Tuesday, September 2, 2008

36 Weeks

Most unbelievably, I am quickly approaching the end of this pregnancy. During my OB appointment today she did an internal check for the first time. My cervix is softening, but I haven't started dilating yet...pretty much what I was expecting at this point in the game. Now I start weekly appointments, and hopefully I can maintain my record as the most boring OB patient ever.

I'm starting to wrap things up at work in preparation for maternity leave. My plan is to work right up to my due date since I have a pretty low key desk job and want to save my paid time off for time when the baby will actually be here. In all honestly planning for maternity leave has thrown me off a bit, because I don't like to plan for events where the start date is unknown. As a planner and a project manager, this goes against my very nature, and I do worry about going into labor before I'm able to get all my projects to an acceptable stopping point. So today's appointment was actually a bit reassuring, because it lessens my worries about having this baby in the next week or two.

Anyhow, here is the 36 week belly pic. After feeling my stomach yesterday, Jeramy pronounced me to have abs of steel. I've never quite thought of my baby bump from that perspective before, but I like it as rock hard abs are certainly a first for me. It's just too bad that they won't be quite so firm for long...

11 comments:

Jewels said...

You look so Beautiful, hopefully I'll be transitioning into pregnancy as your transitioning out of pregnancy (yay-Af came), I have been knitting - er - looming (I'm about to post pics) so hopefully that will bring me good luck (yeah, I'm pretty cheesy and hopeful right now)

:)

s.e. said...

Oh, I want to be rubbing your belly from here! You look amazing. I hope Jillian continues to cook and lets you be boring for a little longer!

Jennifer said...

wow - 36 weeks, huh? just a few more weeks of baking and that lil bun will be here...can't wait to see her!

sarah23 said...

How very exciting!! You look great and I hope that you continue to FEEL great for the next few weeks.

I'm with you in that I think I'll work as long as I possibly can so that most of my time off is spent with the baby.

Thanks for your comments on my blog! And yay for little girls!

Poltzie said...

Oh my gosh! You are so close to meeting Jillian. So exciting!!

Nicky said...

You're a brave woman for trying to work all the way until labor. I also have a desk job, but I still had to take time off starting at 38 weeks (and 37 would have been better). But then, I'm spoiled -- I get up to 4 weeks pre-birth paid time off, which doesn't impact at all on the time off after the birth. Ah, the advantages of living in a liberal state....

Jennifer said...

I feel the same way about prepping for maternity leave. I don't have a set date yet for starting mat leave, so it's all in limbo right now and I need to just get ready for anything that may happen in the next month or so with this baby...like you!

Abs of steel...you go girl!

Mel said...

You look great!!! I cannot believe where you are, seriously it just seems like you were finding out it was a girl yesterday... where has the time gone, Jen?!?!
*hugs*

C said...

You are getting close!! I didn't like maternity leave planning either, for the same reason. You never know when you'll go... you can dialate/efface slowly, or it can just come on all at once like it did for me!

Oh, speaking of Southcenter... while avoiding the crowds and pricy stores is wise, there are a couple new places you might want to check out. H&M, I'm sure you've heard about that one. I rarely find things for myself there, but other people love it. And then there is a Crazy 8, which is the new cheaper version of Gymboree. They had long-sleeved baby t-shirts on sale for $5 each, very cute. :)

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

You look fantastic! 36 weeks already? Time flies! :)

Kelly said...

OMG...less than 1 MONTH!!!! (If Miss Jillian arrives before or on her due date!!) Can you even believe it?? You look great!
Keep up with the world's most boring OB patient!!