Yesterday I was trying to remember how many weeks pregnant I am.
Thirty-two. The answer is THIRTY-TWO! I feel like everything is hitting me all at once. I really want to meet and hold my baby. I can’t wait to see the excitement and joy of my other three children to get to meet their sister.
I am also nervous though. There is still so much left to do and even though this will be my 4th natural birth I am also a little scared about the labor and the post partum period. I love pregnancy and babies and all the emotional miraculous stuff that goes along with it, but it’s hard work. I always compare it to running a marathon, which for the record I have never done. You train, you prepare, you have great expectations. You love running (again this is just hypothetical none of this applies to me) and there is nothing that compares to the feeling you get when your first foot crosses over that finish line, but there are times of exhaustion that make you think you are crazy for trying. Times you need a cheerleader and a second wind.
Things are moving along though. J and I went to an orientation class at the birth center. I was amazed at how geared toward natural birth it is. It’s actually within a hospital so I expected it to be a little bit more mainstream, but it wasn’t. Which I liked. The one thing I was shocked about was that they don’t allow video during births! I don’t know if it’s a legal issue or what. This was the one birth I was going to video tape and it’s the one birth where it is not allowed! Out of all the things to be frustrated about though, that isn’t really a big deal.
After the orientation we explored the city and made a date out of it. The last time we went on a date was in March when we took the pregnancy test so we were long overdue.
All of these photos are ones that J took that day. So these are the most current pics I have of my belly which is getting huge.
I am feeling really great. Lots of fetal movement. We have a name and it’s really hard for me not to say anything, but with only 7 weeks to go I’m going to hold off. I get the normal braxton hicks. Call me a weirdo, but I’ve always liked braxton hicks. It’s an empowering feeling to me, but as I already mentioned this time around they scare me just a little because my mind starts racing with the reality of it all. The baby is already head down so as long as she doesn’t flip that’s one thing less to worry about.
My iron is still really low and I do not want to give too much info, but if you don’t like to hear about gory pregnancy details you can stop here.
I have been trying to be good about taking my perscribed iron supplements (which they have now doubled the dosage on), but they make me constipated so that is really annoying. I asked my midwife what I could do and there was a range of answers, none of which I wrote down or have yet to try so I guess I can’t complain.
I should be getting my Bella Gravida maternity clothes in the mail soon and then I am going to bombard you all with tons of baby bump pictures because before you know it the baby bump will be gone and I’ll be able to bend down and pick stuff up again. I know most women can’t wait to be done with pregnancy, but it’s bittersweet. I am just trying to take it all in.
Natalie, I love your updates…and that baby bump..so cute!!! I am excited to hear this little one’s name and see pictures. Oh and the running part made me laugh. I am so NOT a runner either! I absolutely love babies!! If we lived closer, you could expect me showing up at your door to hold that new baby. 🙂
I would love that! Someday we will have a 31 Day Survivors meet up and maybe it will be soon enough that she won’t be a grown up!
Awww! How sweet! I love the photos and your great attitude. It’s not easy having an infant and young ones all at the same time (especially if you can’t bend over to pick things up 😉 ).
Cannot wait to hear the name. I love your kids’ names now…xo
You look beautiful so happy! I’m thrilled to hear you’re feeling well and things are going happily 🙂 not much longer!
Where is their a birth center in the Cincinnati area?!
I’m sure it is bittersweet for you. I’m glad you like the birth center. I bet that was a relief! I hope you’re able to get your iron up!
Even though you’re not participating in the writing challenge this year, that’s how I found you anyway! Were your other births in a birth center? I had a natural birth with my 2-4th babies in a hospital but we had our 5th at a birth center (not in a hospital) and my experience there was amazing! Even though I had midwives for 2 of my other births it was still so much different and wonderful. I hope it’s an awesome experience for you!
You look so great! Glad you got a date in before the baby arrives 🙂