Baby Size: A pumpkin
Weight gain: Holding steady at 35.5lbs
Maternity clothes? I mostly wear one pair of maternity jeans at this point since they are the only pair that don’t roll down or feel too constricting. By about 4:00 I am ready to quit pants all together though. Anyone else go through this?
Belly Button in or out? Out
Best moment this week: We got to tour the hospital, and we filled out all of the paper work where the baby will be born. It’s a really nice hospital and it’s comforting knowing that we have done all the leg work for when baby is ready to roll in. Now we wait!
Miss Anything? Still missing that quality sleep. I never had many issues sleeping with our first. In fact, I think I slept better during that entire pregnancy than I have in my entire life. Between peeing every hour, regardless of when I stop drinking liquids, and having a cold now, I’m lucky to sleep 2 or 3 hours straight. I will probably get MORE sleep with a newborn!
Movement: He’s moving around, but it’s definitely clear he is running out of room. I forgot how weird movement feels this late in pregnancy.
Food cravings: Still crushing fruit. Pineapple, mango, nectarines, and oranges are my favorite. I’m also noticing that I’m really only getting my protein from meat once per day, and overall struggling to care about protein.
Gender: Boy #2!
Looking forward to: We still need a baby monitor, so I am looking forward to getting that. We still have our old one, but it’s pretty much on its way out. I think once we have that and move some furniture we will have everything where we want it for when baby is here, so we can just relax and get used to being a family of four.
I hope everyone gets that song stuck in their head when they read that caption. Now that we are in the final countdown the biggest struggle for me is to make sure that the innocent inquiries of others does not drive me crazy. Based on our first born I am mentally prepared to be at least a week late. Our first was induced at 39 weeks 5 days and was not even close to being on his way. I am also anticipating this baby being over 9lbs.
As the time gets closer I am just keeping my days normal. I am still running and working out. We still have plans for the weekends and afternoons. I don’t want to go stir crazy, so I would rather not just sit around and wait for the baby to come. He will roll in when he is ready. In the meantime, I am soaking up as much play with big brother as possible. We have been playing outside a TON (our neighborhood is full of kids), hitting up the museum, aquarium, and pool as much as possible.
I also have everything prepared for the next few months for my Fitness With Kristen ladies. I want to make sure they are all set up for success while I am recovering. I have so many ideas and “to dos” for my business after the baby gets here, and I know it will take a lot for me to let those ideas sit for a little while longer so I can properly recover and bond with baby. Of course, I have already put together my postpartum workout plan for once I am ready to slowly become active again.
Finally, we have made 4 dozen banana muffins that are in the freezer. I also plan to freeze some chili and vitamin loaf this week for us to have when things get crazy. I remember with our first that having those freezer meals were so important to my energy. I was able to still eat well which helped us both get the nutrients we needed to recover from birth. I plan to nurse again if I can, which means I need to have the right nutrients for baby to grow big and strong like his big brother.
What else have you done to prepare before baby arrives?