Tuesday, February 22, 2011

36 weeks

I'm 36 weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 36 Weeks
Size of baby: Hollis is around 6 lbs - about the size of a crenshaw melon
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 17 lbs
Maternity Clothes: I wear maternity jeans and pants but everything else is regular. I'm down to just a few things I can still fit into. ha!
Gender: It's a girl!!! Hollis Barrett Stamps
Movement: She is VERY active - especially in the afternoon and at night
Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty good!
What I miss: Nothing really - maybe sleeping on my stomach? Or bending over? ha!
Cravings: I've lost my appetite lately - I think maybe my stomach has run out of room?
Symptoms: Lately I've been having a lot of pressure - mostly because she is low and it's the second pregnancy. I have a hard time walking or moving period. ha!
I also have terrible insomnia.
Best Moment this week: Going to the doctor and knowing everything is great and feeling Hollis REALLY move -she's not just kicking anymore - it's like I can feel her entire body moving around. So weird and wonderful at the same time!

I feel like this picture is an optical illusion. For one thing - I am SO much lower this time but I think you just can't tell in this outfit I'm wearing how big I am. I feel like I look a lot smaller and I know that's not true. I think we took it at a weird angle.

Isn't life with a toddler fun? One minute she is completely wearing me out - running through the house, getting into everything and the next she will just hug me and kiss me and say "I love you Momma" and I feel like my heart might explode. I have been saying I think the reason I haven't gained much weight is simply from trying to get her dressed and change her diapers every day. I always end up sweating like I've run a marathon by the time we are done. We have moments where I lose my patience so quickly - like every morning when I try to get ready with her in the bathroom with me. As in this morning when I went in the closet to put on clothes and came out and she had been in the toilet with the toilet brush and was splashing toilet water everywhere. We were already running late and I nearly lost it.
But then I hold her and she just grabs my neck and hugs me so tight or I walk in her room after nap and she jumps up and smiles and says "Hi Momma" in the sweetest, happiest voice. I'll never get over the fact that she's MINE! That I get to be her mom! I feel like I blow it 1000 times a day. There are moments that I yell at her and think "well surely now she is going to be scarred for life" but luckily those moments are followed by grace moments where we just smile at each other and cuddle and I know she feels secure in how much I love her. This is the hardest job I've ever had and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

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