36 Week Pregnancy Update

Baby size: Nearly 6 pounds and over 18.5 inches long. 
How far along: 36 weeks... crazy that there's only a month left... although, at this point, I still feel like that's too long!
Weight gain: 18 pounds
Sleep: Well, I have developed this super weird symptom (only at night) of aching legs. It's not RLS... just feels like my leg muscles are sore. And the only thing that makes it slightly bearable is pillows and a heating pad. My midwife doesn't really have any other explanation other than nerve compression (thanks, Colton). Anyway, that being said, it's made sleep a bit less enjoyable, but this week has been better, thank the Lord.
Food cravings:  Orange juice. :) 
Acid reflux: This has just kicked in with a vengeance. Hello, Tums.
Ligament pain: I seriously feel like an old woman when I get out of bed or off the couch. Not that I know what they feel like. But I certainly look like one.
Exercise:  Same, but cutting back on the intensity because it can make the pain worse... but at the same time, it also gets worse if I completely stop exercising. And exercise totally helps with my energy levels!
Movement: He is insane. I literally thought he was choking himself with the cord one night... it must have been the Tums. ;)
What I’m looking forward to: Breathing normally, sitting up normally, sleeping... okay. Well, we all know the sleep isn't going to improve after a newborn, but I'd rather snuggle with a little someone than be woken up by a bladder or sore legs. 
What I miss: Everything that I just stated! :)
Hard to believe I'm down to monthly visits! My midwife checked me this past week, and I'm actually starting to dilate and efface. Yes, I realize I can walk around like this for weeks, even months. Yes, I realize this does not mean I will be early or even on time. However... I AM thankful my body is doing what it's supposed to be!
I finally hit the point where I am just done being pregnant. I enjoy lots of pregnancy... but the last month?  I'm convinced God gives it to us just so we are super ready to meet our little ones. But I am not trying to get this baby to come out too early... I want him to bake as long as he needs to! Plus, his daddy needs to finish up some classes before I go into labor. 
Here's hoping I only have to take one more picture! Ha... 
(L on left, C on right)

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