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Weeks 34 & 35
~ Waddle "quack quack" waddle waddle

First off, let me apologize for not writing last week. We got back from our surprise trip to PA (which went well, by the way) and I got sick. Being sick is bad enough. But add the late term pregnancy situation on top of it, it is horrible! Everyone got fed last week, clothes were cleaned and no one died. So I guess that means we all survived.

Our midwife is coming to our house this Thursday. She likes to come to her patient's house around 36 weeks so she can know how to get there and also, so she can scope things out. We have had our birth supplies for awhile now and the only two things left to get on my list are batteries for the flashlight and a crock pot. I know, it's weird that people who cook as much as we do don't have a crock pot. Actually, we used to have two. But one of them blew a fuse and the other was left outside (by little hands who will remain anonymous) and it got cracked. I have the birth pool already, which I have borrowed from a friend. Adam and I were talking the other day and if our midwife is okay with it, we would like to attempt a water birth. If she's not, then we'll deal with it. But I really hope she is.

The other day, while the children and I were out walking, I stopped to talk to someone and she said I looked ready to pop (not to mention that ever-loved waddling that we preggos can't seem to stop doing!). I've never been told that before. Not even at the very end with the others. And I'm not a small woman (either horizontally or vertically), so I really must be quite big for 30+ weeks! Most people get a really "I feel sorry for you" look on their faces when I tell them I'm due mid-October (yes, I know at the top it says I'm due around October 5, but to people around here, I'm telling them mid-October. That way I don't get all the stupid comments like "haven't you had that baby yet?". Since they don't know when my due date is, they can't harass me when it's late.) Although I don't usually get the same look when I tell others that I have about 5 - 6 weeks left, which is odd since it's the same amount of time. I think it's because on the fly, most people don't realize that mid-October is only 5 - 6 weeks away.

Over all, I'm feeling well. Big, but well. I'm still able to bend over, but I can't breathe at the same time. I can still see my feet, even though I've never been so big that I couldn't see my feet. I'm still loosing weight, which is a surprise. I've always lost weight during pregnancy, but I've also always began to gain it back once 6 or 7 months rolls around. But so far, the weight is still coming off and I'm not doing anything to help it come off, but I'm not going to try real hard to keep it on either! The going to the bathroom 20+ times a day is getting old, but not as old as the 2 - 3 times a night! I know that's par for the course, but . . .

My knees have been bothering me as of late. I'm not sure why, but I have to move my legs in different positions quite often to get the pain to go away. Then it comes back after awhile (or a few minutes, it has been both) and I need to move it again. The pain is there while I'm sitting down, standing, or walking. But never when I'm laying down. So I'm thinking it could be a circulation problem? I'm not sure where the pain is originating from: the bone/cartilage or the muscle, although it's right at the top of my knee cap. That's another reason I've started walking almost everyday with the children. I'm hoping that will help with getting this knee pain to go away, or at the very least, to not be so often.

Is it just me, or do I sound like I'm getting old?
~ Jennifer

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