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This week was pretty darn fantastic actually.

It started with a doctor’s appointment where I learned that I passed my glucose test with flying colors. No gestational diabetes, yay! All my other levels are also great and I’m measuring perfectly on track.

The only crazy thing is I did not gain a single pound in the four weeks between appointments. I believe my exact reaction was, “Excuse me, what?!” I did not hold back at all in my Christmas eating and I certainly look a lot bigger. She just stated it as a fact and didn’t say anything else about it so I guess it’s not a concern? I should have asked but I was too busy being confused at how it was possible. I’ve been trying not to worry about it since she didn’t say she was worried. Not going to lie though, I have been indulging in dessert a bit more often. For the baby of course.

I also hit a milestone this week. Twice strangers have asked me when I’m due. I see this as a milestone because it officially means I look for real pregnant and not just “did she eat too many cheeseburgers?” Actually, I didn’t realize it had happened the first time until almost an hour later. All of the sudden I turned to Joel and said, “She just assumed I’m pregnant. I must really look pregnant now!” Still no strangers touching the belly though, I’m sure that milestone won’t take an hour to sink in.

For New Years Eve we decided last minute to drive to Denver for a Five Iron Frenzy show. It was long, tiring and 100% worth it. I’ll write more about it in a later post though.

hospital

We ended the big, long, exciting week with a tour of the hospital. Oh my goodness, I could not be happier about where we have chosen to bring this baby into the world. Everything is brand new, beautiful and state of the art. Their policies are also extremely natural birth friendly. Everything, from laboring in a tub, to eating and drinking during labor, to how many support people are allowed, is just how I would want it. Even their policies on c-sections are fantastically baby and mom friendly if I should need one for some reason. I’m just so pleased and feel so confident that no matter how my baby ends up coming out it will be a positive experience.

I’m ending this post with some TMI. So if you are male or related to me or just don’t want to read about my girly bits congratulations, you’ve reached the end of the post thanks for reading!

Okay, so those of you who are left I have a question. My belly has grown enough that I can no longer see down there. So for those of you who have been there before, how did you take care of grooming? The idea of blindly attacking my girly bits with sharp objects is quite terrifying to me. I would just go to a professional and let them take care of it but that gets expensive and I’d rather spend that money on baby things. Or brownies. So, how did you all prevent a jungle situation without butchering yourself or breaking the bank?

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16 Comments

  1. I went all jungle all the way. Nobody cared.

  2. Carrie

    Hey hey Abigail,
    So in response to your question… I was pretty “jungle-y” for much of my 3rd trimester but when I couldn’t take it any longer I tried a few things…
    1. I tried scissors and a mirror…
    Problem: Scissors are sharp and things tend to move “opposite” in mirrors. This can be dangerous for obvious reasons.

    2. I tried using a electric hair trimmer.
    Problem: Either I was using it wrong or it was broken but it kept yanking single hairs out which hurt and scared me that it could do damage to my lady parts. Also terrifying…

    I ended using a regular razor and while standing up letting my senses guide me along the bikini line, moving at a snails pace. It was never clean cut and Cole and I usually got a good laugh at how terrible it looked but it made me feel a little more womanly.

    Some people say they let their spouses shave it for them but I guess I’m not that trusting of others with sharp objects near my junk, but that’s me.

    Some also suggested waxing but like you said that’s expensive and I wasn’t trying that for the first time 8 months preggo!!!

    Not sure if this helped but thought I would share. 🙂
    So happy to see that everything is going well!!!

    (P.S. I really tried to “clean up” down there before going into labor and let’s just say I should have let it be crazy, cause it looked crazier after cleaning up. All the nurses got a good laugh out of it though!)

    • I laughed so hard when I read when I read that last sentence. I have no doubt my attempts would be equally funny.

  3. TheFeministBreeder

    Easy: husband took care of that for me. 🙂

    On a related note, are you getting a doula? (Not asking for me, I just want to make sure you’ve considered that. Your doctor has them on staff and they’re worth their weight in gold! Snag one!)

    • We are using the doula service through my ob’s office. We’ve already met with one of them and we really like her. And especially since the Bradley method is so focused on husband coaching Joel feels a lot more comfortable knowing he’ll have a pro backing him up.

  4. Tricia

    I really thought I would be a lot more concerned about it than it turns out I was. Just let it grow and get rid of everything later.

    • Honestly I’m really only worried about it for the delivery. However, I hear I won’t care then? I don’t know.

  5. You really lose and forget about all senses of dignity when you go in labor… I promise that you won’t care what it looks like down there or who sees it, so long as they are there to assist you in delivering that precious little bundle! Hope that eases your worries 😉 Glad to hear all else is going well with your pregnancy… and look forward to the recap of your NYE road-trip (enjoyed following via Instagram).

    • I hope you’re right. Joel is super understanding but strangers looking at this mess is a lot more intimidating.

  6. Jessica

    I very gently did it myself by feel, and had hubby double check when I was done to make sure I didn’t miss anything to obvious!

  7. Yayyyy you LOOK pregnant!!! 🙂

  8. Right now I’m in jungle mode.. But my last pregnancy right at 39 weeks I used nair and a hand mirror and it worked out great. I meant to buy some today as I am 31 weeks but of course pregnancy brain so I only now remembered from reading this blog LOL. But yeah I didn’t use any razor’s just some nair and a mirror and I was all set.

    • You’re the second person who mentioned Nair. I was under the impression it wasn’t safe but I never have really researched it. Going to look into it, at least for right before the delivery.

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