Obviously I seem to have taken an unintentional hiatus from blogging. I don’t know why other than I will say pregnancy brain is real this go around and it’s kind of made my brain stop working all together. It’s amazing I remember to put on underwear in the mornings (and that’s not even accomplished 100% of the time). I am closing in on this pregnancy and as I sit here and try to think of even one little thing I will miss, I cannot. Because I.AM.DONE. Like, so done. I remember with Asher Wade I had this sadness that came along with my excitement for him to be born. I loved being pregnant, loved my belly, loved all the kicks and general feeling of him being all mine. This time? I am praying every single day that today will be the day when this baby arrives earth-side and I no longer have to waddle around in constant pain. I hate to complain, and I am normally a very positive person, and obviously I am SO THANKFUL for this sweet baby, but y’all, these last few months have just been a struggle. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I am almost 5 years older this go around, or the heat (OMG the heat), or that I already have a very active 4 year old to take care of, but I am just slap worn out and usually in pain. I’ve had so many pregnancy symptoms, common and not so common, that I didn’t experience with AW, like swollenness, carpal tunnel, indigestion, varicose veins, shin splints, joint pain, insomnia, lower back pain, hemorrhoids (sorry if that is TMI), the list goes on and on. Plus my body just feels so heavy. I’m still all belly, and it literally feels like I am carrying around a 40 lb dumbbell in the front all the time. You should see me trying to get out of bed in the morning. It’s quite the sight.
All that to say, I am just ready:-)
How far along: 38’ish weeks
Due date: Measurements show my due date August 4th, and the baby is measuring a few weeks ahead of that even.
Gender: BOY!! Still not sure on the name yet. We have it narrowed down to a few that we both agree on and will likely make a game time decision when we meet him.
Size of baby: A watermelon and he’s definitely more than the 7 lbs my app says he is. At my 35 week ultrasound he was measuring 7.5 lbs. Asher Wade was just over 7 lbs at BIRTH, so needless to say, this baby is going to be bigger.
Weight gain: As of my appointment this morning I have gained almost 40 lbs.
Maternity clothes: Obviously, and some of those I’m not even fitting into anymore. I’m wearing mismatched pants and a top today, but whatevs.
Sleep: I get 1-2 decent nights a week, which means I’m still up 2x on those nights, but that’s better than the insomnia I have a lot of the other nights.
Movement: Yes, although he has definitely slowed down as he’s starting to run out of room. He’s rotated from “sunny side up” to now kind of laying on his side, so I generally have a huge lump on the right side of my belly where his back and booty are. This also means I feel his little feet on my left side. So sweet.
Cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary, except maybe sweets. My appetite has gone down and I tend to want very bland, simple things, like bread and fruit. Most mornings I have 2 hard boiled eggs and a biscuit and then some sort of protein bar and fruit for lunch. Dinner is random, but often cereal. I snack on yogurt and pretzels and definitely have my share of dessert mixed in.
Aversions: Not really anything in particular, but there are a lot of times where things that I normally love, just don’t sound good at all. I feel like I rotate 10 or so things, and I’m pretty content with that.
Symptoms: See the above intro for the gist of it;)
What I miss: Sleep and just feeling like myself in general. And being able to move around and get dressed like a normal person.
What I’m looking forward to: Duh. For this baby to make his entrance!
Best moment of the week: My regular Friday morning appointments are always a treat because I love getting confirmation that everything looks good. I also like finding out about any progress I’ve made. As of this week I am 4 cm dilated and 80% effaced, although he’s still kind of high up.
Thoughts on pregnancy: I honestly can’t believe I haven’t gone in to labor yet. Maybe everyone thinks that, but considering that I have been dilated for a few weeks now, and my level of activity, and this being my second child, I just assumed it would happen early. I’m still going strong at Orangetheory Fitness 4-5x per week, but apparently these high intensity workouts haven’t done anything to move things along, or maybe that’s why I am dilated. Staying active makes me feel so much better.
Here are some pics…