26 weeks down, only 14 more to go!
I know that 14 is closer to four months than three, but since Adelaide was two weeks early, I’m mentally preparing myself for a baby anywhere from 3-4 months from now. In other words, by the time Thanksgiving dinner is on the table, my hospital bag will be packed, the infant car seat installed and labor support people will be on alert for a phone call anytime over the following four weeks.
Lately, I’ve noticed this interesting phenomenon, where even though December is only three months away, everyone around me perceives it to be 6+ months away. When I tell people I’m due in early December I get these kinds of responses:
“Oh, well that’s still MONTHS away!”
“It’s still summer, so you’ve got half a year to prepare for this baby”
“Wow, that’s still a long ways off. How big are you going to get?”
That last one was implied…but I wrote it out because eyebrow raises and concerned belly stares are difficult to convey in text.
DECEMBER IS ONLY THREE MONTHS AWAY PEOPLE!!! We have one week of August left, then all of September, all of October, all of November and then BAM! Baby. Three months. That’s it.
I’m not freaking out, or anything. I’m getting stuff done. I feel prepared. It’s the rest of world that needs a calendar!
Alright, there may be a teencey bit of hormones at play here…but I just had to get that out.
Thank you for listening.
In other pregnancy related news….
I’m healthy! I had my 25 week check-up with my midwife last Wednesday, and my belly is measuring right on track, which means our baby girl is growing just like she should. I took my gestational diabetes test and, GOOD NEWS, I don’t have gestational diabetes. (yay!)
I’ve started getting Braxton-Hicks contractions (WAY earlier than in my last pregnancy) but I want to blame summer and my toddler for this one. I’m still so active these days, chasing Adelaide around, and it’s summer time which means a higher likelihood for dehydration, all of which trigger Braxton-Hicks. Since they’re definitely not fun to experience, I’ve been trying to pursue less active (or at least more contained) activities with Adelaide. Hopefully it cools down soon so we can go back to playing outside!
OH! And indigestion…WOW! It’s been so bad lately that I’ve chewed through one bottle of Tums and moved right on to a second. Since the discomfort is most noticeable and disruptive at night (laying down) I’ve changed up my dinner/dessert routine so that I eat a very small portion for dinner, and if we have dessert, I make sure and eat it no later than 8PM so I have a head start on digesting before bed time.
The hardest diet adjustment has been my water in-take. I’ve been drinking A TON of water to try and stay hydrated during these hot, hot days, but if I’m not careful, it backfires and causes more indigestion than usual. It’s pretty much the worst Catch-22 of pregnancy. Oh well…I’m surviving!
According to BabyCenter.com, our little girl is supposed to be about 14 inches long and weighing in around a pound and a two-thirds (about the length of an English hothouse cucumber). She is very active throughout the day and I love feeling all her little kicks and squirms.
September should be a pretty quiet month on the pregnancy schedule. We have our hospital tour in a few weeks, which I’m excited for, and my next midwife appointment is at the end of the month. The appointments with my midwife have been so spaced out, I feel like I’ve only seen her a handful of times (four to be exact) and I only have four (possibly five) appointments left! Such a different experience from my first pregnancy!
I’ll try to take some pictures of my growing belly (oh boy, is it growing!). For now, you get cucumbers.