We had a great albeit short trip to the Muskokas last week and it was lovely spending time with my family, and I’m so happy I had the chance as I don’t know that I’ll be seeing them again before this babe’s arrival. I’ve been feeling lots of highs and lows emotionally lately. Highs have included feeling this little one move so much more in the past few days, so I’m finding myself feeling that much more connected to her and wondering what kind of individual she’ll be. Lows include saying goodbye to my mom at the cottage earlier this week, potentially until after this little one is born, feeling overwhelmed by the need to clean and declutter around the house and not feeling like I have the time to do it, and crying for an hour straight after getting a silly parking ticket on Friday. (Side note – I didn’t feel the ticket was warranted as I was just quickly running into a local coffee shop to deliver baked goods, and I was too upset when I got home to call and argue it but Mark did for me. Ticket was torn up (thank you kind officer!) & I’ll finally now get around to making a loading sign for my dashboard I guess!)
Appointments: My midwife appointments are every 2 weeks now, which is awesome and at the same time hard to believe that I’m at that point already. At my appointment last Wednesday I was measuring on track and I’m still on a major gaining growth spurt weight wise… 4lbs in the past 2 weeks! That brings my total gains so far total 22lbs, so I’m hoping to keep things in check around 30lbs total like with Woodrow’s pregnancy. I’ve only been weighing myself at the midwives office because I trust their scale much more than mine at home, plus the last thing I want to do is obsess over daily weigh-ins. I also had my ultrasound about 10 days ago now and all checked out well – my placenta measured 4.5cm from my cervix so as we had hoped, there is no need for concern or further thought in that department. Phew!
Baby: Our little chickpea is apparently the size of a head of romaine lettuce this week (according to my Ovia app) and about 3.5lbs. I had been recently freaking out a bit about not feeling many movements but my midwife reassured me that every pregnancy is different and if I wanted to I could make a point of actually tracking movements for a day or two. Just making myself more aware of it, I have noticed a lot more in the past couple days. I finally feel like I can see my belly moving with some of her movements, mostly in the evening. Funny though, she gets stage freight and as soon as I try to call Mark or Woodrow over to feel her jabs and kicks she stops.
Exercise: I haven’t really touched on this at all in any of my updates, mostly because I haven’t been all that active outside of my normal day to day living through this pregnancy. (Although I often feel like chasing and playing with Woodrow is plenty of work!) I did start up prenatal yoga classes about 2 months ago which I’ve been loving and I look forward to every week. I wish I made more of an effort to get into a home practice to complement it too but I never seem to get around to it with so many other things to do once I get in the door.
Cravings: No cravings in particular to speak of these days, other than just wanting to eat all the time. Well most of the time. I go from famished to full to heartburn pretty quickly though, so I’m trying to make a concerted effort to enjoy smaller meals more frequently. That’s not always that possible while entertaining a busy 3.5 year old though, so it’s a work in progress.
Big Brother alert: Woodrow’s pretty excited about his baby sister’s arrival. Whenever anyone asks him if he’s excited that he’ll soon be a big brother, he is always quick to correct them that he’s already a big brother. Every morning he cuddles up to me, lifts up my shirt to reveal the growing bump and whispers good morning to his sister, often accompanied by a kiss. It’s pretty darn adorable. We’ve only talked a little bit about how things will change with the baby’s arrival, so I think we need to do that a bit more – I’m sure it’s going to be a big adjustment for him. If you have any book recommendations that he might glean something from, do let me know.
Names: We are pretty much settled on a name that we both love (!!!), but we’re finding it challenging to find a middle name to pair it with. I really love the idea of a single syllable middle name, especially since like Woodrow, babe will also have my last name, Nadel, as a second middle name. Even though we think we’re settled on a name we still keep trying to come up with others as back up…. I can’t help myself, I kind of love the name game!
Days until due date: 61