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I'm 33 weeks pregnant. I know that I seem to say this every week but I'm so,so tired. This time it is because I can't sleep through the night, and I'm restless even if I try to nap. I can't fall asleep on my back, and she kicks at the pillow or the mattress if I try to sleep on either side. She bounces off of it like a trampoline all night long.
I'm pretty proud of how my house is organized again (we'll see how long that lasts when she gets here, right?) but cleaning and keeping it clean is all I can think about. I have to, have to organize, get things ready, and prepare for her arrival.
I think part of my "organization and nesting bug" stems from the fact that I'm also putting off changing the nursery again. Every time I go to put Max's stuff in boxes, even stuff he never grew to use, I cry and I cry like crazy. He's been gone over a year now, which is the time limit I allowed myself. It really hasn't been easy, but I know it needs to be done. So instead of dealing with the bedroom, I've cleaned and organized the whole house.
Last week, I had some terribly strong Braxton-Hick's contractions too. I've had them throughout the pregnancy but these were strong and I could barely breath through them. I was absolutely certain they were not the "real deal" though. After a few hours of contractions and pain, I felt the baby wiggle herself further down and plop pressure down at the very bottom of my body. The contractions stopped. Oh, now I see. I'm not a doctor but I'm pretty sure she dropped or is in the process of dropping. Max never made dropping so dramatic. My baby girl wanted me to know.
But I'm able to bend better and I'm not nearly as out of breath all the time as I had been. I also noticed that the bump was way lower than it had been. I'll see my doctor next week and she'll be able to confirm it, but I'm pretty sure what I felt was her dropping. I now have that "bowling ball hanging down" feeling as I waddle across the house.
I've been sitting on my birthing ball at home but I have not tried any serious birthing ball "exercises" just yet. Sitting on it seems to help me balance out the "low baby" feeling. I'm waiting just a little longer to use the birthing ball more seriously. 33 weeks pregnant seems like she is so close, yet it also feels like plenty of time to wrap up some loose ends. I'm ready for her, no matter what, but I'd like her to be fully cooked when she finally does make her grand entrance into the world.
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Link: Your baby at 33 weeks
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