I will try not to bore you with endless pregnancy stories, but have decided to do a weekly re-cap of events, developments (both biological and otherwise) and gained knowledge. Please feel free to skip over these posts if you are not interested! Catch up on the whole series here.
BabyCenter told us that at 35 weeks, the baby is over 18 inches in length and weighs 5.25 lbs, about the same as a honeydew melon.
Dress: Belli Belly; Shoes: Nine West
I promise, I had no idea how ridiculous this dress looked before taking a photo of myself in it!
Symptoms/Activities of the Week: Friday night we started off the new pregnancy week with the British Women’s Group’s annual Welcome Back Night, which this year was held at the Swissotel Nai Lert Park. For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to don heels for the occasion, AND to walk there (it is not far from us). Huge mistake. We did make it over and I was still upright when we arrived, but after about 2hrs I started feeling really dizzy. The room (and the faces of everyone I was speaking with) was becoming substantially blurry, I was burning up, and felt like I was going to faint at any second. In a semi-panic, I summoned Kevin and we dashed out the door and made it back home, where I made a b-line for the couch.
Saturday I had big plans for us to go back to Ikea in Bang Na, but still felt dizzy and weird in my head. We aborted and went to Dean & Deluca to get something to eat/drink, and I almost aborted that trip as well. I spent the rest of the day on the couch.
Sunday I felt a bit better, although not entirely normal (normal for 8 months pregnant, that is). I was able to get up and do some housework in spurts throughout the day, though.
I tried to take it easy the rest of the week, and although I felt completely exhausted, the dizziness seemed to pass. I can’t say I accomplished too much besides basic personal and apartment upkeep, but I did manage to do the following:
- Packed both hospital bags (one for Fergus and one for myself)
- Decided we would in fact do the stem cell banking (Kevin was also involved in the decision-making, of course!)
- Hired a newborn photographer and paid the deposit
Monday I had Coit up in here taking away the couch and couch cushion covers for some serious deep-cleaning. I had previously had them dry cleaned, but the stains had not come out. The technicians were very thorough and were asking about each and every stain. I sounded like a broken record, or a hormonal serial killer: “Blood. Chocolate. Blood. Chocolate.” I promise nothing too far out of the ordinary has been happening on our couch – it’s just between Kevin’s occasional jujitsu injuries and the incident (o.k., incidents) where I decided to shave my toes and things went unfortunately wrong, blood has been shed. As for the chocolate, I’m not owning up to anything there!
My friend R. arrived with her family on Tuesday, as they are relocating to Bangkok. We went for a Thai food dinner at the ‘chestnut roasting place’ on the corner of Lang Suan and Lumpini Park, and although I was a bit worried, I did not feel ill or have any digestive issues afterwards. Unfortunately, Wednesday evening I was hit with the dry heaves and had a miserable night, which was followed by a fairly intensely nauseous Thursday, spent mostly on the couch. You would really think this would be over by this point, wouldn’t you?!
Purchased: I picked up a couple of Mothercare nursing bras from the 5th floor of Central Chidlom department store. I was trying to wait, but wanted to have a couple to pack in the hospital bag, and knew that I may not feel like going after them the closer I get to D-Day. I also ordered a couple newborn knitted hats off etsy for Fergus’ photo shoot. I hope they come in time!
Lastly, I have two filaktos coming from here.
A filakto is a traditional Greek Orthodox holy ‘amulet’ of sorts, which is blessed and pinned to a baby or child’s clothing for an extra boost of spiritual protection. I used to have some lovely ones that I got at St. Ephraim’s monastery in Nea Makri, but I slowly gave them away, one by one. Sure wished I would have saved one for myself. Hopefully, we can make a trip there next summer and I can stock up again!
Belly Measurement (End of This Week): Holding at 40.25 inches.
What The Heck Is Going On In There?: (from BabyCenter) “Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now. Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. 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.”