I realized that, aside from the odd tweet or instagram here and there, I’ve really kept you guys in the dark about being pregnant. Did you maybe even forget I was pregnant? It’s totally okay if you did.
Honestly it’s really flown by since my last pregnancy update 13 weeks ago. How was that 13 weeks ago!? I thought time was supposed to slow down during pregnancy, not speed up. Here I am now with 5 weeks to go and it feels like I just found out I was pregnant yesterday. I remember finding out on the morning of December 23rd. I couldn’t wait to tell the mister so I asked him to come home for lunch. I wrapped up the pregnancy test in christmas wrapping paper with sparkly ribbon and had it on the table waiting for him. That news was definitely the best present I’ve ever given anyone ever.
But anyway, enough talking about the past. I’m sure you’re wondering how the pregnancy is going in the present, so let’s get started with the questions.
I’ve had a lot more back pain in the last couple weeks, which I completely expected and accepted due to my history. It’s mostly okay, but if I get up after sitting/laying down to long, I hobble like an old woman and grasp onto any wall/surface I can for the first few steps. A glimpse ahead of my elderly years! More than pain though is the swelling I’m experiencing. I really miss my ankles and being able to wear cute shoes!
I miss my healthy cravings of various crispy fruits. I crave sugar way more than I should be eating (ahem). Thankfully I don’t have gestational diabetes. I think that would just put me over the edge.
Okay, honesty time guys. I (and the mister) have been very fortunate to not have cray cray hormonal mood swings at all throughout my pregnancy. That is until a couple days ago. I’m not really having mood swings per se, but I’m definitely on edge. I have a lot going on this last month leading up to our squirrelly baby’s arrival, and a lot of to do’s that need checking. It’s all getting to be incredibly overwhelming in all honesty, so, yesterday I had two huge crying fit meltdowns, and I find myself on the verge of tears all day every day. I’m getting exhausted, and it’s so much harder to do anything, yet I have way more to do now than I have the last few months (because my procrastinator self is an asshole who let it get this bad). I’m starting to accept help wherever I can, but a lot of it is only things I can get done. I’ll get there, I just have to take it one step at a time.
At my last midwife appt 2 weeks ago, squirrelly baby was measuring a couple centimetres over, which is completely within the normal range. But I got some shocking news from my mama the other day. My whole life I thought I was a solid but average 8lb baby. NOPE. I weighed in at a hefty 9lb 2oz! WHAT!????? Now I’m really freaking out that this squirmy baby inside me is going to come out as chunky as his/her mama!
Both our families have a strong love of soccer, and I think baby knows its in their blood! While the kicks aren’t as sharp as they used to be, and have turned more into rolls and nudges, baby moves a heck of a lot. I just love watching my tummy bounce and roll around.
Well, as you know by my mood, I have a lot of things to get done before baby gets here. One of them, the big one, is so near completion – the nursery! Actually, do you notice anything about where I’m standing in the 22 week photo and the above pictures? If you’re super Sherlock, you’ll notice that it’s the exact same room, but entirely different! We started to dismantle the studio in late May and moved it downstairs in order to get that upstairs room painted and prepped for the nursery. I’m just waiting on a few items to finish the room up and then I’ll be able to give you a full tour. Can’t wait!
As far as other preparation, you might be wondering ‘what about THE day!’? I’ve been doing a lot of mental and physical preparation for squirrelly baby’s birthday by studying a birthing technique called Hypnobirthing. It’s about putting your body into a state of alert hypnosis so that birth can be as comfortable and relaxing as possible. You might find me totally out to lunch, but I don’t care. I personally know a few women who have birthed this way and have had incredible and positive experiences. One said it felt like an ‘intense yoga session’. I won’t bore you with details, but if you’re interested I highly suggest you check it out.
And that’s that! Just 5 weeks left until squirrelly baby’s guess date, but we’ll see when he/she decides to come! …hopefully not much earlier than September 2nd cause there’s too much to do. Stay in there nice and happy/healthy baby!