Well, here I am. At the end of my pregnancy. Just waiting. In my opinion, the first few weeks of pregnancy and the last few weeks are pregnancy are the hardest. Probably because of all the unknowns. :) But I am surprisingly still comfortable. I don't think I've ever been able to say that at the end of any of my pregnancies. In fact, when other people would say that to me at the end of their own pregnancies, I would think in my head, "you're LYING!". Haha. Yes, I have my moments and harder days, but I feel very rested most days and haven't had any major issues toward the end. Could be because Baby Girl is measuring "petite", shall we say. Hope she goes this easy on me when she comes out. :)
I get a lot of "you're so tiny" comments. I can't say I'm not tired of them. But whatev. I was able to hide my baby bump for so long in public that I've only been getting them recently. I carry my babies close in to me for sure, but also Baby Girl's gonna be little. I also haven't packed on tons of weight like I've done with earlier pregnancies. I've learned the hard way that most of that stays with you after the baby comes out. And my doctored and I agreed that packing on a lot of weight at the end would only go to my hips and not the babe. I'm still enjoying my peanut butter ice cream and chocolate chips almost nightly though. :) With that being said, we are hoping she stays put for a bit longer and gains some weight. On all the ultrasounds and non stress tests, Baby Girl looks GREAT! Just "petite". My girls have always been smaller (Lillian just over 6 lbs and I went past my due date with her). The main concern is that my placenta doesn't give up doing it's job. My doc is watching me week by week. I think he feels that if she can gain weight faster OUTSIDE the womb, then he will want her to come. But for this week, he feels she is still better off inside me. And I agree. :) Although at this point, she could come whenever!
Still no name agreed upon! (Key word being agreed!) We are rolling some names around in our heads but I guess it's going to come down to officially naming her once we see her. I don't think we've named any child before they were born (except Landon b/c he's a junior) and I don't see us naming this one before she's born either. Hopefully there won't be a knock-down-dragout over names at the hospital ;)
All the kids are doing very well in school. I'm glad to be back into the swing of things after the holidays. The structure is going to be very helpful after the baby comes. We haven't decided what sports/activities the kids will do, but I think that we will keep things pretty calm this spring. Saying "no" to some things (for a short season) is the only way I know how NOT to stress my family (or me) and still be able to take the best care of everyone. AND stay on top of our commitments in school. There is no shortage of fun around here though! :)
OH, my sister is expecting again too!! This July!! So it's fun to be pregnant together - even if just for a few months. And I hope it'll be fun having a babies fairly close together too. She finds out the beginning of February what's she's having! I'm sure we'll be doing another Gender Memory game for that baby as well. Her baby will be grand child #7 for my side of the family!!
I haven't taken many pictures. Instagram has taken over. And I'm not a fan of reposting Insta pics on FB/blog/twitter/etc....just gets repetitive to me. Oh well. I'll get over it. :) I'm sure I'll get my big girl camera back out soon. Seeing I'll have a tiny, cute reason to snap some real pictures. Before she learns to run away from the camera like her siblings, of course!
Last, but not least, I'm headed to the JUSTIN BIEBER concert tonight! Yep! Me and my 9 month pregnant belly. At Justin Bieber. Rockin' out. And I can't wait. Ever since my fam and I watched Never Say Never (I highly recommend! Ha!) I've thought it would be fun to go to one of his concerts. Well, my mom scored some tickets so Lovey, Lacey, Olivia and I are going!! We borrowed a handicap parking pass (uber important in case I go into labor....ya know!) and our phones are charged up and we are READY! I'm sure I'll pay for it tomorrow, but that's what naps are for!!! And I'm pretty sure I'll be "overgramming" the whole time. ;) Don't say I didn't warn ya!
Alright...anything else? I think I may try easing back into blogging. Seems a little overwhelming to me right now though! I just think one day I'll look back and regret not blogging for such a big chunk of time! (I've had this little corner of the internet for 5 1/2+ years btw!) So it's very fun for me to look back through everything.
Thanks to anyone who may be still reading!!! xoxo