Tomorrow is the big day!
30 weeks and counting down
I always love getting to this stage of pregnancy. If I can make it to 30 weeks, I know I can make it all the way. It helps to think of it as a baseball game. I am now on third base and home is in view. That is . . . if I can just get my bulky body to the finish line!
How is Baby Joey doing?
Yes, we call him Baby Joey, although Lowell will sometimes slip in a “Joeyette”. And he’s doing great! At least judging from all the acrobatics going on in there – I’d say he’s a healthy little guy or gal. This little peanut is probably around 3-4 pounds at this point, according to all the baby info you read. And since my babies like to shoot for the 9-pound mark at birth, he probably is on the higher end of their estimations . . . especially looking at that picture above.
Although I can’t see him, he should be fully formed by now. And his main priority this last homestretch will be to put on fat and weight. It’ll be so nice to have someone putting on the weight with me now!
I’ve told Lowell that this baby can tell when the other children are having a party. When they begin their wrestling or anything involving loud noise and lots of excited antics, he will begin his own. And Mommy’s left sitting with a jumping belly . . . and a smile. When you’ve had losses, every little wiggle and jab are a reminder that God is blessing you again – and the baby is alive!
How am I feeling?
Big and bulky. And that’s the truth.
Bending over is nearing that “impossible” point and elicits an unfeminine grunt that escapes before I can catch it. Being our sixth full-term pregnancy, my husband is pretty used to these things anymore. You first-time moms will come to understand this truth: nothing amazes the husband after the second or third pregnancy! He does everything from rolling me over and helping me sit up, to tying my shoes when I need it. I do think, though, that his favorite “chore” to help me with is eating cookies and milk with me at 2 am. He even offered to bring me some in bed last night!
My blood clot is pretty much all gone and doesn’t bother me anymore. That is such a relief! And now that it’s hitting 70 degrees around here, we’ve been breaking out the sandals and flip-flops. I plan on enjoying summer, no matter how unsightly varicose veins can be.
We go to see the midwife again next Monday and from then until the last month, we will be going every two weeks. This time they are going to check my sugar and iron. However, we were suspicious since the last appointment that my iron has been low. And so I’ve been taking some supplements to bring it up. I had been feeling really lightheaded when standing for more than ten minutes, even to the point of almost fainting. So we decided to up my iron intake and I am feeling some better!
Our last two babies have been born at home, and we plan on having this one at home, too. Of course, you always leave open the hospital option should complications arise or the pregnancy becomes high-risk. But we’ve found that a homebirth suits us pretty good! I love the low-key intervention and the freedom to do what I want during labor. My mother plans on coming out to be here during the birth, and help with the children. She’s such a blessing and I love her!
Now that we’ve hit 30 weeks and can begin the countdown (or will tomorrow), I have decided it’s time to act like a baby is truly going to be born around here!
I plan on getting out the baby clothes, purchasing those size 1 diapers, and possibly a new diaper bag. The changing table needs to be pulled out of the closet and cleaned up good, too. All those fun things that are such a pleasure to do in the last few weeks, I’m going to start now. Especially since May and June are looking really full with end of school activities, weddings, and campouts.
So there you have our little update on Baby Joey!
And his very pregnant, but delighted mama . . .
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