I am 37 weeks along with our little baby girl who we are super excited to meet!
I’m feeling large limbs now squirming about, I can’t wait to hold her on the outside and touch her butter soft baby skin. I’m getting to the last few weeks of pregnancy where things begin to get harder for me. The symptoms I’m having are; fatigue – tiring out quickly. Braxton hicks contractions coming several times a day. Pain under my ribs – I think there may be a limb there! Needing to pee ALL THE TIME. Aching legs and needing to sit down a lot. I began stacking on weight super quick so the past few days I’ve been working harder at avoiding sugar. Clothes that I’ve been wearing comfortably for the past few months are now too small. Thanks to Ebay and the opp shop I’ve updated my tops, leggings and a few dresses in the next size up to get me through the next few weeks.
I’ve got a nursing cover coming in the mail from Ebay for feeding baby modestly in public. I’ve never used one before, I’ve just used blankets if I’m in an awkward public place and need to breastfeed or I’ve just fed my babies in the parents room if there is one. I’m looking forward to trying a proper nursing cover out that wont slip down or make my baby hot while I’m trying to feed.
We had a tour of the maternity ward of the public hospital we’ve chosen last week. Luke came with me and our youngest 3 got to have a look around too. It’s really small, but the rooms look comfortable enough. I’m hoping for a natural hospital birth. I’m not keen on hospitals but, all my others were born in the hospital and I’ve never been game enough (or had the opportunity) to have a home birth. There are no special birthing centres anywhere near us so a public hospital is as good as we’ll get I think.
Today I had an appointment with the doctor and my belly is still measuring 3-4 weeks smaller then my dates so I’ve been sent to have yet another scan to check up on baby’s growth in a few days. Hopefully she’s still growing well.
The gorgeous and a little cheeky – Holly – now 19 months old. This will be the fourth time I’ve been chasing a toddler while heavily pregnant!
Despite all the aches and pains I am still trying hard to keep a positive attitude – how I think REALLY effects how I feel and my ability to cope. I pray every day and the Lord is faithful and he walks with me through every hour of every day. In Him I find true rest.
Our precious baby bundle is growing beautifully. I have been feeling quite energetic this pregnancy so far, which is really helping me take care of our busy household. At the beginning of this pregnancy I told myself that I would only look at the positive, no matter how I was feeling. I wanted a joyous pregnancy and was determined to not let any grumbly complaints exit my lips. It’s amazing how different I feel when I try not to complain about anything and choose thankfulness. I see the joy and blessing in what God has given me through clear eyes.
In a routine doctors appointment several weeks ago the dr noticed my belly was measuring a few weeks behind my dates. I was sent to have an ultrasound the same day which revealed a beautiful healthy baby and placenta which was growing well but just on the smaller percentile. I had another ultrasound last week to chart baby’s growth and her growth is going up. I even saw her yawn! All is looking well, she is not expected to be a big baby. Which is fine by me 🙂 I have a history of going overdue (2 weeks +), so she may have a few extra weeks to get bigger and stronger.
I’m looking forward to having a look around the new hospital which we’ll be delivering her in. We’ve moved across the state and it’s opened up the door to lots of new facilities which weren’t available to us before. Like a bath to sit in during labor.
I’ve been drinking 2-3 cups of raspberry leaf tea everyday to give me a boost of nutrients and strengthen my uterus. I’m a firm believer in herbal remedies. I’ve been feeling lots of baby kicks and wiggles and I’m definitely feeling heavier and have been sleeping with a maternity support pillow for a few months now.
All the baby clothes have been sorted washed and placed in the wardrobe in the girls room. We’ve moved Holly (18 months) out of our bedroom now too and in the room next door to our bedroom with Savannah. Savannah is loving having her little sister in the room! Though Holly still wakes up a bit at night and disturbs Savannah, but she’s getting more used to the extra noise now and is mostly sleeping through it.
All our children are really looking forward to having another sibling. It really is a blessings to have a new sister or brother. They are asking me so many questions. “When is the baby coming out? Where does the bay come out? – not my favourite question! Is the baby eating your eggs and quinoa? Can the baby walk in there? I don’t tire of their questions because they all make me smile. They see another family member as a joy and something to look forward too, not something to worry about or be jealous of. We spend so much time together that the children have become each others best friends and it’s beautiful watching relationships develop between them.