Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 36 Weeks Preggers

I went on maternity leave at the very start of 36 weeks (August 30, 2017). I spent the first day relaxing. Fought a cold since the weekend and I just needed some time to relax. Other than that, I’ve been doing everything I can to prep for Baby P’s arrival. Been doing a lot of laundry and cleaning. And making shopping lists. Of things I am going to need in the near future. Like more nursing bras and other postpartum supplies. All of which aren’t 911 but will eventually need to be purchased in the coming weeks. One of my associates at work predicted I’d go into labor early… so I’m working on getting my hospital bag ready to go and getting Baby P’s laundry washed and sorted. So much to do!!!

Anyway… let’s get on with my update, shall we?

36 Weeks

At the Baby Sprinkle…


After the Baby Sprinkle with my monster…


What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P is still packing on the pounds – at the rate of about an ounce a day
  • She weights almost 6 lbs and is more than 18 1/2 inches long – which is about the length of a head of romaine lettuce
  • She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa – the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her 9-month amniotic bath
  • She swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture called meconium that will form the contents of her first bowel movements


What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained: 5 lbs up from my last appointment 4 weeks prior. Brings us to a grand total of 30 lbs gained total from the start of this pregnancy. *sigh* I guess it’s all for baby right? My midwife did advise me to limit my sugar intake though. But other than that, Baby P is lookin’ good! She’s already head down and in position and her heartbeat is nice and strong. Now it’s just a matter of waiting.

Workouts: won’t be doing anything till post baby. This SoCal heat is unbearable to really do anything. Indoors and outdoors. Not for this prego lady.

Symptoms: still the same as last week. Hasn’t changed much. More exhausted? I didn’t think it would be possible, but I am.

Food Aversions: Anything greasy makes my tummy turn after I eat it.

Food Cravings: Ice Cream. Probably because of this heat.

Sleep: I want more of it!!! It’s been super hot at night so it sucks. I have to get up to pee like every 5 minutes it seems.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases? After the baby shower, we went to pick up a few things that we’ll need prior to Baby P’s arrival – burp rags, wash cloths, a few bottles… whatever else we need can be bought later on after she’s here. I also bought some things for myself. Nursing bras, underwear, pjs/loungewear… just the necessities since we have a lot of things already from having Ella.

Stretch Marks:  I think so. Like a lot more of them.

Miss Anything?: Working out. I really do.

Belly Button In or Out?  Out.

Wedding Rings On or Off? Depends on the day. Some days I puff up pretty bad. Other days I’m okay.

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Irritable for sure. This damn heat is just too much for this prego lady to bear.

Any Movement? Yes. A lot.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? We had our baby sprinkle!!! It was small and intimate, which was fine by me. It almost didn’t happen because I did not want to stress myself out with party planning. But the hubby decided to take on the responsibility of planning it for us. The main purpose of having it was to celebrate Baby P #2 (who by the way still does not have a name!).


Group Pic


The kids having a blast out back on the trampoline…


Us opening gifts!


Looking Forward To? Being able to truly relax and enjoy the time I have before Baby P #2 makes her appearance. Gonna spend as much time with my 2 year old as I can.


36 Weeks

36 weeks pregnant and totally in nesting mode!!! Officially went on maternity leave June 11th. Been trying to get everything in order in our tiny little space… sorting Baby P’s clothes and just organizing and getting everything ready for her arrival. All the while, she continues to bake inside my ever growing belly.

And this is me, looking absolutely exhausted and just homely in loungewear…

36 Weeks

Gotta love it.

What Has Baby P Been Up To This Week? At my 36 week check up, Doctor said Baby P is healthy and right on target! She is already head down and in position for whenever she’s ready to come. That’s exciting news, no doubt… but I can’t help but feel a little nervous, too!!!

  • Baby P is still packing on the pounds (about an ounce a day) and is now almost 6 lbs and more than 18.5 inches long – about the size of a head of romaine lettuce.
  • She is shedding most of the downy hair that covers her body as well as the vernix caseosa – the waxy substance that protects the skin during its nine-month bath in amniotic fluid.
  • Baby P swallows this stuff, along with other secretions, which forms a tar-like black substance called meconium, which Baby P will pass in her first bowel movements.
  • At the end of this week, she will be considered “early term.” Full term is 39-40 weeks. And she is most likely in head-down position.

What’s Been Happening With ME This Week?

Weight Gained: Up another 4 pounds. Whew. Thought I was gonna be up another 10 lbs the way I’ve been eating!!! That brings us to a total of approximately 30 lbs gained so far (from my last pre-pregnancy weight check). I’m ON TARGET so I’ll take it!!!

Workouts: Lots and lots and lots of walking!!! And even that gets painful after only a few minutes of it.


  • Flintstone feet! Chubby toes and swollen feet… gotta love the last stages of pregnancy combined with this horrible SoCal heat!!!!
  • Aches in the groin area! Yup… that, too, comes with the territory!
  • And because of the aches in that very sensitive area, I’m officially waddling everywhere! Even getting out of bed is difficult.
  • Baby has definitely dropped. How do I know? I can now breathe a lil easier (yay!). But the sucky part is? She’s lower in the lady part region so a lot of her movements hurt. Oh well. Just a little bit longer!!!
  • Exhaustion level is about quite the same.
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pregnancy brain for sure
  • And this is a given: frequent trips to the potty!!! (sarcastic much?)

Food Aversions: Asian Food. Because after I eat it, it throws my taste buds out of whack and everything else I eat afterwards just doesn’t sit well with my belly.

Food Cravings: Nothing in particular. Maybe that whole deal is over? I dunno, we’ll see right?

Sleep: Pretty darn good now that I get to sleep in past 4am!!!! Oh the things we as adults get excited about!

Any Baby/Pregnancy Related Purchases? Oh yes. Quite a few actually. So with all the gift cards we received from the shower, we bought things we didn’t get: receiving blankets, towels, socks, mittens, diaper cloths, and other necessities. And even after all of that, we still have a good amount of gift cards leftover (Baby P is set for awhile!).

And then I had to buy some things for me. Stuff for my hospital bag. A new robe, some pajama bottoms, new slippers, nursing bras, nursing pads, and a bunch of toiletry items (you know, those little bottles they sell for travel so I don’t have lug around my regular bottles of shampoo and stuff).

After all that shopping, I thought we were finally set and ready to go. I figured, now all I have to do is ALL of Baby P’s laundry, pack mine and hubby’s hospital bag, and then clean, clean, CLEAN right? Wrong. When I was done with Baby P’s laundry, I decided to get her infant car seat all cleaned and installed into our car so that we would have one less thing to worry about when the time comes. The car seat given to us by my lil sis-in-law who kept it in really good condition. Except, when I went to clean it and put it together (the harness straps had been disassembled so she could wash the car seat cover before putting it away in storage), I realized that one of the metal pieces that actually holds the strap in place was missing. Go figure. We tried to see if we could order the part online but everyone who ever carries this part is out of stock and would take anywhere from 6 weeks plus to have it delivered. Yeah we ain’t got time for that! So… we went out and bought a brand new infant car seat.


NOW, it is safe to say… we are ready (baby gear-wise) for Baby P!!!!

Stretch Marks: None, nada, zilch! Let’s keep it that way!

Miss Anything: Everything I’ve ever mentioned in any of my prior blog posts

Belly Button In or Out: OUT!

Wedding Rings On or Off: Haven’t tried to put them back on yet.

Happy or Moody Most of the Time: Definitely happy. A little emotional at times. But hey, I’m pregnant and I’m allowed to get emotional.

Any Movements? Yep. She loves to beat me up from the inside!

Fun and/or Interesting Things From The Week? Not that this is baby-related, but it definitely is worth something to mention! While Baby P may not have seen this event take place, she definitely heard every bit of it. She was able to witness, in her own special way, her daddy graduate with honors from college! Such a great accomplishment for him as well as his little growing family. We (both Baby P and I) could not be more proud. So many awesome things happening in our lives, how could I not share it with the world?

Hubs and I pre-graduation ceremony lunch/dinner


Hubby chillin’ on campus before the ceremony


The family congratulating the Twins on a job well done!


And then a post ceremony reception for all the Public Policy Graduates and their families



Looking Forward To:  Relaxing once I’m done with all this cleaning and organizing. Enjoying this little “vacation” before this Baby comes. And, of course, counting down to Baby P’s arrival.