I think we finally have a name for you, but we’re still keeping it secret just in case it changes when we meet you. It’s nice to have one that Daddy and I both like. I think it’ll fit you well, too, based on the admittedly small amount I know of your personality (mostly relaxed and laid back, silly kicky fan of chocolate milk).
Daddy started painting a mural on your bedroom wall today. It’s a big rocketship and some stars. I think it’ll look lovely and I’m so excited about it. You have no idea yet how much you are loved, my silly little boy. We also got you your very first Halloween costume! It’s a sweet little footie onesie with glow-in-the-dark skeleton bones. You’re too little for trick-or-treating, but I think we’ll have fun anyway.
Now, you’re just 36 weeks along in there, so it’s too soon for you to come out, but if you wanted to be a little early, Mommy certainly wouldn’t be upset. Say a week or two early. That would be perfect.
This week has been better than most of the recent previous weeks. We’ve moved up to once-a-week doctor visits, and the last visit, I got to go over my “birth preferences” with the midwife. She said that the only one that might be a problem was my desire to have food available during labor, but she said that as long as the doctor doesn’t watch me eat it, it’s probably fine to bring something to keep my energy up. I wish she was still catching babies… I’d love to have midwife care, since this pregnancy has been so smooth and I don’t see a reason for doctors to be involved unless something goes wrong.
She said baby is head-down and very low, which I can confirm by my constant need to pee and the fact that I can eat more without feeling so full I might explode. I have room for breathing and eating again! Woo! Now I just need to get this baby out sometime in the next month, so I can lay down on my stomach and bend at the waist and stop peeing constantly. I’m hoping for an October 10th birthday. Easy to remember, about a week early and it’ll give us some time to get used to being a family of three before my mom arrives.
Well, crap. I had the whole thing written and it deleted.
I’m posting this half-done, then. Screw you wordpress.
Size of babe: He’s almost 6lbs and I can definitely feel baby parts when I press on any area of my tummy. So big!
Nursery: We’ve got the over-crib mobile hung and hubby painted a sweet mural on the wall. We have some art hung, but not much. And it’s still a HUGE mess! But I’ll get to organizing soon. Honestly, he won’t be sleeping in it for several more months anyway, so we have time… but I can’t wait to see it all complete!
Sleep: Been sleeping on the couch. It’s lower, so it’s easier to get up in the middle of the night, and I can use the back of the couch to hoist myself up instead of just rocking back and forth like a turtle stuck on its back. Sleeping much better lately. :)
What I miss: Honestly? I miss having my body to myself in a philosophical sense. I don’t mind baby in there right now, but I’m so f’ing tired of having to talk to people about my body. If you ask “What are you having?” my first thought will be “For lunch?” And I’m so, so, so indescribably tired of having to talk to my mother in law, or having her comment on my body. Yes, I’m the vessel for her grandbaby, but this “vessel” is a person who happens not to want to discuss bowel movements or what I’m using my breasts for with my mother in law.
Best moment this week: I don’t remember what I wrote here earlier. I think this week has been better in general because baby has “dropped” and I can finally eat without wanting to barf and without all the rib pain. And my SPD pain is so much less (not gone) that I feel like dancing. Except, you know, it’ll still hurt so I’ll put off dancing til after babe comes.
Worst moment this week: A difficult talk with my husband and the anticipation of his mother’s visit. The visit wasn’t so bad, but the anticipation was awful. I didn’t sleep well for a week leading up to it. We’ll have to have a confrontation of sorts soon, where I put my foot down about appropriate personal boundaries and respecting us as a family of two (and soon to be three) without her interference. Hopefully after we talk about it, she’ll respect us and I won’t dread her visits anymore! Yeah, right.
Looking forward to: Gosh, so looking forward to maternity leave. I decided I’m going to be taking my time as soon as 40 weeks hits. No one wants a gigantic 40+week pregnant lady at work, and work has been so stressful recently that I don’t know if I can continue to do it after 40 weeks anyway. So just under a month to go at the outside!
Cravings: Any food I hear about, I immediately want. Speak about a food, and as soon as the words leave your lips, I will crave it like nothing else in the world. It’s crazy. Nothing specific, just everything.
Symptoms: Baby has dropped and I’m feeling some cramping. Braxton Hicks contractions all night, but not painful (or productive), just the tightening. And baby’s symptoms include being the hiccupiest baby ever! Hiccups for several minutes at a time, several times a day. Love my little hiccupy monster.