I've got to get better with the uploading of pics to my blog. I promise... I will. I'll try especially hard when I have a wee one here to fawn over and take millions of pictures of.
For now - I present you this: a picture of my belly at 35 weeks, 5 days. In black and white for extra "cool" effect.
Whoa, nelly! She's a big'un. That's 34 pounds of belly right there, folks. Impressive, isn't it??
Anyway - a quick update on me:
How far along: Just shy of 36 weeks. (I'll be 36 weeks on Saturday). Technically, you're considered "full term" when you're 37 weeks. My estimated due date is when I'm 40 weeks. So we're definitely in the home stretch now!
Weight gain: 34.5 lbs. to be exact. Woo! Now y'all know why I'm moving much slower.
New things: I'm getting lots of Braxton Hicks contractions lately. Those are the "fake" contractions that don't really mean much, apparently. My belly gets all tight and rock solid for 30 seconds or so and then it goes away. Sometimes it's accompanied by some lower back and abdominal crampy feelings. My midwife says it's just my body's way of prepping for labour. (But this can happen to some women from as early as the end of their first trimester... so it doesn't mean anything in terms of me going into labour just yet.)
Good reads: I just picked up "The Baby Book" by Dr. Sears and Dr. Sears (husband and wife team) who coined the "attachment parenting" term. I'm not 100% sure I'm into all that he has to say about attachment parenting, but this book has absolutely EVERYTHING you need to know about your baby's development from birth to age 2. I was starting to worry a little that I didn't know things like when to introduce foods, or when my baby would start to get teeth, etc. This book is going to be a lifesaver to me, I can tell.
Other news: Only 2 weeks and 2 days left of work. Then I'm off for a year! Can we say a big "Hurrah!" for Hez??
That's about it. All is right as rain and ticking along just fine. Woo!