Sunday, March 26, 2023

Week 33

I feel like I am really slowing down. Also Braxton hicks were keeping me up at night, but this week they have decreased a lot (I started to take more magnesium per my doctors recommendation).

I have completed my birth plan and we are 75% prepared. We have the essentials. 

I pulled out my bags and started making plans to pack and also am working on a homeopathic remedy "bag" for labor and postpartum. I am hopeful that some of the suggestions and things I have will take the edge off labor. At least until transition. I mean, transition just sucks. I have my last doula meeting this coming week and...then I just need to wait until the baby is ready!

I have been having, for the past two days, what feels like period cramps. I don't know what is going on in my uterus but things are happening! They don't feel like Braxton hicks. I never had this with my other two pregnancies, or if I did I don't remember. Not sure why my uterus is irritable the last two days, but baby is moving fine and I am not bleeding so I am not worried. 

I am decluttering and organizing our house like crazy, homeschooling, meal prepping, preparing myself mentally and spiritually and trying to somehow wrap my brain around the fact that yes, I am indeed doing this again. We are doing this again. And the end is near. Soon I won't be pregnant and I can wear all the fun spring clothes! Wheee! 

Random picture of pregnant me taken by Becky. 

God is good. And I can do this.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Week 30

I feel like my mental health has been swinging around like wild vines in a tropical storm. One second I am handing things well and the next I find myself at the bottom of the ocean. I don't think I am coping compentently with pregnancy in general but I am feeling a lot better. We are at the end stretch. Right? 

Two more months until my due month of May. My due date is May 14th and I really hope I am nursing a newborn at that point.

Updated "Need" List

  • Baby clothes (have newborn and 0-3m and swaddles, need 3-6month size)
  • Baby Wrap for mom and carrier for dad (Becky's old one for me, need Ergo for Brian)
  • Aquire crib from friend (picked up and assembled)
  • Sids alarm (got a clip on one but may get a more expensive one)
  • Baby play mat
  • Loads of non-cloth diapers and wipes
  • Dock-A-Tot 
  • Breast Pump
  • High Chair
  • Baby Swing
  • Postpartum/Birth Kit

A friend of mine is throwing me a baby shower sometime in the next 8 weeks and I am beyond excited to celebrate this baby and have companionship with my friends. I also need to prep some freezer meals and fill up our deep freezer that I just emptied out. I also want to paint Becky's dresser that I wanted to paint four months ago but have not done yet. And declutter/clean my house and just make sure I am mentally prepared for birth as much as I can be. 

Big deep breaths. Brian put in for his time off and though he wasn't able to get unpaid time off through FMLA he still has four weeks of paternity leave through his work which is a lot more than most American fathers get. He will take care of us for a week or two and then hopefully be able to install the siding on the house and tackle many other household issues that desperately need attention. 

I feel like I'm here, waiting, trying to finish up our homeschool before the baby comes and prepare for whatever life will look like with three lovely children. 

We still don't have a name for the baby but I am sure we will figure it out soon. Hopefully.