26 October 2017
35 weeks, 2 days
This week has been slowly improving and getting better every day. The past two weeks were rough. Between Jordan starting his impatient rotation, coming down with bronchitis, and the end of pregnancy, I couldn’t keep up. It also seems like everything keeps going wrong and I’m realizing some of it is just ridiculous, but the rest is all my brain just not cooperating. We went to the apple orchard yesterday and while Ruby and I have been a lot this season, I wanted to get a family photo because we’ve taken one every year. Everything was going so smoothly for once, we were all feeling great, and of course, I lost a crucial piece to my tripod and we wasted a good thirty minutes looking for it (and never found it). I have no memory and can not for the life of me think clearly, it’s a struggle.
I’m grateful to be getting better and that this virus didn’t stick around as long as the one I had this Spring. I’m feeling a little less anxious now that I have a little more energy. I’m so glad my mother-in-law is visiting this week and will be able to have some help and get to my to-do list.
baby is the size of
how I’m feeling
Overall, I’m feeling better. Having a virus on top of all of the pregnancy symptoms was absolutely terrible. But, today those symptoms aren’t feeling completely awful because I feel SO much better. Nothing like a little real-life perspective to switch your mindset.
I also have a feeling this baby will take her time getting here. She’s still feet down and breech, so hoping she decides to get it together this week. I need to also get it together and start doing some of these things to help her out.
nothing new this week, just realizing that my brain has officially stopped working. so don’t try to count on me for anything the next few months.
is it feeling real yet?
My appointment this Monday felt a little crazy. Ruby had to come with me and I actually had an OB and OMT appointment, so it was a long time for her. I still don’t feel quite connected to this little one, I actually had my doctor double check the gender on the ultrasound! Definitely still a girl.
Also, her concern about her being breech at this point made me realize that we’re nearing the end. I remember Ruby being sideways even earlier than this and being so concerned. This one has been kicking me and that lower region forever and my doctor even mentioned it at our last appointment and it didn’t phase me. It’s nice to not be so worried this time around about the pregnancy. I’ll wait a week or so, then it if she doesn’t decide to flip, I’ll be a little worried until then my thoughts are already all sorts of crazy. 🙂
I had to take a break the past couple weeks and recover, but now I’m ready to start thinking about packing that hospital bag, I scheduled my preadmission hospital appointment, compiling questions, and my friends are throwing me a shower tomorrow!
So, not feeling real yet, but it’s coming.
current pregnancy cravings
Since being sick I haven’t had many cravings and have had an uneasy stomach. Now that my appetite is returning, I’m finding it reallll hard to turn down all of the Halloween sweets that are infiltrating our home.
These jeans are still the best, and I’ve been wearing them frequently. They still stretch out a bit with use, and I’m so glad I sized down a couple sizes, but bring their shape back quickly. I wash them frequently or pop them in the dryer if they don’t have some surprise toddler fingerprints on them.
I also found that a kimono is the perfect maternity piece. I’ve been searching for one all summer and found one a little late in the season. We’ve still had some 80 degree days here, so it has been great. I think I’ll get use of this at home or this spring, it will be great for postpartum and nursing.
I’m currently on the hunt for some lounge clothes and a flowy robe for this winter. I also picked up a few new cardigans because they make such a cozy and easy outfit that still looks cute.
weight gain & self-image
My weight didn’t change since last week which was encouraging. At this point, with Ruby, I didn’t gain any more weight for the rest of pregnancy, so I’m hoping that’s the case with this one as well. Jordan (my doctor husband) reminded me that it’s perfectly healthy to not gain any more weight, which at this point is my goal. I obviously am not going to diet, but cutting out all the sugar I’ve been eating will be more than helpful in many areas.
It’s hard to fight the remarks from everyone, “oh, you’re eating for two!” “I think baby want that brownie” that encourage unhealthy eating. And even from myself, “I’m pregnant and tired, I need this”
One of the hardest parts of postpartum for me was carrying around extra weight that most likely was not needed for pregnancy. It took me way too long to lose the weight, almost 18 months! It’s a good reminder when I want to eat all the chocolate that is in the house. I want to be healthy physically and mentally.
And my Rubester…
My parents brought all of our baby stuff that they had been storing at their house. Ruby wanted to play with everything, but we gently told her it’s for baby sister. And at my appointment she was slightly interested in the ultrasound, so that’s some progress. Jordan had his day off yesterday so this is when we grabbed these photos, at the orchard. They spent a lot of quality time together which I think was needed. I’ve found it’s just best if I stay away and if she doesn’t see me she doesn’t need me. I’m hoping this will work as well when baby comes.
how i’m nesting
I don’t think I answered this question last time. There hasn’t been any nesting going on over here except for calendars and to-do lists. While the house isn’t terrible, we’ve managed to keep up with clutter, I haven’t properly cleaned in a long time, especially the upstairs. I’m feeling a little behind and start to feel a flustered until I remind myself that I often have too high of expectations for myself.
It’s not going to be perfect. We can’t suddenly change everything. It’s going to be just fine, even if everything is how it is right now. Ok, maybe we need to get a car seat.
I’m excited for this week and some regained energy. Hopefully, this means some more nesting will commence. And especially with the shower tomorrow, my sweet friends are just too kind and love us so well.
Overall, 35 weeks is going well.