Seems like the shorter the weeks get to meeting our little girl means the more eventful they become. I kicked off 36 weeks with an intense round of Braxton Hicks contractions … not fun. I had only experienced them a handful of times before and they were never painful, but this week they stopped me dead in my tracks. I usually hoard my errands and DIY projects for the weekend when the hubby is home to help … we only got to store #2 before I felt like she was going to fall straight out of my you-know-what! I had been uncomfortable for the past couple of weeks so I didn’t think twice when I felt uncomfortable that day either. We got back to the truck and my husband looked at me with a smirk and said, “My baby’s having contractions!” Leave it to him to have the Ah-hah! moment … how did I not think of that?! Sure enough, a quick call to the Doc confirmed I indeed was in the midst of intense Braxton Hicks and I landed myself two days of bed rest before my scheduled appointment. Bed rest is the pits. As if the Braxton Hicks weren’t enough, being confined to the couch or bed only reminds you of everything you don’t have ready for baby. There’s no sobering moment quite like realizing the fact that you could go into labor at any point in the next few weeks.
A mini panic attack and I suppose some actual rest later, we met with the Doctor for our appointment and everything was well in Babyland. I ended up with painful Braxton Hicks because Mykenzi was trying to tell me to take it easy. Bed rest was lifted as long as I learn to listen to my body and rest when I feel uncomfortable. #easiersaidthandone This appointment was also my first cervix check which was more unpleasant than I ever thought possible and revealed no signs of being dilated. I’m super excited to get to next week’s appointment because we will get to see our baby girl one last time before we meet her face to face! The Doc wants to get a weight check on her and confirm that she is head down and prepared for arrival. I haven’t seen the little lady since 20 weeks so I’m super anxious to see how much she has grown.
We are finishing up baby prep on the home front. After scaring myself with Braxton Hicks, I made hospital baby prep a super priority this week. I had most stuff set aside, but went ahead and made sure everything was packed and ready to go just in case she was prepping me for an early arrival. While prep on the nursery has suffered a little bit this week, we did manage to get Mykenzi’s hospital bag packed, our hospital bag packed, the car seat installed, and the bassinet prepped and ready for her sweet little baby self. Since bed rest has been lifted my plan is to expedite project nursery and hopefully get that finished before any signs of labor make their debut … although I’ll be doing more supervising than anything else. #largeandincharge
In blogging news, last week’s negativity only brought a plethora of positivity for Baking Baby Brown. This blog has taken on a life of its own. It was something that I started simply to remember my adventure in pregnancy and share with my daughter when she’s older … little did I know that I would end up connecting with other bloggers on the same whirlwind of a journey. It’s been a blessing to share our hopes, our fears, and our honest thoughts on pregnancy while bonding together and offering each other support, advice, and words of encouragement along the way. As if connecting with readers across the country wasn’t enough, my local following has made me realize that this blog is much more than just a baby project. I’ve decided to take this blog to the next level and continue blogging post delivery. I still have quite a bit of learning to do about the blogging world, but hope to continue to keep your interest and provide you with fun reads in the future. Thank you all for continuing to read my blog each week, it’s been a really fun experience sharing this journey with you.
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