Happy Friday! I wanted to write (hopefully) my last update because today I’m officially 40 weeks. The weeks have flown by. Its just how it goes you put most of your energy into your first child and so you really aren’t as focused on the second in your tummy. Mine have been such different pregnancies; it’s actually incredible how different. So let’s chat update and final musings.
Just for fun, I put a comparison of my first and second pregnancy photos side by side at the bottom of the post.
Baby Guster is 39 weeks (Wednesday I hit 40 weeks!).
Week 39 was very similar to the prior week. I have stayed fairly active this week including extra walks with Henry and stretching/prenatal yoga to manage my lower back pain. The weight of the baby and caring for a toddler has been a very different experience. On Tuesday I had grand plans of spending a fun-filled day with Mitchell. Lets say by 2 pm we were both napping like babies. My stamina is dwindling, which is difficult for someone who likes to stay active. Understanding and respecting my limits has been a learning.
In terms of labor I’ve had a few changes and one moment on Sunday night when I thought things were starting, but alas, here I am still pregnant.
The hardest part has been the waiting. I’ve said all along I’d rather know when this little one is arriving over the gender. Mitchell arrived on his due date, so I naturally assumed this pregnancy would follow suit with a timely appearance. Little one has a different idea.
Over the last few days my mind has bounced between anxiously awaiting the arrival and stressing over the ‘what ifs’ and then about our family dynamic. I am beyond excited to meet my little one but whereas with Mitch I had no clue what was to come and felt excited. With this pregnancy I’m feeling every last day. I know what’s coming and am ready to get this show on the road!
Though, I know I will miss my bump. I love pregnancy. I love the feeling of growing a human and the anticipation and excitement of meeting your baby. The connection made with your little one in your belly is so rare and special, one that I still feel so deeply with Mitchell. The days aren’t always perfect or glamorous, but the amazing ability of your body is truly a miracle.
Hope you have all enjoyed my pregnancy updates and don’t worry I am not quite done yet – I will be answering your questions that you’ve been sending over the last few months.
The final days have been a roller coaster, to say the least. I am curious what awaits with labor, delivery and meeting this little one. Most of all I really just can’t wait for those newborn cuddles and watching Mitch meet his sibling for the first time. I cannot wait for the four of us to be together.
The photo on the right is with Mitch and the photo on the right is from this pregnancy. Overall, I feel totally different between the two pregnancies; I gained five pounds more with Mitch but the weight settled into my stomach and chest. With this pregnancy, my stomach is a bit smaller, but the weight has distributed over my body.
Moms, what tips do you have for transitioning to two? Any suggestions for dealing with the waiting game?