Due Date: March 27, 2014. 3ish weeks to go.
Weight Gain: 40 lbs.
Symptoms: I'm so very, very (VERY) tired. Like that barely functional level of fatigue. Oh well, it's what happens (and thus my explanation of why I haven't blogged in two weeks). Other third tri symptoms that are going strong are reflux, short of breath, plus the usual aches and pains of late third tri. Sadly, nausea is back and I threw up this morning. Boo. Thankfully, I will only be facing a few weeks instead of a few months and it won't leave me bed ridden. Totally doable...just not enjoyable. And this time I'll be smart and keep emergency puke bags with me at all times to avoid a car incident like last time.
Labor Signs: Ooh! New category. I had my group B strep test today and I opted for an internal exam (probably my only one unless I go over 40 weeks). I'm 2 cm, 50% effaced and baby was at a -2 station but "firmly engaged." Doesn't really much of anything, but it's great news in terms of it indicating my body is moving in the direction of doing all that it needs to do. Also good to pretty much cross off concerns about a breech baby. Throwing up this morning along with some cramping and other usual pre-labor signs (usual for me, that is) has me realizing it's high time to finish packing that hospital bag as it really could be any day now.
What's different this time: I actually feel really quite prepared for this baby in terms of to-do list items completed/house stocked/freezer meals made, more so than either time before. Maybe because I have a better grasp of how much life will shut down for a bit :)
I'm thankful for: The ability to slow down considerably right now. I can physically handle about one activity a day (so one grocery shopping trip or one playdate or one preschool drop off/pick up). While we could really use some nicer weather, I will say that being stuck inside alleviates the potential guilt of not being out and about with the kids. Physically I couldn't really do that right now so it works out okay.
Cravings/Aversions: I've been meaning to mention that baby carrots are so delicious right now and I'm normally not a fan of carrots. Still not a huge fan of food in general, though, and dinner is a forced affair. I also find I have to stop halfway through most meals because I get too full. Need to remember to just cut all portions in half to start with!
Sleep: Technically I'm in bed and sleeping for enough hours, but it's not a quality sleep at all as I wake up exhausted. Par for the course so no big deal.
I miss: Filling my lungs with air and breathing nice full breaths in and out. It gets a little claustrophobic when I feel like I can never get quite enough oxygen.
I am looking forward to: Same, same: being on the other side of the birth experience. I mentioned this before but I feel more anxious about the baby while they are inside versus when the are outside. I know other women feel the opposite. I'll be glad where there aren't so many unknowns in my future (unknown due date, unknown labor & delivery experience, unknown childcare arrangements, confirmation of baby's health, etc.)
Best moment this week: Same as last time - I continue to feel so smitten by the kids right now. I don't feel as heart-breaky over adding another child and I don't feel like I'm "taking away" from my current child(ren) the way I did last time, but I am very cognizant that my attention will be much more split very soon. Trying to live in the moment and enjoy these quiet few weeks as a family of four.
I'm stressing about: The birth experience although I'm feeling a little calmer after re-reading my birth stories. I have been avoiding them because I thought they would cause me more stress, but instead they reminded me that I do get early labor signs and that I am also very capable of doing the whole thing again (even if I really don't want to do the whole thing again!)
Milestones: The milk carton milestone! Milk is now expiring AFTER my due date.
Movement: Yes and my belly gets sore from being pressed on by my big strong baby. The baby did flip to the more ideal position of bum on my right side, feet on my left side (s/he did it during the movie Frozen in the theater - maybe the loud sound caused that??) but in the last couple days s/he shifted back again.
It's a...: Surprise. And now I'm getting more boy vibes between how big this baby is getting and the fact my nausea is back (which happened with Oliver but not with Bella).
Exercise: Nope. And I can't imagine this changing in the next few weeks. I have to conserve my physical energy for daily life right now otherwise I pay for it with hours of bad contractions and pain. No tank ya!
Diet: Fine, but too much candy. Should really cut back as a thrush precaution. And should knock off the dairy since my body is not a fan at all.
Weekly Goal: Met my goal of getting freezer meals made - I have 15 meals that would feel 4 hungry adults each and another 2 weeks of lunches. Would like to keep plugging away and adding more each week until baby arrives, but that might not be possible with the return of nausea and vomiting. It feels really good that we have really tackled so much of our to-do list. I made the mistake of waiting too long during my last pregnancy and was too spent to be fully productive.
I have an official 36 & 37 picture but this one was the cutest.