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35 Weeks!

Wow... 33 days to go (officially anyway)... Of course, very few babies actually arrive on their due dates but hopefully our little guy won't want to hang out inside me TOO much longer!

Week 35:
"Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight."

Things are going well.. The nursery is organized and clean and if this little guy decided to arrive tomorrow we'd have a nice place to bring him home to, so that feels good. Although I'm wondering why nobody warned me about how difficult it is to put a sheet on a crib mattress! It was a serious workout and involved actually removing the mattress from the crib...

My boss and I came to an agreement about my work schedule when I return from maternity leave in mid-March. I'm taking a 10% cut in salary but am cutting my working hours by 20% so I think I got a pretty good deal! I'll be working my regular office hours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and then will work from home on Wednesdays with Fridays off. I'm very happy to have that worked out and to know that although I can't be the stay-at-home mom that I'd like to be at least I'll have a couple days during the week to be at home...

This week I have prenatal swimming class on Monday and Thursday and a breastfeeding class on Thursday as well. I'm really enjoying the swimming classes so far. I've been to two and have met a bunch of other mommies-to-be which is fun.

Next week I have one last ultrasound scheduled to check the size and position of the baby. After that I start going to the doctor once a week to see if things are progressing at all!

On the list of things to do pre-baby:
Find a pediatrician
Pack bag for hospital
Buy more diapers!
Make plans for dogs, etc. when at hospital
Write a birth plan? this is a maybe...
Get the house CLEAN!
Have new carpet installed- yay!

So that's the update! I'm feeling pretty good- my belly button is still an "innie" (barely!) and I haven't started waddling yet (except after I first get up after sitting for a while- then my hips tighten up and a do waddle a bit)... I'm experiencing quite a bit of heartburn, especially late afternoon and early evening but otherwise (knock on wood!) this all hasn't been so bad!


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