The 9th and final month of pregnancy is here!  I meet this milestone with mixed emotions.  A lot of excitement to meet baby boy as well as nervousness about labor/delivery and the postpartum phase aka the 4th trimester.  I’m also acutely aware the pregnancy is drawing to a close.  This is most likely the last time I will be pregnant so I’m attempting to savor and appreciate every moment despite feeling increasingly uncomfortable.

The baby bump is getting bigger by the day and I sometimes feel like I couldn’t possibly get any bigger.  As I walk around Bangkok women often remark at my sizable bump and give it a little rub.  Many will pat my belly and say ‘boy, boy’ over and over.  I smile and say ‘yes, it’s a boy’ while trying politely not to stop.  I believe the Thais think rubbing a baby bump is good luck for them.  Generally speaking I prefer if people I don’t know don’t touch me, but I’ve grown as accustomed as I possibly can to the lack of personal space, given my personality that is.

Pregnancy Update: 3rd Trimester, 9 Months, Weeks 36 and 37 | Life's Tidbits

Third Trimester: Weeks 36 & 37 in Review

Craving …

sharp cheddar cheese with an apple makes for the perfect afternoon snack.  I’m also still craving ice cream after dinner.  Who invented ice cream?  That person(s) was a freaking g.e.n.i.u.s!!!!

Feeling …

tired and ready to meet baby boy!  Pregnancy insomnia has reared its ugly head {my body’s way of preparing me for the newborn stage I suppose}.  Not sleeping well coupled with my substantial increased girth, swollen feet/hands and a couple days of seriously intense round ligament pain I must admit I’ve entered the uncomfortable stage of pregnancy.  Sorry for whining!!

Missing …

sleeping through the night.  Between getting up to use the potty, trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in and a 3 year old who’s decided co-sleeping is her jam good sleep is essentially nonexistent.

Wearing …

No real changes on this front though a few of my ‘starter bump’ tanks tops are a little bit too small for the bump now.  They are my favorite tanks to sleep in so I’m totally pushing through with them, but they do slightly look like mid-drifts *blushing*.

Movement …

so many kicks, punches and whole body shifts.  Kiwi has a knack for punching me in my hip.  It’s one of the stranger fetal movements I have experienced.  He occasionally will kick me in the ribs, but it’s a rare occurrence.  Jellybean on the other hand was always kicking me in the ribs.

Excited About …

checking some big pre-baby stuff off the to do list.  I’ve booked a newborn photographer {check out these lessons learned from my 1st pregnancy}, mostly packed my hospital bag, met with my doula and made progress on organizing and decorating the nursery.

Highlight …

was having my little sister and brother-in-law in town.  My sister and I got some quality time in and I got to spend my birthday with her for the first time in I’m not even sure how many years!

Nervous About …

labor not starting on its own.  It seems lots of moms-to-be worry about the opposite – going into labor too early or having their labors go too quickly, especially when it’s the 2nd or 3rd baby.  My concerns are a bit different.  With my first I never went into labor, at least not naturally.  I was induced at 41 weeks and Jellybean was born at 41 week +1 via emergency c-section.  I am hoping/praying for a VBAC this time around and my doctor’s big requirement is I go into labor on my own … no inductions this time around.  So here is to hoping baby boy decides on his own birthday!!

First vs. Second Pregnancy …

The biggest difference at this point is my hands don’t have the numbness they did with my first pregnancy.  While my hands and feet are absolutely swollen I don’t get the numbness or tingling feelings in my hands like I did with Jellybean.  So thankful for that!  Checkout my recap of my 36 and 37 week with Jellybean.

Any pregnancy tidbits you care to share?  I would love to hear them!



I have really only been blogging about my pregnancy by month, but I figured since a lot could happen in these last 4-6 weeks I would blog about the 9th month in 1 or 2 week stints.  It’s funny looking back at my belly photos.  At 5, 6 and 7 months I thought wow that belly is big.  Clearly I didn’t know what was in store for me … 37 weeks is even bigger!  I kind of miss the cute little 5/6 month belly … I looked pregnant but not like I ate too much.  It was my favorite pregnant belly size.


Check out Sophi in the lower left corner of the picture watching me photograph the belly.  What a cutie!  My little fur ball baby … love her!!

Pregnancy Tidbits from Weeks 36 and 37

Random Tidbits

Cravings – I’m not really craving anything at this point.  I went from knowing exactly what I wanted for each meal to having nothing really sound good.  It’s such a switch from the rest of the pregnancy.

Maternity Clothes – Obviously this is a yes =)

Symptoms  Numbness in my hands as well as continued swelling in my hands/feet, congestion and trouble sleeping.  The symptoms seem to be pilling on top of each other instead of replacing one another as they did before.  While I won’t lie, I am uncomfortable at this point in the pregnancy, I do feel as as the baby is healthy/happy so I am okay with the aches and pains required to carry her. :)

Movement  The baby moves quite a bit at this point.  Her movements feel stronger by the day.  You can literally see her moving in my stomach now.  It’s fun, but also a bit distracting during meetings at work.  A few of my colleagues have mentioned they can see her kicks across the table.

Missing Anything?  Red wine.  For the first time during my pregnancy I really missed being able to have a glass (or two) of wine.  I blame the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Highlights Buying and hanging decorations in the nursery.  The room is really coming together, which is very exciting.  We also did a big shopping trip to Buy Buy Baby for “necessities” with my parents over the Thanksgiving holiday.  I feel very prepared and ready (from a “stuff”) perspective for JB to arrive.

Looking Forward To…  The next doctor’s appointment.  I’m hoping to get some good news, such as I’m dilated or delivery should happen soon.  Wishful thinking I know, but a girl can dream.

Fears/Concerns…  The baby is going to be breach.  At this point she’s sort of more sideways than anything else.

Labor Signs That would be a big fat NO.  I haven’t had any contractions and according to the doctor the baby hasn’t dropped yet.  In fact she’s still pretty far up in my rib cage at the moment.

Any pregnancy tidbits you care to share?  I would love to hear them!





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