Weeks 35 and 36 FLEW by! I swear, every time I turn around, it’s Sunday and we’re another week closer to meeting our miracle.
After starting to research my questions about birth online and via the What to Expect app, I realized it may be best to try and take a pre-birth class with Robert. I tried getting into one with the hospital where I’ll deliver, but they were booked for the full month of April! So, I ended up signing us up for a class on the only Saturday that we had available in April at another local hospital. I knew that I’d learn a lot, but I truly didn’t realize that Robert would appreciate the class as much as he did. We both had our questions answered and thought it was well-worth our time afterward.
We cut out of the class a little early to head to a wedding for one of our next door neighbors. We unfortunately missed the wedding, but made it to the reception at Holly Tree. It was such a beautiful night to celebrate the love of two people- one whom I’ve known since I was 7. Our whole family danced the night away and of course popped into some selfie stick pics…
That Tuesday after I reached 35 weeks, Robert and I took a guided tour of the Greenville Memorial Hospital where I’ll deliver our precious pumpkin. 🙂 They showed us the three separate rooms that I’d occupy during my stay there. We saw the different rooms, figured out where to go when we arrive and learned what we should make sure to bring. Although I grew up in Greenville, I never remember going to the hospital, so I felt way more comfortable after our visit.
Right before I hit 36 weeks, my in-laws threw Robert and me a shower in Hendersonville and invited their family and friends from the area to attend. Robin held it at Never Blue in downtown Hendersonville and everything about the afternoon was perfect. The food, company and location were all wonderful. It was great seeing Robert’s extended family and friends as we haven’t made it up to Hendersonville since the beginning of the year. The overwhelming support that we’ve received from family and friends over my pregnancy is very humbling and makes both of us feel so good.
That next morning, I picked my mom up at her house at 7 a.m. and drove to the Target in Simpsonville to stand in line for the Lilly for Target frenzy. We stood in line (in the rain) for a good 45 minutes before the store opened. We had to have been close to #30 in line. When those doors opened, the ladies in line made a mad dash for all of the Lily stuff! My mom and I stood like deer in headlights while these wild women grabbed everything in sight. The news said that everything was gone in 15 minutes, but at our Target, everything was scarfed up within 30 seconds! I came out of Target with toilet paper that we needed for the house. 🙂 I’m fortunate that I have a crazy enough mom to agree to stand in line and stop with me for silly clothes. Merrick ended up snagging some really cute things in Mount Pleasant because her store was stocked with way more than ours.
During weeks 33 and 34, I definitely felt myself growing. One particular dress that I’d been wearing with no problem (wasn’t maternity but was wide enough to allow me to fit) was getting a liiiittle bit too tight. 🙂
During week 33, my amazing co-workers threw us a beautiful baby shower at Twigs and invited Robert to attend. They held a nice lunch, gave us thoughtful gifts and made us play a “Price is Right” baby shower game. One part of the game involved Robert blindly eating a mixture of nasty baby foods. Once he was blindfolded, they gave him a bowl of cool whip to eat. He was such a good sport. 🙂 I’m very thankful to work in a department and under leaders who cherish their employees so much.
That weekend right before marking off week 34, we headed over to Heritage Park to watch the S.C. Strongman Competition that our friend Gary was competing in. We got to the park around 10 a.m. and watched Gary complete a relay of moving really heavy objects and move a tow truck with an Escalade on the back of it 50 feet. He pulled the truck 50 feet in 28 seconds! It was incredible. We knew he was strong, but he completely bulldozed his competitors and ended up winning the title of Strongest Man in S.C. for the second year in a row.
This week, Robert hung a shelf, hung all of the pictures and helped me put together Baby Girl’s Moses basket holder. I’m so appreciative of his patience and handiness because I know if I’d have hung the shelf and pictures, her room would look like a Dr. Suess room (not in a good way).
Robert and I really enjoy doing active things together and have a hard time sitting still. We’re constantly on-the-go. During week 31, we played golf at a course that’s close to our house. I think that this baby weight helps keep my swing even because I play better golf pregnant with a little extra weight on my body than I do without it. 🙂
Since it’s started to get nice out after work, we’ve started taking nightly walks before dinner. We live in a neighborhood where people are out and about walking their dogs and with their children. It’s been nice to see different parts of the ‘hood on foot and start to meet our neighbors. Baby Girl loves our long walks- I can tell because sometimes she dances in my stomach as we walk up or down a hill.
On the weekend leading up to week 32, my mom and sister threw me a beautiful baby shower at the RiverWalk clubhouse. They made sure that everything was absolutely perfect from the people who attended to the decor to the food. They truly are too good to me, and I cannot believe that I was blessed with such amazing women in my life. I feel fortunate that so many people came out to help celebrate Baby Wilson’s soon-to-be arrival. The love that they shared was overwhelming and I can’t even describe how it made us (Baby W and I) feel. We had friends stay with us that Friday and Saturday night, so by Sunday, Robert, baby and I were whooped. I spent the afternoon organizing the baby’s room and putting away all of her clothes and gifts from the shower. After our beautiful Greenville shower, Robert and I realized that we’re going to have baby stuff (Mommaroo, Pack-n-Play, toys, clothes, etc.) scattered all over most of our house when Baby Wilson arrives- and we CAN’T WAIT.