this poor baby hasn't even been born yet and is already suffering from second child syndrome! completely missed 29 weeks...and am now smooshing together 30 and 31!! oh well...at least i'm doing most weeks right? (i'll just keep telling myself that...)
first of all, i can't believe we are in the thirties! when did that happen?? the weeks are really flying by this time for certain.
week 30 has been a busy one including a final 5k for this pregnancy. (i would keep running more, but darling hubby has decided i am soft in the head for wanting to do another race at nine months haha). the race was up in rockport, ma and it's a beautiful course, right along the coast with the smell of the ocean in your nose as you race. i ran it last year with ian in the jogging stroller and didn't realize quite how hilly rockport actually is! this time round i was prepared for the course and felt super comfortable. i honestly don't feel any different running at seven months pregnant other than getting out of breath faster (i'm trying to oxygenate 40% more blood here people) and the lovely feeling of needing to pee every. single. downhill. step. haha. the race went really well and my time was faster than my race at 23 weeks on a flat course...wooo! (and if my husband is reading this, i wasn't "racing"...it just happened!) overall, i'm so glad i kept running thus far and darn it all, i'm proud of myself for running a 5k at 30 weeks! that is something i never ever could have done while pregnant with ian. i'm not done exercising yet though, still doing boot camp, but i am putting running on the back burner until after this little one is born.
i realized in going back and looking at my bump posts with ian, that unbeknownst to me, i wore the exact same outfit for both 30 week pictures...lol. i was hoping i would look so much better in these current ones as i was already quite swollen from the beginnings of preeclampsia with ian, but to my despair...i don't see any difference!! how can that be?! i guess i'm just destined to be a huge preggo despite working out, losing a ton of weight before this pregnancy etc. i have come to terms with it and i'm just hoping that the weight will come off as easily as it appears to be going on haha!
and now to present day...
i am definitely feeling well into the third trimester. about a week ago i felt like i hit a brick wall when it came to my energy levels. i'm not sleeping well at night (partly insomnia, partly just uncomfortable) and by the afternoons, i'm finding myself falling asleep while trying to play with ian. i currently play a lot of trains, tractors, bridges and tunnels from a horizontal position on our living room rug lol. i think this is one of the biggest differences between a first and second pregnancy...you have another child to care for. with ian, if i was tired, i plunked my bum down and took a nap whenever i wanted. this time around, 5pm hits and although i would much rather curl up in bed and sleep, i have to prepare dinner, pick up toys, run a bath and put the little man down for bed. it's exhausting, but i honestly wouldn't change it for the world. ian is getting more and more excited about the baby and i think he is really starting to understand that we are going to have a new baby in our house soon. (or maybe that's just my optimistic maternal thinking!)
this week has been particularly tiring as hubby has been away in manhattan on business for the week. we were fortunate enough to have some friends who needed housing overnight while they had some insulation blown in their attic. the company was lovely and nice to know there was another adult in this giant house other than myself. (this is my first time in the new house without hubby around). fortunately, link and ian seem to know i couldn't handle too much more and have both been very well behaved for me while hubby was away. i am very much looking forward to having him home soon :)
dear little one,
we are getting closer and closer to meeting you every day! your daddy and i were just chatting today about how we can't believe how quickly the weeks are passing and how we are very soon going to be a family of four...well five, including link :) we can't wait to see who you will be and how you and your big brother will get along.
speaking of your big brother, he is getting more and more ready for your arrival. this week he moved into a big boy bed so that you can have the crib to use once you are ready. he looooves his new bed and i know he will be excited to see you using the "baby bed". it's been lovely to see him interacting with nell's baby sister, ree and i'm hopeful from watching these interactions that he is going to be the best big brother to you.
i've also been getting some baby practice in by taking care of ree one afternoon a week. the first time i took care of her for your auntie sarah i felt like i had forgotten everything baby now that i am the mummy of a full blown toddler! however this week, things were much easier and i'm sure that once i have you in my arms, we will get the hang of the little baby thing once again :)
stay safe, little one (and keep your feet out of my rib cage every once and while, hey?)