Bump Report: 35 Weeks

I’m now 35 weeks pregnant and it’s time for my weekly Bump Report – although I feel like I’ve been talking about my pregnancy all week – if it weren’t for babycenter.com‘s handy little info to quote, this post might seem kind of redundant. Yup – I’m still huge – yup, it sucks. Yup – I’m seriously wishing it was July 21. Yup – I’m still looking for guest posts for the week of Baby Blueberry’s birth. Yesterday I went through all the baby clothes we’ve got to see what we had in the 0-3 month range – we are totally covered as far as onesies go and we have a good small collection of those baby gowns / baby in a bags, but we’ll definitely need more eventually – especially because MM’s old baby clothes became significantly less gender neutral after that 0-3 month marker. Unless we find out Baby Blueberry has boy bits, we’ll have to figure that out. But you know, I’m pretty sure that’s to be expected. MM needs new clothes, too, but we’re trying to play dumb just a little while longer.

I’m thinking I want to finish clearing the last of the moving clutter from the living room / dining room and turning the corner that is currently “miscellaneous stuff” into a sort of baby center. We can put up our pack and play to serve as a second sleeping area until the crib goes up (we’re using the co-sleeper for the first few months) and have the baby swing and whatever other things we find need a home along that wall. It will at least make the area look less like wasted space and more like well needed baby space. Win, win? I’m sure Dan will be thrilled I’ve come up with more manual labor for him to do.

I think that’s all the new and big from my end without crying woe is me a bit longer about all the cramps and back pains and leg pains and small bladder complaints that are obviously still bugging me. So let’s get on with the developments from babycenter.com, shall we?

BB doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that she’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, she isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

How MY life’s changing:

My uterus — which was entirely tucked away inside my pelvis when I conceived — now reaches up under my rib cage. If I could peek inside my womb (yuck), I’d see that there’s more baby than amniotic fluid in there now. My ballooning uterus is crowding my other internal organs, too, which is why I have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress.

This Week’s Activity:

Prepare food to eat after your baby’s born. If you cook, start doubling recipes and freezing half. You and your partner will be too exhausted to cook in the first weeks after you bring your baby home and you’ll be thrilled to have healthy meals you can heat up fast. If you don’t cook, go around your neighborhood and pick up all the takeout and delivery menus you can find. You’ll be grateful for all the options at your fingertips. (Anyone wanna do this for me?)

They also recommend getting birth announcements ahead of time and addressing the envelopes, finding stamps etc. together now. Totally smart advice but highly unlikely that I’ll do it – Can’t I just send a mass email?