How far along: 36 weeks to the day.
Mom: Is it too late to start panicking? This week has felt a lot harder on me mentally than previous weeks. I think that probably has to do with a cold + no sleep + sick toddler + lots of planning + end of trimester combo, but it’s hit me, and it’s real. Isla’s birthday was Wednesday (can you believe we have a two-year-old? Also, I originally wrote that it was Tuesday because pregnancy brain.) which is both really exciting and also really overwhelming. I’m not one of those moms who gets really sad as they get older, but it’s crazy to think that in such a short amount of time, we will be a family of four. On a better note, Isla has definitely helped raise my spirits talking about her “brubber, baby Wee-Woah” and being her generally sweet, happy self. Now that her strep throat and ear infection is clearing up things are a lot easier and less stressful. Also: The doctor is considering moving my c-section date up by a few days, so it could be any time between January 28-Feb 1. Probably no sooner. They messed my date up this week (even though I scheduled it over three months ago) and put it as the 2nd instead of the 1st which isn’t a big deal if you’re a normal, non-hormonal person, but I am not one of those people and it didn’t mesh well with the rest of my panicking. The nurse quickly resolved the problem and now I’m scheduled for a little bit later in the day. At least I don’t have to be at the hospital at 5:30 a.m. and can cuddle Isla before I go.
Dad: Back to work and not happy about it. At least there’s only a little over three weeks left until he’s off again, right?
Baby: At my 36-week appointment on Tuesday Leo was measuring a little small and his measurements have jumped all over the place in the past three visits. They ordered a growth ultrasound and thankfully all is well–it just looks like he will be a little smaller than his big 83rd-percentile-for-height-and-93rd-percentile-for-weight sister is. He was estimated to be 5 lbs 5 oz by ultrasound (though those can be off), and that seems about right. I was 35 weeks and 5 days at my appointment and he was measuring 34 weeks 4 days, so not too far off.
The Bump: I’ll let you be the judge. But don’t actually judge too hard–I was completely exhausted this morning when I took this.
Sleep: Nonexistent and it’s absolutely killing me. I’ve barely caught eight hours in the past two days which is no bueno, especially when I’m used to well over eight each night. When I do sleep it’s super restless and I wake up even more exhausted than when I went down. I knew this was coming because it happened when I was pregnant with Isla, but I’m definitely not happy about it.
Cravings/Aversions: I want all the Taco Bell. That’s really it. I can’t really taste food right now due to being sick, but I can always find an excuse for Taco Bell.
Gender: Still boy.
Missing: Sleep. Not having heartburn. Not feeling huge. Not having a stuffy nose. More sleep.
Looking forward to: I can’t say sleeping because that’s not happening for awhile, but I will be SO happy the day I don’t have heartburn anymore. I did get a new medicine this week which seems to be helping somewhat, but no medicine helps like not being pregnant.
Best moment this week: Isla girl’s birthday. We unveiled her new playroom and play kitchen, she opened gifts from some family, she played at Chick-Fil-A with one of her best friends, and she got ice cream. Low key but still wonderful.
Symptoms: Heartburn, lack of sleep, and lots of cold/ear infection/upper respiratory infection symptoms right now.
Movement: As much as always–it’s just getting more painful.
Happy or moody: Wah. Moodier, but probably because I’m exhausted and sick.
Purchases for baby: Nothing more than a few days ago.
Advice/Commentary from others: Again, nothing really. Just wonderful friends letting me know it’s okay to panic but also that things will be fine.
Also, a two-year-old birthday picture of Isla because she’s adorable. Happy birthday, baby girl! We love you and your sweet soul more each and every day.