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How Big is Baby?

According to babycenter.com: Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she’s in a head-down position. But if she isn’t, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an “external cephalic version,” which is a fancy way of saying she’ll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

According to thebump.com:

  • She’s still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range and continues to beef up.
  • She’s getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on her own.
  • Her skin is getting smooth and soft and her gums are rigid.
  • Her liver and kidneys are in working order.
  • Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too.

How I’m Feeling Physically

Well…. other than feeling enormous… lol.. I feel alright. A few complaints during week 36.

  • Charlie horses in my calf muscle during the middle of the night. Owwww owww owww. These are so painful they wake me right up out of my sleep. When this happens my muscle hardens up like a rock and I can’t move my leg. My leg is also sore the next day and hard to walk on. And I thought 1-2 bananas a day was enough potassium for me. I heard this is also caused by dehydration, but I drink so much water I don’t really understand how that could be possible!
  • I have more joint pain than ever, especially in my hips and my knees. I am constantly cracking and clicking and it makes me very uncomfortable. The only time I do not have joint pain is when I am working out or stretching. So I really look forward to my time spent in the gym!
  • Getting up off the couch (where I usually lay to one side), getting out of bed, and rolling over have become something like a 12 step process. Its a lot of work to get up!
  • My boobs are sore again. Wonder what this means?
  • Contractions. I am actually having some right now, and timing them. They seem to be pretty frequent and intense this morning. (I wrote most of this post yesterday, and the contractions I was just talking about lasted all day!! I almost went to the hospital! Even tho they lasted all day, their timing was inconsistent.. and I haven’t had the “show” or my water break… so I decided to wait it out at home and they stopped when I fell asleep)
  • Nausea. All afternoon yesterday and last night I felt very sick. I basically laid on the couch or was in bed the entire day.

Ok enough of the complaints!

On the bright side:

  • No more heartburn!
  • I have a little more room to breath since the baby has moved down a bit.
  • I increased my workout time this week. I now do Netflix Target Toning at home (legs, arms, & butt) and then I go down and do 45+ on the elliptical. After I am done on the elliptical I stretch and bounce on the big workout ball for about 20 minutes. Then I get on the treadmill and walk for about 15 minutes at 3.5-4.0. Then return to bouncing for another 5-10 minutes. I decided to start bouncing and add in the extra walking because I want to get baby H to begin her descent aka “enlightening” if she hasn’t gotten into perfect position yet. However, at my doctor appointment on Monday, he did say her head was very low =)
  • I got my test results back for Group Strep B.  Negative.
  • There was no vaginal exam this week (to check for dilation), like I thought. So we will be waiting until next Wednesday when I will be well into my 37th week.

How I’m Feeling Emotionally

I have a feeling this baby will be here very soon. I don’t want to jinx myself, but my guess is by the end of next week she will be here. In the meantime, I am embracing these last few (days) weeks of kicks, hiccups, and butts pushing out, but I am so ready to have this baby!

Sorry I haven’t shared the “big news” yet… its still being figured out … and right now its  a big ???


  • pregnancy length so far: 36 weeks, 6 days
  • 23 days left!
  • weight gained so far: +20.5-21 lbs.
  • craving: strawberry banana & citrus smoothies, kale smoothies, gluten free waffles & pure organic maple syrup from TJ’s, Cascadian Farm‘s Dark Chocolate Almond Organic Granola Bars, farm fresh apples with Better N’ PB, and cereal. Anything that is a breakfast food I’m pretty much in love with right now.
  • completed 5 cardio 45+ minute workouts this week/5 netflix target toning, 3 days of walking 15 minutes and those same 3 days of bouncing! woohoo. Getting ready to go workout again right after I finish typing this post 🙂

Baby Bump Pics

flashback again to 14 weeks…

and then… today at 36 weeks, 6 days! Baby H is getting pretty big!

I am so curious for a [somewhat] accurate estimate of how big she actually is!!

Maybe I will know sooner than later 🙂

xoxo Jennifer

What was your favorite thing about month 9 of pregnancy?

Do you believe if you say you think something is going to happen you might jinx yourself? Are you superstitious?

If you could predict when Hayden was going to come what would your guess be?