With the close of week 36, baby will officially be "full term." Now the question is: will he arrive sooner? Or later? Based on the size of the "bump" I'm hoping for sooner...
|The bump at 36 weeks|
Friday: 2 mile walk
Saturday: Prenatal yoga
Monday: 2 mile walk
Tuesday: 2 mile walk
Wednesday: 2 mile walk
Thursday: 2 mile walk
10 miles walked + 0 miles run + 1 yoga class
(Is this really my lowest mileage week so far? Yikes!)
WHAT I LOVED READING THIS WEEK:
I finally read The Happiest Baby on the Block.
Is the book worth reading?
I think the baby calming techniques (swaddling, side or stomach lying, shushing, swinging, and sucking) are brilliant.
BUT, to be completely honest, I thought the book was poorly written.
The text is chopped up with quotes, anecdotes, and illustrations thrown in, seemingly, at random. It would benefit from some serious editing help.*
That said, I have been practicing my swaddling technique, and I'm all for swinging my baby if it will help him stop crying.
Fortunately, there's a Happiest Baby video that goes into detail on how to swaddle, shush, and swing properly... and skips over all of the silly anecdotes.
So... the bottom line here is: if you have to pick one, skip the book and buy The Happiest Baby On The Block video instead.
*Note: The "research" on traditional cultures, like the !Kung, gives the merest lip-service to a unique method of child-rearing, while providing almost no anthropological detail (or source notes!) about the cultural norms and values at play. (To be fair... I'm a demographer/sociologist. If I see a culture held up as a "great example" of "how to do things right," I expect more detail. Maybe I shouldn't be so hard on a baby book... but then again, if you're going to tell me that there is a "right" way to calm a baby, it seems reasonable expect more than "this other group does this thing, and it seems to work for them.")
Public Service Message from Captain Obvious: These posts are not intended to be a set of week-by-week pregnancy workout guidelines. Every woman needs to do what's right for her and her baby, with a doctor's guidance, of course. I'd just like to keep y'all up to date on how things are going in my little world.