Can you believe it? I’m already in my third trimester! Just a few weeks ago, I was lamenting that I had so much time left in my pregnancy. Now I’m looking around like where did the time go, and can we slow it down because I’m not ready.
Seriously. It’s not that I’m not ready to be a mom again, because I’ve had 8 years to prepare for that :). It’s the concrete preparation that has me feeling frantic. I have a plan for the shared nursery with my daughter, but I have none of the furniture or other things I need to make it happen. There are a million things I want to do around the house before the baby is born, but I haven’t done any of them. And 12 weeks really isn’t that long at all â€” especially because that 12-week period encompasses the hugely busy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year season when I will have about a trillion other things to do.
But I won’t think about that. I’ll just take this one day at a time.
So here’s the belly this week:
Speaking of the belly, last week, the baby gave me quite an abdominal workout. A painful one, at that. Whenever I’d sit in one position for too long â€” which is easy to do when you work on a computer all day â€” I’d start to feel pain low down in my pelvis. And when she kicked? Lord have mercy! I would truly see stars for a few seconds. It felt like her little hands and feet kept hitting the same spot over and over again.
It wasn’t fun, but thankfully, it only lasted a few days. Now her movements are back to normal: Strong, but not painful. Thank God.
I’m grateful that painful spell only lasted a little while and that otherwise, I’m feeling good, if a bit tired. I know by now that exhaustion comes with the territory. So does pregnancy insomnia â€”Â which means that I wake up at 3 or 4 a.m. many nights, often unable to go back to sleep. I guess that’s just preparing me for the joys of mothering an infant on a severe lack of sleep.
The point is that my due date is quickly approaching, so I’m just trying to take all of this in stride and enjoy these moments while they last, because if I have anything to say about it, this may be the last time I get to experience this. My husband has other ideas, but we’ll see…