Tuesday, June 3, 2008

36 weeks

89% of your pregnancy has passed, there is 11% left to go.




He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) -YAH!!





I read somewhere that said the placenta weighs 1/6th of the babies weight. (of course approximates) Did you know that only 5 percent of babies are born on their due date?


Other fetal development that is occurring around week 36 of pregnancy includes the following:

The gums have become rigid
The sucking muscles are now fully developed
The brain is developing rapidly
Your baby is practicing blinking


During this week of pregnancy, your baby may move into its birthing position (if he or she has not already done so). Your healthcare provider will use the term "presentation" to describe the part of your baby that is lying over the cervix and will be delivered first. The most common presentation, occurring in more than 95 percent of deliveries, is vertex, which is when the top of the baby's head is down under the cervix. Other presentations may include breech, transverse, face, shoulder, or brow presentation.


Yesterday I stayed home and we worked on cleaning out the spare bedroom and making it into a baby room. We have everything done except the installed crib and washing of all things clothe and tiny. My father is going to help E put the crib together except he is sick with strep throat and ban from visiting (by me) until he has had 4 days of anti-biotics or until his fever breaks and it's been at least 4 days since a fever. Even if that means 2 weeks from now. (when it's all done i promise pictures)



I am still trying to figure out WHY cleaning has to start with making a bigger mess. Or maybe that's my nesting. I have to start with large projects ... who knows, I thought E was going to go into convulsions when I suggested all things Mini only go in the baby's room. We had to go through OLD OLD OLD OLD boxes that haven't been unpacked from previous moves. They are unpacked now and either thrown out, re-organized, or filed.


I have been swimming every day for the past month and i LOVE IT. Weightless is a fantastic feeling at this point. I have my first NST, cervical exam, and group strep b test Friday at 8:30am. I am hoping all goes well because I have a birthday party and a baby shower to attend Saturday. Plus I do not want to hear things like bed rest because that is the most uncomfortable place in the world for me now. I feel as if i have to pee all the time. I think every now and then Mini grabs my bladder and just squeezes it for fun. I am over driving to work, after these past 2 long weekends I have taken, I realize how much less i swell and how much better i feel when I am not at work. Only a few more weeks. I do not want to start using leave yet. I can make it a few more weeks.


We went to the babiesrthem mega store Saturday and bought it out. Erhm, I mean bought a few items off my registry that I thought I may need. (changing pad/cover, burp cloths, swaddles, a pack of bottles, etc.) I forgot a few items (headrest for the carseat, mat to go under the carseat, hangers, etc), So we will be back there again this week to pick up the remaining items I forgot off my list. I made a list and STILL managed to forget them. In my defense I was experiencing alot of brax.ton hicks and just wanted to sit down.


Thanks for all of the comments on my pictures, My favorite one is the last b&w palm tree pic. I think I am going to get that one blown up and framed.



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31 comments:

Chas said...

I was in that 5% that was actually born on my due date.

Do you have your infant carrier car seat yet? You might want to check and make sure it doesn't already come with a headrest....ours did. I don't know that I've ever seen one in recent years that didn't come with one. I only add this b/c I registered for one and received one for LG, and returned it once I realized all of this. I also never had a mat to go under the carseat...never seen any of my friends with one either, but it might be handy when he's a little older and throws food and drink.

Katie said...

I hope that Mini arrives close to his due date, even a bit earlier for Mom, like say, 38 weeks?! :)

I am eager to see your nursery pics!

Hilary (The Trying Game) said...

I am so excited for you! 36 Weeks!!! A year ago, did you ever dream you'd be here???

Go Mini Go!!!

Ginny said...

I didn't make it this point with either of mine. My first was born at 34 weeks & my 2nd at 35 weeks. Congrats to you! You are in the final month. I have to be honest, after both ended up being ok I was happy to have a cut short pregnancy. I did not do well being pregnant at all.

Adriane said...

36 weeks - Holy crap! I love that you keep posting the weekly progress. It felt like you posted 35 weeks just yesterday. You are so close!!!

Can't wait to see nursery pics!

Hope your Friday appt goes well. I second the motion on bed being an uncomfortable place these days. It's the last place I want to be!!!

Marcy "meg" said...

36 weeks!!! congrats!!! You are so darn close!

A said...

I know I already told you this, but I have to say it again. I cannot believe you're already this far!!! I remember praying that your numbers would be good and that they would double. I am so happy and excited for you!!!!

Dreams Come True said...

Wow, sounds like you're getting things accomplished in preparation for Mini's arrival! Good for you, and good luck getting it all done soon!

Can't wait to see the pics.

seussgirl said...

Wow, can you believe you're this far? Amazing!!
Since you said you were open to questions, I take that as an opening for advice; in this case, i recommend buying twice as many burp cloths as you think you'll need. I think we have over 60, and there are days that they don't make it through. Maybe you can cut that number in half.:)
Wishing you a great last couple of weeks!

Steph said...

Wow! 36 weeks!!!

Congratulations!!! Can't wait to see pics of the new baby!

ScientistMother said...

here from NCLM - congratulations on reaching the great 36 weeks milestones. hope you have an easy labor!

Janna said...

Wow...88% has passed!! Amazing!!! Gosh...isn't it hard to believe that you are only weeks away from being a Mommy??? How wonderful!!!

Can't wait to see the nursery pics!!

gracechild said...

Sounds like water aerobics is the way to go. Looking forward to seeing Mini. It's been a long journey, but its been worth every minute :)

PJ said...

Hi! Here from NCLM.

That's really exciting that you are 36 weeks, and what is going on in there! I can't even imagine!

Best wishes for delivery!

Kate said...

Wow! 36 weeks! I am so excited for you!

My_Herstory said...

You must be so exited! I'm very excited for you!! Soon you'll be holding your precious baby in your arms!! YAAAY!

WISHING...HOPING...and PRAYING said...

yay....full term. biggest milestone ever! also, i loved the beach pix!

Jen said...

Yes, cleaning always makes things messier. One of my favorite kinds of cleaning is the kind that no one notices if it is clean- like the inside of the microwave or the top of the stove.

Can't wait to see the nursery and see the result of all this hard work!

Geohde said...

So nearly term!!!! :)

My two like to kick my bladder. Hard. Cue fleeting powerful urges to pee at the most inopportune times...

J

Cindi said...

Time is really starting to fly by now!

SAHW said...

My clean-ups always start by making everything into a huge mess too. :)

You're getting close!!! I'm so excited for you!

Cece said...

Wow - 36 weeks! Awesome! And good for you clearing out the baby room - I've found that all cleaning starts with a HUGE mess. My DH won't come into a room I'm 'organizing' because he thinks I'm just making it worse, lol.

Kymberli said...

Those pictures are great! You're SOO CLOSE now! :) I'm excited for you!``

sara said...

Yay for 36 weeks! You are officially a pregnancy pro now. Actually I think you are a cleaning pro. You have motivated me to make my husband a list. Yes, don't worry I will not be leaving the couch anytime soon to do anything stupid. I will become a statue, I promise. Girl, I wish I lived closer so I could come see your nursery and your little one when they arrived...I have enjoyed watching you blossom along your journey. It's been a beautiful one to watch!

Nurse Lochia said...

I can't believe you are so close to D-day! Before you know it, you'll be holding that precious little boy in your arms! I remember thinking how slow the days went by at this point because you're so freaking uncomfortable. But once d-day arrived, I couldn't believe how fast the weeks went by!

Malloryn said...

Congrats on 36 weeks! I'm looking forward to seeing those nursery pictures. I hope your appointment goes well too.

Katie said...

Via NaComLeavMo...
Congratulations on getting to 36 weeks. And yes tidying up properly always means making a bigger mess than was there originally!

Dugi said...

I'm week 36.5 too
the cleaning bug has hit me...
CAN'T STOP CLEANING.....ahhh will this last? will it really?
Baby needs to come soon....I'm not waiting till 42 weeks...
lucky u r getting induced early.

DC said...

I hope your dad feels better soon!

gratefulalways said...

Yep... not to scare you... lol I went at 36 weeks ;) Pack those bags! LOL... won't be long now huh?

I know you're excited

dmarie said...

Glad to see you're still doing so well. Only a short time now :)