YAY! We are three to five weeks til our new little babe joins Team Train! I figured it was time for a pregnancy update since we are in the home stretch!
Everyone asks and wants to know, “How am I doing?” I’ll update you on that first and then tomorrow give the baby report.
The answer to the question of ‘how I am’ honestly changes daily. Physically, I feel actually pretty good. No back pain, no hip aches, no joint issues and other than calf cramps, I think thus far, body wise, this is my “easiest” pregnancy. I do have an occasional muscle pinch or pull and the other day my pelvis hurt, but after resting for a bit, it goes away and I feel fine.
I feel large and in charge, have been asked if I am having twins and get looks and how much longer and how have you survived the summer questions daily. I am measuring right on track and here’s a dirty bathroom mirror selfie to prove it!
Emotionally, I am anxious. We have a lot of wheels that turn around here and my house is crazy, I am busy and we are often chaotic. Deep down, I know it will all work out, but the moving parts of who is when and where and who picks up who and will someone be here for the bus and who will have the patience to deal with my kids at night and all of the back and forths and have I gotten this, this and this done are all are making me nuts.
Not to mention, its HARD keeping a house clean when you hate to clean and its even harder with three littles helping to destroy it the second you even try to clean.
Basically, I am doing the best I can, it will happen how it will happen and if my house is a mess, oh well. We have four or five people on call if/when I go into labor and I know we have family who will do whatever they need to do to help. My Mom and Dad pretty much know my kids schedules too and where and how to do pick up, so they can help, field questions or cover and for that, I am thankful! As for my house being clean when baby comes, I make no promises! 🙂
When I get anxious, I like to craft and such as it’s therapeutic for me. I have focused on Annie M’s birthday party, made a reversible burlap door hanger that we can put out when we have baby and find out boy or girl and (crazy, I know) but gotten started on our Halloween costumes. I am also helping with a few crafty things at Annie M’s school so I am for sure getting some R & R as well as enjoying that. I understand that this takes away from things I could (and should?) probably be doing, but for my sanity’s sake, its worth the art therapy!
Speaking of anxiety, I also just want the baby here safe, to know “how” it will happen (which I wont know til it happens) and the delivery part over. I have never ever been the best patient and I spent a solid 20-ish years of my life fainting when I got blood taken or shots.
I actually use a breathing technique now to help me relax with needles, but if you have ever delivered a baby before, you know that its not all picture perfect like the movies. I won’t scare mama’s-to-be here, but lets just say that I am praying for a quick, easy delivery, safe baby, no complications and few stitches. I’ll be stealing mesh panties and ice pack pads FOR SURE.
P.S. Did you know that you can get the Perinal Cold Packs on Amazon?? A friend just clued me in. Praise the Lord is all I have to say about that.
Otherwise, I have had a cold this past week which has been the pits. I am not sleeping great, the drainage makes me barf (like I needed any more help with puking since I am still nauseous some and throw up now and then) and its just run me down. Heartburn has been awful and I have just switched to a new med which is better – which leads me to sleeping better! My gestational diabetes numbers have been awful – which they think is some due to not sleeping and some due to stress and some due to not eating well and my iron levels are low, so I am now on an iron supplement. Crazy, right!?
Most days, if you were to show up on my door step, this is how I would look. Raggedy old t-shirt, baggy (favorite sweat pants), socks, hair in a pony, no make up and my robe. My husband is a lucky man to get to come home to this daily! 😉
I know I sound grumpy (and I am some!) but its really not all that bad. The boys start school soon, which will allow me to nap if needed, clean if I want, work when I can and basically give me some time (a few weeks maybe!?) to breathe before I have the baby. That timing has worked out well and while I will miss them, I need to get into a routine and try to chill for a minute here before delivery!
People also say, “rest when you can!” and I do. I am working still 25-28 hours a week as well as getting Annie M up and to school and all of the rest of life’s stuff, so if I am tired or aching, I sit and put my feet up or close my eyes. I don’t push myself on the house and I order pizza for dinner and help myself to a Diet Coke. No shame here and I’ll get it together one of these days, just not in the next 4 weeks! 🙂
Speaking of Diet Coke….I posted this pic on IG the other day and I am convinced that if my water breaks with this kid, that it will be Diet Coke and not amniotic fluid. I’ll keep you posted on that.
My parents are also the bees knees (what does that even mean!?) and they took Brother for a few days last week just to give me time to catch up and for them to have some one on one time with him. I didn’t get much done around the house, but I did sleep and rest and it was helpful for me to kick the cold.
I was happy when he came home, but he was a hot mess and upset to leave and that he didn’t get to go to Gigi’s pool. Next time, bud.
I went out to dinner with my besties tonight and that is always good for my soul – and coming home to kids in bed is good for my sanity. #truth
So thats the pregnancy and me update! Feeling good, four weeks and change (maybe less!?) left and thankful. Ready to get the house in shape, throw a birthday bash for Annie M and get this new baby here safe and sound!
I had an ultrasound last week, so next post will be the update on Baby Train!