Weight Gain: 38 lbs. So 7 lbs in two weeks. Ok, now maybe I am starting to feel a little bugged about weight gain because REALLY 7 lbs in two weeks when I have still been gaining nearly all other weeks in the second and third trimester? Sigh. Might break through the 44 lb gain of Oliver, though doubt I will get to 53 lbs gained with Bella. 47. That will be my guess. (And I am not really swollen or medically concerned about this jump, though will obviously mention it to midwives if another 3+ gain happens next week.)
Symptoms: Another rough week but again it's hard to sort out pregnancy symptoms from general life stuff. One notable symptom is that I'm SO TIRED. Like want to lay down on the (unswept, unmopped) floor and take a rest tired. But I suspect I'd be tired like that even without being a gestation sensation because I am coming off a week of being nearly completely housebound with two sicks kids (and a sick me) with little outside help (bad timing of husband working around the clock for his quarterly report thingy and not wanting the babysitter being exposed to our germs and having to skip preschool/activities). So I'm a little (a lot) Mama-ed out right now. On the plus side, my VV problems are quite good since we have been home so much. And doubley plus side - Bella is back to preschool today and doesn't have to miss her Valentine's Day party!
What's different this time: Nothing comes to mind this week.
I'm thankful for: Oliver never developing croup (just a bad cough/cold), Husband's busy work time ending pretty much today, and once again glad baby was tucked inside for this round of germs.
Cravings/Aversions: I still think about donuts a lot and even picked some up at Target but they were the grossest and I had to toss them...and I'm generally not one to toss baked goods. I also did some nice work with a box of V-day chocolates...that I bought myself :) No aversions (yay!)
Sleep: Actually not so bad and have managed to stay mostly asleep past few nights, so I don't know why I still feel so very pooped out. Probably because it's not the most quality sleep since I'm so big and awkward shaped. And do not hate me, fellow pregnant ladies, but I manage to avoid needing to pee more than once most nights. Somehow I go about 5 times in the hour before sleep and then can hold off until 6 AM.
I miss: Stomach sleeping.
I am looking forward to: Temps in the 20s and 30s are coming up!! This is huge! I will also get a break + a V-day date when the babysitter comes tomorrow.
Best moment this week: There was a really sweet moment between the kids that happened when they didn't know I was watching. Oliver was crying about something (oh the emotions this past week while they were under the weather!) and Bella put her arm around him and was quietly comforting him and it was just super touching to my mama heart.
I'm stressing about: Same old, same old: concerns about how labor/delivery/childcare for the older two will play out and concerns about April/May/early June with a newborn + regular life + husband working more than usual. I try to stop that line of thinking and just remind myself that we can drive to the hospital with the kids if things are going super fast (and let husband deal with the kids from there while I go birth baby) and that life will simply work out one way or another once baby arrives. Yes some things might be harder (hello, newborn on the outside versus on the inside!) but some will be easier (sleep may be less but will be of a higher quality and I won't have the physical restrictions of pregnancy to slow me down). So basically there is just a lot of my brain taking off on a crazy train and then me (or, uh, my brain once again) just stopping that line of thinking with a reality check. The unknown aspect of WHEN birth will happen is a doozy, isn't it?
Milestones: Can't think of one but I am marveling that 35/35 is coming up! (35 weeks of pregnancy and 35 days left.)
Movement: Yup. I don't like it when baby takes longer naps because it worries me a bit not to feel him/her for a stretch, but most days contain plenty of movement to keep me reassured.
It's a...: Surprise. I dreamed it was a girl. Bella thinks girl. Oliver thinks boy. I think Husband is leaning towards thinking it's a boy, too. I watched a random-to-me person's sex/"gender" reveal video and I got so teary and thought about how exciting that is...then I remembered that uh, I'm basically about to experience the same thing for myself! Ha! I do wonder if the moment of learning it's a boy or a girl will be just one more piece of info in the excitement of the birth? No regrets about not finding out early, however. This was our last chance to do it the old-fashioned way so I'm glad we are trying it out.
Exercise: No. I need to pick it back up and I'm thinking it will be easier to deal with going to the gym now that the weather isn't so painfully and horribly cold. Or rather, the weather will soon be not be so painfully and horribly cold. I just want to hibernate from everything: gym, grocery stores, outings when there are negative one million degree wind chills.
Diet: Actually have been doing really well with cooking dinners and such - helps that I finally restocked our groceries on Monday (see above about avoiding places when it is super cold).
Weekly Goal: I did get some catch-up housework done last week (that was my goal) but I'm still feeling a little behind since my energy is so low. Oh - and I completed my birth plan so that was good. I think for this week I want to again focus on regular-life catch up and it would be lovely if Husband and I could devote some weekend time to tasks that I can't do myself (like attaching shelves to walls in the basement and installing a closet in the nursery).
And then my first born wandered by so I included him, too.