36 weeks pregnant update

Well, here we are! Last week I turned 9 months pregnant (spoiler alert – you are actually pregnant for 10 months). I’m 36 1/2 weeks pregnant now and cruising right to the magical 37 weeks, which marks a full term bebe.

This was over the weekend:IMG_3202.JPG

I can’t believe that we are already so close to meeting this guy! Here are a few pictures from around our house over the past few weeks:IMG_3223.JPGIMG_3050.JPGIMG_3148.JPGIMG_3101.JPG

Gosh I look at these and think, “That is one big baby.” The doctors estimate that he is over six pounds now (great size! good job, baby!) – which was great news.

I’ve definitely had a shift these past few weeks – while I’m so, so excited for him to come and I can’t wait to meet him, I kind of feel like I need every single day until my due date. I’m not anxious for him to come early anymore…more just content for him to stay where he is so we can get some more stuff done 🙂 I think it may be easier to, ya know, demo our bathroom without a newborn. But obviously – it’s not up to me!

I was compiling a list of things that have made this final stretch a bit easier – if not to help anyone else, just to remind myself the next time around! Hopefully if you are pregnant now (which weirdly, a good portion of my friends are) or if you are Danielle in the future…this is somewhat helpful for you:

  • Frozen grapes – I got a lot of heartburn in the third trimester and these are wonderful. I was never really into them before, but now I have them every night.
  • A cocktail of moisturizers – I’ve been using Jergens Natural Glow, this Mama Mio butter, and this Honest Company Belly Balm. Unclear why I feel like I need to use all three, but I sure do.
  • Exercise – I try to do some cardio every day. It’s so hard while I’m doing it, but I think it’s made a huge difference in how I feel. I wish I could continue long walks outside, but now we basically live in Alaska and I’ll be bringing the baby home in a snowsuit.
  • A nightly ritual – Chris has been making a cup of this tea every night, which has been a really nice way to end the day. It’s caffeine free and great for nausea, if you are still riding those rides in your third trimester (I am! So fun!).

What I have heard has helped others but I haven’t gotten my act together to try: body pillow (this is sheer laziness on my part), maternity leggings (I’ve ordered like 6 pairs and none have worked so at this point…), actually laying down and resting (I’ve experienced an INSANE amount of “need to get this done right now even though it is 4 am” – but I do hear that rest actually helps in the third trimester).

If you’ve tried anything that has made you more comfortable – would love to hear it! xo

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