This is really happening. In 6 short weeks, give or take, our little family of three is going to expand to a family of four. My emotions range from overwhelming excitement and joy to complete anxiety. Mostly, I am 100% grateful that God blessed me with this pregnancy and am trying to enjoy the last weeks having my son as connected to me as he’ll ever be.
How I’m Feeling & What’s Going on with my Body
Physically, I’m feeling the same. Each week it becomes more evident just how pregnant I am and how my body, despite my protests, is slowing down. I can’t walk as quickly, it’s much more difficult to carry Meghan (not that she needs to be carried….), and getting comfortable doesn’t happen very often.
Keeping all of that in mind, I can’t complain one bit. I have a decent amount of energy, even when I don’t get a good night’s sleep. Sure, I’m tired by the end of the day, but I know it could be much worse.
Getting Prepared for Baby’s Arrival
Recently, one of my good friends had her baby 6 weeks early. I realize that even though there are no indications that Baby Bean is going to make an early appearance, it could happen. I need to be ready.
The nursery is finally looking like a baby’s room. Although it’s in obvious need of some decorative touches, the basic bones are in place. We have diapers and wipes and some clothes (that still need to be washed).
My Christmas shopping officially started this week. I made a small dent. My original goal was to have it finished by Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, though! How did that happen? I still think my goal is attainable.
Another thing I want to do (but haven’t yet) is make and freeze some different foods to have on hand after the birth. I especially want to have some of Meghan’s favorite snacks, like high protein energy balls (aka peanut butter balls around here) or homemade Larabars. I’ve never tried to freeze these, but I think it’d work well. That way I won’t be tempted to buy processed snacks for her when I’m too tired to get in the kitchen because I’ve been up all night with a newborn.
Other things I still need to do:
- Finish reading up on natural childbirth (I am currently reading Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way and ordered this book on the recommendation of a friend)
- Get a tour of the maternity ward at hospital (we are going this Sunday) where I’ll give birth
- Oh, yeah, and choose a name for this child!
The Big Sister
The other day I was putting lotion on my stomach and she said, “You’re putting lotion on Baby Brother”. I told her that actually, I was putting lotion on my stomach and that Baby Brother was inside of me. She looked at me quizzically and didn’t respond. I guess she thinks my protruding belly is Baby Brother.
I am just trying to prepare her as much as I can for the way her world is going to change. She’s not used to having to share Mommy’s attention with anyone except Daddy (and vice versa).
Now she is going to have another little person, who is going to take a lot of our attention, to contend with. I just pray that doesn’t cause her to act out. She’s a very loving, sweet girl and I hope that transfers to her role as big sister. If you have any tips to make the transition smooth, I’d love to hear them!