36 Weeks: Holy Heartburn!

Well, I have successfully completed 36 weeks of pregnancy!  According to the Internet, I am 8.1 months pregnant.  (One would think 36 weeks = 9 months, but technically there are more than 4 weeks per month...leave it to the math teacher to get technical like that!)  We are almost there!

I am still feeling great, with the exception of heartburn nearly every single day and night.  Only it's in my throat, like I mentioned before, so I like to call it "throat burn".  I often wake up overnight, not to pee, but because I feel the acid creeping up my esophagus.  Ugh.  It's miserable!  The bottle of Tums has become my best friend.  Supposedly when the baby drops (which should be soon!), the heartburn/acid reflux improves...any day now would be nice!

We are going to doctor's appointments every week now, so that's a big milestone!  She is also checking "down there" to see if/how things are progressing.  As of last Friday, I was 1 cm dilated (woo hoo!), but my cervix was still very thick (a sign that labor is not coming tomorrow or anytime soon for that matter).  I was happy to hear I was already 1 cm though...I'll take as much as possible without any labor pain and/or contractions!  We also learned during our sonogram last Monday that Baby's head is down (a good sign - typically he will stay that way if that's where he is at 35 weeks), but face up (sunny-side-up as our childbirth teacher likes to call it).  Doctors prefer that babies are face down for delivery and face up can mean lots of back labor, which I've heard is very unpleasant.  The good news is that it's pretty easy and common for Baby to rotate to face down sometime between now and delivery.

Last night was night #4 (of 5) of our childbirth class and it was empathy belly night!  The boys all got to try on the 25 to 30 pound empathy belly to get a feel for what's it's like being pregnant!  Our teacher made them do things like bend over to pick something up, lay down like they were sleeping, etc.  It was pretty funny and I think they were all a bit surprised.  I think the worst of it was the tight band she put around their chest, which was supposed to represent the lower lung capacity.  Now Craig understands why I'm so out of breath after our walks, especially after walking up a big hill!  Craig was a good sport, but he's been pretty great during my entire pregnancy.  So no complaints here!

(If I'm being honest, I think the empathy belly was probably worse than real life.  For me anyway!  It was heavy on the shoulders, which clearly I don't have, and close to 30 pounds...all in the belly!  I've only gained 23 thus far and it's not all in my belly...despite what you might say.  I'm not that miserable!)

And now for the weekly update:

How Far Along: 36 Weeks

Size of Baby:
A honeydew

What's Happening (according to thebump.com):
He's getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on his own, his skin is getting smooth and soft and gums are rigid, his liver and kidneys are in working order, and his circulation and immune systems are good to go!


Still feeling him move all the time and I felt him have the hiccups a few days ago!  There was no doubt about it!  It felt just like I had them, only it was in my belly!  The hubs even felt it from the outside.

Not. Well. At. All.

Ahhhh comfy shorts and tank tops.  Love it!

Other Pregnancy Symptoms:
Swelling in my hands and feet and horrible acid reflux.  I think that covers everything!

My baby bump must be growing rather large because people in public are finally commenting on it!  No strange touches of the belly though...  Here it is!

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