Weeks/Days along: 36w 4d
Appointments: Home visit was yesterday. The midwife was originally supposed to come at 4, but rescheduled at the last minute and came around 6, which ended up being just perfect. My aunt who will be helping me at the birth also came over, and we all had a nice dinner together. My aunt was able to ask questions about the birth, and I felt really good about how on the same page we all were. Did the GBS test, which I thought was next week so I didn't do the probiotics yet :( Hope I'm negative!
Symptoms: Feeling a little more tired. Other than that not much.
Food: OMG I am so tired of eating, figuring out what to eat, not being able to eat anything I want because of stupid food allergies. It's all I can do to not skip meals, I have barely any appetite.
Exercise: Still trying to walk once a day, about a mile, which is honestly way more active than I am when I'm not pregnant, so really proud of myself. It's really nice time with the family too. Been sitting on my birth ball a lot, but I'm not sure if that really counts as exercise!
Body changes and other milestones: I'm still pretty small around the middle (for being this far along) but all of the sudden my midsection feels cumbersome. I'm not nearly as flexible as I was and all of the sudden it's really difficult to pick things up off the floor or carry large things!
Thoughts: I'm feeling pretty prepared for the birth, much closer to being done with everything than I had ever imagined I'd be by now. The house is clean and organized, and we have all the supplies gathered for the birth, other than grocery shopping. I would still like to cook ahead a few meals, but I'm struggling each night just to throw together dinner so no idea what kinds of non-dairy, non gluten things I can freeze ahead of time. Getting my aunt to come to the home visit was perfect. It was really nice to have everyone present that will be at the birth (except the midwife assistant) and I'm feeling really confident that everything will go smoothly, and that I've chosen the right people to support me. I have my ultrasound on Monday to check the baby's growth, and that can't come soon enough. Hearing that she looks OK will really be the last thing I need to feel ready for the birth.
Everyone's thoughts on social media are interesting. I too have my facebook pretty private, and rarely post. I really do enjoy reading other people's posts, even those who I would probably not bother to stay in touch with IRL. I really struggle with staying in touch with people, and with my depression I tend to self isolate a lot, so I feel like for me it's a nice thing to have. I would love to get more emails from friends! My mom overanalyzes every thing I post on facebook, and calls to question me about it as if I've been hiding something from her. Once I posted something like "How can coffee smell so good and taste so bad", and my stepdad told her about it, and she called me to ask whats this about coffee on facebook. Whats going on, why didn't you call? It drives me nuts. I tried to explain to her that seriously it didn't mean anything other than that the coffee at work smelled good, but I don't like coffee. It was not a major life event she needed to be aware of first. Once my teenage cousin (who is very bright, earns straight a's and is into sports, etc.)posted something like "I can't wait for this quarter to be over, all this studying is too much" and my stepdad called my uncle to warn him his daughter might be contemplating suicide. It's like they just sit around overanalyzing mundane facebook posts. My huge extended family has a private group on FB, which allows us to share events and pictures and such, and I love that so much. People will post things they need (earlier this year I needed a twin bed for DS) and it's usually the case someone in the family can help out almost immediately (I got a twin bed that weekend that was just sitting in my aunt's garage looking for a home). So I guess I'm torn. Both love it and hate it!