baby bump: week 36

Can someone please tell me where the last 9 months have gone?  How are we only 4 weeks (24 days – again, not that I’m counting) away from meeting our little girl?  My feelings about being this close to my due date have been a crazy roller coaster ride.  Some days, I will be excited and so ready to meet her; while other days, I’m questioning whether or not we are really ready to take on the role of parents.  As much as I really, really want to meet our baby girl, I am still so scared to become a mom.  “They” say you have 9 months to prepare for your baby, but there are days when I feel like I need 9 more months to be adequately prepared…

With just 4 weeks left, I am also panicking about all we have left to do.  I went from having just a few what I thought were manageable things to get done to being completely overwhelmed with my now growing to-do list.  After the shower this past weekend, Baby M’s nursery went from being pretty much ready to being a complete disaster.  Clothes, boxes, toys, etc. are everywhere.  I can hardly walk into her room right now without tripping over something.  (I have a feeling this is a preview of what I have to look forward to in a few months/years.)  I am very slowly making progress with the nursery + to-do list, but I feel like I have taken about 10 steps backwards.

Tomorrow we start weekly OBGYN visits until the baby arrives.  Apparently, these are the “hard” visits, as in checking to see if I’ve made any progress.  Although I know being dilated + effaced pretty much mean nothing for when labor will really start, I’d still like to know if I’m just a little bit closer to meeting my child.  As of right now, I don’t think I’ve experienced a single contraction – real or “practice”.  My stomach will get hard for a couple of seconds, which can be a little uncomfortable, but definitely not painful at all.  So, I’m not sure if these are contractions or something entirely different.

My biggest complaint lately has been groin pain.  It’s the same pain I experienced back at 27 weeks, when I was sitting a lot during the day.  I am fortunately enough to have a pretty lengthy lunch + plan period during the day, which involves a lot of sitting, so I have a feeling it’s just my round ligaments acting up again.

OK, enough complaining on my part… here’s the big ol’ belly you were waiting for:

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I’ve had a few people say they think I might have dropped a little bit, but since I am still continuously being punched in the ribs, I’m pretty sure she’s holding strong up high.

I honestly think I’m going to miss my belly.  I’ve grown pretty attached to it and the little bug inside of it.  I’m to the point where I don’t remember what it was like NOT to have this baby inside of me.  Sure, I miss my skinny jeans + smaller clothes, but I love being able to rub my belly and feel her kicks and rolls constantly.  I am really going to miss that feeling.

I am still in disbelief that we are thisclose to our due date.  It still feels surreal that we will soon be meeting our little girl and will officially be a family of 3 (plus, one furbaby).  4 weeks will go by faster than I can even imagine!

  • Sarah

    Yay! I loved reading your blog this morning!! It sounds like you have met the fabulous Mr. Braxton-Hicks! I had a lot of BH with B and A!! I hope you are feeling well and continue to feel well the next few weeks. Can’t wait to meet Baby M!!!

    • Kristen

      I figured that’s what they were, but I thought they would actually be a bit painful – they are just annoying. Luckily, I don’t get them very often. I miss you! I can’t believe I’m going to be the only pregnant one at school after tomorrow (Catherine is getting induced Monday if she doesn’t go before then).

  • Jen

    You look amazing and so happy! I cannot believe you only have 4 weeks left, eek! I think the new parent nerves are normal, and I have no doubt that you two will be amazing parents. And you will get everything done in time! Even if you don’t, I bet baby won’t know the dfference 😉 I’m so excited for you!
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    • Kristen

      Thanks Jen!

  • 4 weeks! eek!!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it! You look absolutely adorable. I think I’m going to miss my belly too once Mister Moo arrives.
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    • Kristen

      How can you not?! I love the 24/7 bonding!

  • you’re getting so close! you still look gorgeous and i’m sure you’ll be totally ready by the time she comes!!
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    • Kristen

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Kristen’s Mom

    Yep, you have met the Braxton Hicks! I don’t remember them being painful at all — just annoying. And they scared me to death the first time I had them because I was so afraid of premature labor! (I actually went to the emergency room the first time I had them – I’m sure they thought I was nuts, but with my history, they did keep me overnight for observation.) Soon it will be time for the real thing! You and Matt are going to be awesome parents!

    • Kristen

      I’ve had them for awhile, but always just thought it was the baby pushing out, but the fact that they are in the same place everytime, I figured out it probably wasn’t her.

      (Love that you commented as “Kristen’s Mom” – it confused me at first since you usually just use Mom…)

  • I can hardly believe you have 4 weeks left and that’s it!!!! Wow!

    And I hated the stomach tightening stuff. It was uncomfortable in a weird way but annoying bec you know nothing is really happening.
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  • I showed your picture to my mom and the first thing she said was “wow, she’s low! she’s gonna be going soon.” I guess some people can tell. You look wonderful though!

    • Kristen

      Ugh, I wish that were true! I had a shower last night, and everyone kept saying how low I am and that I won’t make it to October. Unfortunately, I’m not dilated at all and have carried pretty low my entire pregnancy… but I’m still hopeful! I wish she would drop so she wouldn’t be kicking me in the ribs constantly!

  • You are getting SO close!!! I am very excited for you. 🙂
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    • Kristen

      Thanks Kelly!