Another 2 weeks has gone by... whew. To imagine having 8+ more weeks left... seems crazy... but somehow, I know, it'll happen... and when it's all said and done, it'll have felt like it passed by so quickly.
From about my 30th week onward, I've hit the "uncomfortable" stage. Some nights are definitely better than other nights, but waking up to pee 8x... no fun. I'm definitely starting to feel like the tossing and turning and getting up all night, is starting to "prepare" me for those early morning feedings... and I can't say I'm excited about it. It happened not that long ago with Marley, so it's still pretty fresh on my mind. Feeling like a zombie... that was no fun... definitely my least favorite part about the newborn stage.
I'm trying to embrace every moment... caring for an 11 month old, makes it pretty tough (for those that have had or are having back to back pregnancies, I think you'd agree.) I'm excited for life to sync back up again to a new rhythm, a rhythm where my two babies nap together (hopefully), and we can enjoy adventures... and continually reminding myself... "just get through the first 6 months... and you'll be fine" ... "keep them alive each day, and consider that a win."
In the last few weeks, I've had a ton of Braxton Hicks... and have felt like my tummy has grown like crazy. Still measuring at the right speed, and heard baby boy's heartbeat, a 140. A little slower than usual... as the midwife says, "He's just getting bigger, and bigger means slower heart rate, and that he'll be getting ready to come out soon enough". We'll know more about his size and positioning (even though he seems to remain head down and ready) at our ultrasound appointment this week. I'm excited to see him again... it's been SO long (since my 18 week check). I love hearing his heart beats at each appointment, but there's something about "seeing" them... peeking in through a "window"... that just makes my heart go pitter patter. The last time, he looked JUST like Marley... melt.my.heart.
Cravings: ice, peaches and watermelon.
Turn Offs: nothing bothering me at all.
Daddy's thoughts on the pregnancy thus far: "It's time to take pictures ... AGAIN?"
Charlotte's thoughts on the pregnancy thus far: We share our "name of choice" with Charlotte... and she approves, with 2 thumbs up. She loves to call him "by name" each time she says "good morning" or "good night"... She loves feeling his butt stick out, and says she's giving him "spankings" as she taps on his little bottom. He moves every time he hears Charlotte or Marley's voice.
Marley's thoughts on the pregnancy thus far: Poor little girl, has NO idea that she'll have to SHARE Mommy soon... she's all about me these days, which makes it tough to get anything done... but more so, I'm holding her all the time, which is definitely putting pressure on my belly, and stressing it out so much more than I'd like.