39 Weeks. Yep. Pretty thrilled about that.
*I’m ready for all of the snuggling, sleepless nights, sleeping on my stomach, figuring newborn life out with Andrew, loving all food again and most importantly—> to MEET HER. I just keep thinking about that feeling I had when the doctor first placed Brooke on my chest and it makes me want to burst into tears because I am so excited to feel that feeling again.
*The other day I started feeling uncomfortable sitting on a stool while eating my first few bowls of cereal so I took it to the couch to finish things off. I realized that my stomach makes the perfect food holder so that is exciting right now.
*This picture was actually from last Thursday:) 34 miles last week! And this week so far I have hit about 16 miles and they have all felt really good… probably the best so far of this pregnancy. We even did a mile at the indoor track under 9 minutes and I felt like I was flying. I’m really happy that I’ve had some special ‘run happy’ moments before taking a big break followed by slowly getting into running shape again.
*My outdoor runs are coming to an end and most of my miles are on the treadmill which is fabulous because I’m within 4 steps of a restroom now which is perfect!
*The internet is telling me that she should is a bit over 7 lbs now and around 20 inches long.
*I am sleeping really well! I get up to pee or eat and then fall right back asleep. If all of pregnancy felt as good as it does now I’d probably want 10 more children… I kid, but I’ve felt really lucky to feel so good this close to the end because I definitely wasn’t feeling like this for a long time:)
*I went to my chiropractor (Dr. Bennett) last week and he showed me some exercises to do in a few weeks to build up some strength before I start running again. I didn’t do ANY strength training exercises specifically meant for coming back to running again after having a baby with Brooke and I’m excited to do things in the right order (for me) this time around. It is going to help me get to those goals up ahead, it’s just going to take more time, patience (uh-oh) and planning. I’ll make sure to share every move with you that I’m doing to get things strong again before I start running.
*”There is no more room for me to put my head on your lap” and “you smell just like chick-fil-a” are both direct quotes from Brooke this last week:) Maybe I always smell like fried chicken (I can’t even stand the idea of eating chick-fil-a right now) or maybe it is just pregnancy. Not sure but she is ready to have a little more room to put her head on my lap during church so I can scratch her back.
*I’ve learned something new about myself—> I don’t have even a tiny amount of patience;). I’m really trying to learn how to be patient but it isn’t easy ha.
*These Braxton-Hicks make me breathless and I sure have had a bunch of them the last few days.
*My friend recommended getting this little lamp (that you just touch to turn on and adjust + it is rechargeable) for middle of the night feedings!
*I somehow managed to shave my legs which I’m still proud about. It wasn’t easy but I did it.
*Still having a lot of aversions (with some things that I’m telling you below that sound SO good) but here is Andrew’s current way of figuring out where we should eat.
*Hot chocolate is still a big part of my life and so were these many donuts we had the other night. They melted right in your mouth.
*Salmon has been a really big craving lately. Chicken is okay, red meat is off the table for my taste buds and fish sounds amazing. This was a piece of salmon cooked in butter that Andrew made for me at 11 pm the other night. Nothing sounded better than this.
*You probably can’t see what the clock says in the below picture but it is somewhere around 3 a.m. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night to eat and it usually includes strawberries and a bowl of cereal. It usually wakes up Andrew (he hears EVERYTHING) and he comes out and finds me just having a meal in the middle of the night and we both start laughing. I’m sure this ritual will continue during breastfeeding months!
*We have a doctor’s appointment today and both kids are coming with us. They still giggle so hard every time they hear her heart beat. I just want to know what is going on in their little brains whenever they think about her and what is up ahead for our family.
I have a special request for today (I know, I pretty much ask something of you each day but let’s just pretend this one is even more special). Before big races I’ve asked for any tips that you have for race day (which have always helped me so much). Before getting married I LOVED hearing from you on any marriage tips that you have learned over the years. I’ve asked you for about a billion tips over here on the baby blog about everything from what to pack to breastfeeding and I just have one more thing to ask….
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TIP (or tipS if you are feeling extra generous today;) for labor/delivery, the beginning of breastfeeding, emotions and for the first few weeks of having a newborn! I love reading these things… it could be anything from something you learned from your mom to any quotes that you loved during this time to something that hit you one day when you were trying to figure out newborn life. It just feels like the last time I did this was a different lifetime and I’m feeling a little nervous at times about it all so PLEASE share a tip that helped you in the beginning! This will be a great resource for other mama’s reading too!