The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of Pregnancy: 38 Weeks And Counting!
So I missed a few posts. Too many, if you ask me. I planned on keeping a regular journal of this pregnancy, but, well, here we are in week 39 & I can’t seem to get my act together. Life is a little busy these days, to say the least!
A three-and-a-half year-old and an almost-two year-old require full-time care. That’s me! Fortunately I have an amazing husband who surpasses any role of father I ever anticipated. He picks up the pieces I drop. We’ve been doing pretty well at this.
I had an ultrasound at 35-ish weeks and the baby was measuring around 7 pounds. Not that this number is accurate, but it was good news since my midwife & team were expecting a big baby. This keeps them off my back through delivery time :). Now we can focus on prayers for a smooth delivery & a happy, healthy little girl. My mind is preparing & my body, definitely preparing.
It feels like this baby is going to burst out of here at any given moment! The pressure is unreal. I recall slight pressure with my first pregnancy, quite a bit more with my second, and the third is incredible! I can’t believe she’s in there, nice & tidy, waiting patiently to come out. It will never cease to amaze me, the wonder of pregnancy & birth. My husband & I constantly say to each other, “Can you believe I’m growing a baby in there?!” What a wonderful gift.
There have been some signs of labor. Early labor. Our Bradley instructor would say, “Click! Another piece of the puzzle!” We always utter those words when something happens. I won’t get into details, as these puzzle pieces may be a little TMI, but you get the picture! This time, as with my other pregnancies, I can’t tell if labor is right around the corner or weeks off. I’m always a little hopeful that our baby will come “early” but the likelihood of going “post-dates” is pretty good. We may even make it to April. Yikes!
Today happens to be a positive mind day despite a nasty cold I caught. If I don’t stay positive, I know what happens to my mental state. Positive thoughts = positive results! Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
The kids are getting sooooo excited for their little sister’s arrival. Tavia, our 3 1/2 year-old, seems to comprehend it all. She seems to grasp that there really is a baby growing inside Mommy’s belly & she will be coming out someday soon. She has decided on a name: Dumpling Flower. We think it has a nice ring to it, don’t you?! She gladly packed a bag for her overnight with my parents (which she is also very excited about) & made sure to include every little piece of clothing, undergarment, etc. she could get her hands on. Little Miss Independence! So fun to watch! Our almost two year-old, Marsden, may be a little more perplexed by the situation. I’m pretty sure he thinks the Babyinthebelly is the belly itself! He’s very loving, kissing & hugging my belly constantly, sharing food, toys and the like. Although I’m not sure if he realizes there is a live human being inside. Only time will tell! Either way, we think they are both going to be fantastic siblings, eventually.
Onward & upward. Bring on this baby! We are so excited to meet her, to hold her, to smell her & hear her. To name her. This adventure has been so fantastic & we are so grateful. Blessings-