Sunday, August 14, 2011

35 Weeks

Today I woke up having contractions and lower back pain that came and went in waves. It kept waking me up, I would worry for a moment, and then I would fall back asleep. This repeated itself for a while. Once up and about, I had to laugh at myself. When I have situations with contractions like that, I think: "Oh, maybe he's coming today!" When I have a day where I feel normal, I think of the women who said they were having a completely normal day when their water suddenly broke. Then I think: "Oh, maybe he's coming today!"

I know, I am getting so incredibly impatient.

Though in my heart, I do hope he will wait until September.

Here's this week's update:

How far along? 35 weeks, 1 day

Total weight gain: 22 pounds. Half of which is in my face.

How big is baby? 5 1/4 pounds.

A stuffy nose makes it hard to fall asleep. Otherwise, I've been sleeping relatively well.

Best moment this week: Yesterday morning Rafael wasn't moving. I started getting really worried, since usually he kicks and punches a lot. I can't tell you the smile I had on my face when he started moving around again! Such a relief. 

Movement: He has longer phases of not moving now because of limited space. 

Food cravings: I'm loving müsli with fruit, milk, and nuts; rolls with herb cream cheese and cucumbers; and chocolate milk.

Belly button in or out? Flat.

What I miss: Yesterday in the forest I could smell mushrooms and wished I was agile enough to go trudging through the steep parts of the woods like I used to be. I miss being able to be more adventurous on walks, exploring the more hidden areas of the forest. 

What I'm looking forward to: 

Milestone: 35 weeks is a wonderful point in pregnancy, because if born at this point, babies would have a 99% chance of survival, and most likely wouldn't need to be put on oxygen. Also, this week I'll begin going to weekly acupuncture in preparation for labor...both my husband's cousin and sister did this, and had births that lasted between 2 and 6 hours. I would feel so lucky if Rafael's birth is that quick!

P.S. While trying to take a decent photo of myself, Boston jumped up on the bench and cuddled up to me. He is such a sweet, affectionate little being, and I feel so blessed to have him and Kiki as my companions.


  1. Dear Dawn,

    You look absolutely radiant and beautiful and HAPPY! It's such a wonderful time and I smile thinking of your exciting new chapter as a Mama.


  2. What a wonderful photo of yourself. I love reading your posts about what is happening with your body and how you are feeling. This is exciting and I am happy to be going right along with you.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  3. You are beautiful and radiant as always sweetie and little Boston is a doll! Half of your pregnancy weight is most definitely not on your face!
    Good luck with the acupuncture, I had it for my migraines and it didn't really agree with me, but I would certainly try it again, especially for labour!
    It was fantastic to speak to you earlier, it really brightened my day!
    Lots of love

  4. you look just beautiful Dawn! I love your truthful updates. I'm only 24 weeks and feel ready to have my baby. It's so tiring and difficult when we get so big.
    Hugs to you as you approach this last faze of pregnancy. xoxo

  5. You look beautifully radiant (and that blue is a lovely color on you!). Boston is such a sweet dog too! Much happiness in your last few weeks of pregnancy,

  6. You look gorgeous!!! Not long now!

  7. It is so hard to be patient Dawn, I know. Let the practice contractions do their work, but try and pace yourself incase you get weeks of them! It is usually harder to wait than to have the shock of everything happening a bit early.
    Best wishes

  8. You are just beautiful!!! Love Boston he is so handsome! It won't be long now will it??

    xoxo gert

  9. You look stunning, Dawn!! And how excited you must be getting! My sister had the acupuncture and both her labors were relatively short. :) Hugs, Silke

  10. you are the sweetest little mama...i love reading all about the changes you are experiencing as you move through this exciting adventure! seeing your happy glowing face makes me smile! sending love. x



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