As I woke up this morning at 34 weeks pregnant (written 8/6/14), I had a lot on my mind (as I have my entire pregnancy). I realize that I am so close to having this baby and our lives are about to change forever. I wanted to share some thoughts as I come to the very end of my pregnancy journey.
-My husband is amazing. I guess I already knew this but especially from 20 weeks pregnant and beyond, he has been incredible. He helps out with so much around the house, listens to my every little thought/concern/worry, etc. He is so excited to be a dad and has even been practicing swaddling, diaper changing and baby carrying- it is hilarious to watch. I am so, so thankful for his support and could not have done this without him.
-Thoughts on weight gain- When I was first pregnant, I wrote a post about "Thoughts on Pregnancy Weight Gain". I am amazed with myself how okay I have been with the changes my body has endured. I have not been feeling "fat" or anything like that and have been so excited watching my belly grow. I didn't know how I would mentally handle this big change but honestly, I have loved it and will probably miss my belly once it is gone.
-Wow, the emotions. In the last couple of weeks, I have been an emotional mess. There has not been 1 day in the last week where I have not cried over something. I feel so sensitive. I know it is just the hormones but it's crazy how much I cannot control my feelings at times.
-I am thankful to have been able to stay active my entire pregnancy. In the last couple of weeks, I have slowed down a lot and my daily walk has become more like 1-1 1/2 slow miles but it is better than nothing. Exercise has helped to feel my best each day. I credit it for keeping my symptoms minimal.
-I can't wait to meet my baby!! I want to see what she looks like, what color hair she has, hold her, etc.
-I am nervous to be a parent! I'm sure that every first time parent feels this way and what has helped me to feel more confident is taking a birthing class, baby care class and watching newborn videos with my husband. Knowing that he will be helping me and is so into everything makes me a lot calmer about the changes that are to come.
-The nursery is 95% done! I will share photos soon. It is pretty much dachshund themed- I know that no one is surprised about this.
-I am still working 4-5 days per week. My work has very generously given me the opportunity to work from home on some days which is amazing! I usually get very tired at the end of the day of work and am looking forward to my maternity leave.
-I am not very scared for labor. My thoughts have changed on this recently. I was very nervous at first for this but now feel so much better. I plan to labor at home as long as I can and walk around to get things going. At the hospital, I plan to get an epidural which I know will help with a lot of the pain. Women were made to carry and birth babies so I feel empowered that I can do this (ask me if I still feel this way when I'm having contractions- haha!).
-I have felt better than I thought I would for the 1st and 2nd trimesters but the 3rd trimester has been tough. I have been a lot more worn out, uncomfortable, slow, feeling sick, pain, Braxton Hicks contractions, etc. Right when I hit the 3rd trimester, it was like a switch flipped. I have good days and bad days though.
33 week ultrasound
-My Type A personality has me knocking things off my ever-growing to-do list like crazy to get ready for baby. I have just a few more things to get for her, pack my hospital bag, make freezer meals, etc. I have been organizing the house and Troy has been doing house projects to get ready for the baby. We can't wait!
I wanted to share this update with you in case I go into labor early so I don't forget some of these things. My mom delivered my siblings and I a month early so that is in my mind that I could be having this baby in just a couple of weeks. Wish me luck with these changes in our lives. I can't wait to meet my baby girl!