pregnancy update {baby #5: 36 weeks}

Things are growing changing quickly around here, so I thought I'd do a full 36 week baby update! :)

How far along: 36 weeks {less than a month to go!!!}

Baby: Boy. A big boy. The midwife estimated by feeling him that he weighed around 6 lbs. last week. That's not too big yet, but it feels massive, for sure! :)
Weight gain: still average, and for the last two weeks, mostly in my torpedo belly and cheeks...hahah!
Maternity clothes: I'm definitely at the end of my regular wardrobe choices. I bought a black Merona top at Target this week for my uncle's funeral because I didn't have anything black that would fit. It's so comfy and long, I think I might wear it every day for the next 4 weeks. One day, I couldn't find two of my three pairs of shorts {all I have to wear these days besides my jeans that are too hot}, so I just sat on the floor and cried. :) 
Stretch marks: I did all that damage with my big boy {9 lb. 9 oz} Elijah 10 years ago. :) I haven't needed one since... ;)
The belly: is getting hilariously big! It depends on what I'm wearing, but early in the day it looks very, very round like this, and walks into the gym about a mile in front of me:
I imagine it's quite funny to see this belly working out {luckily I have to stay far away from the mirrors! ;) hehehe}. One lady touring the gym looked into the window of the studio while I was practicing alone this week and stopped and did a double take. I have a feeling seeing an 8.5 mo. pregnant lady doing BODYCOMBAT is pretty amusing! :)
Exercise: Still hanging in there with teaching classes. I find I have to get up slowly from the floor so I don't pull something! :) We launch a new BODYCOMBAT next week, and I don't jump too much these days, so I do the option in class when plyometrics or crazy ab moves come around. :) 
Sleep: Pretty much terrible in the last few weeks. My outer hips hurt like crazy at night and I spend all night tossing and switching sides so I can relieve the pain. I also fully wake up around 4 or 5 a.m. {after going to bed at 12}, and have to try to go back to sleep so I won't be so exhausted later on in the day.  Most of the time I get up and get ready, do my Bible devos, and work, and then take a short nap at 7:15. LOL. My body normally does this though- I can't usually sleep well for most of my 3rd trimester.
Best moment of this week: getting to ride with my brother and sister-in-law for 5 hours. They are fun, and funny too. :)
Miss anything: Running, push-ups, and desiring any particular food.
Movement: Much less than a couple of weeks ago- he's getting so much bigger now! He is all up in my ribs when I sit down.
Food cravings:  Other than lemon popsicles when I was sick, I haven't wanted anything specifically lately. I thought I really wanted a sushi roll the other day until I smelled it, and then poof, that craving disappeared. So many times I make food or I order food, and I don't want it once it's in front of me. Is it weird that I miss loving food? You'd think that would be a blessing. :)
Labor signs: The day is getting closer for sure! I can tell my hormone levels have started to come back up to get ready for the birth- I've cried 4 times this week for no real reason. Extra hormones + not sleeping is not a fun combo. :) I've also had way, way more strong contractions this week. The baby is much lower most of the time too.
Belly button in or out: Very out.
Wedding rings on or off:  Still on, and they fit better than they used to. ;)
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody. Happy. Moody. Happy. Happy. Moody. Happy. All within five minutes.
Looking forward to: My diaper shower this weekend at Abbie's, and spending the last weekend for a long while without kiddos, who are staying at my mom's and loving every minute of it. I miss them a bunch actually, but going on a few dates alone with Rob before the baby comes is pretty special. :)
Comparison shots: He grew fast in two weeks!
left to right, top to bottom-19 weeks, 22 weeks, 26 weeks, 31 weeks, 34 weeks, 36 weeks {whoa BELLY! hahaha!}

Preparations: We still haven't finished his room or set up the bed and dresser even, but if he comes I'll be okay with that! :) I am not thrilled about the actual giving birth part, but I'm ready to be done being pregnant and hot all of the time. :) And more than that, I'm ready to see this little man and hold his tiny little fingers and kiss his toes. :)

I've bought most of the supplies we don't get in our birthing kits:

But I still need to buy a thermometer, lots of snacks, and gather up several towels too to get everything checked off the list. :)

It's getting so close! I can't believe he's almost here already! I am taking every chance to nap while I can. :)

Do you have trouble sleeping in your 3rd trimester too?

What did you miss the most when you were at the end of your pregnancy?

What are you craving or your favorite food right now? {non-pregnant people please tell me too!!} I need ideas to trigger my food desire again...hahahah!


  1. Ok so cool to see you teach BODYCOMBAT! I took all the Les Mills classes and went into labor in Body Pump with my first one. Now I am 9 weeks pregnant and teaching BODYPUMP and BODYATTACK! I love what I do and it is amazing how shocked people are when they find out you can teach and be pregnant! I am also doing a homebirth and so excited! My first birth was in a free standing birth center with an AMAZING midwife and I loved the whole experience except the pain. But God designed our bodies to do this and it is such a sanctifying experience, then comes more in motherhood. Blessings as you count down the days. Cherish every moment. Have a great day!

    1. oh that's so cool!! I love that you are an instructor! It's so fun, even when you're pregnant! Have you guys launched 86 yet? We haven't- I'm hoping the next launch we do I will be able to jump in lunges like normal! :) Congratulations to you!!! :D

  2. I am not pregnant but I am craving Cold Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, mango popsicles and taco salad!

  3. I am in my third trimester as well with #4 and can only sleep 4-5 hours a night before I am wide awake. I do try to go back to sleep (hahaha) but usually I nap when needed. I crave only mexican food :) I've been keeping up with the exercising a couple times a week, I just move a little slower.

  4. You look absolutely amazing! I will be praying for you the next couple of weeks, that everything will run smoothly.

  5. (non-pregnant) wasabi endamae

  6. 35 weeks with #4 here... Last week, I felt the little guy shift to the central, head-down position. This week, I felt him drop, so his head is now wedged in my pelvis. I'm definitely NOT comfortable and can only sleep well for a few hours, but I know that it's going to be completely worth it! The only thing I'm really craving these days is ice...any ice...slushie, cubes, etc... I'm SO ready to not be pregnant anymore and to be able to hold this little one. :)

  7. 20 weeks with #4 - but measuring 10 weeks larger - yikes! I am craving cold lemonade or cherry limeade, watermelon, homemade mac n cheese (whole milk, butter, cheddar cheese), and cold fruits like oranges or crisp apples. Hang in there - you look beautiful and I am so excited for you to meet your little guy soon!!

  8. I love following your blog! Thanks for being such an inspiration! When I was pregnant with my little lady all I wanted was meat in pastry, dumplings, sausage rolls, Jamaican patties, I couldn't indulge as much as I wanted to, but they were a satisfying treat. It's so funny hearing what everybody craves ( or avoids;0)

  9. Were all of your births home births? I am pregnant with #4 and we had our last one at a birth center and will have this one there as well. I am only 24 weeks but I can NEVER sleep in my 3rd trimester. I only want mexican food. :-)

  10. This non-pregnant woman wants waffles and maple syrup... ALL.THE.TIME. I picked up my little waffle maker yesterday (they are really hard to come by here in Australia!) and now it's waffle time... yummmm!

  11. Mandy, I've been meaning to ask who your midwife was... I miss all you guys. I love reading all of your updates!

  12. Not pregnant but try a mid-eastern cheese called Labanah with some fig jam on a fresh croissant. It's like a taste of heaven, I promise.

  13. my fav food (I am not pregnant) is diced bell peppers, cooked rice, sausage and cheez whiz mixed together

  14. 39 weeks with #3. I'm sleeping pretty well when I do sleep but I have a hard time getting comfortable and am waking up frequently and earlier than I'd like, usually up around 5, sometimes 4 am. No cravings at all. Nothing sounds good. Too bad that's not transferring to my weight gain. Haha!

  15. Ah! *squeal* you're just adorable! That belly is cracking me up :) Very very cute Mandy! Blessings and prayers as you guys prepare for the arrival of Baby #5! And right now my pregnancy craving is chocolate milk (not a food, and very weird for me!) I also have really been wanting grilled chicken salads.

  16. Sophie from FranceJuly 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    You are so cute and your belly is beautiful! It looks like you ate a watermelon (which is an expression in France: watermelon, melon or apple depending on the size of the belly!!)And you is definitely a watermelon!

  17. I'm 37 weeks and I'm so ready to hold this baby in my arms! I haven't been sleeping either; I finally knock out around midnight and wake up early too, but when I fall back to sleep I'm gone til around 10am. I crave sweets! That's not good though since I have gestational diabetes. I had a growth scan last week and they estimated my "little" one is 7lbs. 9oz. That's still 2lbs. smaller than my biggest though.

  18. So excited that you're having a homebirth! Is this your first? My first was a c/s in the hospital and then have had the next 3 at home. I cannot wait to hear how it goes. We have 2 boys and 2 girls as well.


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