Week 36 / Rose and Doll Mini and Me Collection

7/24/2017











Gorgeous photos taken by Austin Kylie Photography
Beautiful handmade kimonos by Rose and Doll

We are getting sooo close to meeting this little babe! I can't believe she is almost here, but on the other hand I am totally ready to hold and cuddle her and introduce her to her very excited siblings. Soren and Poppy continuously talk about the baby, and give my belly lots of hugs and kisses.

Feeling: Pretty good during the day, pretty terrible during the night. I CANNOT sleep! It's getting to the point where I dread going to bed at night, knowing that I will toss and turn for hours. While I am somewhat uncomfortable with my big belly, it's mostly my mind that will not turn off. I have so much empathy for insomniacs now... I can attest that not sleeping is terrible, and makes you feel absolutely awful the next day. I'm trying a few new techniques such as reading before bed (NO Netflix!), lighting soothing candles, and listening to podcasts.

Babies movement: Lots! I think it's slowed down a tiny bit in the past couple days, but she is definitely an active one. Sometimes I think she is awake for hours at a time... which should be interesting when she is with us!

Getting ready: I finally have some/most of my baby things checked off my to-do list. Partly I think a third baby makes me realize that a baby really does not need much, and partly I think I'm just busy with the other two kiddos. The car seat is ready (not installed), the bassinet is ready, clothes are washed and put away, diapers and wipes have been purchased, I've set up a new baby dresser/change table, and found a couple of carriers and slings. As of tonight I actually have a hospital bag half-ready...

Weight/Body: I've gained just under 30 pounds, I think. With Soren I gained around 35, and with Poppy closer to 25. It feels like most of the weight is just in my belly... and honestly I don't really care much what the scale says. I'm healthy and so far the baby is too, and that's all that matters.

Work: 8 days to go!! My last planned day is August 4th, but if I happen to have the baby before then I wouldn't be complaining:) Working 4-day work weeks has been an amazing opportunity, and every week I look forward to doing something special with Soren and Poppy on thursdays. If I was working 5 days per week I'm sure I would be feeling a lot more stressed and anxious.

Midwives: One day I would like to write a post about my experiences with an OB/GYN compared to a midwife, but for now I will just say that it's great! I'm onto weekly visits now, and tonight was the first time I called the after-hours line to ask a question. One of the midwives picked up on the second ring, and proceeded to listen carefully to my concerns. The call ended with her asking me to call back in a couple hours, and if need be, she can come over at any time. To my house! In the evening! I am so lucky to live in a country with such amazing (free) healthcare.

As I wrap up my last few weeks of my last pregnancy, I am trying to enjoy every little moment and not wish for labour to come. Yes, I want to meet this little girl, but I'm trying to be patient and let it be on her own terms. Pregnancy is such a blessing that I do not take for granted, and I'm thankful everyday to feel the little kicks and turns. At times I've felt like it's 'just the two of us', and she has given me more strength and hope than she will ever know. When I wake up in the morning and feel a first kick - I immediately smile and say quietly 'Good morning baby'.

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