How Far Along: 35 weeks
Size of baby: Month 8 (32-36 wk) Baby is size of honeydew; 17.2 - 18.7 inches long and 4.2 - 5.8 lbs. This baby is getting big!!!
35w - Peyton doesn't have much room to maneuver now that she may be over 18 inches long and tipping the scales at 5 1/4 pounds. Because she'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.
Maternity Clothes: Yup.
Weight Gain: I didn't weight myself this morning, but as of yesterday morning, I was up 18lbs.
Belly: Here is a little different perspective. Look at my little toes hanging out down there. haha.
Stretch Marks: Nope, not yet. Still lathering on the lotions and oils.
Sleep: Actually sleep hasn't been too bad lately. I still wake up a few times a night to reposition myself or go to the bathroom once or twice or jump out of bed with a leg cramp. But I haven't had any cases of insomnia, so I'm happy about that.
Best Moment of the Week: Having three women all at once shriek when I told them I only have 5 weeks left at how little my belly was. That was nice, because some days I feel huge.
Movement: Still the same. She is scooting around, but I haven't seen an arm or hand or foot pop out of my belly yet. I have to admit I'm a little jealous of those who get to see that. I think she is facing my back because I feel all the punching and kicking actually "inside" of me. I just feel her move her back and butt and anytime she gets the hiccups.
Symptoms: My digestive system is all out of whack. Some days are good, some days are bad. And crazy dreams. I've been having a ton of them. Some are pregnancy related. Some are work related. But they are insane!
Food cravings: OMG - I ate like a horse yesterday. I haven't as hungry during the rest of the pregnancy as I am now. I thought I would be feeling fuller sooner, but I sure can pack it away these days. :)
Gender: A Little Lady.
What I Miss: Nothing much. Well - I miss my clothes. I'm kind of getting sick of wearing the same work pants over and over. At least a majority of my shirts still fit.
What I'm Looking Forward To: Now that's it's May I can say I'm looking forward to next month. Next month I will have a little tiny person to care for. Next month I get to see what C and I work so hard for.
Weekly Wisdom: This is for the baby. Play music to the baby. Music you like. That way when they are fussing, you can put on something that you enjoy and they will hopefully recognize it and it will help soothe them. I am on a four album rotation ... Dashboard Confessionals, the GardenState soundtrack, the Last Kiss soundtrack (that Zach Braff sure knows how to pick good tunes) and a Beatles compilation album. I put my headphones on my belly almost every night and as I read my book (desperately trying to get through the rest of "Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest") Peyton is listening to some tunes. It definitely stimulates her because by the middle of the first song she is moving around.
Milestones: 35 weeks. Again, each week is a milestone.
Emotions: Still get teary eyed at a lot of things. Sometimes I find myself getting a little blue, but I try really hard to get myself out of it really quick. The weather has been great, so that helps. I think I'm just getting anxious and excited and ready for the next part ... meeting her!