn abounds! What I don’t remember is looking as rested as fab as you do!

  6. Joanne

    I remain impressed that the belly disappearing act is still possible at 35 weeks!

    So it seems like if you could somehow switch your 3AM with your 3PM all would be golden. Maybe become nocturnal?

    You should try almond milk! I’m majorly in love with the stuff. My favorite is the Silk version!

    1. Jenna Post author

      I recently did use almond milk to make smoothies, and it was delicious! I’ll have to try it in other capacities too.

  7. Kimby

    Ahhhh, Jenna — I’m so glad you and your hubby have “couple time” together in your new digs, enjoying each other’s company for a few weeks yet. (Make sure to schedule “couple time” after Miss Alice arrives, too — even if it’s just a snooze on the couch together while she naps at first!) I’m sooooo tickled you enjoyed your virtual shower, too. Good times, great memories, many blessings!

  8. Terri @ that's some good cookin'

    Ohhhh, I remember the schmooshed lung thing with pregnancy! Funny…looking back on it now. What a great hubby you have. I’m glad that the two of your are taking advantage of those little moments together. The moments that you have when you become a threesome will be great, too, but these times when it is just the two of you are treasures as well.

  9. Veronica

    It always amazes me when I realize I’ve missed one of your posts since I follow them almost religiously-lol. It never fails that I miss the post when someone mentions me-it’s happened several times! Well, I hope you were able to enjoy the cookies despite them having dairy and if you had to trash them, I understand.

    I really like your kissy face-it’s super cute and not scary at all. Lucky little Alice!

    Oh and you might try coconut milk-the real stuff in a can, for your coffee. It’s super thick and creamy and very healthy. But it will add a coconut flavor. Also, check out the dairy-free section at your supermarket. Tofutti has “better than cream cheese” that is pretty close to the real thing and there’s also fake creamers made of soy milk and fake yogurt and all that jazz. Hopefully you find some things that will keep you from going dairy-free crazy.

    1. Jenna Post author

      Veronica, we LOVED the cookies! Adam practically devoured them, and they were gone within 24 hours. =) I had them with my coffee and it was perfection. Thank you so much for sending them–you are the most thoughtful, generous person ever!

      1. Veronica

        Squee! I’m glad you could devour them before the no dairy thing kicked in. And so glad you liked them!! I was happy when they won first b/c then I knew they were Jenna worthy. haha!

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