27 week belly
I have been so terrible at documenting this pregnancy. I kind of feel guilty about it, since I wrote every detail about Lucy's down. I am a little busier this time around and at the end of the day, I just want to go to bed instead of sit and write about how fat I am. Baby and Josh are still asleep, and I just got home from the gym, so I figured this is my chance. I am currently 28 weeks and 5 days pregnant. We are in the home stretch!
We are thrilled to be able to welcome another little blessing into our home. We can't wait to meet him and see what his little face looks like. I have a feeling he will look more like his dad than his sister does. I would love to have a son that is as strapping as his father. I think this one will have brown eyes like his dad as well. Time will tell. I can't wait to hold a baby who doesn't move, and let's me hold them again. I can't wait to smell him, and rock him, nurse him, and feel that bond that grows each day with a new baby.
Some days I can hardly wait for his arrival, and other days I'm glad we still have a couple months left, alone with Lucy. She is the light of our lives. We are absolutely obsessed with her, and it makes me sad to think that it won't just be me and her alone, playing together all day anymore. I get sad when I think about how confused and lost she is sure to feel when we bring the baby home and she isn't getting our constant undivided attention anymore. She is such a joy, and I don't want to take anything away from her. I am making it a goal to spend at least 30 minutes alone with her a day, once the baby is here. I want her to know that I still love her and that I have time for her and that she isn't being replaced by another baby. I hope she is excited about the addition, once the baby is here. I want to include her in as much as I can, and allow her to be involved with helping out with the baby. I love her so much I could burst. I have been having that anxiety that I know a lot of second time parents get before another baby comes, that I won't love the second baby as much as I love the first. I try not to get too upset when I feel like that. It's just hard to comprehend being able to love someone as much I love her. I know it will happen, the second I lay eyes on him, and that makes me excited beyond anything I can express.
This pregnancy has been pretty darn easy. I know I still find enough things to complain about (exhaustion and heat), but really, I have it so good when it comes to how easily I get pregnant and how easy my pregnancies are. I never got sick with this one. I had a few moments of queasiness in the first 6-8 weeks, but nothing bad enough that made me stop whatever I was doing at the time. My one severe pregnancy symptom is not being able to sleep, and constant state of exhaustion. I will wake up anywhere from 2-5 am and most of the time, not be able to go back to sleep. Occasionally, I will get lucky and sleep until 6, which is awesome. This was a huge change for me, because before I got pregnant, I could sleep between 12 and 14 hours a night- easy.
I have gained 15 lbs at 28 weeks, which is about 3 lbs more than I did with Lucy at this point (which I'm not thrilled about, but I'm also not going to kill myself over it). Three pounds is a big difference on a petite 5 foot tall body, and I feel it. It's totally my own fault, I eat pretty well most of the time, but will definitely treat myself to something every now and then, which I pretty much never did, or even wanted to, with Lucy. I also haven't been working out as much as I did during my pregnancy with Lucy. It's amazing how much less time you have, when you have a toddler to take care of. I go to the gym early in the morning and usually do light weights and the elliptical, climb stairs, or incline walk on the treadmill. I will also take a weight lifting class, zumba, or boot camp class once a week. I have a lot of work to do after I have this sweet baby, that's for sure.
Our son is extremely active- shocker! I feel him constantly, and started feeling him suuuper early (at like 14 weeks which I didn't even know was possible). He loves to stomp on my bladder, and has almost made me pee my pants a few times. I'm fairly positive he isn't head down yet, because I haven't felt any rib pressure or pain, which has been fantastic. Most kicks are felt on my right side and in my pelvis so I think his head is to my left and he's curled up to the right, for now. My belly got really big, really fast with this one and then plateaued for a few months. The first time someone asked when I was due, I was only 9 weeks, if that gives you an idea. I can feel it is starting to grow again, just in the past week or so.
We have nothing ready for this baby's arrival. I was so on top of it when I was pregnant with Lucy. I had her room painted, decorated, set up, bedding made, clothes hung, accessories purchased, etc. at this point. I feel like moving, going on vacations, and taking care of Lucy have really made me a slacker in this department, this time around. I can feel the nesting phase is setting in big time, and I am suddenly in a mad rush to get everything ready before October is here. We still need to buy everything for and set up Lucy's big girl room, move her into it, then set up the nursery for baby boy, buy him clothes, get our second seat stroller attachment, and a million other little things.
We are still working on a name for the little man. If it were up to me, he would be named George. If it were up to Josh, he would be named Tom. Together, we agree on Luke, Will, Henry, and Jude. When we asked Lucy what we wanted his name to be, she recommended Jungle and Cheese, so...
He probably won't be named until he's out, and that's ok by me.
I have been having a little anxiety about my delivery this time around. For some reason I feel like I'm going to end up with an unnecessary C-section, or an episiotomy that I don't want, etc. It's weird because I had no anxiety whatsoever going into Lucy's birth, and hers went perfectly! I loved the experience and couldn't wait to do it again. I think it all is stemming from the fact that I have only met my new doctor twice, there is a 95% chance he won't be the one delivering the baby, I've never been to the hospital where I will deliver, and all recovery rooms are shared rooms which doesn't thrill me, to say the least. I think the unfamiliarity with my new environment is causing all the uneasiness I've been feeling. I just want to crawl back to Dr. Brown and deliver at IMC again. I would feel so much better if that were an option.
Below is a face on picture. He is laying on his left side, and you can see his chin, lips, and nose. Below that one is a cute profile picture.
There's no doubt about it, he's a boy!