We have officially made it!
This has been the longest and yet fastest pregnancy ever, and now it is finally go time. We have all of the baby clothes washed, the pack-n-play setup, the carseat installed, but I still don’t think the reality that we are going to have a third baby in our house has set in. Even as I write this, I sincerely feel a bit nervous. We have been so used to life with the two boys, that the thought of Emmett not being the “baby” anymore seems a bit strange. I was talking to JD about it last night, and he had to remind me that I felt the exact same way right before we went to the hospital to have Emmett. Then as soon as he arrived, you wondered how we were ever doing life before him.
I also assume there is a bit of a fear of being able to do it all. With your first you can sleep whenever, lay around the whole day, and just snuggle and nurse until your heart’s content. With the second, you are engaging the first, making sure they have food and a nap, and still feeling loved and adored – all the while nursing and changing someone else’s diaper (You can read more on my thoughts about life with two babies here: A Letter to My Second Born). So I feel like with two toddlers and a newborn, you kind of morph in to this manager of tiny humans, and just do your best to make it to sundown.
All I know is if there is anything that I have learned about parenting, it’s all about trial and error. There is no one-size fits all. And lots and lots of extra grace is required. With that being said, you can check out my last and final thoughts about this pregnancy below. 🙂
How far along: 39 weeks. And we are officially scheduled to be induced tomorrow (May 31st)!! Fun fact: Assuming we don’t go in to labor today and barring any complications tomorrow, all of our boys will have been born on a Wednesday.
What are we most excited about next: Meeting our littlest man. There is something about sweet baby snuggles that just sounds like the perfect way to kick off summer break. Oh, and having a margarita on a patio. Does that sound absolutely terrible?
What are we least excited about: Being away from the boys. While those few days in the hospital are incredibly special, it’s always hard being away from the other babes. Plus, it’s nice having the comforts of your own home around when recovering.
Movement: I’ve noticed over the last few days that his movement has slowed, or rather, happens at more specific times – almost like he is creating his own schedule. So I’ll be interested to see if that is any indication of how things will be once he is here.
How I’m Feeling: Overall, fairly well. I have still had days where I’m completely exhausted, but as of late, I have felt a lot more like myself. A very bloated, waddling version of myself. It’s funny, because after a while you kind of forget what it feels like to not be pregnant. As if you will always be walking around with a waddle and your belly sticking out.
Cravings: Ice cream, cookies, chocolate, fruit. Absolutely anything sweet. I finally have my appetite back, and I find myself wanting to eat around the clock.
Weight gain: 24 pounds.
What I’ve Been Doing: Nesting and resting. On the days I’m not totally ransacking the place from top to bottom, I’m sitting motionless on the couch during naptime. The past few days however, we’ve been living with a vacation mindset, which has included making blueberry pancakes, cooking out, spontaneous play dates with friends, and family walks. We haven’t been as strict about our 8:00pm bedtime for the boys, and have just been doing our best to truly enjoy our time together without so many distractions. We also may or may not have been living in our pajamas.
Today I’m going to FINALLY back our bag for the hospital and take care of any last minute errands and laundry, but otherwise I plan to do a lot of hanging out with the boys.
Again, I want to thank you all so much for your sweet words, support, and overall encouragement throughout our pregnancy. This has definitely been an emotional roller coaster, and I’m grateful to have made it through this season successfully! I will also do my best to keep you guys posted on our sweet babe’s arrival over the next couple of days. Plus I know you’re just dying to find out his name. 😉
PS. If you missed any part of our journey, you can check out our pregnancy announcement and bumpdates here: Hill Party of Five, Bumpdate: 20 Weeks, Bumpdate: 24 Weeks, Bumpdate: 30 Weeks, Bumpdate: 35 Weeks.