Weeks 30-36

I've totally failed on the blog updates. I have lots of excuses though, don't worry. I took Step 3 this month, so sleeping and studying have definitely been priorities. (Step 3 is the third and last test we have to pass to obtain a permanent medical license.) But praise the LORD I am done with those tests!! Step 3 takes 2 days and is about 16 hours of testing, total. That's bad enough, but taking it while almost 36 weeks pregnant was a real treat, let me tell you. Every time I had to get up to use the bathroom, I had to sign out, be fingerprinted, pull my sleeves up, pull my pockets out, pull my pant legs up (and bending over to do so is no longer easy, but neither is holding my pee), and be scanned with a hand held metal detector. It was a lot of trouble to go to the bathroom. I'm just glad it's over, and I can have my life back.

Lots of growth has occurred since my last post! I officially waddle. It's unavoidable. And my ankles. Good grief. They started swelling about 35 weeks. I have some serious pitting edema going on. I look at my feet at night, and it's like I'm looking at someone else's lower extremities. Nausea has also returned, which is really special. And sleep is... lacking, to say the least. Despite all of my complaints, I think I'm going to miss being pregnant! I just love feeling her squirm around inside my belly and knowing that she's always with me. She's such a mover and has been this whole time. You can see my belly move all around, and Matt always says she's trying to get out!

I didn't take a 30 week or a 35 week picture, but here are the last few!

I can't believe she will be here in less than a month! One of these days, we're going to finish the nursery (maybe even before she's born...), and I'll post some pictures of it.

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