How far along: 36 weeks and 4 days
Size of baby: Between 17 and 19 inches long, the size of a honeydew!
Weight gain: 19 pounds!
Food cravings: All the breakfast food. Especially pancakes! I've also really been into all the pumpkin flavored everything that this time of year brings; pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, I want it all!
Food aversions: None really, just been wanting to skip dinner and go straight to dessert!
Stretch marks: Finally developed a couple little marks on each hip. I knew all along I would get some there, they've been so itchy this whole time!
Symptoms: I've been SO tired. Like no energy left at all. Especially when I try to do things like clean the house or go on a walk, I'm completely wiped out afterwards. I also have been getting Braxton Hicks contractions every day. Probably four or five a day. They aren't painful or anything, just an uncomfortable tightening and shortness of breath for a few seconds. So other than that and not being able to bend over at all, I've been feeling pretty good!
Looking forward to: Now that Joe and I are basically as prepared as we can be, I'm really just looking forward to holding our daughter. For the past thirty-something weeks it's been all about nursery prep and baby books and birthing classes, and now I just really feel like it's time for Violet to be here. Everything on our "get ready for baby" list has officially been checked, and now we're just waiting on the baby!
Random: Starting at my next doctor appointment on Thursday, I'm going to be seen once a week until delivery. It's all happening so quickly! I'm honestly shocked that I'm almost full-term, and can't believe we're only a few weeks away from being parents. Everything has gone so well and I've been so lucky to have such a positive pregnancy experience so far. So as excited and thrilled as we are to meet our little one, I'm really going to enjoy these last weeks of a big belly and kicks and having this baby all to myself!