Our Five Ring Circus: 36 Weeks with Baby #4

Friday, August 9, 2013

36 Weeks with Baby #4

How far along: 36 Weeks!

Due Date:  September 6, 2013

Total Weight Gained:  8 lbs

How big is baby?  Our sweet pea is almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long!  I'm going to guess bigger! ;)

How baby is growing:  Baby #4 is shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered the body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected the skin during the nine-month amniotic bath. Most likely he/she in a head-down position. (He/She IS, and the head is very low!) {from babycenter.com}

Labor Signs:  The baby's head is very low and he/she is in birthing position!  I had my first "practice labor" yesterday, which consisted of contractions every 5 minutes for 4 hours.  At my appointment on Tuesday, the OB predicted 2 weeks longer.

Maternity Clothes: I'm still wearing my regular pants, but I now wear longer, non-maternity shirts.

Stretch Marks: I've never had any!

Sleep: I wake up every hour with a contraction and to pee.

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week:  Hearing that I'm progressing at my OB appointment!  It made it feel very real!

Movement: Strong, frequent movements, more like squirms, along with hiccups once a day!  I can now feel feet, knees, elbows, and hands jutting out as they punch or kick me!

Food Cravings:  Watermelon and freezer pops. 

Food Aversions: Most foods/drinks.

Morning Sickness: Every single day. Obviously, I'm going to have it until the day I deliver, just as I did with my other three!

Gender: It's a surprise! We have never found out the gender of our babies!

Names: If it's a girl, she has a definite first name (it was actually our 2nd girl name for our 3 previous pregnancies), and I think we have a middle name.  It's the opposite for a boy.  The middle name will be Dayne, after Grant's dad's middle name (he passed away in October, before we got pregnant), but we don't have a first name.  We have a list, but we can't agree on the name, and nothing sounds perfect!

Symptoms:  Hyperemesis  (ALL DAY morning sickness), Strong Braxton Hicks contractions (irritable uterus), back pain, pressure, abdominal pain and cramping, anemia, peeing more frequently, insomnia, nesting, headaches, mood swings, and irritability.

Exercise:  Treadmill workouts 3 days this week.  I skipped it yesterday and today, due to my contractions.  I really want to get Lily's party out of the way tomorrow!

What I miss: Being nausea-free!

What I'm looking forward to: My appointment on Tuesday!

36 Week Picture: 



  1. eeeeeeeeeeeeeee you look fabulous, Mama!! So so so close

  2. So do you have a feeling either way? Girl or boy? I am exctied to find out!

  3. So do you have a feeling either way? Girl or boy? I am exctied to find out!

  4. So do you have a feeling either way? Girl or boy? I am exctied to find out!

  5. So do you have a feeling either way? Girl or boy? I am exctied to find out!

  6. Do you have a feeling either way? Boy or girl? I can't wait to find out!

  7. You look amazing!! I can't wait for your upcoming posts!

  8. you look ADORABLE...seriously, could be in a magazine with your perfect belly :)

  9. Anxiously waiting to find out what this one is! Sooo exciting!!


  10. You've only gained 8lbs?? How is that possible?! haha Please tell me your secret :)

  11. Hi Stefanie! You look amazing, I am sorry to hear though that your morning sickness hasn't (and probably won't now), subsided :(
    Wow, not long to go, how exciting!! I think it is awesome that each one of your pregnancies you have waited instead of finding out the gender. It is a lovely surprise isn't it!!
    Enjoy these last few weeks of being pregnant xo

  12. It's going by so fast! :) can't wait to find out what you guys are having!!

  13. You look great! I am so excited to hear whether you have a boy or girl!!

  14. Hooray ---- the end of that never ending morning sickness is in sight! I can't wait to "meet" your new little one :-)


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