Age of First Born: Lilly: 29 months (almost 2.5 years)
Baby’s movements: Still extremely active especially in the evenings.
Baby items we bought: Nothing!
Challenges: I could list so many things here but I’ll keep it simple. Picture having a “beach ball” under your belly button. This past weekend, someone at the Farmer’s Market told me I had a perfect beach ball belly – I felt flattered – seriously.
Okay so you have a beach ball attached under your belly button that will not move without you. It kicks and punches you when it wants to, hardens periodically, stops you from bending over in any direction, put’s pressure on every bone and joint in your body like someone is trying to hurt you on purpose. gives you heartburn and indigestion, jumps on your bladder and other organs in your body, cramps up, demands food and water like you’ve never eaten before, takes all your energy until you pass out asleep, keeps you up all night until you check 1-3 items of your to-do-list, invades your rib cage like it’s playing on monkey bars and makes you want to throw up if you don’t take medication to combat the daily nausea.
But, it’s all good. I get a beautiful little baby out of this 9 month commitment – not a beach ball 🙂
Exercise: What’s that? Sad to say it’s minimal walking outside and have been told I need to rest more throughout the day with my feet up.
Food: Still loving red grapes. I’ve been baking and making extra foods to freeze so I can have meals ready to go once the baby does arrive – heck even before the baby arrives.
Foods I’ve made/making:
- Banana Maple Oatmeal Cookies (whoops – we already ate these – so much for freezing a few)
- Butternut Squash Soup (original and thai style)
- Mini Pizza’s (on thin burger buns)
- Chili (in the freezer)
- (A version) of Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup (Made two batches – one normal and adapted one to be vegan – let’s just say we have LOTS of this right now.
- Banana Bread (we already ate this)
- Healthy Granola Bars (making tomorrow)
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. I learned about these from the Hungry Runner Girl, you can find the recipe here – these are amazing!
- Vegan pumpkin Banana Muffins
Gender: Unknown – lots of guesses from family members. You can guess here.
Mood: Rather thrilled that we’ve made it to 37 weeks and that our baby will be considered “term” if born anytime now. I’m not bored but am starting to get a little anxious to meet this little one.
Preparation for baby #2: Daily conversations with our daughter, Lilly about the baby. It’s like the baby is already here and Lilly tries to include it in everything: car rides, bath time, cleaning up her toys, folding clothing.
Sleep: I nap every day. It’s the only way I can catch up on sleep from the night before. On weekends, I nap when Lilly naps for 2 hours and week days, I nap when ever I feel like it or happen to fall asleep randomly in the rocking chair.
Still to do: The baby’s room is a disaster. I decided to take a stab at our
pile mountain of papers to be shredded yesterday. We’ve (I got my husband involved) managed to overheat the paper shredder three times, fill one blue recycling bag full of shredded paper and make a mess of the baby’s room. Dang! It needs to be cleaned again.
I still need to get my newborn cloth diapers – they are on order and being shipped as we speak. Can’t wait to get my hands on them, wash them a few times (prep) and have them ready to go for baby’s cute little bum. There is nothing cutie then cloth diapers on a tiny bum.
What I am looking forward to: Meeting baby and not being pregnant anymore.
What I miss doing:
- Being more active with Lilly
- Sleeping all night (I know, I know, I won’t see sleep for a long long time but it WILL happen again)
What I am worried about: I totally forgot how small a newborn is and how to do anything newborn related. When you have a toddler running around, you (I) forget what it’s like to have this small, little baby who’s needs are so different then a 2 year old’s. I think I’m in for a little awakening 🙂
And…..I’m a little freaked out about given birth again! Why, I don’t know. I just am. Lilly’s birth was really fast (less than 4 hours) and it was all natural – no meds. Can I do that again? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. I seriously need to write my birth plan ASAP or I’m not going to be focused when the big moment comes.
37 weeks with baby #2
What did you worry about when having your second, third, fourth (dare I go on) baby?
Did you worry about given birth again?
Did you find out the gender of your baby(ies) ?
Happy (early) Thanksgiving to my American family, friends, bloggers and followers. Enjoy!