Pregnancy #11 Week 36: Nesting and Thinking About Baby

Only 2 weeks and 6 days left, but who’s counting, right? :)

I have been so tired since the beginning of this third trimester that I was concerned that I’d not get any of that lovely nesting energy and we would bring baby home to a home that was in serious need of deep cleaning, organizing and de-cluttering. I kept reminding myself that this was not a sin issue and if little one was welcomed into a less than organized, clean and smoothly running home it would still be fine and we would eventually catch up and get back into the swing of things.

However, yesterday it hit and I got more done than I have the entirety of the rest of the third trimester. The younger children and I scrubbed toilets and bathrooms, de-cluttered, deep cleaned and re-decorated the living room, dining room, family room and most of the kitchen. I gave 5 boy haircuts and got some more big brother/sister t-shirts finished. Oh and I cooked dinner for the first time in longer than I’d like to admit.

My plans for today include the master bedroom and downstairs living area. After that I will call the house ready for baby.

Of course last week I got our new school plan and schedule done and implemented, so am happy that we’re ready for baby on that side of things.

Last week the girls (because I’ve been been staying away from food because of nausea) stocked up our freezer with about 16 meals for after the baby arrives. We did this the simple way, by doubling or quadrupling whatever we were serving for dinner.

We now have one to three of each of these meals in our freezer:

Some of these recipes are within the same blog post, so the links will go to the same place.

We made no progress on the to-do list that I posted last week, but I’m hopeful for progress this week. Despite this it feels like things are falling into place.

I keep intending to post a “pregnant picture”, maybe I’ll update this post later in the day. Sometimes I can’t believe that this baby and I still have nearly 3 weeks to continue growing. Colby (5) said yesterday that he was afraid my belly might pop. Yep, sometimes I wonder about that too.

Mark thinks this baby will be one of our larger variety kids. We have two types; little, scrawny babes (between 6 and 8 pounds) who grow into skinny toddlers and children (we’ve had several children who haven’t hit 20 pounds until well past their first birthday) and chubby, big-headed babies with broad shoulders (8 to 10 pounds) who grow into solid toddlers and children. Our slight children: Amber (15), Carter (10), Sadie (9), Colby (5). Our solid children: Matthew (13), Alyssa (11), Savannah (7), Nicholas (4). Our in-between children: Kaitlin (14) and Isabella (2).

Mark thinks this baby will be one of the latter type. We’ll see.

We also have two types of baby when it comes to hair. Several of our children have been born with long, thick, dark black hair (no joke, Alyssa began wearing something to keep her hair out of her face before she was a month old) and others have been mostly bald.

It’s fun to guess what God has planned for this little guy!

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18 Responses to Pregnancy #11 Week 36: Nesting and Thinking About Baby
  1. Annie
    August 1, 2012 | 9:24 am

    Proof that children truly are a gift! We dont know what they will look like until they arrive and that is such a beautiful surprise! I looked at all of my newborn babies and thought,”Oh! So that’s who was giving me heartburn! No wonder, you look like daddy!” lol! Praying for you and your family!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thanks for your prayers. I’m getting nervous about the c-section. I suppose that’s normal. I was always nervous about labor with the other children.

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  2. Homeschool on the Croft
    August 1, 2012 | 9:35 am

    So glad you got energy to get stuff done – NOT that I think it’s so important to get it done, but because it makes yourself feel better. Soooo good to only have a couple of weeks’ wait. Exciting!!!

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  3. Delilah
    August 1, 2012 | 9:43 am

    I am so glad you are getting everything accomplished that you wanted to:) All my children are tiny(6.7-7.8lbs) when they are born and tend to be slow growers. My 13 month old only weighs 18 lbs, but she eats like a pig, lol! It is neat seeing how they can all be so different. We have one brunette with blue eyes, one brunette with hazel eyes, one blond with hazel eyes, one blond with blue eyes, and #5 has more hair than the others had(they were all pretty much bald), hers is light brown but it looks like it could turn blond. Right now she has blue eyes but that could change too, because she is only 8 weeks:) It just amazes me how the are all “fearfully and wonderfully made”.

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  4. Inga
    August 1, 2012 | 11:25 am

    We made your Mexican lasagna recipe yesterday. It’s great. My family is small enough that we have enough for 2 meals, without doubling it. That’s changing, though. I added 2 family members in 2011, and it looks like we’ll add 2 more in late 2012 or early 2013!

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  5. Asia
    August 1, 2012 | 11:34 am

    I will be 17 weeks along on Friday! We have our next doctor’s appointment tomorrow. Please pray that all is well with our precious baby. We should also find out what date we will have our 20 week ultrasound. I am so excited to see baby again and hopefully find out if God has given us a boy or girl! Continued prayers for you and your little one.

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  6. Cari Wiebe
    August 1, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    Up until last week the thought of not being pregnant made me sad. However I have hit the big wall and yesterday I even found myself crying due to the discomfort. The midwives were here and by all indications the baby and I are both more then ready, now we wait for the Lord to say go! I am finding that planning life for our other children very difficult. “If mommy isn’t having the baby then we can….” My husband and I are both nesting. He began a very large addition to our home this week. I am running out of stuff to do, so I dyed my hair. I figure the little guy doesn’t need to know that I am an “older” mom right away. We did welcome 8 piglets to the farm today, so maybe we can add a human baby to that count. The day is still young and my deliveries are short so one never knows. Here is hoping!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Let us know when your precious gift arrives. Praying it’s soon, but knowing His timing is always best!

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    Cari Wiebe Reply:

    Thanks Kimberly, I will let you know. Take care don’t work to hard.

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  7. Rachel
    August 1, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Seven weeks today, and really starting to feel it! Mostly, I’m just hoping this pregnancy works out.

    Congratulations on the nesting! And I hope the weeks left are enjoyable for you.

    If I may ask, what happens if you go into labor before your scheduled c-section?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    We’ll head to the hospital for a c-section. If you’re curious as to why we’re having a c-section, I posted about it here.

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  8. Heather
    August 1, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    Your babies aren’t all the same? All 5 of mine so far were big, had lots of hair and started with blue eyes. Only one has lost the blue eyes do far. Even though they all start the same they sure grow differently.

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  9. Rachel
    August 1, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    When was your last ultrasound? I had late ones for both my boys and with both of them you could see their hair wafting around in the amniotic fluid! We wished ultrasound could do color to see if they would be red heads (hubby is a red head). They were! Both were born with a full head of bright red hair.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Our last ultrasound was at 20 weeks. Love the red hair. All of our kiddos are born with black hair.

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  10. Emily M.
    August 1, 2012 | 9:25 pm

    That is so exciting! It is always fun to dream of what our little ones will look and be like when they arrive. We have 5 (so far) and 4 of them have all been just shy of 9 pounds. But the fourth one was just a little over 7 pounds. And she has just been a petite little thing like your little ones. She didn’t hit 20 pounds until she was 17 months old! But she is as healthy as can be and a wonderfully joyful, sweet, thriving 2 and a half year old now! She, like your fourth, is our sunshine baby. :) Praying for you as you prepare for your new little boy! Blessings~

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  11. Stacie
    August 1, 2012 | 11:00 pm

    I guess something happened with blogger (?) and I wasn’t getting your blog posts anymore. The Lord brought your blog back to mind for me (yeah!). I needed some encouragement on large family-ness!

    God bless you and that sweet baby. Take care.
    -Stacie

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  12. Lisa Reynoso
    August 2, 2012 | 11:42 am

    I’m glad you’ve been able to nest. My son was due July 18. We were planning on trying for the 16th with castor oil like I did with his brother. So I was going to do all this organizing and finish washing the baby clothes and clean up the changing table and so on. The morning of the 9th, I started having mildly painful contractions that wouldn’t go away no matter what I did. My husband ended up doing the nesting! He had spent Sunday (the day before) sanding and staining 3 book cases. Monday he painted a used dresser we had purchased a while back and unpacked the book boxes that had been cluttering up the living room. When I gave birth in the bedroom, the living room was a disaster! Then we couldn’t find a onesie for the baby, because they were in the laundry waiting for me to wash them. We didn’t have any clean receiving blankets for the same reason! I had been too anemic and lacking energy before that, which is why nesting didn’t really hit, I guess. At least I had sorted out the newborn clothes the week before and washed some of them!

    Anyhow, we are doing well, and my little tater bug is getting nice and chubby! And more precious every day!

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  13. Erica Miller
    August 8, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    That’s exciting! I had my sixth child five weeks ago. Our third son. He was nine pounds even just like my last son was. And all of our babies, except one have been born with a head of Brown hair. Our first baby had the most. I can’t get enough of the precious newborn snuggles! It’s tough with the lack of sleep but its worth it. Look forward to hearing about your new little one

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