I'm Kristen. Mom to Luke and Zoey, two-year-olds extraordinaire. Trying to keep a foot in the advertising world (I freelance part-time as a writer/creative director out of San Francisco and Boston). Recently relocated to Albuquerque, NM for my husband's job (I love it). Trying to do the creative stuff I did before babies, but it's hard. Hoping to be an outdoorsy/backpacking/ snowboarding/surfer girl again someday, but fear that may be in the past. Really, just trying to embrace change and find balance--and to be grateful for all the things big and small that are good in my life.

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Pregnancy: Week 35

Hi Everyone!

Still here. Still pregnant. :)

Today is the start of my 36th week, and I am DONE. Except, I'd really like to go one more week so the babies are full-term. But other than that, I'm sooooo big and sooooo uncomfortable. Plus I have a cold or the flu, which is making things doubly hard. I really hope it gets better soon...I really, really, really, really don't want to be sick for labor and delivery.

Here's how the past week has been:

  • I've slept a few nights, but mostly dealing with bad insomnia. I've taken to working in the middle of the night so if I do sleep (most of my sleep seems to be happening between 7 AM and 12 PM these days) I don't have to worry about missing so much work time
  • Speaking of work, my husband and I have decided that this should be my last week. I really wanted to work right up until delivery because I have 3 months for maternity leave and wanted to spend all of that with the babies, but it's just getting too hard...
  • My feet/ankles are swelling terribly, gets worse every week. Trying to stay off them as much as possible, which helps. Have been working a lot from bed, which has been nice
  • Still lots of movement from the babies
  • The occasional contraction, maybe one or two a day. They aren't super painful but they don't feel that great, either. I had one when I was hooked up to the monitors (they've been monitoring me and the babies at the hospital for about an hour every week, which is great for my peace of mind), and the nurse said it was a "big" contraction, whatever that means
  • Heartburn is a bit of an issue, which is new. And the diabetes diet sucks right now because being sick, all I want is juice (OK, OK, and vanilla milkshakes, too), neither of which I can have
  • I'm getting really anxious to meet these little guys!!!

One more week. One more week. One more week. (Hopefully.)


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Reader Comments (15)

Oh, so excited for you! I'm uncomfortable with a singleton at 33 weeks, so I can't imagine 2 at 35!!

Glad you are going to take time off work. Take good care of yourself.

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJem

so glad those babies are baking real well! This is so exciting for you to be so close to delivery!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterccc

You look amazing (even though It does not sound like you feel that great). I'm so impressed you have made it this far with twins! Won't be long now! Hope you get to feeling better.

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTurtleMama

You look fantastic! One more week...one more week...one more week...

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMommy ToBe

How terrific that you've made it to 36 weeks--impressive!

I was very uncomfortable at 34 weeks with my twins, and I can imagine two more weeks of growth would've made it even harder, not to mention your cold. Yuck. Hope you feel better soon; I'm sure your labor/delivery would be better without nasal congestion, etc.

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterS

You look fantastic! So cute!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

You look great! I'm sure you are so ready to see the babies. I am already anxious and I'm only at 26 weeks, hehe. I think taking off work early is a good idea, just so you can rest and relax and take care of yourself before the babies come. Plus, they could really be here any day!

Will be checking back regularly to see how things are going! Hope you'll be able to update even with a short post when they come. Thinking of you!!!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarra

Thinking good thoughts for you!!! I can't wait to see your post about your twinsies!! Hope you get to relax a bit with the end of work before your little ones arrive. oxo

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

Hi Kristen! I'm sorry I've been MIA for a while, but I've been thinking about you and the babes. I can't believe you're almost there. I'm so excited for you and your family. Hang in there...you've made it this far, you can make it another week! xoxo

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

At least keep them in there until you get the hats ;) Almost done!

I told my husband at 36 weeks that I was going to take them out myself with a fork. I was SO done.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchckenpig

I had a cold and the flu over my due date (courtesy of a large family Christmas in a small house)! So in that respect it was good my daughter was 10 days late... Having the remnants of illness for L&D did suck, but oh well.
Thinking of you! Congrats on everything, you are dealing so well.
--now following you from the Kalahari Desert where we have moved for work!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

They're coming soon! Yay! You've kept them in for a good, long time.

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAS

So excited for you!!! Can't wait for the birth day!!!!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Hi Kristen! Glad you are still hanging in there. You were in my dreams last night - woke up and then seemed to dream about you more! So, I wondered if you were having the babies, but haven't heard any news, so probably not. Anyway, I'm thinking of you. I wish you were more comfortable - sounds pretty rough right now. Let me know if there's anything I can do! Now or later. I really am so happy to help - I know how hard it was with one at a time, so can't imagine 2. Really. Call me! My kids would love to help too, but I'll make sure they're healthy first. Parker had flu, Brooke's on tamiflu and both are good now, so I think we're through it. Hope you are feeling better soon! - Jill

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Pretty soon you are going to look like a basketball smuggler!! Thanks and still in my 6th week.

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