How Far Along: 35 weeks
Weight Gain: 25 pounds
Symptoms: I’m moving around pretty slowly these days. I feel big and my stomach is heavy. I’m waking up multiple times a night to go to the bathroom.
How do I feel: I have definitely reached the point where I feel over pregnancy. I’m a little nervous about juggling two kids and would rather be doing it than worrying about how I’m going to do it.
How’s Little P: Little P is now 21 months old. Mr. P and I talk to her about her baby sister, but she has no clue what that means. She points to the baby when we ask her to, nods “yes” when we ask her if she’s going to be a big sister, and knows one bedroom is the baby’s and one is hers. I think a downside to a small age gap is she has no way to understand that her life is going to change.
Updates: This pregnancy has been so different from my first. My first was really easy, and this one has been so complicated. It started with a placenta previa diagnosis, which fortunately has been resolved. I had a bleeding scare which turned out to be a bladder infection. More recently I have had some thyroid issues and will need a biopsy after giving birth. Last week I ended up in labor and delivery for some monitoring after a night of intense back pain and some contractions. Things have calmed down and I’m hoping to have a nice quiet last few weeks.
Birth Plan: Like last time I don’t have a formal birth plan. I want to go with the flow as much as possible and have a healthy baby. I am reading up a little on med free births just in case my labor goes too quickly for me to get an epidural. My endocrinologist also mentioned there could be some complications with anesthesia depending on my thyroid levels, so I don’t want to be caught off guard if I’m not allowed an epidural. I had really peaceful birth last time and would love to repeat that experience.
My second pregnancy is drawing to a close, and I can’t say I’m sad about it. I hope the next 4.5 weeks or so go by quickly. I’m ready to meet my new baby girl and figure out what life as a family of four looks like.