How far along are you? 39 weeks, but our c-section is scheduled for Wednesday morning. I'm having a baby tomorrow!
Symptoms? Morning sickness tapered off a little over a month ago, so I've only gotten sick a few times in the past month. I have felt so great! I've had plenty of energy for cleaning house and getting things ready for baby.
Medical Stuff? I feel miserable during the majority of pregnancy, but medically, I'm perfectly healthy. My blood pressure has always been great and I've never had any other issues during pregnancy.
We said "no thanks" to an ultrasound a couple of weeks ago. My doctor said I'm probably the only woman who has ever turned one down! I just didn't see the point. I'm ready to meet my baby in person, not on a screen. He did, however, want to do an ultrasound on Thursday of last week, just to check amniotic fluid levels and make sure all was well before surgery, but the sonographer was out of the office and I had too much to do on Friday to come back. Our baby is very active, so we're confident that he is healthy.
Weight gain (or loss)? Finally gaining! I think I've gained about a pound a week for the past month, bringing my total weight gain this pregnancy to 16 pounds.
What Made Me Cry This Week? Rocking my son while singing along with Fernando Ortega's "Great is Thy Faithfulness." I must admit that I've had some fear during this pregnancy, wondering if this baby will be healthy or if he too, will have a lung defect. But God was so faithful in caring for our family when we walked that journey with Andrew that I know He will carry us through any trial. That doesn't mean trials won't come, but I trust God to walk that journey with us, and I just pray that He is glorified through our family's joys and sufferings.
Sleep? Sleep is hard to come by, since I'm so excited about having a baby tomorrow. I'd love to nap or go to bed early at night, but I just can't.
Maternity Clothes? I feel so much bigger this pregnancy, even though I'm measuring at a normal rate. So while I usually prefer the maternity pants with the small tummy panel, only my pants with the huge belly panels are fitting comfortably now. I just want to wear dresses or my favorite capris.
What I miss: Being able to get up and down easily, without groaning, and being able to sit on the floor without having sciatica afterwards. I actually got stuck on the floor on Sunday evening. I was sitting down, filing and organizing paperwork, for about an hour or so. When it came time to get up, I couldn't! My sciatica hurt too badly. My husband had to help me stand, and then he burst out laughing because my shorts were on backwards! But when you look down and can't even see your feet, it's almost impossible to know your clothes are on backwards.
What I'm looking forward to: Meeting my baby boy!
Labor Signs? The baby feels much lower and I'm feeling pressure from him. I've also had plenty of contractions, but they're probably unproductive, Braxton Hicks contractions.
Thoughts from the family: Isabelle is thrilled to meet her new little brother. She wants him to come out and play with her new baby sister too. She wants one of each! Izzy still talks to my belly button, as if it's a peep hole to her baby brother.
Andrew, who will be 18 months old this week, is still pretty clueless about the baby. I've tried pointing to my belly and telling him that there's a baby in there, but that only confuses him. He has only recently learned the word "belly," so I don't want him to start thinking it's called a baby. He has been more of a happy-go-lucky toddler lately, rather than my clingy little boy, so I'm hoping he'll transition well when baby brother arrives.
Someone asked my husband if he was nervous about being "outnumbered" now that our third child is coming. He said no, he's been outnumbered for a while. Pregnancy is so yucky for me that he's been caring for both kids and me for so long.
Best Moment This Week? For the past couple of days, I've just enjoyed spending time with my kids. We've been reading lots of stories, rocking, and doing other sweet things together that I know will be difficult when I'm recovering from surgery. I've loved sharing special time with my daughter, who talks to my belly and gives it hugs and kisses. I've enjoyed snuggles with my toddler. I've also gotten to spend some time to myself, shopping, getting a pedicure, and getting a nice, low-maintenance haircut, so I've had a wonderful week.
Prayer Requests? Please pray for a healthy delivery, a healthy baby who nurses well, a quick recovery, plenty of rest, and pray for my long term recovery as well. Pray that our little guy's lungs are perfectly healthy and that this little boy will grow up to have a passion for the Lord.
We're ready for our baby, so tonight, we're going out to dinner for the last time as a family of four. We'll relax and watch the Olympics, and my daughter and I are going to do some baking together this afternoon. The house is nice and clean, and we've got everything ready for baby boy.