With only 5 weeks to go (for induction) it’s time to start thinking about packing that hospital bag. At 34 weeks, I’m at that point where I want no more of pregnancy and more of motherhood. I’m eager for Sticky to make his or her appearance. Although not before 36 weeks and not before I’ve completed all my work projects. We would really like Sticky to stay put until at least 36 weeks, when he/she is considered full term.
We’ve transformed the nursery. It was yellow with a horrible wallpaper freeze left over from the previous house owner. We wanted to go for a more neutral look which we can change and decorate easily as Sticky grows. We gave it a paint and added a bit of colour with some Michael Leunig prints and a retro arm chair.
A friend of mine had a dream that I went into labour early and sent me a message saying I must pack my bag. She recently gave birth at 34 weeks and was totally unprepared! We are starting to buy all the bits and pieces we need to go in the hospital bag…most importantly nipple cream, which everyone keeps telling us is an absolute must for the first few days.
As for pregnancy symptoms, well I’m definitely getting to that point where everything is a huge effort. The grocery shopping takes me two hours in stead of one, there are a lot of moans and groans every time I stand up, I’ve got a definite waddle, lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, and it feels like I’m lifting a ten-pin bowling ball every time I roll over in bed, not to mention that the rolling over process feels like a 6 point turn in my car. Sleep eludes me and it doesn’t bother me too much now. I once savoured my sleep and wondered how I’d ever be able to manage getting up every few hours with a new born, but now I’m not so worried. I’ve become so used to not sleeping.
My favourite part of this point in pregnancy is feeling Sticky’s limbs, in particular his/her foot, protruding from my tummy. I can actually feel the distinct outline of the heel of his/her foot. It makes all this so much more real and exciting. There really is a tiny little human being in there squirming about. It’s crazy!