4 weeks sounds a LOT closer than 1 month

We've finally come to weekly appointments! I say this with enthusiasm but also with trepidation. We're coming to the end of this whole pregnancy, and at the end comes a living, breathing, human being solely dependent on Travis and me! No more cute little bump; I get the real deal, folks, and am I really ready, prepared, and equipped to be responsible for another life?!

Ehh, I got this...right?

We had our 36 week appointment today, and by far was the longest time we've waited but I think it was the funniest appointment we've ever had. I don't know about you other woman but the only man I like down in my pelvic region is my husband so when the nurse informed me (after making the comment that having sex while she was pregnant helped her baby...thank you very much for that image, Nurse Jessie) they'd be swabbing "down there" for strep B and "everything likesuchas" I asked if I would be having a female or male doctor perform all these niceties. Oh, you have a female doctor today. Phew! Close call--especially when all I saw outside my room were male residents! Well, what do you know, a male resident walks in 15 minutes later(!!!) and right away Travis and I look at one another. I think he could tell what we were thinking because as he sat in his nifty swirly chair and before he asked any questions, he exclaimed I won't be doing your pelvic exam, just checking the heartbeat. We about died when he left the room. Poor guy, only a student trying to get an A, and here we are giving him the eye, like, you betta not think you'll be doing my pelvic exam! Well, what do you know, that same male resident came strolling back in a half hour later(!!!) with the doctor who actually would be performing the pelvic exam and we could tell by the expression on his face he was thinking hey guys, I'm just observing, not doing the pelvic exam, I repeat, not doing the pelvic exam! We decided to let off the evil eye this time and trust that the female doctor would be taking over. She asked a few questions and out the door they both were yet again. After being in our little room for a total of 45 minutes (not to mention in the waiting room for over 30 minutes!) the doctor and a nurse, sans male resident, finally arrived to do my pelvic exam. "Everything likesuchas" was great and we found out my cervix is still closed but her head is down low and ready to go! So all in all, a long day but we went away happy to have heard her heartbeat (wow, alliteration!) knowing she's in the right position, and laughing at both ours and the male resident's reaction to a simple pelvic exam. Oh boy, I guess I better get used to the idea of being vulnerable because when I'm in deep labor I don't think I'll really care who performs a pelvic exam and "everything likesuchas"!

How far along? 36 Weeks
Total weight gain: 29 lbs 
Maternity clothes? Most of the time. 
Stretch marks? Nope 
Sleep: good, not great...God's way of preparing us for what's to come :)
Best moment this week: Helping move my sister, Emily, into her dorm room only 20 minutes from us!
Miss Anything? Being comfy
Movement: Morning, noon, and night! Hiccups, seeing feet, knees, elbows, and tush protrude :)
Food cravings: nada this week
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks are getting stronger. Cervix is still closed but head is down!
Symptoms: Back and rib pain, Braxton Hicks, peeing ALL THE TIME (even when hardly anything comes out!), shortness of breath, memory lapse, clumsiness, swollen fingers and toes 
Belly Button in or out? Outie!
Wedding rings on or off? Off but on a necklace, still very bitter about this.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: My final baby shower this Saturday with all my Charlotte peeps! :)

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