Monday, September 12, 2011

35 weeks (and a little bit of whining)

Picnik collage

Andrew's had the last four days off and I have to tell you - I'm not ready for it to be over. I took today off so we could spend some time together before he launches back into this crazy schedule. The next time he has this much time off is the weekend that the baby's due. WHOA.

Anyway, here are the baby stats for this week:
  • He doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and over 5 lbs, so it's a tight squeeze in there. And I can tell.
  • His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products.
  • Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks just putting on weight (but hopefully not too much!)
So, can I be honest? Week 35 isn't quite as awesome as the others. Aside from the sudden swelling (goodbye, wedding rings!) and the inability of my body to control its temperature (hello, hot flashes!) I'm just feeling more emotional by the day. At any given moment, I feel excited and overwhelmed and blessed and uncomfortable and hungry and scared and big - and I just think that it's bound to come spilling out soon.

Don't get me wrong, I love carrying this boy. I love that my body is doing this - that's it's giving him exactly what it needs and that it can take care of me at the same time. I love the pure joy that is living inside me. I love the secret kicks and tumbles that are just ours to share. But there are a lot of emotions wrapped up in all of that, right?

But fear not, for I am taken care of.

I have the most supportive husband - who tells me daily, if not hourly, that I'm beautiful - and who was on his hands and knees this morning scrubbing the shower because I'm pretty sure that job would have sent me into labor.

And then there's that Peace that usually comes in the middle of the night when I'm awake for no reason that reminds me that I am doing a good work. And that He is here. And He is sufficient.

So amen to that.

5 friends said...:

  1. I'm on the verge of hyperventilating. I'm not ready for this. I'm not ready for this. Wait, I meant...

    Go Page go! Go Page go! You're gonna be great! Go Page go!!

  2. First off, you look just beautiful! Second, those emotions are totally normal, as I'm sure you've been told over and over again :) I remember feeling that way with both of mine. It's such a big, new, exciting, scary journey that you are about to embark on. You are bound to feel lots and lots of crazy emotions. I hope these last few weeks go well for you! Can't wait to see pictures of the little guy.

  3. I think the transition at week 35 or so is God's way of preparing us to actually "have" the baby...I loved being pregnant so much and had so little understanding of just how much more fabulous being a Mommy would be (beyond all dreams!) that I think I would have stayed pregnant forever had my legs not started falling asleep when I sat for more than 4 minutes, my grunts when rolling over in bed not woken the whole neighborhood or my bladder basically quit...but those little "gifts" made me ready for the next, glorious, amazing step!

  4. Jenny is absolutely right. The last few weeks are meant to be uncomfortable so that the fear of labor pales in comparison to the discomfort you're in! LOL. Hang in there, girl. You are doing it!!


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