So, when we told Abby about the baby, we told her that around the time Abby has another birthday and turns 3 years old that the baby would come soon. Well, Abby turned 3 years old on Sunday 7/18 and her next question after the birthday party and cake etc was, "now is it time for the baby to come out?"
Well, it's ALMOST time. 37 days (give or take a week.) And I'm starting to get that "exhausted" feeling that you get in the last month of pregnancy. Here's a few things that are going on with me for the past few weeks during the pregnancy.
1. Heartburn ALL the time, especially when I'm laying down in bed at night. For some reason I only get it when I lay on my right side. "so lay on your left side" you say, well, when I lay on my left side the baby kicks like crazy and then I get no sleep.
2. Insomnia just about every other day this week I've woken up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and cannot get back to sleep. It always happens between the hours of 2 and 4. Yuck.
3. Bathroom breaks have increased from 0 times per night to 2-3 times per night. I kid you not, I am not just pee-ing a little bit, I'm pee-ing A LOT. It frankly surprises me how much comes out every time.
4. Rolling over in bed, I feel like a beached whale.
5. I have been having a lot of braxton hicks contractions.
6. I can only eat small meals again. I can't even eat a whole sandwich without feeling like I'm giving myself heartburn.
7. This one is a good one. So far, NO additional stretch marks. The first time around, they were TERRIBLE and Really Really itchy. Not this time.
Well, if anything, this pregnancy is completely different from the last one which hopefully means the birth will be completely different. THERE'S HOPE! Well, at least our Bradley instructor certainly seems to think so. (My pregnant brain can't remember everything I've written about the Bradley classes so if I've already written this, my apologies in advance.) We're the only couple in the class that has already had a child. So whenever we're talking about specific parts of birth, the Bradley instructor will talk about for "first time births ... blah blah blah ..." and then she'll point to Jason and I and say, "but not for you guys, you won't have to do that since it's your second" or "your birth will be much shorter" or "this will be much easier for you because it's your second." I REALLY hope she's right. If you are interested in finding out about the Bradley Method, Sarah Beth is our instructor and you can find her bio here. Or you can go to www.bradleybirth.com to find someone near you that teaches the Bradley method. I highly recommend it, I wish I would have done this for our first birth.
On a different note, Jason wisked me away to Duluth for a 2 day weekend. It was very nice to just relax, watch some cable TV and see the lake. Living up there for 4 years at school, you forget how much you really appreciated the lake and all it's beauty. Here's a few pictures from our trip.
A few pictures at the rose garden. I would have taken more pictures but it was really hot out.