Weeks 34 & 35

I completely missed posting last week due to my 10-12 hour days spent between The Rocket, where I planned, and my classroom, where I set up for the new year. Pictures are from 34 weeks, with the exception of the sneak peek at our maternity shoot!

 check out that pale belly! Gah!

How Big is the Baby?

The size of a large cantaloupe, which I find funny since I’m pretty sure a pineapple is bigger than a cantaloupe (which is what she was at 33 weeks).  She is somewhere between 18 and 20 inches long and 4.5-6 pounds. I feel like she is huge. Her rump fills my hand and she stretches from one side of my torso to the other. It is crazy to see her movements these days.

 

How I’m Changing

My pelvis is definitely shifting – my pelvis, tailbone, and hips are extremely sore and everything feels even more loosey goosey than before. I’ve almost fallen over a few times! Maybe this means she’s gearing up to come early. My chiro said she was in a great position for birth at my last appt, so we’ll see!

 

How I’m Feeling

Pretty exhausted! I’m really worried about this first week of school and how I’ll make it to 3 p.m. every day. Luckily I moved across the hall, so I no longer get direct sunlight until around 2 p.m., so the heat isn’t too bad.

 

What I’m Eating

Whatever is fast and easy! I’ve been downing more bars and protein shakes than I’d like, but at least they keep me from dying while I plan/work. I’ve also been snacking on lots of apples, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and trail mix with cashews, almonds, and macadamia nuts. I’ve also been drinking a mug of red raspberry leaf tea once a day for the past two weeks. I’m up for anything that might help during labor!

 

I also just busted out a 7-hour day in the kitchen to make 16 freezer meals. With leftovers this should last us through the end of October! I don’t think I’ll do that at 8 months pregnant next time around, as I had to keep taking rest breaks. But my plan from now on is to always make a double batch of whatever I cook so I can freeze half (if it is a freezable meal, of course). A full days recap will be available on the blog soon.

 

Odds and Ends

A few fun bullet points over the past couple weeks:

*I start school tomorrow – ahhh! I have the first 5 weeks of lesson plans done for all subjects, so I can leave at a moments notice without leaving my sub or my students in a lurch. Phew! That was no small task!

I am almost finished with the nursery! I still need to order oversize scrabble tiles to hang her name above her bed, and order a yellow rug if I can ever find one that is the correct size and color. I might have to give up on this dream becoming a reality. But the pinwheels I made are hung, as is the artwork made by my co-workers daughter. The hubs bought me a fish eye lens for my camera, so soon I’ll be able to post a nursery tour 🙂

We are fully stocked on cloth diapers! I think I have 27 newborn size (borrowed from a friend), and 30 one-size (new). I need to prep the new ones, but I’m not in a huge rush to do that since she won’t fit into them for a while. I bought an assortment of brands, because I wasn’t sure which ones I’d like the most. Based on favorites of my friends, and reading mommy blogs, I think I’ll like the rumparooz and bummies easy fits the most.

And finally, Saturday evening we had our maternity session with our fab photographer Laura Fifield. She posted a sneak peek on her facebook page, and will have more up on her website sometime this week.

 via

I love this one and can’t wait to see the rest!

Things I can’t wait to eat again: I’m really ready for pumpkin latte season!

# of times I get up to pee each night:  6-8, boo!

Days until my next appointment: 7

Total weight gained: 19.5 at 34 weeks, 20 pounds at 35 weeks

Exercise: my walks have gotten shorter, and shorter. I can still bust out a mile, but it takes me nearly as long as 3 miles used to take! Plus lots of classroom set up – that is a total body work out!

Cravings: the watermelon craving came back, yum!

Aversions: handling raw meat still totally grosses me out

What I miss: having energy. I’m a total burn the candle at both ends ball of energy before school starts/during the school year. But my body is yelling at me for trying these days.

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11 thoughts on “Weeks 34 & 35

  1. I missed you last week! I actually thought “hmmm, maybe it’s time!!” but I’m glad all is well!!

    I cannot wait for pumpkin latte season either…Though I drop the latte part and just make it a steamer!

  2. I can’t wait to hear about that day in the kitchen- I know that I’ll need to stock up before my maternity leave is over…. ugh, I’m never going to want to go back to work; I can tell already! 😦
    Your maternity picture is BEAUTIFUL! Love it!
    Hope you are getting lots done and not burning yourself out- Give yourself a pat on the back for getting all of those lesson plans done! I struggled knocking two weeks out (then again, I’ve never taught the grade before so that made it super tough…) Way to go, Leila!

  3. Oooo, and I also wanted to tell you one more thing….. I wish that someone would have put a night light on the hospital bag list! That is the one thing that I desperately neeeeeded while in the hospital. I needed to see while nursing at 3:00 am and not bump into things in an unfamiliar place; especially since I was so weak, I couldn’t have caught myself if I tried. While learning to nurse you need to see and we had to end up leaving the hospital room door open a tad- it made for a miserable night! (even if you’re not going to nurse, you’ll want to be able to see some while at night!) All the beepers, buzzers, and random hours of early EARLY morning vacuuming made it impossible to get any rest. You may not need the night light but it might be nice to have- just wanted to share my first bit of mommy advice 😉

    • Ooo good idea. I have a “hug lamp” for reading that would be perfect to stick in the diaper bag for the hospital. It goes around your neck and you can angle it wherever you need it, and it has 3 different levels of light. Perfect for reading, but also perfect for the hospital! And yes, breastfeeding all the way!

      • I hope breastfeeding goes great for you!….. I totally lucked out with Jackson- he is a latching champ! ….Go with your gut feelings and use those nurses while in the hospital- I asked a boat load of questions and it helped us have a great start to breastfeeding!

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