She Says… 35 Weeks

To my little sweet pea,

We are a few short weeks away from meeting each other face-to-face. Some days I think it might be only hours away. Yesterday from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to sleep I was more uncomfortable than ever before. My feet were puffy, my stomach muscles seemed to cringe at every movement, I was a million degrees and I felt all crampy and emotional. I’m hoping it was an aberration, however, because 5 more weeks of that would be exhausting. This morning I feel a bit better and the weather is more comfortable, which I think played into my discomfort quite a bit yesterday. Mama’s not good at being very hot (except when poolside!).

On Monday I went to my weekly strength training class at the gym with Daddy and realized it might be my last time until after you are born. Next Monday is the 4th of July (observed) and the following week I will be 37 weeks. Daddy thinks that should be my cutoff at the gym, since I’m starting to get some stares when I walk in with my gigantic belly. We’ve started to joke that one of these days they’re not going to let me in because I might on into labor on one of the machines. People look at me and guess that I am due tomorrow, not in 5 weeks, which I think says something about how big I am right now!

This week you are putting on the finishing touches of your development, my little mini-masterpiece. Most of that is just packing on the pounds at this point. You weigh about 5 1/2 pounds and are over 18 inches long at this point! Your liver has begun processing waste products and your nails are growing so long they may curl over the tips of your tiny fingers and toes when you’re born. And you’ve completely taken over my body — over the past few months, you’ve squished all of my organs out of the way, and any day now, you’ll make a final move and shove my heart up and to the left to make more room for yourself. I don’t really mind, but you have been making my tummy feel the burn, stretching over your kicks and jabs. You are so active in there sometimes I wonder when you sleep!

Things are slowly falling into place around the house. Your nursery is coming along and I washed the first load of all of your teeny tiny baby clothes last night. I can’t believe it’s already time to do all of these things. I’m working on hanging artwork in your room and researching the best products we’ll need soon like diapers and wipes and creams and lotions and bottles and pacifiers, etc. I now realize why some women choose to stop working before their due date… although it takes a chunk out of your maternity leave, you have the TIME to comfortably get all of these little To Do’s done before D day (delivery day!). I’m sure we will get them all done too, but it’s beginning to feel like a mad dash in the last few weeks.

I love you, little one, despite the cramps and aches and pains that are slowly but surely coming on. I cherish these last few weeks of having you in my tummy, and can’t wait to see your little face very soon.

All the love in my (squished up and displaced) heart,
Mama

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9 responses to “She Says… 35 Weeks

  1. almost time!!! exciting

    my coworker left work last year on june 5 for a july 1 delivery…she ended up having her baby on june 10! and was in a mad panic because her list was far from complete (didn’t even have a carseat yet)
    good luck on getting it all done

  2. Are you working right up until time? I’m planning on stopping at 37 weeks, especially since I’m on my feet all day and it will be August! Pregnancy is definitely getting a little bit uncomfortable at this point, but I’m still enjoying it too. Hard to believe your little guy will be here soon.

  3. I’m sorry I haven’t commented in a while – but I’m still reading every week! You are getting so close, wow time flies! Also, I love getting a glimpse into your heart through these sweet letters, that little munchkin has a wonderful Mama! Keeping you in my prayers, I know all the aches and pains are worth it, but I hope you get to skip out on some of those, especially in these last few (hot) weeks!

  4. I don’t think you should give a hoot about what other people at the gym think. Stop if YOU want to, if you still want to keep going, do it! I was at the gym the day before I delivered my second at 39w6d :-)

  5. I feel you on the temperature thing. I went out of San Francisco last weekend and it was 80 degrees (hot for us) – and I died. I can’t imagine being in a REAL summer climate! Maybe after surviving the heat labor will be a breeze? :)

  6. Good for you for being almost done with the nursery. Five more weeks sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t in the grand scheme of things and you’re going to be so glad that you have everything ready!

  7. I can’t believe you are already 35 weeks! It feels like just yesterday that you announced your pregnancy!

  8. Aww! I can’t believe it’s going so fast! I hope you can get comfy sometime! Cold showers might help or something to keep you from getting overly hot!

  9. I love these letters to your baby. So sweet!

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