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Week 35 – Week 35 can be summed up by one word, “Freedom”. I didn’t realize until this week how much stress and anxiety I was carrying around with me in regards to my Braxton Hicks. Being told that they could trigger early labor if I had too many of them in a row meant that I lived the second half of my pregnancy on high alert. Then last week I was told that I no longer had to fear them sending me into early labor, I no longer needed to write down their times in my phone, I no longer needed to always have an escape plan, and I was suddenly just free.
This last week has been magical. Now that I’m not scared of my Braxton Hicks I’ve done CRAZY things like worked, driven home, GONE GROCERY SHOPPING AND THEN MADE DINNER. You don’t understand. My BH contractions by the end of a work day were usually getting bad enough that I’d be in a semi state of anxiety driving home, come home and immediately fall to the couch where I tried to calm the contractions. No detours on my way home, no errands, no cooking, just come home and make them stop. That’s a pretty scary way to live your life.
This week I just got to live. Sure, I’m a slow, big, still contracting version of myself, but I am not trapped anymore and it feels amazing. I knew they had a hold on my pregnancy, but I didn’t realize how scared I had been of them until I was finally told I didn’t have to be anymore.
Because I’m no longer scared of my Braxton Hicks contractions, this weekend I went shopping (FOR A COUPLE HOURS WITHOUT PANICKING ABOUT BH CONTRACTIONS!) to get a few small remaining items for the nursery, we added a few more Christmas lights to the house since our first attempt was so so very sad, and we got our tree and decorated the house for the holidays.
Other than basic holy-jolly nonsense the other big news in week 35 was Adam’s work officially released the details on their new paternity leave policy. For all babies born January 1st and later (NO EXCEPTIONS 12/31 babies) father’s receive 2 weeks paid paternity leave. WHOOO HOOO! So now instead of just having a countdown to her due date (29 days as this post goes live!), we also have an even more important one called, ‘Stay In There Baby’. Currently she is instructed to stay put for another 23 days. No question.
Unlike most new moms who would be happy to go into labor a little early, I have a no evacuation order out for Baby Jones for the next 23 days. She is not to come before 12:01am on Jan 1st. After that she is free to exit at her leisure. Of course I’m sure she’ll be like most other first babies and by Jan 14th I’ll be doing jumping jacks to get her out, but since finding out the paternity leave plan Adam’s instructions have been, “LAY DOWN NOW” and “NO VACUUMING”. Apparently this is how he plans to get me to Jan 1. 🙂
Otherwise symptoms have been:
- 20 lbs gained
- Super burpy but still no heart burn
- Still painful to sleep, but my pillow fort seems to be helping
- Itching like crazy from PUPPS, but with less than 30 days to go I’m getting through it
- Ligaments are really stretching out. My hips keep popping when I roll over in bed, and now randomly I’ll be walking and I get this crazy pain in my joint where my leg connects to my hip and it feels like my leg is trying to flee my body. It’s terrifyingly weird, and thankfully passes really quickly
- Baby still kicks like crazy all the time and I’m convinced my apps have the wrong womb because where they say she’s running out of room she says, “Hell no let’s party!” I sometimes get embarrassed in meetings because if people were to watch my stomach it looks like she’s trying to escape
- No swelling of hands, feet or face #thankthebabyjesus
- I live in yoga pants and dresses with tights only. Pants are officially banned
Here’s to another week behind us, and finally getting to the under 30 day mark to meeting Baby Girl Jones! It’s getting so close, I can hardly contain myself.