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Weeks 35 & 36
~ I'm Not Crazy!

8 monthsFirst I am doing a combo journal this week. I was behind from last and with Thanksgiving this week I figured I better just do one entry. Now, on to the title of my posting. I thought that maybe I was losing my mind or I was just getting to be a complainer in my "old" age and the end of the pregnancy, but after my doctor's appointment yesterday I now know I'm not! The baby has dropped and the doctor said it's sitting so unbelievably low, that no wonder my hips hurt so much and that I feel so swollen in the "nether" region. I'm 50% effaced and dilated to 1.5, which blew my mind. I'm not due for another four weeks! However, it seems that the game plan may have changed and I may go earlier. I understand that doctors can't tell you exactly when the baby will come, but based on everything, she said she feels it would be highly unlikely for me to reach my December 24th due date. Interesting needless to say. Good thing I wrapped all my gifts this weekend and I'm almost done shopping. Now I feel the need to get it done as quickly as possible. I even set out my clothes to start packing my hospital bag. I just hope I'm not setting myself up for disappointment if I DO go full term (I was only 1 day early with Tanner). I did have some mild spotting, which she warned me was a possibility, but it's still weird to see. I always associate spotting with problems or impending delivery. Hopefully there won't be much more. I go again in a week and I'll keep you posted on any new progress in that department.

Tanner and bellyI think we are about set for Thanksgiving. Dereck's family is coming up and we hosting at our house. They will stay at least two nights and then head back home. It should be nice weather wise, and I know that Tanner loves it when Grandma and Grandpa come to our house. I love it too because Grandma is a built in playmate! Dereck and I are going to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert on Saturday night and I'm really looking forward to it. I told him this would probably be our last Hoorah! for a while once the baby comes. We are going with our friends and we are all excited to spend some time together at dinner before the concert (without kids!) and have some real conversation. Otherwise it will just be a count down after Thanksgiving and even an anxious waiting game. I think this is the first time in a long time that I'm actually excited and "ready" for Christmas. Usually I'm not and I can't believe how quickly it arrives, but I guess the anticipation of the birth has me ready for the season. I even had Christmas music on this weekend.

Well, I know it's a rather short posting for two weeks, but that's about all I can muster up this morning. I did include two pictures, for you to see the progress. MInd you, I'm not thrilled about the half/bare belly photo, but it was really a sweet moment for me. Tanner was sitting on my legs and was feeling the baby move, and the look on his face was something I'll always treasure! I hope everyone has a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thanks for reading and we'll "talk" next week.

~ Denise

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