I meant to keep doing these weekly but then it got away from me and now five weeks has seriously flown by since the last time I blogged about pregnancy. While some days I feel totally fine and like I’m not even pregnant, I’m having a lot more days lately where I feel super pregnant and tired and achy and all of the above. That being said, let’s get into this bumpdate.
How far along: 32 weeks today but with only 7 weeks and 3 days until Leo arrives. Blows my mind!
Mom: Like I said above, sometimes I can’t believe I’m actually this far along because it’s just happened so quickly. There are days when all I can think about is how in less than two months we will be a family of four, and there are days when I sometimes completely forget I’m pregnant. I think that’s definitely a second pregnancy symptom because I was aware every single second that I was pregnant with Isla. I never forgot, and I honestly never really felt good enough to forget. While most days with Leo are good and easy, other days are difficult and exhausting and make me so excited for February 1. Again, I’m feeling like these are all a result of this being my second pregnancy. I’ve felt pretty great considering I’m in my 8th month of pregnancy, but the days that are hard are usually because I’m cleaning up after an almost two year old and two dogs and (let’s be real) a messy husband. Another side note: When I wasn’t so far along, I felt like I would feel like I was really making progress at 32 weeks. Not sure why that was my number, but it was. Now that I’m here, I feel like I’m not going to feel far along until I’m like…37 weeks. Or maybe 38. Or maybe when he’s in my arms. No idea why. Either way, we are almost there!
Dad: When I was pregnant with Isla, I was always super offended that Dom wasn’t as excited every minute like I was or that he didn’t feel everything I felt. That being said, I think it all hit him at once when Isla was born and he saw her for the first time, especially because I was basically too drugged up and in too much pain to even hold her right away. (I didn’t get to hold her until about four hours after she was born.) I’m feeling similar this time except that I’m less offended because, as the old saying goes, a woman becomes a mother when she gets pregnant, and a man becomes a dad when he sees his baby…or whatever it is. I think that’s the case this time around. He’s also super busy with his language course and he’s exhausted pretty much all the time, so I’m just waiting for Christmas break and then February when he gets some time off. I think maybe then we will enjoy our last chunk of time as a family of three and it will start to feel more real for him. And honestly, I think I’m way less of a pain in the ass this time around. He’s probably appreciating the calm before the storm, so to speak.
Baby: Leo is now a little over four pounds (crazy!) and roughly 19 inches. Isla was born at 8 lbs 5 oz and 20.5 inches, so I feel like we’re making some serious progress here. He also probably has some hair, etc. We still have a ways to go, but this is happening quickly either way!
The Bump: I actually surprisingly don’t feel that much bigger from last time I blogged at 27 weeks. I know I am, but I’ve only gained maybe 2.5 pounds since then, so not too bad at all seeing as five weeks have gone by. We’ll see how that goes for the last 7-8 weeks though. (Why does that feel like so long when I type it out that way?) The only time I really notice how large and in charge I am getting is when Isla demands to be carried or I really have no choice but to pick her up which, let’s be real, is multiple times a day. And girlfriend is over 30 lbs. During those times, I feel pretty uncomfortable and definitely notice the belly expansion that has/is occurring.
Sleep: Ugh. Sleep. Sweet, elusive sleep. Most days are great–I pass out quickly (thanks, Unisom), I sleep through the night, and I only toss and turn a little bit. That being said, there are some days–like the night before last–where I can’t sleep at all, I wake up 100 times throughout the night to pee or because I’m hungry or just because I exist, and I can’t wait to have a reason to wake up. I think after your first pregnancy you forget a lot of the awful things that happen towards the end, but I’m starting to remember now how I basically never slept ever. Time to charge the iPad and catch up on some chick flick shows.
Cravings/Aversions: Lately I’ve been wanting lots of sweets. Mostly Dove dark chocolate peppermint bark. Tis the season? I also want a lot of potatoes though, so…
Missing: Not sleeping with 40 oversized pillows. I would take 40 oversized pillows and Dom bringing me whatever food I want over life without those two things, though. Mostly the second thing.
Looking forward to: His arrival! Less than eight weeks really is nothing. I keep saying the opposite every other paragraph here.
Best moment this week: Catching up on work and staying on top of it. It seems small but when you’re up until late hours of the night while eight months pregnant trying to meet deadlines, getting ahead feels pretty awesome.
Symptoms: Starting to get an achy back. Sleepless nights once in awhile. Lots of pressure. More exhaustion. When I walk or do too much (physically and not) I’m pretty sore or just totally beat. That’s pretty much it, lol.
Movement: He’s still wiggling around a ton and sometimes it’s getting slightly painful. Glad he’s growing so fast though and I know I’ll miss him moving in there.
Happy or moody: Happy most of the time, though I have been having moodier moments. My solution to this is to just spend way more time at home than I normally do and it seems to be helping. I’m also putting up with way less bullshit.
Purchases for baby: We finished his nursery maybe two weeks ago (LOVE it) and recently bought his car seat and a new diaper bag. We got the Honest Company City Backpack in elephant gray for 40% off and I am SO excited. Check it out and use my referral code if you sign up! We love their stain remover and cleaning supplies.
Advice/Commentary from others: Nothing really, but I think this happens less when you’re having a second kid than when you’re having your first. We get the typical “wait until you have two” speech, but it’s nothing I can’t ignore or actually gain some perspective from.
We just can’t wait for the little bean to get here!