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Friday, February 8, 2008

36 weeks!

I hope I’m not boring you with my weekly pregnancy updates, but I have to share this good news: I am 36 weeks pregnant today and I still haven’t turned into a water-retaining blimp.

I have a good friend who is also due the first week of March, and when I talk to her on the phone, she sounds so tired and complains of being huge and uncomfortable. She’s ready to be done with her pregnancy. I am, on the other hand, elated. Oh, I have trouble sleeping, certainly, and the indigestion is constant and uncomfortable, but still, I’m elated. I’ve never done this before—it’s as if this is my first pregnancy. The movement and how big the baby feels—these things are new to me, and I’m so grateful that I’ve made it this far.

The truth is that I could still develop preeclampsia, but now that the baby’s lungs are mature, it wouldn’t be the tragedy it would have been if I had become sick a few weeks or months ago. But making it this far also makes me think of those of you who had to live through the NICU twice, those of you who developed preeclampsia more than once (Denise and Jen, in particular), and those of you who lost your babies due to preeclampsia. I want you to know I’m not taking my 36 weeks for granted. I wish you could have experienced this, as well.

15 comments:

Amber S. said...

Wonderful to hear that you and baby are doing well!

lintofpocket said...

No, we are not bored. We are cheering you on!

kristen said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you. Enjoy every minute. Bored? No way.

Melissa said...

Bored with updates? Are you kidding? I'm waiting for them. Hooray for 36 weeks!

kyra said...

yay! it's wonderful news!

Sara said...

YAY Kate!!! No, you're not boring me! I'm so happy for you!

Lisa said...

You bring a lump to my throat. I am so very happy for you.

Emmie (Better Make It A Double) said...

So happy for you, Kate! You're probably going to have her in the same room with you, on the regular maternity ward, and then take her straight home. Wonderful.

Jen said...

Oh that is wonderful news. I'm so elated with you. :)

I'm so glad you've made it past preemie baby stage...well almost. Here is to another 3-4 weeks.

Yay!
Jen

Jodie said...

Hey Kate,
I was a student of yours at the Loft and got pregnant during class. Currently I am quietly celebrating 33 weeks, and I totally get your feelings of not taking a moment for granted. I am thrilled that you are able to celebrate these personal victories with us. I wish you continued comfort as your continue to expand, lots of easy access to antacids, plenty of toilet paper, and sleep - glorious sleep!

Ines said...

This is very good news, Kate. Thank you for sharing it with us. Also, I was thinking this can give you some different perspectives for writing your book. Not that you will include both experiences but perhaps your book needed to wait until your were done with another pregnancy done in a different way to give you a better idea of what to include and what (perhaps) not.

**camera shy momma** said...

congrats! enjoy these new moments of pregnancy!

Patty said...

kate,
this is great news...glad you are sharing it with us all...

Writing Sisu said...

Congratulations Kate! I'm so, so glad.

Suzanne said...

I'm very happy for you!!