OK, maybe it isn't enough to declare a national holiday, but I am very excited about my new Camera... or OUR new camera. I suppose it belongs to Gig Guy as well. It is so nice and of course Big Guy had to buy everything at once including a telephoto lens, an external flash, a big memory card, a tripod, filters, a carrying case and who knows what else is in the big box that he brought home. I am very excited to learn how to use it because it is really important to me to be able to take really good pictures of the baby when he is born. Big Guy did a lot of research and there are so many great cameras out there, but we ultimately decided that this was the best one for us. I love it.
Today marks 35 weeks for my pregnancy, which means just about five weeks to go. I experienced some Braxton Hicks contractions last night which were pretty wild. They didn't hurt, they were just odd and felt like a tightening of my belly and pressure more than anything. We were on the highway on our way home from work when they started, and Big guy asked if he should turn around and go back to the hospital- but I was pretty sure they weren't the real deal. We started timing them and the first two were seven minutes apart followed by a 5 minute and then another seven minute and then we stopped at the grocery store because I was hungry, and once I got up and walked around for a bit they went away. It was all very cool if I had to describe it, but I am sure that when the real thing happens I won't think it is that cool- I am guessing that actual contractions would hurt more- but who knows!? maybe I will be lucky.
The baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds Because it's so snug in the womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. (Actually he is moving a LOT!!!!) His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight. (Please no more weight! I can barely move around as it is!)
Anyway, I am still in great spirits and have not reached that stage where I hate being pregnant. I was talking to Big Guy last night and he said that in a strange way he will miss it when I am not pregnant anymore and that he liked the fact that I was protecting our baby while it grew- and I knew what he meant. I have really enjoyed being pregnant. I know that many people have a difficult time, so I don't fault anyone for not loving it, but for me it has been really positive and I will miss it a little. I am sure that I will be so busy with the new baby that I won't mind too much though and it will be a whole new chapter to enjoy.
I also wanted to extend my condolences to MMM who is also 35 weeks and who recently lost her Grandma. Losing family is always hard, but I have to think it is harder when you are pregnant and you are so tired and your emotions are already messed with. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts.