This journal is being written about one and a half weeks later than usual. I've noticed that most of the other journalists write about their weeks in retrospect so I'm going to do the same. So, instead of being written at the beginning of week 36, it's now towards the end of that week. Hopefully that doesn't confuse anyone!
It's been another pretty good week overall. I finally finished all of my school work and finals last week - and OH what a blessing! It's amazing to be able to decide what I want to do and when to do it. By the end of the week, I felt like my eyes were crossing from reading so much but God is good and I survived! This Friday I will graduate with my Master of Arts in Theological Studies . . . Yay! Speaking of graduation, I get special treatment. Considering how close I am to my due date, I will be sitting in a shaded tent during a majority of the ceremony (it's outdoors). Then after the President's message, I'll join the rest of the graduates at my seat (conveniently located in the back) and fall in line order from there. If all goes well and Hannah doesn't come early, a group of my family and friends will go out to lunch afterwards. I'm so excited!
Speaking of baby coming early, the chances seem pretty slim. As of today, my cervix is still "very long." Rats. But I won't complain too much, the doc says she's definitely head down and as far as we know, still healthy and growing.
It has been an interesting week as far as my physical body goes. Last Friday, Hannah was very still for a large majority of the day, I was really beginning to get worried. Finally around 3pm she starting moving so much I thought she'd never stop. She continued until about 8 or 9 that night it seemed. My doc kind of got onto me and told me not to hesitate to call if that happened again - just to be sure. My Braxton-Hicks contractions have gotten much more frequent and noticeable, which can be interesting. Yesterday I was feeling a sharp pain in my lower abdomen for about an hour and a half but then it went away. My doc said it could have been gas or maybe even tension in my pubic symphysis, nothing to worry about. I've gained 29 lbs so far so I guess that's okay. I'll include the latest belly shot. Also, I've been bouncing back and forth in regards to my energy. I'll go for several hours with tons of energy and then get super tired out of no where. Needless to say, much has been happening!
I finally packed my hospital bag and the baby bag. I know I should have packed it sooner but I simply have not had the time with school and all. I just prayed Hannah could hold off until I was finished and she did! There are still a few things I need to add to it but for the most part, it's finished. The nursery is pretty much complete also. Though my mom had finished the majority of it, I still needed to set up the diaper disposal and do some random things here and there. I also painted and added the letters of Hannah's name to the wall (see the picture).
My sister's baby shower two weekends ago went well. I've probably seen her more in the last year than I have in the last 2 or 3 combined! But that's a good thing! My brother-in-law (a country boy) taught my husband how to shoot a shotgun while we opened baby gifts. They enjoyed themselves. Speaking of my husband, he's been really sick for the last three days and I pray he'll get better soon. So far God has kept me from catching whatever it is and I hope that continues to be the case.
Well, I think I've probably written enough for the week. Only a few more weeks to go!
Until next time . . .