This week has been a big one in my little world. I had an appointment with my midwife yesterday where we did my glucose test. The results should be back by tomorrow. I didn’t have to drink the sugar drink, or fast, or avoid carbs or wait an hour. It was as simple as a quick blood draw, which was really nice. Andrew finally gets here tomorrow afternoon. Getting him through school and back to Nashville has been a family effort, and we are all so thrilled, relieved, and excited that he is finally done with every single class of his doctorate program. He won’t get his final grades until next week, but is confident that he did well in every class. Praise the Lord. I have gotten a lot of little things done in our house, and it is ready for Andrew’s arrival, and the arrival of all our things!
Andrew’s moving back is hugely significant on so many levels. Obviously I am just excited to see him, as we’ve been apart for the better part of a month. But beyond that, it symbolizes such a victory in his life, and in our lives. Going back to school was a tremendous leap of faith, and it required additional leaps of faith every day for over four years. While Andrew was in school we struggled through infertility and many difficult fertility treatments. We eventually had Bonnie after a physically difficult round of IVF that led to severe ovarian hyper- stimulation, which led to complications beyond what we were prepared for, which eventually led to a frozen embryo transfer, which finally led to our daughter’s conception and birth.
Bonnie has struggled a little off and on over the past week. I think she’s just missing her daddy, and missing her familiar things. I’m really looking forward to getting Bonnie’s new bedroom put together, and hoping that will help her understand that she is in her new home.
How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight gain? 13 pounds
Maternity clothes? Mostly.
Stretch marks? Nothing yet.
Sleep: I am not sleeping much at all! I have a difficult time falling asleep, and then a difficult time staying asleep. It’s been that way during this entire pregnancy.
Best moment this week: There have been lots of sweet moments between Bonnie and me this week. I am cherishing them more and more as Nora’s due date draws closer.
Miss anything? My husband! And our dog, of course. Counting down the hours until Bonnie and I get to see them both. We’ve been nearly a month!
Movement: Yes, I feel her every day, and often throughout the day.
Food cravings: The ice cravings I experienced when I was pregnant with Bonnie are back, and in full force! Ice and ice cold water.
Anything making you feel queasy or sick: Nope! Feeling great apart from lack of sleep. Guess I should embrace the whole not sleeping thing since I could have a newborn in a mere ten to twelve weeks!
Labor signs: No, but still frequent and strong Braxton Hicks.
Symptoms: Leg cramps that are particularly awful at night.
Belly button in or out? Flat and weird looking.
Wedding ring on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy!!!
Looking forward to: Seeing Andrew tomorrow, and getting all moved into our house after over four years away from home.
What’s Going on with Baby:
- She is around 2.5 pounds, and almost 16 inches long. She is still skinny, but will be getting longer and fatter pretty quickly in the coming weeks.
- Should be settling into a proper birth position.
- She can blink!
- Her sleep now includes an REM phase, which means she could already be dreaming. I’d love to know what about…
This pregnancy is going by so quickly! And the further along I get, the more bittersweet that realization becomes. The transition from being the mom of one to the mom of two is going to be tough for me emotionally I think. As I prepare Bonnie for the arrival of her baby sister, I am also preparing my own heart, knowing that these last several weeks will be my last weeks alone with Bonnie… ever. They will be the last weeks that she is my only baby. And that isn’t a bad thing, but I feel as though I’m already beginning to miss her.
Is this strange, or is this a normal thing that all soon-to-be, second-time mothers go through?