36 Weeks

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For those of you who are SUPER perceptive….you may notice that my blonde is back! I bit the bullet and got my highlights re-done on the weekend, and Babe doesn’t seem to have minded too much (in fact, I think he slept through the entire appointment lol). Although I was mega-freaked to get it done, reassurance from my midwife, and from most of my more credible forums online pushed me to just do it. And I’m glad I did – as it turns out, being blonde is kind of part of my identity, and I was really missing it as my natural colour was growing in more and more!

Although I’m far from “suffering” over here, I just can’t believe how S-L-O-W-L-Y the weeks are dragging by….my god! It feels like 36 weeks was seriously 3 weeks long! It’s been a busy week, and my energy levels are seriously fading, making it somewhat of a challenge to keep up with things these days.

On Thursday night, Matt and I went to a car seat workshop up at the Milton Fire Hall hosted by the City of Halton where they teach you a bit about car seat safety and then do an inspection of your installed car seat to make sure that you’ve done it correctly. I had little part in installing our car seat, but Matt whipped through it in about 3 minutes claiming that it was “EASY AS PIE”, so I was curious to see how the experts graded his handy work 😉

He was perfect – go figure!

I had  a REALLY negative experience going for a prenatal massage on Friday afternoon and it took me a couple of days to get over the stress of the whole thing (seriously – who goes to a massage and leaves a basket of stress???). Without getting into too much detail, I was really freaked out by a couple of things that the therapist wanted to do / did without asking me, like use essential oils in the room and rub them all over my neck and shoulders. Everything I’ve read online / in books about essential oils says that using them is somewhat of a controversial topic in pregnancy (you know – along with hot dogs and feta cheese…..lol 😉 ), and  bottom line was that if she had asked me, I would have said NO, keep them away from me for right now please. But, I wasn’t given that choice, so instead was relegated to a full day of surfing Google reading articles about how potentially dangerous certain essential oils can be, and trying to decipher what the hay oils were used on me to see if any of them were on the forbidden list.

Grumble grumble grumble.

If I could give any health practicioner dealing with a pregnant lady any advice, it would be so simple…..just ASK us what we’re comfortable with! We’re a crazy bunch – believe me when I say: WE WILL TELL YOU if you just give us the opportunity! Sigh…..

On Saturday, Matt and I tackled some freezer cooking / baking! Our kitchen looked like a bomb had gone off (not good for this nesting mama), but man did we power through a lot of cooking / baking!

Over the course of the afternoon, we managed to whip up 4 loaves of homemade herb & cheese bread (SO, so good – if we hadn’t frozen the other three loaves, they would all be gone by now – we tend to black out while eating this bread and come to when the whole loaf is gone….), 48 oatmeal butterscotch chip cookies and 2 chicken penne casseroles. Phew! I was seriously beat by the time the whole operation was said and done – even though truth be told, Matt did more of the heavy lifting then I did 😉

It felt pretty good to get some of that done and into the freezer – although I do have a few more things I’d like to make (maybe something a little healthier than cookies and bread lol). Maybe some soups or something like that…..

It was our friends 30th birthday party on Saturday night, and it was nice to get out of the house and do something non-babe related for a change! It feels like about 98% of our lives are devoted to getting ready for Babe these days (which I know is going to be reality for the next 18+ years likely LOL) – which is super awesome don’t get me wrong, but a change of pace is always nice!

On Sunday we went for our 36.5 week maternity photo session at the always beautiful Andrew’s Scenic Acres (where Matt proposed to me!). I had lots of people give me the advice that I should keep this session in our calendars even though I’ve really been feeling huge and quite ugly lately (if I’m just shootin’ straight with you lol), because I’ll be glad to have the pictures after all is said and done, and more importantly, to show Babe one day. So, keep the session we did, and although I’m really not sure that I’ll like any of the pictures, I have to admit that we had fun doing the session, and we always like to get out to Andrew’s Scenic Acres, which didn’t disappoint on the most gorgeous evening with sunflowers in full bloom……..life is so beautiful 🙂


My symptoms have been minimal, although a new one has popped up with is that my body temperature is approximately that of the core of the mother-effing SUN these days. Seriously, if this is what menopause / hot flashes is like, then I’m all for hormone therapy, because it’s BRUTAL. I’ll just be sitting there at work, and will suddenly realize that I’m burning up like I’ve been in a tanning bed for about 7.5 consecutive hours….and the sweat……..take it from a VERY sweaty gym-goer……..sweating from doing burpee tuck-jumps is considerably different than sweating from sitting at your desk in an air conditioned office.

All in all, I guess I’ll take the “sun like” body temperature over any more serious symptoms. I’m getting progressively more and more awkward / uncomfortable by the day, but still nothing crazy. My nightly trips to the bathroom are back in full force, but I’m still able to sleep for the most part undisturbed which is nice (I’m trying to stock-pile some of this!).

Overall – although 36 weeks went by SUPER slowly, it was a productive week for us. I’m so very thankful to be working on week 37 now, and can’t help but think that every day brings us significantly closer to meeting Babe now! Baby Centre tells me that we have 21 days until our due date. Um….what?

I’ve been feeling like Babe will come early, although I know that first babies are more often late to the party. Time will tell!

Hope you’ve all had a great week! Chat soon!

-Sara & Babe xo


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