and a fun comparison shot starting from day 1!
The bump: It actually seems a little smaller this week, but most of the time it just depends on how he is laying.
How far along: 35 weeks
How big is baby: From The Bump: Your baby's the size of a coconut! He's about 17.2 to 18.7 inches. From here on out, he won't get much longer, but he's plumping up. He's now about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds, and he'll put on a pound or more of baby fat before birth. Now, his hearing is fully developed, and he responds best to high-pitched noises. If it's a boy, his testes have probably fully descended.
Weight gain/loss: I'm down a pound this week for a total of 23.4 pounds gained. I think this is mainly due to not being as swollen this week as I was last week, so basically it's all water weight that I lost because there's absolutely no way I lost a pound with all the cookies I've been eating.
Stretch marks and the Belly Button: Yes to the stretch marks. The belly button is still an innie though it's getting more stretched out. It actually looks kind of odd because the stretching makes it look more cavernous than before.
Sleep: It's still going strong, but I have to get up to pee more now.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Still on the sweets, but it's mainly been from fruit. I can not get enough peaches at the moment. In fact, I bought a whole case and will be doing some canning this weekend.
Movement: It doesn't stop. The other day he flipped over twice and it hurt like hell. This weekend John and I were running a bunch of errands. Every time I got back into the car I could tell he wasn't happy to get squished. He'd squirm and kick and neither of us were very happy about it. I can tell that the kicks are more of a, "hey lady! I'm running out of room up in here!"
What I'm loving: I've reached that magical 35 week/35 day marker.
Symptoms: Mid back pain is currently my biggest problem. It's making sitting extremely difficult. If that doesn't happen then the rib numbness kicks in. I asked about the numbness on Wednesday and she wasn't concerned. Thoughts are that it could be from my expanding rib cage (3 inches, but this is from the entire pregnancy. Not sure how much is recent), the baby resting on a nerve, or the increased weight from my bigger boobs. It could also be a combo of any of these. Leg cramps and the occasional bloody nose have also made their appearances again.
What I'm looking forward to: This pregnancy finally being over?
How I'm feeling: Tired. Grumpy. I really think it's more to do with some crummy allergy/sinus stuff I have going on and the back pain. Otherwise I'm usually pretty good.
Random things I didn't know/Problems/Questions: Last week was actually rough. I wasn't feeling well, had this crazy swollen foot, and on Wednesday I ended up in the midwife's office to have my BP checked. It was a little high for me the first time and 20 minutes later was back to normal. Both were still in the normal ranges, I just have really low blood pressure. Everything checked out great in the end, but it still wasn't fun. Especially when John was a good 6 hours away! I've told him that his boss is not allowed to send him anywhere until this baby comes or he's going to have to hear it from me.