I’m 36 week pregnant. It was the week I bet on !
How big is the baby?
A rounded belly = a rounded and happy baby !
Something special this week?
I’m adjusting myself to my new rhythm. It reminds me of last year’s self-isolation…
Most challenging moment?
Making the right choices.
I had to be 100% reasonable and to accept staying at home all the time. In practice, it means I couldn’t attend my last training day for austistic child’s parents. And it also means I’ve missed Mr A’s first parade with the Bagad. After 2 years of training, it was something not to be missed ! My husband took some pictures and videos but I was frustrated not to be there. Mr A accepted it quite well and I was proud watching him playing on videos.
Most exciting moment?
My baby shower!
It was my first and a real surprise ! I’m so grateful for this afternoon full of love and all that we share. It was perfect as I was feeling so lonely over the past few weeks. I cherish this memory.
What’s new doctor?
We were a bit worried at the beginning of the week because I wasn’t in good health. I had to make quite a variety of analyses (amongst them a Covid test). My doctor prescribed me some antibiotics since I wouldn’t have been able to breathe properly while birthing. I’m still not breathing perfectly but I feel it a bit better.
Baby’s heart rate monitoring is OK. BB#3 is in great shape and moves a lot. I still don’t have any contractions. We have lost our bet and now I really feel I’ll keep this pregnancy until its due date.
I’ve lost weight so it really means my water retention is stabilizing. I still have swollen calves and feet but since the baby is gaining 250g per week, it must be encouraging.
Does climbing up and down the 3 stairs of the house count ?
I’m feeling more in harmony with my chaotic rhythms. This week, I made my end of the year business appointment with my accountant. I still have around 60 notations to fill for my students but I’m less tense.
About Christmas, I’ve filled all the boy’s fabric bags, shared all the chocolates and candies. Meals menu is not ready yet but it’s in a good way !
Self Care ?
After all of last week’s good news, I’m still adapting.
I sleep with my new rhythm, I manage my lying down moments and I try to focus on one objective per day (right now, it’s sewing Little H’s labels on his clothes since he has grown up so much !)
I even succeeded in writing my answer to The Atlas of Motherhoods’ interview. I don’t’ know if it will be published but I’m happy with the insight it gave me !
I realized how much I was distanciating myself from all the medical advice I was receiving. I’m not blindly trusting my midwife or my gynecologist. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been navigating in the hospital universe for more than 3 years now, or if it’s because I’m getting older or living my 3rd pregnancy. Anyway, I have varied my informative sources and I’m more challenging to the medical point of view we have in France. I’ve begun to trust my gut and instinct more.
That’s why, after a few days of disappointment of not having birthed my baby early as everyone told me, I’ve accepted the idea I’ll carry BB#3 until his due date.