And just like that, we’re in the top 10 countdown. How did that happen? A part of me feels like I’ve been pregnant for approximately 87 months and the other part feels like this final homestretch has truly snuck up on me. I’ve tried to make it a goal this pregnancy to put Adeline first and not let this time with her slip away by focusing too much on baby brother before he gets here, but it’s definitely a hard balance to strike. We’re already having such a sweet summer, and it blows my mind to think about how much she’s changed in just one year. I can’t wait to see what a big girl she is in August! Can you believe we moved a YEAR ago this month?!
So back to pregnancy. Things are trucking right along! We’re about 30.5 weeks now, so I thought it was time to share a 28-29 week update then hop right into the 30’s next time. We’ve got a prenatal appointment today, so I’ll include it with the next update, though I expect it to be pretty standard. We did have a tiny bit of “excitement” this morning, if you can call it that, but thankfully everything is a-ok and I was probably worrying for nothing.
These past two weeks have been more of the same – backache and heartburn pretty much 24/7, still getting lots of walks in, but finding plenty of energy to nest around the house and bug Adam to knock things off my honey-to-do list. Baby boy is moving lots, sometimes hard enough to make me think he’s doing some organ rearranging in there! This is definitely my favorite part of pregnancy, so I’m trying to cherish every movement and be thankful.
Previous updates from this pregnancy:
- Heartburn, especially anytime I’m laying down and all night long
- Backaches and pelvic pain
- Fatigue during the day but SO AWAKE at night
- Nesting like crazy
- Sensitive to the heat but not enough that I can’t enjoy it in small doses
- Braxton Hicks
- Emotional (thank you Adeline sayings)
- Once again, all things sweet – chocolate chip cookies especially, vanilla ice cream with hard shell fudge, and oreo milkshakes
- Chips and queso
- Chicken in certain forms
Feeling Like: I’m honestly feel pretty good, other than the heartburn at night and the back pain. Still in that ‘sweet spot’ and not quite to the fully miserable state that is the last month of pregnancy! I actually have this hunch that he’ll come a little bit early. I feel silly saying that since I swore Adeline was going to come early and we evicted her 4 days late. This time though I just have this feeling he’s bigger and he’s going to be wanting to bust out sooner than his sister. I’m hopeful at least! I keep telling him August 1 or 2 would be a good time and that he has my full permission to come at 39 weeks, ha! I’m also feeling extra emotional these days as Adeline seems to be showing signs of being the best big sister. She’s constantly playing with her baby dolls – tucking them in, carrying them around, walking them in her stroller, giving them bottles, etc. It’s the most precious thing, and I’m not sure how she just ‘knows’ what being a little mama is all about. I guess God designed it that way. 🙂 Oh, and it feels like every sentence out of her mouth makes me want to cry. Sometimes I think she’s trying to melt my heart on purpose.
- Ordered a few more things for baby boy
- Hung his nursery curtains
- Adeline learned to swim in her puddle jumper and now she’s conquering the pool like a big kid. She LOVES floating around by herself!
- Memorial Day weekend cookout with in-laws
- Swimming with Adeline is so much fun. She constantly says, “Mommy I wan swim wif you!” or “Look at me! Look at me! I do it myself!” Oh and she’s so proud of her water shoes and will tell you all about them.
- National Donut Day donuts together
- Family date nights just the three of us
- Feeling baby boy move and groove around and watching my belly at night
Gender: BOY, Barrett will be here before we know it!
Movement: So much movement! And I’m so, so thankful for it. He kicks the most after breakfast, in the car, and at night before bedtime (or in the middle of the night!). Sometimes it’s painful though and I’ve caught myself saying “ouch!” out loud because it feels like he’s about to break out of my stomach, or kicking my organs. Adam has felt him lots, and is freaked out every time. I don’t blame him though, it is kind of like feeling a little alien move around!
Exercise: I’m still walking almost every day, but I’m having to cut my walks a bit short and not walk as fast. Most days I only hit 20-30 as opposed to the 35-40 I was doing in weeks past. It’s been extremely hot here lately so I’ve wanted to be as safe as possible. I feel so much better when I’m able to get a walk in, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to continue for a while.
And that’s a wrap! I’ve also been reading through some old posts of mine trying to remember things like what I took to the hospital, how I felt those last few days, and just what those first few weeks are going to be like. Although, do we ever really forget those days? We still refer to it as newborn-nam. #neverforget
As I sit here finishing up this blog post, outside under our new twinkle lights, I’m just enjoying feeling (and seeing) him squirm all around. What a true miracle it is! I also can’t help but reflect back on what a contrast last August will be to this August. When we lost our second pregnancy last year, I was so scared another pregnancy might not be in the cards, or that it would happen again. And now here we are, 10 weeks out, awaiting our rainbow baby. It’s hard not to think about what that baby was, or who that baby was going to be, and it’s also hard to not be fully aware that in order to know Barrett, we had to say goodbye to that one. We’re due just a few days shy of the day we miscarried, and I know that’s God’s way of saying, “I had you in my arms all along.”
Did the last 10 weeks fly by for you? How did you adjust to extreme heat when pregnant? What was your favorite part of pregnancy?