Skip to main content

36 Weeks!

I've made it to the last month! There's less than a month until my due date. This is all crazy to me. Morgan and I started trying for this baby 2.5 years ago, and to think that Nora could be here in a matter of weeks is mind-blowing. I'm starting to get impatient with the anticipation while at the same time being completely afraid of our lack of preparation.


I know people are thinking she is going to come early after ending up in the hospital twice with contractions, but I honestly think she's going to be late. I think we may have a little drama queen on our hands. 

Since our second trip to L&D, I've actually been feeling OK. I've only had a few hard contractions and that's about it. I am feeling slow and tired all the time. But that's not shocking since between bathroom trips and heartburn, I'm barely sleeping. And completely out of breath. I don't think Nora has dropped at all yet because I still feel like she is sitting on my lungs. {Although, now that I look at the picture, I'm clearly way lower now than I was with Henry.} 


Over the last few weeks, I've developed technicolored-flashers in both my eyes. Its like the normal black floaters just a little bigger and made of colorful light. My blood pressure was a concern when they first started, but turns out that my BP is super low, and a trip to the eye doctor did not reveal anything either. So, the doctors have concluded that its either optic migraines (without pain), or something to do with blood pressure or blood sugar problems. At this point, the doctor recommends having the baby and seeing if  they go away. 

Nora seems to be doing great. Shes so super active that kicks literally take my breath away. Her heartbeat was hovering in the 150's while we were in the hospital. At my last appointment, the doctor was pretty sure she was head down. Although, the doctor is still predicting that she will be on the smaller side {I was only measuring 32 weeks at 34.5}. 

I'm hoping Nora holds on for one more week and makes it to full term. Then, she's welcome anytime! Although, I hope she's not expecting a fully prepared nursery or anything, cause I've totally given up on that being done! 

Comments

melissa said…
I so glad you're feeling good, heartburn and such aside. You have definitely hit that perfectly glowing stage! Can't wait to hear how things go for you!

I gasped when I recalled while reading this that Nora is your sweet girl's chosen name. After two days of deliberation and staring at our new little one, that's the name we finally settled on. I'm feeling a bit like a jerk now that I remember you chose it long ago. I hope your sweet Nora doesn't mind sharing her name with another Montessori baby across the internet. xoxo
I may be a little biased, but its an awesome name, and I'm so happy we'll share it!

Popular Posts

The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2017

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure!

2017 UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a variety of brands and new product finds! Just a reminder that no one child will be interested in all of this or needs all of this. These toys are just here to spark ideas and give you a feeling for some Montessori-friendly options available! 


So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 


First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created to…

Which Open-Ended Toys are "Worth it?"

As a Montessori parent, I try to provide a mix of materials in our home to engage my kids! That work that will spark joy, concentration, and repetition. It's not always an easy task, as Maria Montessori said, "Life is mysterious...only the choice of life can choose the work that the child truly needs. Therefore, the teacher respects this mysterious process and knows to wait with faith." So, there does sometimes feel like there is a bit of trial and error when it comes to choosing materials that your children need. 

For us, the right balance is easier to find when I spend time deeply observing my children. Watching their interests, sitting on my hands if I have to, letting them struggle a little with things, and letting them get bored. And what I have personally found is that here at home, a combination of open ended materials and more structured work have been the right balance. Open ended toys wouldn't necessarily be found in a Montessori classroom, but they are perf…

A Montessori Approach to Purging Your Toys

Becoming a Montessori family has been life changing in so many ways, most obviously with the amount and type of materials we use in our home. Once you see why having so many toys is a problem, or when you make the decision to move towards Montessori, it can be completely overwhelming. But, taking a Montessori approach to purging your toys is possible! And, it doesn't exactly mean that you have to throw away everything you have and start over with only expensive wooden toys. It will mean taking a hard look at what you have and whether it really fits with Montessori.


One note, however, Montessori is at its core about following your child's own path and respecting your child as a whole person. So, if your child has a toy, lovey, book, or whatever that your child super loves or is super attached to, but it doesn't fit Montessori ideals, don't take it away. Follow your child, that is more Montessori than whether or not you own some specific consumer product. 
How to Purge You…