Travel Often

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro

Love Deeply, but Laugh Along the Way

"Happiness is only real when shared." - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

View Marriage as an Adventure

"Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage." ~Finnish Proverb

Fuel your body with GOOD (It's the only one you get)

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. - Arabian Proverb

Open your Soul to Motherhood

A Grand Adventure is About to Begin - Winnie the Pooh

A New Kind of Love is Born

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

35 Weeks Pregnant

I'm five short weeks away from 40 weeks. ZOIKS!!!!!! How is this even possible??? 

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
35 Weeks PREGGERS!!!

Depends on how you look at it all though, right? Five weeks could seem long, but not to ME!!! NO WAY! I'm one of those weird moms who is totally cool being pregnant for however long. Why? Well, I SO know what's coming, so I'm cool with hanging on for awhile. Remember, Jackson didn't sleep through the night until 14 months. I'm digging all this sleep I'm able to get. Oh this is going to change. 

I was just telling a friend how I feel like I have a bit of control over our routine once again. I'm able to handle the chaos of the mornings and make sure a healthy breakfast is made, healthy lunches are packed, Jackson is dressed, extra clothes are ready, I'm all ready to go and Karl is all happy. But...that is going to change in a BIG way coming SOON. Just when I am getting time back for myself...BOOM. CHANGE. 

Ahhh, life. 

I'm NERVOUS about having a baby in the fall. With Jackson, we went outside EVERY SINGLE DAY during the spring and summer. We had THE PERFECT weather. It's already getting darker and cooler out there. Oh man... Oh man... I need the sun on my face...the fresh air. I'm hoping for a FEW nice days in there. PLEASE!!!

Karl and I spent the weekend putting together the crib because the changing table is attached. We for sure wanted that DONE. And clothes are hung up. My next step is to buy all the things we need for a new baby. AND to make sure all those bottles and pump supplies are WASHED and ready to go. Can't believe I'm here again. My life is about to get REALLY REALLY crazy. As in REALLY crazy. 

I'm stocking up on supplies...toilet paper and paper towels and shampoos and all those things I won't have time to quickly run off to get for a little bit because I'll be ADJUSTING once again to a new lifestyle. 

I'm really shooting for the laid-back approach this time around. We'll see how long that lasts!!!

My appointment last week went well and QUICK. It was the first time I went to the doctors alone. Karl has ALWAYS been by my side but he started a new job with NO vacation or sick time. So he needs to earn enough so he can take a week off once the baby is born. 

Our doctor was pretty adamant about me going quick this time around. I reminded him that Jackson was a 37.5 long long long long labor, but he reminded me that I only pushed 50 minutes. Most first time moms go about 3 hours. I remember when they told me this. I said, "HELL, NO! Bring me that mirror. I'm pushing this kid out!" The visual is what did it for me. I was able to see how to push quickly and what it was doing to get Jackson out. 

Doctor also said he envisions me pumping the kid out, plopping the baby on me and sending us on our way. Well, wouldn't that just be lovely!!! He said second time deliveries USUALLY go WAY WAY faster, so fast that there is no time for the epidural. Say what!?!??! So yes, he said the FIRST sign of labor, I go in ASAP. OK... 

I go in next Thursday for the Strep B test and to see if anything is happening down there. Then it's an appointment EVERY WEEK. Holy moly. This is just getting SO real. SO REAL. 

I am getting excited to hold this sweet baby and smell him/her and just MEET him/her. I already have no doubt I'm going to fall in LOVE with this child. I'm excited about that part too. I know how in LOVE I'm going to be and that makes my heart happy. It's amazing HOW MUCH we can LOVE, isn't it? BEST FEELING EVER!!!!!!!

I have a feeling Jackson is going to be AN AMAZING big brother just by how he kisses my belly and rubs it and hands toys over to my belly for the baby to play with and lets me know he's "sharing with the baby." It'll be an adjustment for sure. I know he's used to my attention at all times, so this could be interesting. I pray every day that God gives me all the tools AND STRENGTH I will need to be the best mom to both!!! And the best WIFE too. Can't forget about my sweet, cuddly Karl either. 

Until next time!!!