Well friends, we're getting down to the home stretch! I've finally gotten to the point where people say to me, "Oh wow! You're almost there!" And yes, yes we are...and oh boy does it feel good.
This week Baby Main weighs as much as a pineapple! So he should be weighing at about 4 pounds and measuring at around 17" from head to foot. It's so crazy thinking something that "big" is living in my tummy, moving around and doing baby things! And boy is he moving! He's a very, very active little one- constantly pressing on all my organs and ribs and pushing himself WAY out. Haha. Things have gotten very "alien-like" in my stomach area. We're constantly going, "WOAH!"
I'm 98% done with all of his baby laundry! I have about 1 or 2 more loads and then we're like...ready for him to be here! Bill catches me sniffing all his clean little onesies and swaddle blankets from time to time because IT SMELLS SO BABY AND SO GOOD! We also just spent one evening prepping a bunch of crockpot freezer meals which are now labeled and in the freezer ready for when we're tired new parents! We kept saying to each other, "Isn't it crazy that when we pull this _____ out to cook, he'll be here?!!?!?" I've had some of you ask where I got the recipes from and this was the best place ever! Healthy and easy :)
All the sugar. Which for the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas I actually stopped eating and lost some weight!! I was so excited! Then Christmas came...and cookies...and New Years...and more sweets and I swear when I go to the doctor this afternoon she's going to slap me.
Water like it's going out of style. I'm all of a sudden SO thirsty. I mean, like...GIVE ME ALL THE WATER RIGHT THIS VERY INSTANT! I'll drink huge swigs and minutes later feel like I haven't had a sip of anything liquid in hours. It's the weirdest thing. I can't get enough hydration right now. Coconut water too. I just tried the little cold pressed bottle in the refrigerator section at Trader Joe's and LOVED IT! So now I need cases of it. 100's of cases. I also bought a HUGE carton of Zico which is already devoured. I can't get enough coconut water.
Still reading through my Mayo Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy book. I love that thing. Other than that, I'm really trying not to read too much stuff because it either terrifies me (because everything is now about "preparing for labor") or overwhelms me. Ahem, like last night's reading about perineal massages?!?! UGH. Anyway, Bill and I are definitely feeling educated and ready for little baby to make his debut, I'm at peace about the amount of knowledge we have, so why worry myself?
Going to sound like a broken record here, but really, really wanting the round ligament pain, right rib numbness and pain, and back pain to subside. Between those three things I feel like a 100 year old elderly lady egg shaped fatty. You should hear the groans and grunts I make just trying to move a few inches.
See above! It's gotten worse over the weeks which really affects both my daily activities and night time sleep. Complain complain. Le sigh. Also praying for Baby Main because we love him so much, his health- that he would remain a healthy little one and move down where he needs to go to prepare for labor, and for just an all around "easy" time when it's TIME! By "easy" I mean, that both Bill and I are mentally, physically and most importantly emotionally prepared. I keep asking Him for peace and grace when that time comes :) I don't want to be a crazy lunatic of a screaming panicking woman, like I fret I might.
Thank goodness for the ability to take naps if I need to :) I'm so thankful for them some days! During the night I sleep about a good solid hour at a time, then I wake up to screaming pain somewhere on my body and have to shift positions...and potty. The Lord is so good though- those naps are SUCH a help and there are even some days where I don't need one. Sleep has become this sort of philosophy to me now. It's like...it once was a prized beloved thing and now I'm like, "Eh...sleep. What exactly defines sleep?"
Pretty much wearing all the same things: maternity skinny jeans (with the band that goes all the way up my tummy because it feels amazing), SOME regular pre-pregnancy jeans (with the BeBand), maxi skirts and dresses and shirts. I have noticed though that it's getting harder to wear my regular pre-pregnancy shirts because my tummy is getting so big that it hangs out the bottom! Hahahaha. Quite the sight! I have to be pretty careful, or else just stick to those longer maternity ones ;)
FEELINGIt's just the neatest time for Bill and I right now with this little one. He's so active and so big that you can't NOT see him. That's like the NEATEST thing for me- to have Bill see him and feel him without me going, "Did you feel that?!!?!? No???? UGGGGGHHH!" He stretches my tummy WAY out, which we laugh at, punches and kicks Bill in the face when he gets near my tummy and talks to him, goes on crazy rampages where he's kicking and punching up little storms and shaking my tummy like an earthquake and even has shown us knees and elbows running across my skin. It's SO COOL.
Tired and ready. Like, really, really ready. I'm starting to understand what all my friends meant when they told me "The Lord knows just how long to put a baby inside a woman to make her WANT to go through labor!" Yeah... almost there. Almost.
He even allows others to feel him too- my mom, my sister, my sister in law and my niece have all had the little (or big) kick to show them he's there.
Now if he would just get out of my ribs...
Only a few more updates and he'll be here! Holy cow.