8ish Weeks to Go!

11150871_10100374369378068_1580832941412286814_nI thought I would give everyone an update as I am now in my 3rd trimester.  How exciting!  I have not talked to many people latley as pregnancy does not always agree with me.  As my husband tells me every night “You love being pregnant”.  What he is really saying is everything will be ok :).

For those of you who don’t know me, this is currently my 3rd pregnancy.  My first pregnancy took 7 months to get pregnant in which we have a 3 1/2 year old, the second pregnancy took 9 months and ended in a miscarriage at 12 weeks, and I am currently in week 31 of my 3rd pregnancy that took 11 months to conceive.  I was given the due dates of June 12th or June 18th.  I would like to go with the first :).

My daughter was born on her due date which we hear is pretty rare.  I want this next baby to be healthy but it would be nice to go a little earlier.  Before having our daughter, my husband and I only held a new born once and we both never changed a diaper.  Fast forward 3 1/2 years and we can change diapers while half asleep in the dark.  So this baby will have well trained parents.  But we have not had a new born in 3 years.  I am sure this baby will be unique and exciting.  She will be another girl but we know she will be different than our first daughter.

When I was pregnant with my first daughter I would drive to work a half hour each way, and work an 8 hour day.  This time I am a stay at home Mom with a 3 1/2 year old.  Each had its ups and downs.  But this time I am moving all day.  Feeding my daughter, potty training, cleaning, and more.  She understands that Mommy does not feel well.  At first I felt bad that I could not play with her all day.  But I know what I am proving for her in the future will be worth it. Things will happen in both our lives and we will both need to learn to adapt.  I can’t bring her everywhereI want but there is a season for everything.

Our daughter has been excited about the new baby.  The other day she was pretend to talk to her in the back seat of the car.  She is excited to give up the play room for the baby room.  She wants the baby to sleep in her room.  Our first daughter is a natural teacher, and I know she will love teaching our new daughter new things.

I recently passed my first glucose test but my iron was very low, just like my first pregnancy.  I am taking more iron pills but the net gain is not going to be very much.  While I am tired all day, I usually get to nap, and then I am up a few times a night.  This is ok since I am not working out of the house.

Sleeping is more difficult as I am a belly sleeper.  While I am tired all day I have trouble sleeping.  Add on heartburn and numb legs at night.  As the weather is getting warmer my hands and feet are swelling more.  My wedding rings officially don’t fit this week. While my weight is similar to my first pregnancy, I did fill out more quickly which is normal.

I am gearing up to breastfeed this time again.  With my first daughter I only made it a few weeks.  This time I think I am more experienced, have been reading more about it, and just have been around more breastfeeding Moms.  Before I had my first child I was really not around children or Moms.  This time I have an amazing network of Moms and I have relationships with children that mean the world to me.

I have been more faithful this pregnancy than any pregnancy before.  Each child is unique and I don’t want to put all these children in one paragraph but I will.  Before my first child I did not know one person who had a miscarriage.  After my second pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage, 18 people told me that they also had one.  I had a friend that has a stillborn baby.  Friends that lost their children at 4, 12, and 16 weeks.  Also friends that had their children early.  Even at 23 weeks.  I have learned that each child is special, brings something beautiful in the world, and as a Mom you can never stop worrying.  But  with this has brought faith, wisdom, and compassion about the world and others.

One of the things I look forward to the most is showing the new baby to my daughter.  I tear up just thinking about it.  To see them having a relationship every day is so exciting.  This time I will have a chatty toddler, a 7 year old dog, and a baby in the house.  I know this time will be different than when my daughter was born.

I am blessed to have a better support system this time.  This includes our church and a few womans groups.  But I know these next 8 weeks will be difficult.  I am having trouble driving more than a half hour away.  I am just tired, and uncomfortable.  Sitting, standing, and laying for more than 10 minutes in one spot is getting more difficult.  The baby is suppose to gain a half a pound each week until she is born.  I am suppose to gain on average a pound each week until the baby is born.  I am trying to eat healthy, but since I have low iron I crave sugar and chocolate all day.  I have good day and bad days and it is frustrating that I don’t know until I wake up what the day will bring. But all I can do it try to enjoy this while I can.  I am very blessed to spend every moment with this little one in my belly.

This warm spring weather feels really great.  My last pregnancy ended in December.  I was in the house most of the time.  This time I get to go to the park with my daughter and get more outside walking in.  I will get to enjoy time on the porch too.  I even got some gardening in this last weekend.

I have to admit the fact that there is a human inside me moving around is crazy.  But I feel so lucky to be where I am.  I am trying to enjoy pregnancy each week.  I know many woman would love to be where I am.  But honestly some days I just want this to be over.  We did have a sermon at church about having to wait and be in Gods time.  I need to remember this and I know all this will help me grow in the future.  But when I am sick,tired, miss my friends, miss my body,and can’t even lay down comfortably, it is hard to keep a positive attitude.

I have all the pieces of the nursery picked out but just not assembled yet.  The room is currently our daughters playroom so she should enjoy it while she can.  This time I am going for a blue and gray travel theme (yes for a girl).  I like the relaxing colors and this time I even bought a rocking chair.

I am pretty sure I am officially a Dr.  Well a doctor of education.  The paper is suppose to be in the mail in the next 4 to 6 weeks.  So when I get it the official celebration can begin. My small book business with the help of other authors has made it to 200 books this week.  This is exciting.  I have the goal of 1,000 books by 2015.  I enjoy spending time on this and like to watch it grow while help others also. I am currently worked on the 3rd Charlie the Cavalier book Charlie the Cavalier Travels the World with the illustrator.  I just published 1600+ Positive Things to Say to Others which I am proud of because I think it is a good reminder to many people including me.  Also, recently I became a board member at the Ross Library in Lock Haven.  My daughter and I love that place.

Well thanks for caring and reading all of this if you made it this far.  Thank you for your support.  Sorry if I have been seen or talked to many people in a while.  I guess I am in the pregnancy zone.  Thank you for all the help you provide my family too.  We won’t be able to go on a cruise until the baby is 6 months but we will probably wait longer than that.  We miss our cruising, including our daughter.  But this summer we hope to do some small trips including one of my favorite places in the world Knoebles.  Sometimes since I am sick all the time just keeping my mind busy makes the whole process a little easier.  So prayers needed! Thank you.

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