Tomorrow I am 35 weeks along in this pregnancy! Let’s just say that if history repeats itself (as it has consistently done with all of my other pregnancies) then a month from now I will NOT be pregnant. I might still be in the hospital, but more than likely I’ll have my baby! So, I am getting so very excited, but also nervous.
Even though, yes, I have done this 3 times before it was over three years ago. For some reasons I have forgotten so much since then. All three of my children are 2.5 years apart, like clock work. This will be the first time the youngest is over three years old. It’s not that big of a difference, but somehow it is. I haven’t breastfed in over a year. I haven’t changed a diaper in 8 months. We rarely use a stroller and it’s been a long time since our home has seen a pacifier, crib, or highchair. We have one child proof doorknob, other than we just don’t do baby proof these days.
It wasn’t like that with my other pregnancies. When each child turned two I already knew I was pregnant so we never fully vacated the baby zone.
Obviously a three year gap is NOTHING compared to the many friends and family I know that had surprise pregnancies after 8, 9, or even 10 + years! I could tell you some stories (and you probably have some for me). So I’m not implying it’s a big gap I’m just admitting that I feel slightly more rusty this go round. It’s like I have to loosen those muscles again and make more of a conscious effort to remember what post partum stuff I need or did my belly really stretch this much before!?
I told the midwife that I had a growth spurt. I was convinced this baby was bigger and would come sooner than my other three. As far as we can tell from her exam that is not the case, but I just don’t remember stretching this much!
On the other end of the spectrum I feel like enough of a veteran that I don’t worry too much about what to expect. In fact I feel old when I am on Facebook reading about all these new moms touting what the latest and greatest must-have baby products are.
First I feel old just for being so out of the trend loop and then I feel really, really old because my reaction is usually
Eh, you don’t need any of that overpriced mumbo jumbo. You got some diapers, boobs, and a carseat? Then yer all set.
Yeah, the voice in my head is a hillbilly apparently.
Anyway, I will definitely keep everyone posted. This is the last week that I have no prenatal appointments. After this I’m full term and I’ll be seeing the midwife once a week. At that point it will be all hands on deck as far as nesting, planning, and preparing. You can expect some tunnel vision. I apologize in advance for the lack of diverse content on the blog. It’s baby or bust!
What a blessing to have another one on the way. I can tell from your blog that you are a great mom and this one is so lucky to be born in your loving family. Congrats. Can’t wait to see the baby pics.
The fact that you’ve consistently been posting quality content has amazed me! I don’t think I was that focused at 30 weeks pregnant, 35 weeks pregnant or even now (not pregnant!) you have done an amazing job and I hope that you’re going to give yourself some time off once the little one arrives! I can’t wait to see the pictures either! 🙂
You crack me up, Natalie! A hillbilly inner voice? Hysterical! I had three friends with three children each all have a surprise for their 40th birthday. I can’t even imagine. I’m too old. I’m glad God new exactly what I could handle ;).
Natalie, I love the pic of you at the beginning of this post. I wish I could totally come over and hold your baby once baby arrives. I am such a baby lover. Oh and my friend Melissa has three girls…twin daughters and an older daughter. They were completely done having kiddos. Three years ago, she came to me and was like, “Guess what? I am pregnant!” They literally had just sold ALL THEIR BABY stuff. This time around they had a sweet little baby boy.
First I will be praying for you as number four makes his/her appearance. What a blessing! Second, I love how each pregnancy still carries with it butterflies and a little uncertainty. God is creating a miracle and it is awe-inspiring each time. Who wouldn’t be a little nervous? Best of luck to you.
How exciting, and what a blessing! I’m sure you’ll fall into a new pattern and start finding a new normal soon! Praying it all goes well, and congrats!
Yay! It is almost here. Can’t wait to hear your story and see your new one. I can’t believe we are almost done. I had an appointment today and everything looks good. I’ll be 31 weeks tomorrow, but unlike you I never actually went into labor so it is likely I will pregnant past 40 weeks, but here’s hoping. I’m still in the baby phase with Luke, but he does sleep most nights, I’m pretty sure I’ll miss sleep. 🙂
How exciting!! My sis in law is pregnant with her fourth and her youngest will be for next week. Lots of similar feelings there!! It’ll all come back in huge glorious and maybe at times overwhelming waves 🙂