When I was newly pregnant, and before I knew I was pregnant, I was at a local store, in line behind a pregnant woman. The cashier asked her how far along she was and she replied that she was 31 weeks, and had about 9 weeks to go. I remember thinking that sounded like Heaven. At the time it seemed unlikely that I'd be there again, but here I am, 31 weeks and 1 day into this pregnancy.
We certainly seem to have gotten here fast. I am now on every two week OB visits, which always makes me feel like I'm in the home stretch. At my last appointment blood work showed that my iron was low, so my OB has me taking iron supplements twice a day. After just a few days on them I feel more energetic and not so dog tired, wiped out all the time. Also gone are bouts of a racing heart that I was getting out of the blue for no apparent reason. Both of these are signs of low iron, I've since learned.
I'm also having Braxton-Hicks contractions throughout the day already. I had them for the entire second half of my pregnancy with Aspen, so I'm not terribly worried about it. My next doctor's appointment is Wednesday, so I imagine my OB will want to check to make sure they're not thinning anything out just yet, but I don't feel like they are. I've noticed that they seem to come when I am on my feet too long, so I've cut back on my activity and I'm taking time to rest several times a day now. It's nice to have an excuse to stop and sit down, to slow my pace down some, although I really do prefer being active. Aspen is enjoying my down time too, and comes to cuddle with me whenever the opportunity presents itself. I am really trying to focus on her as much as I can now, so that when Abby arrives she won't feel too displaced. I'm really praising all the "big girl" things she does now and talking up how fun it will be to be a big sister, and so on. I can tell she has mixed feeling about the whole affair.
Labor and baby preparations are continuing at a modest pace now. I have several lists running to help me keep up with all the things I need to remember to do and things that need to get done before Abby makes her appearance. We have most of the baby gear we need now. My hubby's parents gifted us with a crib and mattress, which they will be bringing with them when they visit later in June. We have crib bedding, diapering and nursing supplies and cute little summer clothes all ready to go, organized on shelves above the table we'll be using as a changing table. Aspen is now riding in her new booster seat in the car, which we call her big girl seat, and the car seat has been cleaned, washed and adjusted back down to newborn specs, and is waiting in the garage to go back into the car. We still have a small list of things to get, but it's slowly dwindling. My to-do list includes things like taking Aspen on a sibling tour at the hospital and getting bags packed.
I'm still doing my prenatal yoga and relaxation practice for labor. I find the relaxation techniques I've learned to be very helpful in dealing with daily stresses too, which has been an unexpected bonus. I find the yoga to be wonderful at helping me sleep if I do it before bedtime too. Whether or not I will have a completely natural birth remains to be seen, but I find that these days I am much more relaxed about that. My main focus is sticking close to the Lord and looking forward to meet little Abby when the time comes.
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