How far along: 34 weeks and 2 days. My 35-week appointment is Tuesday morning and I can’t wait. We’re at weekly appointments beginning then!
Mom: I’m feeling much better than last week. While I’m starting to feel a lot of pressure and plenty of other symptoms that are gross or not super memorable, I feel both like we are super close to his arrival and also SO far. I will admit that while this Christmas was the best we’ve had yet (there’s nothing quite like watching an excited toddler open Christmas gifts or get excited over lights or beg to watch Frosty six times in a day), I am so glad it’s over because other than NYE, it felt like the last big milestone to get past before his arrival. And now the real countdown begins!
Dad: Dom is super happy to have some time off work (two weeks!) so we can finish up some projects we’ve been putting off. There really isn’t much left to do until Leo gets here other than some last-minute preparations. He’s been asking more questions about how I’m feeling lately, if I’m “afraid I’ll go into labor today,” etc, but overall, we are just taking it day by day and taking advantage of all the time (and solo snuggles with Isla) we have left.
Baby: Leo is kicking up a storm, seems to be dropping, and is somehow giving me one final burst of energy. I’m never tired at night lately and I think some serious nesting has kicked in, but I would rather beg Dom to do it than do it myself. (I just want to make the to-do lists…oops.) Also, I feel like Leo is trying to escape each and every day. Hello, pressure.
The Bump: Still large and in charge. I’m anxious to see how I’m measuring this week.
Sleep: I’m SO tired in the morning and afternoon, but at night I’m basically the world’s biggest night owl. I beg Dom to watch endless episodes of shows with me (we just finished two seasons of The Killing in less than two weeks) and Unisom is my best friend.
Cravings/Aversions: It was still holiday treats up until this week but now I’m starting to crave some healthier foods. I think maybe it’s all catching up to me. No aversions, really.
Gender: Boy. And I’m so excited we’ll have one of each!
Missing: Doing anything without being out of breath. Holding Isla without thinking Leo will actually fall out. Leaning over comfortably. Sitting in the car comfortably. Doing anything comfortably.
Looking forward to: Getting all of our final purchases made so that we can stop spending money for a little while. Entering the final month.
Best moment this week: Watching Isla get so excited for Christmas. She kept happily and excitedly asking to “open box?!” and melting my heart. That being said, she is basically a stage 5 baby doll hoarder now.
Symptoms: Endless pressure, feeling like he is going to fall out, gross symptoms that should not be named, and exhaustion. But also nesting? Pregnancy is confusing.
Movement: is nonstop. Always. Just like his sister. I always thought they were supposed to slow down this far along, but nope.
Happy or moody: Happy and calm. This is a total 180 from how I felt with Isla at this (and every) stage and I hope it continues.
Purchases for baby: Nothing this week but we got some really cute Christmas gifts for him from friends and family, so thanks, friends and family!
Advice/Commentary from others: A man at the grocery store today asked if the baby was “coming this year” and then told me I was very, very low. Thanks, grocery store man.