It is amazing, frightening, and wildly exciting that in just a few weeks we could be holding our daughter. Just 4 weeks until "full term" (at 37 weeks, when we can deliver at the birth center instead of going to a hospital!) and 7 weeks until her due date! This week our baby girl is right around 4 pounds and so big and strong in there it is really feeling like there is a baby trapped in my belly (not just a little fish like during the second trimester!)
So far I have stayed super busy getting the house in order, mingling with long lost Seattle friends, and taking copious naps. Frankly, I just LOVE being back in Seattle. Also not working is great while being pregnant, I absolutely have my days were I really miss work, miss my clients, my co-workers, and miss having something to challenge my brain, and miss bringing home that paycheck (and the sense of independence it brings with it)- but then I take a walk (and a nap) and I get over it.
The best thing about staying at home is the lack of guilt! Seriously, I was so stressed out, working 12-13 hour days and straight through weekend after weekend and I felt horrible. I wasn't exercising like I wanted to, and I wasn't eating like I wanted to, and I resorted to chocolate...often... now I can eat healthy meals, take long walks and generally just feel 100 percent better.
Taking advantage of the nice weather and fall colors!
Marley enjoying the sun
Sawyer after a walk in the rain (it is Seattle, after all!)
The pregnancy thing is hard- you are reminded every day of how it is such a blessing to have a functioning healthy body! I am constantly getting reminders of how things are different and my body just says enough (hence the constant napping). But really I have been SO lucky. No insane back pain (except while moving!), no nausea, and no kicks to the ribs. If I need a crazy contraction every now and again to remind me not to push it so much, then so be it.
My belly button however is totally sticking out. I had utterly convinced myself that this was just NOT going to happen to me. Plus, it happened in a way I wasn't expecting. The actual belly button, or say the skin inside it, isn't what it is sticking out, it is a ring directly around the outside of my belly button that sticks out, which is crazy. Though now that I think about it, this whole experience is crazy and very surreal, but becoming more and more of a reality as I get bigger and bigger and bigger and we get closer to meeting this little Sprout with every passing day!
Even though have been doing so so well so far I still have to say I am reaching the uncomfortable stage at this point. It is getting harder to do basic things (like roll over in bed) and I have to take lots of breaks throughout the day. I never get half as much done as I feel like I should, but on the other hand, it is probably good that I am managing to keep myself busy. I still hope that this baby girl is listening to her mama and makes an appearance closer to the 37-38 week mark than 42 weeks, because I don't know that my sanity can take two more months!