I have been absolutely terrible about documenting this pregnancy. I think that it’s partially because this is our fourth baby, and I obviously don’t have a ton of free time on my hands these days, but I also think that it’s because this is likely the last time that I will ever be pregnant, and I’m having a really hard time coming to terms with that. You would think that that fact alone, would make me even more apt to document every detail, but the reality of it is, even though there is a huge part of me that feels ready to move on from this stage of life, there is another part of me that wants to avoid thinking about the fact that this might just be the end of an era. I love everything about having babies… even if there have been points during each of my pregnancies that have been less than glamorous, and when I’ve felt totally over it; even if our life is complete chaos, and things are really hard sometimes, I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is the life that I always dreamed of having, and as cliche as it might sound, I feel blessed beyond measure.
At this point, it feels kind of like this pregnancy is flying by. I swear it was only a few weeks ago that I discovered that we were expecting again, and now here we are, about to head into the third trimester!!! The second trimester has been, for the most part, a breeze compared to my first trimester… which I spent most of feeling nauseous and exhausted. Besides having another run in with kidney stones a few weeks ago (I had them while pregnant with Ella too), and a nasty stomach bug to start off the month, I’ve felt pretty good overall. Most days I have enough energy to handle the three kids, working from home, and attempting to keep up with housework… but other days, it totally catches up with me and I’m in bed by 8:00. I’ve had the usual expected bouts of heartburn, but it’s likely my constant cravings for Mexican food that are to blame for that. Other cravings this time around include a good cheeseburger, those tasty mochi ice cream treats, and gummy candy of all sorts! My weight gain hasn’t been crazy this time around, but I suppose that’s because I never lost all of the baby weight after having Theo… I try not to look at the scale very often, actually only when I am forced to at my monthly doctor’s visits. I’ve just accepted the fact that getting in shape will have to be a goal for after this baby comes and I can find the time to make it work!
Baby is measuring perfectly on schedule and growing as expected, so all is good in that department. I have my glucose test coming up soon, so fingers crossed that I pass with flying colors on the first go! If you’re wondering about names, we have only very recently began discussing them. There are a few being tossed around, but nothing has been set in stone yet. Ella thinks we should name her Ella, though I think that might make things a little confusing around here.
As you can imagine, even though we have more than enough girl stuff… I haven’t been able to restrain myself from shopping for more. Girl stuff is just too hard to walk away from. I promise there’s a post coming in the very near future where I will share some of my favorite recent finds!
In the meantime, I’m continuing to plug away at working on our house, and have every intention of getting to work on our sweet girl’s nursery soon. Otherwise, I’m savoring all of those kicks and hiccups, and not wishing this pregnancy away… it’s a feeling that someday I know I will miss and long for, so I’m embracing it until our girl decides she’s ready to arrive!