Last picture before full term, ya’ll! 2 weeks and we will be at 37 … where did this pregnancy go? I’m definitely feeling the end here. In the last week, the contractions have really ramped up. After pushing with a patient for a few hours yesterday at work and not getting enough water/pee breaks, I was worrying a little about pre term labor! I am very familiar with the good ol’ Braxton Hicks, but I was actually in pain yesterday. I was complaining that I was having pretty serious gas pain, and another nurse said, "are you sure you aren’t contracting?" Well, actually I was. After a little chilling out, though, things settled down. I am reminded all too well of my final weeks of pregnancy with Henry – lots and lots and lots of contractions and wondering if I was perhaps, maybe, starting early labor? All those questions were answered (NO!) when my water broke at 39.6 weeks and labor began promptly after that … no question about whether I was in labor or not, and those contractions didn’t really get any stronger or closer together from that point on – they were hard and 2-3 minutes apart THE WHOLE TIME! Those super strong contractions are the only ones I really remember having, though I couldn’t tell you what the pain was like really any more. I am sure my memory will be jogged when I get them again 🙂
Sleeping is rough, eating is rough, work is rough, but I am feeling so thankful overall for everything. Henry is in the process of switching to 1 nap a day and has also started potty training of his own accord, which is overwhelming and awesome at the same time. It is like there is this last-minute-before-new-baby transition happening with him. My first sweet baby is becoming a little boy just as I am getting ready to go back to the baby thing with the new one! Though Henry hasn’t been getting enough sleep (the 1 nap is generally just a little over an hour right now) he has been SO GOOD to me. He is behaving so well, eating well, totally understanding me when I tell him he is too heavy for Mommy to carry all the time … and giving me lots of hugs and kisses and asking for "lap?" and "reedy book? peese?". I am so taken with his sweetness and am thriving on the love I have for him as my only first baby. It is so crazy to imagine that kind of love growing in me again! I hope that I do a good job of being a Mama to two, to balancing my energy and focus on them and giving them both what they need. I am sure it will be a learning process, but I am excited and nervous about it. Wow.
The room is coming along. Drywall and painting are all done (hallelujah!) and Steve has been working on the window trim. This has been a little of a bigger job for him because he’s not done woodworking before, so everything he is trying is new. Hopefully he will have that done this weekend, though. The flooring has been ordered, and if everything goes as planned, it will hopefully end up coming in on a Wednesday, which means we will have enough time to get it installed that weekend (August 4-5). All that remains after that is trim and closet stuff! Keep your fingers crossed for us that we get it all done before baby comes out. That would be ideal.
In conclusion … life is good, we are good. Feeling blessed and ready enough, right?
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