I had written this right before Camdon was born. So, I’m going to leave it the way I wrote it, even though the tenses will be wrong. It is so fun to look back and read this now!
Get ready for the birth story! Coming up next!
The third trimester total caught me off guard. Pregnancy seems to go on forever and each week I have felt that I still have more time to wait until the baby arrives. I have felt less anxious and concerned about getting things finished, that is, until the very end. I think we might have underestimated the number of projects that we wanted to complete before the baby arrived. Of course, if anything was left unfinished, we could finish it later, but then we would be contending with two children instead of one. And one of those children will be very demanding for a while.
I had painted the soon-to-be-nursery over the summer, not too long after we found out that we were pregnant. In January, I got the idea that our beige master bedroom was too dull and needed to be repainted. So, I painted it a light blue and we rearranged the bedroom, which was Doug’s idea. I was pretty against it, but it did end up opening the space and made it feel bigger. The painting process required more coats than I expected because the beige was darker than I thought so we basically had to do the trim and walls three times. It was a project that I thought could be accomplished in a weekend and dragged out to a full week. But, it was so worth it in the end!
The biggest project was relocating Doug’s office to the space in our garage and relocating his tools and outdoor equipment to a shed. We explored shed options and even though Doug is pretty handy, we didn’t want the stress and the time commitment of building it on our own. We opted for a pre-made shed from a local company. Once we got it delivered, Doug then needed to build shelves inside and reorganize the garage. Thankfully, my Dad was able to help with the building and they got it done in one day. Sorting and moving and reorganizing the garage took a little bit longer, but it felt good to get it done and we are enjoying the additional space!
Doug’s office was the next space to tackle. Once it was emptied it had to be painted. We went with Red and gray to set a Keller Williams vibe. At 38 weeks pregnant, I was out there with Doug painting and getting that room finished. Oh, and we decided to make my Dad a cornhole set for his birthday, so that project took over our garage for about a week. And, if you decide to make one set, you might as well make one for yourself, too. Right?
Having the nursery cleared out we had to decide what to do about furniture. We had finally found a sleep training system that was working for us and D, which was really awesome as we all were getting more sleep. But, we should have done this sooner than we did. We also didn’t feel right about taking away D’s crib after he was finally sleeping so well. Plus, I’ve heard from many people that you want your child contained in a crib as long as they will stay in it. So, we bought another crib. I even assembled it myself! I reorganized D’s room and moved over a bunch of items that he didn’t need in his room anymore. It is nice that now he has room for more toys, which frees up our living room from a ton of clutter. Having the nursery set has been a huge relief. Although, I really liked not having to do this at all last time.
And then there are all of these little projects that you want to accomplish…crafts, decorations, fixing things that haven’t been working, making spaces more functional, moving clutter around. We have done some serious reorganizing in preparation for this baby to arrive. I feels so good to cross those things off of our list. Any it makes us realize that we have so much “stuff” and that we need do this more regularly so it doesn’t become such a long list…easier said than done 🙂
How are you feeling?
Overall, I have felt pretty well this whole pregnancy. I am certainly more tired as the end approaches. As I mentioned before, this baby is carrying much lower than D did. As I approach my due date, I am becoming more miserable. D was induced a week after my due date. I wasn’t have any contractions and I wasn’t dilating or effacing. So, while I was “over it”, physically, it wasn’t bad at all. This time around I am and it feels awful. The only plus is that this baby is lower than D so I’m not getting kicked in the ribs at all hours. But, it is leading to lots of lower back pain.
I am far less annoyed and crabby this time around. I think I have mentally prepared myself to accept the fact that I will go late and there isn’t much that I can do about it. Plus, this is extra time to get projects done and enjoy time with Doug and D as a family of three.
I had such a hard time getting started with Donovan and I worked so hard to keep with breastfeeding. I loved the bond it allowed for Donovan and I and I decided to let him wean when he was ready. Being pregnant wasn’t go to stop or change anything for me. At some point in November it just become really uncomfortable and I was always annoyed that he needed me all the time. It was hard for me to end our breastfeeding relationship, but it was nice to finally enjoy a bit of freedom from it. I am happy to have given him 21 months of milk and to see him become a little more independent. I hated that it had to be imposed on him instead of him choosing to wean, but breastfeeding a toddler is pretty minimal anyway. He only got a little milk each time and it was really more for comfort. We still snuggle all the time and he knows that I’m still there for him.
Does D know what is about to happen?
Donovan notices my belly more but that doesn’t keep him from climbing all over me. He will put his ear on my belly and say that the baby is sleeping. Recently, we have been watching Daniel Tiger on PBS and in a few of the more recent episodes Daniel’s mommy has a baby girl. It was pretty cute talking about it with him and it seems to be the thing that has made the most sense to him. The following episodes have addressed how life changes with a baby. We might need to rewatch them later.
Last minute predictions
I still think girl. Doug still thinks boy. We are getting so close to finding out!! It was fun seeing the predictions on the baby bookie. It looks like the votes are pretty even for boy and girl.
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