Well…so much for documenting this pregnancy–my last update was only 18 weeks ago, at 20 weeks. Approximately half of my pregnancy gone. NBD. Ha. Bumpdate | 38 Weeks….here we go!
So much has happened over the past 18 weeks so I’ll try to summarize my best in this blog post because let’s be real, it’ll most likely be my last pregnancy post before baby girl arrives in one week! Though fortunately, this pregnancy has been fairly uneventful and I’ve been blessed with another healthy 9 months.
How far along? 38 weeks
Baby is the size of a: rhubarb…and if you’re not quite sure what that is (like me, lol) she is also the size of a bowling pin.
Total weight gain/loss: At my latest checkup, +38 lbs since pre-pregnancy. Like Woah, y’all. Clearly I spiraled hard after the first trimester. But as hard as it is to see that number on the scale, it’s just a number, and I have big goals after this baby comes to get into the best shape of my life. So yeah. Wouldn’t be surprised if we hit the big 4-0 by this Friday. A good friend said it best, it’s a solid pound a week. For some reason, it doesn’t quite sound as bad when you put it that way, but either way….whatevs.
Sleep: Oh sleep….how I miss you so. For months now sleep has not been great for me. Getting up 5,000 times to pee or just tossing and turning trying to get comfortable is my life lately. Not to mention insomnia that comes with pregnancy. Such joy!
Best moments: Despite the lack of sleep and packing on the lb’s like its mah JOB, there have been a lot of great moments during this pregnancy. The best of all being how excited my girls are to meet their baby sister. They have seriously been the sweetest. Always asking about her. Giving my belly endless hugs and kisses (some a little more aggressive than I’d like). Most recently helping me get the nursery ready. I can already tell they’ll have the strongest bond ever and I could seriously cry thinking about the moment they meet her.
Another best moment was a little baby sprinkle that my girlfriends threw for me. It was super low-key but perfect for this mama to relax, eat some delicious food, and catch up with some of her favorite people. And of course the spoiled baby girl with some amazing gifts, like a Snuggle Me Organic Baby Lounger that was on my wishlist! So generous! They even made me a bouquet of all the baby things! Seriously, SO CUTE!
Worst moments: Hmm…I’m not sure “worst” is the best word to describe the harder times, but it’s definitely been an interesting ride. Between being pregnant during a pandemic and not having my husband join me for important doctor appts (thanks COVID!), having my kiddos home nonstop since March with very little escape for mama, and a little scare with placenta previa, those would be my “worst moments” by far. But honestly, still not bad at all.
Nursery: We are all. most. there. My goal to have the nursery complete by the end of June is laughable now. I mean, it’s like I don’t even know myself at all. Haha. But we have the main things we need to bring baby girl home so honestly having a picture perfect nursery is just not on the priority scale right now. But I do plan to share once we’re all done. Here is a sneak peak!
Movement: I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve taken it easier this pregnancy ( meaning not working a FT job outside of the house with more time to rest) or if this baby is just super active, but ever since about 25-30 weeks this babe has been movin’ and grovin’ on the reg. But on the other hand, I’ve been terrible about remembering my other pregnancies…isn’t it crazy how some things we just forget, mamas?
Food cravings: Oh Lord, have mercy. Anything and everything. Is that a food group? Seriously though, no super specific cravings. Ariana Grande states it best, “I want it, I got it. I want it, I got it.” Yesss, girl. I sho’ do!
Mood: Good. Sad. Excited. Weird. All the emotions, y’all. I blame this on COVID and also the world these days. I literally had to stop watching the news and get the F off social media sometimes because everything is just too much. And then you have everyone and their brother’s damn opinions and quite frankly, I’d rather just stay in my own little ignorant bubble than absorb all the negativity in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I want more than anything for this stupid virus to stop ruining our lives. I also want more equality and love + less hate.
But overall, my mood has been happy and positive. Giving myself grace has helped a LOT. And I have two sweet little distractions that are constantly reminding me how much we have to be grateful for.
My one birthday wish….this amazing milkshake!
Most looking forward to: At this point, there is only one thing I’m most looking forward too and it’s meeting my baby girl. LESS THAN ONE WEEK.
Birth Plan: I decided back, oh I don’t even know when at this point, but probably around the 30-week mark that I would have an elective c-section. Not my first, though. Josie girl was actually delivered emergency c-section after a solid 12 hours of laboring due to fetal distress. Then I was able to VBAC with Isla Belle with no epidural. Au’ natural, folks! So two totally different experiences. Its been nice to “plan” this one in a sense, but my nerves are also starting to ramp up a bit since we are so close now.
Maternity Pics: Instead of getting professional maternity pics this time around, I’m saving my photographer budget for a family of 5 photo sesh this Fall. (our last family photos were 2 years ago!) We did however find a really pretty sunflower field close by and took a few sweet family + belly pics earlier this week. Click here if you want to see the rest!
This pregnancy has had its highs and lows, but overall it has been a special time for us. I can’t wait to share our sweet baby girl with you all, as well as her name, which only a couple of people know at this point. Yes, we are those being those people who don’t announce the name until birth. Josie was an exception because she has a family name, but Isla was a secret too! But I will say that we think it’s super cute and she’ll fit in with the crew just perfectly.
As always, thanks for being here! XO