I can not believe how fast this pregnancy went. I spent the first half not really believing I was pregnant and just praying a lot. Then the second half has been so busy with my new job, Mike's new job, and a crazy schedule with two very active boys, that the nine months pretty much flew by. I frequently here things like wow I look great, or I am carrying so well... I pretty much contribute this to my non-stop movement this whole pregnancy. There hasn't been any time to relax and put my feet up, and no time to add on those extra pregnancy pounds. I can't complain about that.
Generally I feel good. I am swollen- my rings have been retired to the safe and only certain shoes fit my feet. I wake up in the morning feeling pretty good. I have energy and ready to be productive. Then I hit about 2-4pm and I am tired and sore, and then by 8pm I am officially super pregnant and uncomfortable with lots of pressure all through my low back, hips and down my legs. I did stop working about a week ago, but managed to fill my extra time playing catch up on all the things I didn't get to do while working. Plus I am not taking an official "maternity leave" from real estate, so I am still doing a couple hours of work each day for that.
I am full of emotions right now- I'm nervous (whats life going to be like with 3 kids? How are we going to manage all of these kids? Will Mike be around to help or is it all going to be on me?) and I am anxious about the actual delivery (Will I be able to have another natural un-medicated delivery? When will labor start? How is everything going to play out?) and of course excited (We have prayed and hoped for this baby for several years now, so excited to finally meet him). But I also have a batch of mixed feelings because we are pretty sure this will be our last baby. I will never say never, and of course we need to see how the next several months plays out before really deciding, but if you asked us now we would probably say we are done making babies. So that is adding a whole new set of emotions, knowing that this may be my last time ever pregnant. I love being pregnant and all of the excitement that comes along with it, so its hard for me to wrap my brain around this stage of my life being over.
But I am not going to get to caught up in those thoughts, I need to focus on all positive happy healthy baby and labor vibes, I can think about the future in the future.
Details about this pregnancy-
- They switched me from Lovenox to Heprin which is a twice a day shot. It hurts. Like a lot. My poor tummy is very bruised and battered and sore. The shots have officially become emotionally and physically draining.
-Heart burn is my enemy.
-I get braxton hicks contractions all day every day. This is pretty standard pregnancy for me. They start around 20-25 weeks pregnant and continue and get more intense throughout the weeks. They are in high gear right now.
-This baby is sitting LOW, but also pretty standard. He never moved up under my ribs like the other boys did, he just likes hanging out low in my Va Jay Jay. Most of my pressure and discomfort is in my pelvis, cervix, and shoots down my legs.
-I have been doing lots of yoga, stretching, and trying to get outside for walks as much as possible. All to help baby find a good position.
-I am loving my midwives. Its a new group right now, and I love each of them more then the last. They seem to practice very similar to how I hope to deliver this baby. I am glad I made the switch.
-People say the STUPIDEST things when they hear I am having a 3rd boy. Seriously, people have no tact.
-He is a mover, this baby. He is one of those babies you can see moving in my tummy from the other side of the room. Every doctor and ultra sound tech I have seen always comments on how much he move. And he gets nightly hiccups right as I am getting ready for bed every night.
-We did get a chance to set up a nursery for him, we did a cool old airplane theme which I am loving right now.
The boys take on things:
-Ryan is very excited. He can't wait to be a helper, and already has plan for what he can do each day to be the best big brother. He tells everyone he sees that his brother will be here soon.
-Patrick has warmed up to the idea of the baby. He still says "baby should stay inside" and "I don't really want baby to come out yet" but he is coming around. He likes to feel him kick, and to rub my tummy, and give kisses to "my brudder Thomas".
-Ryan and Patrick have been playing together sooooo well recently. This could be a great thing or a bad thing. I hope this continues, and they can be buddies all summer and really enjoy each other while I'm in baby mode. But I also hope that the addition of a new baby in the house doesn't mess up their great dynamic. I guess only time will tell.
That's all I can come up with off the top of my head. Its going to be 95 degrees tomorrow. I hope to go float in a pool and try to relax as much as I can, while enjoying this final leg of pregnancy. Next time I blog, hopefully it will be about my wonderful peaceful and easy natural delivery with lots of pictures of my beautiful baby boy :) All good vibes going on around here!