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Week 36
~ Time For Remembering

This week has brought about a lot of memories for me. On the day I turned over to my 36th week of this pregnancy, we had the funeral service for my grandma. It was short and sweet and to the point. My family is not one for dwelling on things of this nature and back when my grandma was my grandma, she would have wanted us to look forward, not back and while in the process made sure we had a cocktail to seal the deal. The service was very nice and while tears were shed, we also were able to reflect on all of the many wonderful things she was able to do in her life. She was 92 when she passed and had a life full of travel, family, friends and gifts. She will be missed, but she lived a long full life. I guess there would not be much more any of us could ask for.

We also had a birthday party with my whole family for Dylan and Kaylee, who just turned 6! While I love to celebrate their lives, it also always makes me a bit sad that they are a year older. Their little lives seem to be going by so fast and I'm always afraid I'm going to miss something. It seems like just yesterday they were little babies in my arms who depended on me for everything. Now they are children who have their own thoughts and dreams and opinions. I love that they are growing up to be caring and independent individuals, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss them as they were 6 years ago. Regardless, they had a great birthday and as usual, got a ton of gifts. I always remind my family not to go overboard, but they never seem to listen. They made out like little bandits. I'm so glad they enjoyed themselves though and it just makes me smile knowing they are mine!

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I did have another doctor appointment as well. I'm obviously down to weekly appointments at this point. I gained four pounds in one week!!! EEK! I guess I'm making up for not gaining any last week. The nurse did ask me if I was having any swelling and I told her yes. She told me that's why I had so much gain in one week. That did make me feel a little bit better. I know I only have a short time to go, so at this point, I will just grin and bear it. What else can I do? I only have one more doctor appointment now until this little one arrives. That is so surreal to me.

Baby is doing great. He's still head down, but I don't think he's engaged. He doesn't feel that low yet. Although, to be honest, I'm not sure I'd know how that would actually feel. Since I didn't go into labor with the twins, I really don't know what that all feels like. I did ask my doctor what to expect if I went into labor on my own before the c-section and he told me not to worry, that I would KNOW it was labor. And if so, go straight to the hospital. So, however baby is indeed lying, he is still quite the mover and shaker. I get kicked routinely and can feel him rolling around. Many times throughout the day he will shift and sit on some organ inside and it hurts. I actually almost have to try and move him because it's so uncomfortable. I wouldn't trade it though and I know in just a few short weeks, he'll be in my arms. So I try not to complain. We still need to come up with a name for him, but other than that, if he comes today . . . we are ready.

Until next time . . . hugs and belly rubs!

~ Laura

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