We Are Here...35 Weeks

Friday, August 16, 2013
35 Weeks, 5 Days
Mind and Body:

This week the crazy has decided to take a break. I was a wreck the past two weeks. It was awful! Thankfully, my emotions have evened out a lot. I'm feeling almost totally normal.

With my mental well being back to normal, it was a lot easier for me to focus on normal human activities. That was until a different pregnancy dragon reared its head. I thought I was nesting the past few weeks with getting the baby's room ready and washing all of her clothes.

That. Was. Nothing.

I started furiously nesting this week. My 8pm bed times turned into me staying awake with no problem until 1 or 2 am, every night, cleaning, organizing, throwing things out, and re-cleaning...every room in the house. Nothing stood a chance. I even threw out our plants because they were in my way. Then I would wake up at 5am and start all over again. I also completely redecorated the living room, painted, talked PJ into remodeling part of the kitchen, and got a new refrigerator.

The baby has dropped, which is exciting. She dropped last weekend, and I had an appointment with my midwife on Monday, where she confirmed it. We also had our last ultrasound, where we got to see her little face. Currently she is measuring in at 5.5 pounds.

Now that she has dropped I've been experiencing a great deal of discomfort and pressure in my pelvis, lower back and tail bone. Sometimes I feel like she's going to fall out my butt. And my stomach is soooo hard in the lower part, where she settled into.


Food is good and I want to eat it. I don't really have any exciting news in way of food. I plowed through a ton of cereal this past week. Then by Wednesday I was no longer in the mood for cereal. Besides that, I don't really have any cravings.

I am planning a Crock Pot Frenzy with a friend of mine in 2 weeks. Were going to make a bunch of Crock Pot meals to freeze, for later use. I've done this once before and it was very convenient! I'm thinking with a new baby it's probably the most ingenious idea in the world.

Oh wait! Here we go...on Monday I ate this:
Aside from the Froyo assault, I've still been eating a lot of chicken and avocados with lemon, and spinach salads.
After the baby dropped I ended up having to break up my spin days. Instead of doing 2 days in a row, I put a day in between them, to give my pelvis a break. So rather than Saturday and Sunday spin, I go Sunday and Tuesday.
Everything else is still the same. A significant amount of upper and lower body resistance training, elliptical training, spinning, and 3 - 4 miles of walking with the dogs per day. I'm still on 5 days of working out per week...not including the walking. That's daily.
Pounds Gained: 23 so far. I'm hoping to end right around 25 or 26.
Cravings: None really...aside from the random Froyo on Monday.
Aversions: None.
Prepping the Dogs: A friend actually told me to try this because it worked for her. I've been walking around carrying the iPad playing the sound of a baby crying or just sitting the iPad down somewhere, with the baby crying sound. Then I praise the dogs for being good puppies, and give them a treat...so they associate the baby with good things and don't want to eat her. At first the dogs looked confused. But, they seem to be getting better with the sounds.
Both dogs love kids...but haven't spent much time around babies.
Symptoms: Since she dropped, there is the pelvis stuff I talked about. But also, I've been experiencing cramping in my abdomen. Period like cramps. They come and go. Nothing too painful...just a uncomfortable. Also, my bowels have loosened up a lot since she dropped.
Weird Compliments: One of the kids I work with told me my butt looked big. At first I thought "oh man...that's not good". But then I found out that in the teenager world, that is a good thing. So I thanked her for the compliment.
Then I immediately got nervous about Aria and her teenage years.
Books I'm Reading: Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Happy Friday Everyone!


  1. As far as the dogs go, we had my parents take home a blanket from the hospital to let him sniff and get used to her scent. As soon as we brought her in the house we held her and let him sniff to his heart's content and then he plopped down and went to sleep. They are BEST BUDDIES.

    1. I've heard that the blanket thing works well. We're going to try that too. I hope Harper and Aria are best buddies too! Boston's a grumpy old man. He will likely keep to himself. Walking around cursing at kids and smoking his old man pipe.

  2. I was going to say the exact thing as TShaw. Take a baby blanket home to the dogs while you are still at the hospital. Let them smell it. Our lab still peed all over the nursery though. But he was pretty good with her. He'd lay on the blanket on the floor with her and just stare at her. :-) Now he's 13 and our daughter is almost 12. Hard to believe!

    1. Haha. I have the nursery blocked off right now bc I'm afraid of one of them peeing in it or eating her toys. They tend to fear change and I know they are wondering what that new room is all about.

  3. Your nesting frenzy cracked me up! If your house is all nested out, you are welcome to work some of that magic on my house! You look fabulous and I'm glad you're still feeling good! Homestretch!

    1. Thanks! Almost there!!! I can't wait to get back out on a long sweaty run!!!

  4. You look great! Would you like to come to my house and organize?! We have a lot of work to do before the baby arrives, and I just want to help you get out some of your extra energy... ;)

    I like the baby crying sound idea. My dog also loves kids but hasn't spent a lot of time around babies, so I'm a bit nervous about how he will react. Especially because he's been extra needy lately -- I think he somehow knows things are changing. Yesterday we were painting the nursery and wouldn't allow him in the room and he was so dramatic about it. Sighing and whining and trying to sneak his paw/head in when we weren't looking. Oh boy... We're trying to get him used to not being with us all the time now so that he's okay when the baby comes, but I'm already nervous about how he's going to adjust.

    1. Haha. A few more weeks and you will be throwing your plants out too.
      I actually blocked off the nursery so the dogs can't go in right now. They get all freaked out when we change things around and I was afraid they would decide to change it back (ie. destroy it). We just re did the kitchen and Harper was too afraid to go in it for 2 days.
      I'm worried that we may inadvertently not give the dogs as much attention as they're used to :(


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