I really can’t believe I am this far along! Time is flying by and I am just trying to keep up. So how are things now… well, uncomfortable. I had an amazing second trimester, super easy on me. But the third tri is making up for it as I fully expected.
How do I feel?
I am tired a lot, and all of those familiar aches and pains of relaxin doing it’s job are starting up. I have been sleeping surprisingly well for the most part with some bad nights here and there. Thank goodness that Ashton has decided to start sleeping better!! And daddy taking him to bed has been the biggest relief to me lately…it gives me a little time in the evenings to just chill out and relax.
This little guy might have his brother beat on kicking…he kicks a lot and HARD. Although, he is not up in my rib cage like Ashton was. Instead, he seems to like to stretch with legs and arms…let me tell you this is not a pleasant feeling. Surprisingly though, I enjoy all of it. I know this is my last, and I am enjoying all that I can of it!!
Am I prepared?
Well mentally, I am getting there. Luckily, my sister-in-law is going to be my “doula”. She is reading books and trying to be prepared as well…we are also getting together to talk about things so that she knows how I feel about things and can help be my advocate. I am trying to prepare myself with techniques to manage the pain. For me it will just be wrapping my mind around it. Once I can get to a good place with the contractions I will be able to cope for sure. At least this time I have figured out that I need to read more about how to actively manage my laboring. So I am getting there.. a few more weeks to go so I still have time to get my head in the game. Of course, that could all go out the window anyway lol… no one really knows what it’s going to be like.
Am I ready in all other ways?? NO. The house is a wreck – and I am in nesting mode so it’s about to drive me crazy!! My mom is going to come over and help me get things in order, and I am sooo thankful for that!! It’s going to be keeping it there that is the challenge, as well. I have almost all of the clothes ready, but I still need to find some of them..feels like I am missing stuff?? Odd. Carrier – check, co-sleeper – check, baby clothes check, nursing wear – check, diapers – uumm, almost check. We have some cloth, but we are going to need some disposables too I am sure. I still have time, but I have this pressing feeling that time is going to run out!!
I have not even packed my hospital bag. I have a couple of things ready to go in, but actually packing it just keeps getting put off. I know, your saying I still have lots of time! But with my list, I need to get the easy stuff checked off quick! One day at a time is the way I am rolling now.
The gestational diabetes is getting old… I am coping well and doing a good job keeping up with it. Even the doctor was impressed with how well I have been tracking. I was a little surprised at that, after all, it’s not really just my health, it’s my baby’s. I am so ready for a big piece of cake, or a roll, or brown sugar on my sweet potato. The silver lining in it? I have not gained weight, as in maybe 2 lbs since I was diagnosed. Last pregnancy I gained 50+ lbs… all the while eating well and working out at least 2 times a week. I also swelled like crazy. This time I have to say that the only negative part is the GD. No swelling, minimal weight gain, little to no real side effects of pregnancy. 🙂
As of now the OB office I go to is not wanting any interventions. I am hoping it stays that way. I do not agree with interventions. They are 9/10 unneeded and have negative effects on the labor and delivery. I trust nature to do its thing and will go with the flow. I just don’t want to fight them for my rights, and with as natural child-birth friendly this hospital is, I am hoping that won’t be an issue. One good piece of news that he shared last visit was that they now have a labor tub in the L&D in the hospital. Great news!!! I have heard so many women swear by laboring in water. I’m hoping it helps me too!
So there you have it… slowly getting there. I can feel him growing and don’t be surprised if my “He’s here!” announcement comes before my due dates!!