Baby girl could make her arrival any day now.
It's a little nerve wracking and unbelievably exciting all at the same time!
On a fun note, today is Jake's and my four year wedding anniversary! Since I found out I was pregnant and due in July, I've thought it would be so funny if she were born on our anniversary so we'll see how the day goes ;) Her actual due date is the 11th though so I have a feeling we'll be waiting a bit longer. I've only experienced Braxton Hicks contractions twice (both times in the night and went away quickly after I got out of bed), and I can tell she's dropping, but other than that no signs that labor could be near. Then again I'm a newbie and have no idea what's going on or if there are any actual "signs" that labor is approaching within the next few days or if you just wake up one day and you're like, "Holy crap it's go time. Baby's ready. Today is the day." I guess I'll know soon enough!
I'm feeling ridiculously huge at this point in my pregnancy. And I basically have nothing that fits me anymore ha ha every article of clothing is pushed to the limits. Thank heavens for the four dresses I own that somehow still fit me that I constantly rotate through.
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The one pair of maternity pants I bought (pictured above) finally sort of fit me now that I'm all the way through my pregnancy ha ha I bought the smallest size possible, hoping they'd fit me sometime during my second trimester but that didn't happen without the help of a belt which didn't work out all that well. And now that they stay on my hips, they are a little snug in the legs. (And just about require assistance when I'm ready to take them off.) Plus my tummy is so big that it hangs out of all the shirts I own anyway so I basically haven't worn jeans in months. This pregnant lady just can't win with pants. Good thing I like dresses so much.
In case you're wondering how I'm doing or what fun pregnancy symptoms I have, about a week ago, the fatigue hit me hardcore again. I'm thinking it's because I'm one of the lucky 30% who struggle with pregnancy rhinitis, intense nasal congestion. It's gotten so much worse the farther along I get in my pregnancy. I can barely breathe through my nose so I wake up a lot at night because I feel like I'm suffocating and apparently sleeping with my mouth open isn't an option. Either I wake up because I can't breathe or I snore so loud I wake myself up. It's fun. (Poor, poor husband.)
So yeah I sleep at night. Wake up in the morning to make the husband lunch, eat breakfast, and see him off to work. Around 10 I can barely function/keep my eyes open so I pass back out. Wake up around noon because I'm so starving I'm convinced I might die if I don't eat immediately. Around two or three I'm tired again and sometimes fall back asleep if I let myself. Then Jake comes home around four and I try real hard to stay awake through the evening but it's a struggle. Then it's bedtime. And there's my day. That's my life right now. Ha ha it revolves around sleep. I feel like a child. But once baby gets here, my life will revolve around her sleep schedule so sleeping at random times and lots of naps is probably just how the whole year is going to go and that's perfectly okay.
Phewy and I'm convinced the insane molten lava heartburn is trying to straight up murder me. I've never experienced anything so painful or uncomfortable as this constant heartburn. I just want to cry sometimes it hurts so bad, and I fight to not puke up stomach acid. I've learned that Tums are a girls best friend, but actually even better is a glass of milk. So I basically drink two to four glasses of milk everyday just to try to keep the heartburn under control because a pregnant lady can only have so many Tums in a day. And almonds help to take the edge off too in case any of you ladies are also struggling with heartburn like this. It's nice to have lots of battle options. On the bright side, it's an old wives tale (that apparently is backed up a bit by science if you wanna google it) that heartburn means a good chance that your baby is growing hair so I've got my fingers crossed that my baby will have a beautiful head full of hair to help make this heartburn all worth it ha ha.
Despite all the pregnancy uncomforts, life is unbelievably good right now. The third trimester has absolutely been my favorite. I've read that the second trimester is supposed to be a breeze but I disagree. I've felt so much better during this last trimester than in any other stage. (The crazy bad heartburn and fatigue just started up a couple weeks ago. I was almost symptom free before that.)
And now that the floors are finished, I've just been spending time getting my house in order, relaxing lots and enjoying this last little bit of my pregnancy. This year has been unbelievably stressful (so many challenges thrown at us like the flood that ruined our brand new floor, constantly fighting incorrect hospital bills, vehicle breakdowns, etc) so it's been such a relief and tender mercy to just be able to enjoy life with zero stresses for this last little while. Now that renovation projects are over for the time being, I've been having so much fun with my husband. We've been watching movies, playing old school Nintendo 64 games, going on lots of ice cream runs, watching Seinfeld on marathon, and laughing over almost everything.
Life has never felt so good.
We're both insanely excited to be parents, but it's felt real nice to enjoy this last little chapter of our life where it's just us. I'm doing my best to soak in every moment and enjoy everyday.
We are so ready and excited to welcome a new little member to our family though. I can't wait to officially be a momma. It's unreal that any day now I get to meet this little person that's been wiggling in my belly for months. She's my little miracle, and I've had this irrational fear of losing her this whole pregnancy (maybe because after trying for so long, it seemed too good to be true that this could actually be happening), that it's going to feel so good to hold her and see her for the first time. I've never felt so happy or excited.
Life is good my friends. I hope you are all having a splendid summer, and I can't wait to check back in soon with the good news that baby girl is here!