Thirty Six

36 weeks ~ some days it’s hard to believe I’m this far into the journey and so close to meeting my child. What do you mean I’m going to be a parent?! I mean, I knew we were having a baby, but it’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that we are bringing a human into the world. A human that is half of me and half of Adam. A human that we will be solely responsible for. A human we are expected to teach right from wrong, prepare for the world and love unconditionally. I know we can do the last part because we already do. I’m going to have a son. Wow! 

And then, on the other hand, I feel so ready. We have the ‘stuff’. We've (I mean Adam) have read books. We are ready to meet our little one. Parenthood...bring it!

It’s strange not knowing which pregnancy post will be my last, so I wanted to talk a little about the symptoms I've experienced throughout pregnancy. This interests me because I always thought everyone felt the same things. Well, they don’t...every woman's experience really is unique to her alone.

I have experienced some of the common symptoms, including headaches, 1st trimester exhaustion, food aversions and even a fun craving or two and even the odd not fun craving. Then there were some symptoms that I never knew came with pregnancy, but evidently they can be common. Some of my weirdest symptoms have been...

  • Nose bleeds - They were never severe, but I’m not the kind of person who gets these so they freaked me out at first. Apparently they are incredibly normal with the increased blood volume you get during pregnancy. Also...super stuffy nose for the last nine months. 
  • Furry belly - No, my tummy doesn't look like an ape, but once I became pregnant I noticed the fine, light hairs I had on my belly turned a little darker and more noticeable.
  • Sensitive tongue - Though it hasn't stopped me from eating whatever I want, I've noticed eating tomatoes, garlic, citrus and a few other strong flavors that my tongue gets irritated. I hope this goes away after I deliver. 
  • Dreams - I expected my dreams to be a bit weird and vivid in the first trimester but now that I'm in my third...they are off the chain. I wake up often just shaking my head at the weirdness of them!

Where are we now?

  • 36 weeks and 2 days pregnant
  • As far as we know...still 2 cm dilated and 90% effaced. My OB didn't check last week, thankfully.
  • Blood pressure...low and hoping it stays that way.
  • Contractions...All. The. Time.
  • Feeling a lot of pressure in my pelvis and sometimes Baby JaAdam feels he's trying to escape. It makes walking very uncomfortable. 
  • Total pounds gained...23. Although none in the last month so I'm now on the Ensure diet...blech!
  • Hours spent of Etsy...too too many!


What weird or unexpected symptoms have you experienced?


Comments

  1. Oh man, those dreams! I had insane dreams. Mine quit after I delivered, but next came almost awake/asleep panics over baby related things- for example, for about three weeks after having the boys, my husband and I were sure we had triplets when we were either falling asleep or just starting to wake up, which with twins was basically the same thing. Of course non existent baby #3 was always missing/in harms way. It's hilarious now, and was then too when we'd wake up enough to remember we only had two! Otherwise my weirdest were craving potato salad and sour patch kids together and when baby A would get hiccups late in my pregnancy it very literally felt like he was knocking at the exit.... The wrong exit. Easily the most awkward feeling I have EVER experienced.

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  2. While its a normal symptom, I think the strangest thing I felt during pregnancy was baby hiccups. Baby was head down and LOW for a long time during pregnancy, so I felt his hiccups in my pubic bone and in my hips, it was so strange!

    Congrats on making it to 36 weeks, you're almost there!

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  3. I totally forgot about the crazy dreams! So weird! I also got really bad carpel tunnel. I had to wear wrist braces at night. Everything went back to normal for me. I even went back to my normal shoe size. Some ladies feet grow with their bellies...just an FYI...

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