30 years young and 9 months pregnant. (Week 36/37)

Apologies for skipping out on last week’s blog post! I’ll try my best to give you a double whammy of goodness to make up for it. Monday was my first official day of maternity leave and I pretty much spent it maxin’ and relaxin’ like a Fresh Prince(ss). I hung out by the pool, finished up Season 2 of OITNB, did my first load of adorably tiny baby clothes/blankets and snacked to my heart’s content. It was awesome! Tuesday through Friday were my G.S.D (Get Sh*t DONE) days and so I spent those days doing things I figure I might not have the chance to do once Liam arrives. This list included going to the dentist, taking Klevster for her check up at the vet, getting new glasses, organizing the nursery and of course, napping. I also saw my Grandma for lunch which was a treat in itself. All in all, it felt great to check so many items off my long, long, LONG to do list.

Oh yeah, and I turned 30. Last year Asaf asked me how I’d like to spend my 30th birthday and I told him I wanted to take a trip to Mexico. Someplace where I could wear a bikini all day and consume an obscene amount of margaritas and tacos — beach-side of course. Instead, I celebrated with overpriced pizza and an ice cream sundae — amongst a crowd full of hipsters. So I guess you could say, my birthday was a little bit different than I had expected. Not worse. Just different. Although I didn’t get my dream vacation, I really feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be (aside from the hipsters). This is where I belong. Here, waiting for our little Liam to arrive.

Liam is officially full term now and estimated to be about 6.5-7 lbs (the size of a watermelon!!!). He is stretching and rolling around all the time now and since he is breech, his head is tucked just under my rib cage, making it difficult for me to take deep breaths. Here’s something kinda fun though: I’ve noticed that lately he tends to move his head over to whichever side Asaf is sitting on. I imagine him putting his tiny ear close to the inside of my skin, trying to listen in on our conversations.

Next week will be my last Doctor visit before the big day. I have to go in for some blood tests and then we’ll go over what to expect with the whole c-section procedure. I’ve been fortunate enough to get lots of great tips (ahem: Colace!) from family and friends who have had c-sections so I’m actually not too nervous about the surgery. Also, I’m meeting again with the doula who will be handling my placenta encapsulation. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

36/37 week update:

Total weight gain so far: Up 30 lbs now!

Cravings: Apples and peanut butter. Limeade (which I can’ t resist even though it gives me extreme heartburn). 😦

What I’m excited about: Less than two weeks until delivery day! Passed my Group B Strep test! Nursery is just about complete!

What I’m nervous about: I’ve filed for disability but since it’s my first time I don’t really know what to expect. I hope that it won’t take too long to process my first check.

New this week: I’m feeling so gigantic big now! Confession: I’ve been not-so-secretly borrowing Asaf’s t-shirts and boxer shorts to wear around the house. I can’t help it! His clothes are just sooooo much more comfortable!

Note to Baby: Well kid, we made it to the watermelon stage. You’ll be here in less than two weeks and we could not be more excited! You are already our greatest achievement and we love you so so much. See you soon!