I'm still pinching myself that I'm about to have another baby. I mean I feel super pregnant, and beyond ready to have baby earth side, but it still seems surreal that we are going to have another little one!
This pregnancy has been extra special. Don't get me wrong, the first two were just as great, but there's something about this time that has me feeling extra gratitude for this beautiful experience a third time around.
I think it's because going in to this pregnancy, I knew myself better. Both as a mom and as a women -- as myself. The constant learning and growing as we go through life gave me time to desire this experience. To not just think 'I'll have a baby someday' but to truly long for another baby in our lives.
I had my ups and downs about this but in the end our story seems to have gone perfectly as to bless us with another child. And that's why I'm so grateful.
I'm super excited for how this time will be different... with more experience, bigger kids, and new appreciation.
As for now, I'm trying my best to be patient and let nature take it's course. Keeping that gratitude in mind and praying for an easy and joyful labour and delivery.
I only wrote one other pregnancy post this time and haven't shared any fun pregnancy ramblings. So, since we're 10 days away from estimated arrival why not do a little bump Q&A?!
Weight gain? About 30 lb!
Stretch marks? None... but as mentioned in my last post, I learned of varicose veins and their commonality in pregnancy this time around... according to my doctor, they typically disappear once the pressure of baby's head is gone.
Signs of labour?
- Cramps as of last week but nothing too intense or regular. I didn't have many early contractions for the girls so when I started feeling these last week, the day Matthew left for work, I got super anxious thinking it was the real deal!
- About 2-3 cm dilated at my 38 week check up and lots of low pressure from baby's head.
- Breakfast foods! Oats, cereal, granola. Anything nut butter/banana.
- Sweet tooth goes and comes but it's more for chocolate or fruit.
Much more relaxed the past couple days! My MIL arrived on Saturday and Matthew decided to fly home early and landed Monday evening. It's a relief to have both of them here, mentally and physically. I've been taking it much easier than usual lately. Thankful for time to lie down when I need it and extra hands to help with the girls and things around the house.
I'm also so excited about baby's gender being a surprise! It's been such a cool experience not knowing who is growing in there. I think it's going to be an amazing part of delivery!
Tough call. The past couple months have not been the best in the sleep department. I was logging good rest hours but was dealing with sore hips and leg cramps. Constantly turning side to side with pillows for support because I found it much harder to rest on my left side for the whole night this time. Since going to a prenatal chiropractor a few weeks ago, my pain has really improved. Now my problem seems to be more insomnia, cramps or baby moving too much to sleep. I don't know if its adrenalin kicking in or my body preparing for the lack of sleep that's about to hit... but it's so strange to be tired and not able to sleep. Like I said though, I've been napping or atleast lying down every day for the past week so that helps too!
- Picking up anything that falls on the floor... and attempting to play Frisbee with Halle ha!
- Lacking shirts to cover the bump
- Brain fog (trying to think of problems because there's definitely more laughable things...)
That's pretty much it! Here's hoping the next update will be baby's arrival and birth story (I love reading and writing these!)
Happy hump day!
Thanks, as always, for following along XO