I’ve been meaning to do a pregnancy update for quite some time, but never thought to have Louis take a picture of me while it was convenient. Even this picture isn’t that great; it was taken when it was getting dark out so the lighting isn’t the best. Also, please ignore my “I hate having my picture taken because my smile is always fake looking” smile…..
It’s hard to believe I’m already over 33 weeks! Yikes! We don’t really have much to do to prepare for the baby. I’ve sorted the clothing out, so it’s just a matter of getting the newborn stuff out of the closet. Where will we put it? I’m not sure. Our space is very limited. We have a car seat. Assuming that the baby will do fine with breastfeeding, there isn’t much else to get. Just some newborn diapers, I guess.
We still haven’t decided if we’re going to do a home birth or hospital birth. I think this will remain a last-minute decision, based on timing.
I’ve been feeling well, all in all. For a while I was having a lot of hip pain, but I have some great friends who have been praying for me and the pain hasn’t been bad at all for the past couple of weeks. I still am uncomfortable, but that’s mostly back pressure. With the way my body is, I always get hypotensive when leaning or laying back once the baby reaches a certain size..usually around 25 weeks or so.
My midwife appointments have been going well. Baby’s heart rate stays around the 140s, my blood pressure is nice and low, and I’m measuring right on for dates. I’ve been a bit anemic so I’ve started trying to remember to take iron pills at night.
The older two kids are excited. Annie keeps trying to push my belly back in for me, and Tobi tells me that if my belly sticks out too much farther, I’m going to start knocking things off of counters and tables.
I get a lot of braxton hicks contracts…at least a couple every hour, sometimes more. That’s pretty normal for me after 20ish weeks, though. I’m hoping that they are doing something to prepare my body for labour. They’re not painful, just noticeable.
Emotionally, I’m a bit scared about how I’m going to manage with 4 kids so young. Josiah is still so busy and can be a real handful. He still doesn’t listen really, and he gets into everything. So I’m a bit concerned about how it will go when I need to sit down to nurse, or am otherwise busy with a newborn. I’m also trying to prayerfully prepare myself for labour. I read The Supernatural Chidlbirth before I had Josiah and while some of the points it made seemed a bit out there, overall I found it helpful. Moreover; every thing I prayed for with Josiah happened. You can read more about his birth story and what I’m referring to, here.
That’s about it. All in all, it’s been a fairly uneventful pregnancy. I would appreciate any prayers for peace of mind regarding my concerns of managing 4 kids, and about when will labour happen, how will it work out for childcare for the older kids, etc. Thanks!
Are you expecting? How is your pregnancy going?