Pregnancy Update: Weeks 35 – 37

My Petit Canard Bump Pic Week 37

 

Symptoms

Tired and heavy is probably the best description, but more so in the evenings than in the daytime luckily. I remember feeling quite fed up of being pregnant by this time the first time round which I havent started to feel yet. I’m guessing that may be because I have only just started maternity at 37 weeks whereas last time I think I started around 35 weeks, and it hasn’t been as hot as it was when the first time round. Theres so much to do between now and baby arriving that I think the next few weeks may fly by. If I’m feeling like I am now then it hopefully should be pretty manageable and pleasant.

I’ve noticed over the last week or two that the cramps and the Braxton hicks have stepped up a notch, becoming more frequent and noticeable. They’re uncomfortable, but manageable and hopefully in preparation for birth and not in vain!

Food Aversions

None.

Emotions

For once my emotions seem to have been in check over the last few weeks. Even though the last few weeks at work weren’t any less demanding or stressful, it probably helped knowing that I was really close to starting maternity leave. The husband commented earlier this week that I seem a little excited, and on reflection I think I am. I hadn’t realised it but I’m feeling quite excited knowing that we’re so close now and that I can really start to focus on preparing myself for whats about to come.

What I’m Enjoying The Most So Far

Maternity leave and actually having the freedom and time to get things done. It definitely feels different from the first time round, when the hours and days slowly stretched ahead with not much to fill them with. This time round, even though I’m on maternity there is still lots to do already having a little one around. There is still a day time and family routine to maintain and all the usual things to get done, but its nice to have the space to think about what I need to get done and then make the time to do it. I’m constantly wondering these days about where my waters will break (if they break) and where I’ll be when it all starts to happen. I hate not knowing, especially when there is so much more to consider this time round like who will look after the little lady when we have to go to hospital, but I know it’s all out of our control so we’ll just have to go with the flow and hope for the best!

What I’m Missing The Most So Far

At this stage not a lot. I think you accept that this far into pregnancy it’s all just a bit hard and tiring, especially second time round. My old friend insomnia seems to have reappeared so at the moment I am missing a decent nights sleep on some nights, but hopefully that wont have as much as an impact now that I’m on maternity leave and don’t have to do a day in the office.

What I’m Looking Forward To

The end of pregnancy and finally meeting this little one. I really cant wait to see what he looks like, to hold him in my arms and introduce him too his little sister. I cant wait to see the little lady’s face and see how she is with him after watching her bond with my bump for so long. I am expecting there will probably be a bit of a bumpy patch where we all need to adjust to life as a family of four, but at the same time it feels like he will complete our little unit. After spending the first few months worrying that having a new baby would disrupt our lovely little family dynamic as a three, it now feels like we need him to complete us.

Bump Developments

A couple of stretch marks leading me to believe this baby will be bigger! I really can’t believe that I have found a couple of stretch marks this late into my pregnancy. I really thought that I was going to get away relatively unscathed second time round also. I can’t really complain though as it is just the one under my belly button which is where my belly is the most stretched, and in a way it is quite sweet because I have one tiny one from when I was pregnant with the little lady and this new one which means that both my children have left a tiny reminder and mark of where they were on me. I probably wont think of it that way in six months time, but its nice to think of it that way at the moment!

Week 35 – 37 Highlights

So many things! Finishing work and starting maternity leave has to have been the biggest highlight. It’s so nice not to have to do the daily commute, struggle with what to wear each day and end each day feeling mentally and physically exhausted. As you may have picked up from my previous bump updates, I might be a little bit of a workaholic so I’ve had trouble switching off properly from work this week and have found myself sending the odd email here and there and peeking at my work blackberry every so often. But I’ve promised myself that I’ll properly switch off next week!

Spending time with the little lady has to be the next highlight. Now that I am on maternity leave we have dropped her days down at nursery from five days a week to two days a week which means we get three whole lovely days together. I want to make sure we make the most of those days before baby arrives so am trying to squeeze in lots of mini adventures together which you can read more about in my maternity leave plans post.

Finally being able to get the house ready for the littlest ones arrival has also been really nice and has taken a small weight off my shoulders. Over the bank holiday weekend we assembled and set up our gorgeous SnuzPod in our room which was very exciting after wanting to open it for weeks now and I’ve finally packed our hospital bags, eek.

We also had our 36 week midwife check which was all fine. We’re still measuring as we should be and the midwife confirmed that baby was 3/5ths engaged, yay!

I’m guessing I have at least one more of these updates to write, but potentially this could be my last post which is both a very exciting and scary thought!

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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:19 am

      I know, so close now! I really cant wait to meet this little one. I’m always envious of those mums that stop work and then have their babies straight afterwards πŸ˜‰

  1. June 6, 2016 / 6:11 am

    Exciting, so far so good hang in there the little one is nearly here and you will wish she was still in your belly (hahahhah) #MarvMondays

    • June 7, 2016 / 11:25 am

      I keep thinking that. I remember last time round when I was desperate for her to come out, but then realised it was easier when she was in my tummy!

  2. June 6, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Not long now lovely! Make the most of the sunshine this week and some quality time with the little lady. #marvmondays
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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:26 am

      I know, definitely getting there! Cant wait to meet this little one now πŸ™‚

  3. June 6, 2016 / 6:53 am

    Yaaaay to finishing work for mat leave. Very exciting times although I feel for you about not being able to sleep. I hated that about being pregnant and then not being able to get comfortable in bed. I hope you have a lovely couple of weeks relaxing before your little one arrives πŸ™‚ #marvmondays
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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:28 am

      I know, finally! Its so lovely to finally have some down time and switch off from work. Really enjoying time with the little one and some catch up time for myself. So needed! πŸ™‚

  4. June 6, 2016 / 7:19 am

    such an exciting time. enjoy each moment. I know the last few weeks can feel like forever but enjoy the bump! fingers crossed for a smooth journey to and through labour! Cant wait to hear the baby news!

  5. June 6, 2016 / 9:57 am

    Wow, 3/5ths engages makes me think it won’t be long now! I loved that part of maternity leave before the baby arrives, although it is exhausting. I’ve really enjoyed hearing about your pregnancy updates, can’t wait to hear about the new arrival!

    I also wanted to say thank you for the changes you’ve made the #MarvMondays commenting – commenting does take quite a lot of effort in some ways, so it’s great to celebrate those who comment a lot.
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  6. June 6, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Oh bless you! What an exciting time πŸ™‚ All the best and can’t wait to read the post when baby arrives! #MarvMondays
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    June 6, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Leaving my first born behind was the worst bit for me. I hope you continue to enjoy your last few weeks before baby arrives!

    #MarvMondays

  8. June 6, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Ooo not long now, what a wonderfully exciting time. Glad you’re enjoying maternity leave, well of course you are! Keep well πŸ™‚ #marvmondays

  9. June 6, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Not long now! I remember being so excited at this stage, but both of mine were a bit early so I didn’t have to wait long. Good luck! #MarvMonday
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  10. June 6, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Ahh I can totally relate, it’s so nice not having to do the commute any more! I too have got random stretchmarks under my belly button, only came out a few weeks ago! I didn’t have any with Tyler – oh well. We’ve set up our cot too, but I haven’t done the hospital bag yet, oops. Must do that this week! xx
    #MarvMondays
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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:31 am

      How funny! Nice to know that it isnt just me that has had stretchmarks appear so late into pregnancy. I guess we’re lucky to get away with just a few small ones! Make sure you get that hospital bag packed, not long to go now πŸ™‚ x

  11. June 6, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Oh wow such exciting times! It’s lovely that you have planned some adventures with your little lady before she gets to meet her little brother. Just one stretch mark as a souvenir for each of them sounds perfect. Lets just say that my two were slightly more erm generous πŸ˜‰ Typically with my first I didn’t have any at all until 40 weeks, and then she stayed put until 42, evidently because she realised she had forgotten them and so thought she ought to hang about for another couple of weeks to get the job done haha.
    It so nice to be able to read and follow your pregnancy. I can’t wait to meet your little man too! πŸ™‚ xx
    Thanks for hosting #marvmondays
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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:37 am

      Oh no! Ha, ha. I really hope that isnt the case for me second time around too! We’re definitely trying to squeeze the most out of these 3 weeks of maternity leave, I feel like its the last dance at the saloon πŸ˜‰

  12. June 6, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    EEk I am so excited for you. I bet finishing has been such a relief and your post seems so relaxed and excited, which is great. I’ll be dropping the nursery down to 2 days too when i stop, which I think is perfect. YOu are looking fab and I bet the stretch mark is so teeny. Can’t wait to hear when the little man is born!! xx Thanks for hosting x
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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Thanks lovely! For once I feel relaxed and excited. So pleased that I brought my maternity leave forwards slightly. Its been really needed! I’m absolutely loving being at home, spending time with the little lady and getting organised for the little one. The 2 day week is really nice, but is taking some adjustment for the little lady so prepare yourself for that possibility with gremlin too!

  13. June 6, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Eeek 3/5ths engaged sounds promising!! How exciting!! You look amazing, I have so enjoyed following your updates! #MarvMondays
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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:42 am

      I know, I hope so! I know second time round they can bounce in and out so im hoping he stays put – it certainly feels like he has been, eek!

  14. June 6, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    It’s really weird – I’m never broody, until I read a pregnancy post, then I am! Lovely update. I can’t imagine being heavily pregnant in the hot weather as I was during winter – I hope it doesn’t get too uncomfy for you. And we had the Snuzpod – i loved it so much I cried when it went in the loft! Charlie x #marvmondays

    • June 7, 2016 / 11:44 am

      Ahh! The SnuzPods do come very highly recommended dont they. I cant wait to properly start using ours soon. I think pregnancy posts have a tendancy to make you feel like that πŸ˜‰

  15. June 6, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Such exciting times! I had baby no2 16 weeks ago tomorrow and so many of the things you mention feel so recent. In particular that feeling being on maternity leave second time round and actually using the time instead of wishing the days would hurry up! Make sure you relax and get yourself prepared – baby no2 is amazing the time after as your new family of four is so incredibly special! Thanks for a lovely post x #marvmondays

    • June 7, 2016 / 11:45 am

      Congrats! Its nice to come across other bloggers that have been through similar experiences recently. I’ll have to pop across to your blog and have a read of what its all like second time round πŸ™‚

  16. June 6, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Oh my gosh I have serious bump envy, grrrr! You look fab and I’m looking forward to seeing you birth announcement! Thanks for hosting #marvmondays
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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:46 am

      Thanks lovely! Bump is looking rather pronounced now, but I dont mind so much that I have finished work! Hopefully not long till that birth annoucement now πŸ™‚

  17. June 7, 2016 / 8:26 am

    You look fab! I have a fair few stretch marks.. I didn’t with my first baby, until the very end and then he was a bit over. He’s just turned 4 and asked me a few times this week if I have a baby in my tummy. Errm no I don’t! Just a mummy tummy from my 8 month old. The marks fade eventually πŸ™‚ The mumtum… hmm maybe I should eat less biscuits and cake.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your mat leave and you have the labour you wish for. Looking forward to hearing baby news.

    • June 7, 2016 / 11:48 am

      Thanks lovely! It seems to be the way, you think you’re safe and then you discover a sneaky little stretchmark, or two, or three! I always say 9/10 months to make a baby, 9/10 months to lose the weight. I think youre good with the biscuits and cake for another month or two πŸ˜‰

  18. June 7, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    So happy to hear you’re on maternity leave getting things ready, and spending time with your little family! You look absolutely beautiful-and I look forward to seeing when your little bean arrives <3 #MarvMondays
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    • June 14, 2016 / 2:18 pm

      Thank you, thats such a lovely compliment. We are definitely on the final countdown and getting very excited about this little ones arrival πŸ™‚

  19. June 7, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I so understand the desire to have mummy and daughter days before the little one arrives. My daughter and I have had some lovely days together recently. #MarvMondays
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    • June 14, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      They really are some of the loveliest days and moments, although sometimes a little full on for a 38 week pregnant woman πŸ˜‰

  20. June 8, 2016 / 6:34 am

    Gosh it really is the start of the countdown now! It’s so lovely to be on maternity leave and you have plenty to look forward to with your little girl before her brother arrives. It’s quite emotional spending those last few weeks with your first born isn’t it and so important to cherish that time. Drink plenty of raspberry leaf tea and pop a little coconut oil on that sneaky stretch mark! X thanks for hosting x

    • June 14, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      Oooh thanks for the coconut oil tip! I am definitely going to try that. Any recommendations on where to get some from? Definitely enjoying this last few weeks with my little lady. I cant believe soon we’ll have two children, eeek!

  21. June 11, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Oh lovely I feel so excited for you, not long left!! I agree with a comment above, leaving my first born was the hardest for me I just wanted to get back to her as soon as I could. I am looking forward to hearing the arrival of your new baba – good luck! x
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    • June 14, 2016 / 2:04 pm

      Thanks lovely! I’m hating the thought of leaving her for however long we have to, and then her having to come and visit us and the baby like the is a visitor. Hopefully its all very quick and we are reunited as a family soon!

  22. June 12, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Nearly here! Enjoy your maternity leave & time with your daughter! Good luck with the birth! #marvmondays

  23. June 13, 2016 / 6:59 am

    Awww happy maternity leave!! I have one stretch mark too from Kipper in a rather random place that appeared while I was being induced. I’ve been quite annoyed by it as I was hoping to get away with it again as well, but I like your idea of a little reminder much more positive! Hope you get everything done can’t wait to hear about your arrival πŸ™‚ #MarvMondays
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    • June 14, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      Ah no! Hopefully its a small one and not too obvious to anyone other than to you πŸ™‚

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