The last 10+ weeks have been slightly less "easy." I got hit with the most evil sciatica, my body temperature is stuck somewhere between OMG and WTF, and my growing (and very itchy!) belly is pretty much always in the way. However, I still consider myself very blessed to be carrying this sweet baby boy and can't believe I'll be meeting him some time in the next five weeks.
My due date is exactly one month from today. I remember thinking September 6 seemed so far away, and here it is just around the corner. I'm in my own little Jessie Spano moment ... so excited ... but so ... scared! ;)
As I mentioned in my last pregnancy post, nothing can fully prepare you for the journey of becoming and actually being pregnant. I'm sure the same can be said for motherhood. I've packed my brain with as much information as possible these last nine months, and now I just have to trust myself, pray, and take all the help I can get!
And for as long as I can get my pregnant brain to focus, here are 10 more fun facts I've learned in my last 10 weeks of pregnancy...
1. The absolute worst time to be in your final trimester of pregnancy is summer in South Louisiana. There is no such thing as a comfortable temperature, and I sweat from body parts I never knew I had.
2. Baby Showers bring on nesting like whoa. It was like a switch flipped in my head. By two days after mine I had washed every single sheet, blanket, towel, wash cloth, not to mention all hand-me-down clothes and new ones up to 6 months in size.
3. Unborn babies can really get on your nerves. Literally. As in he sat on my sciatic nerve for almost 10 weeks, sending shooting pains down by back, butt and legs at basically any sudden movement. Thank God for my chiropractor, who finally gave me some relief a few weeks ago.
4. Baby hiccups are adorable. I can't help but to smile every time I feel him in there with those sweet little hiccup jolts.
5. Those fun comments (mostly from strangers) just keep on coming. And now I'm to the point where I regularly get "Are you sure it's just one?" Or "No way you'll make it X more weeks." Or "Are you going to make it?" I promise, just one baby in there; I hope I won't have a premature baby, but, umm, okeedokee; And I'm sure I'll be just fine, but thanks for your vote of confidence!
6. Finding out your baby already weighs 6.5 pounds at 34 weeks pregnant is absolutely terrifying for your lady bits. Especially when you do the math and figure out that means at full term he will be 9 pounds or more...
7. Everything gets harder with each passing week. I have to modify my workouts more, and some days I get out of breath just from walking from my car in the parking lot to a door. Major props to Babies R Us for the Expectant Mother parking spots up front!
8. Getting out of bed in the third trimester should be considered an Olympic sport. At least Rob has gotten pretty good at helping me out without fully waking up. One of his many talents...
9. And let's talk about tying shoes. Or should I say the inability to tie shoes, put on socks, paint toenails, or do basically anything that involves reaching past the length of the belly.
10. I thought I peed a lot before, but that was just child's play. Now it's every 1-2 hours (if not more often) without fail. I guess at least I'll be a little better prepared for nighttime feedings. Thanks, Mother Nature.
All jokes aside, I've loved every minute of this pregnancy. Every ache, pain, urge to pee, pound gained, and even these nice little stretch marks I'll probably have for the rest of my life. I'm going to miss feeling my little guy's kicks, jabs and sweet little hiccups and knowing that he is safe and protected from the outside world. But I have a feeling that finally seeing his face, holding him in my arms, and kissing his tiny fingers and toes will be a whole new kind of love.
I'm the type of person who makes to-do lists every day and likes to plan and be prepared for everything, but everyone says you're never prepared for the love you will feel that first time you see and hold your child. For once in my life, I'm prepared to be unprepared. My heart is ready for the challenge.