Throughout my last pregnancy, I popped over to my blog and journaled along the way, and I love being able to look back at those posts. There are just a handful of them, but they definitely sum up so much of each stage of that time carrying our baby girl. This time around, I have wanted to take the time to do the same thing:
Catch Up with Pregnancy Diary – Part One
Now for Pregnancy Diary – Part Two
The last time we chatted, I was right around 12 weeks, and we are moving right along in this pregnancy with the third trimester kicking off in just a few weeks. So hard to believe! When asked how far along I am, I am being honest when I respond with I have no idea. With my first pregnancy, I knew the week to.the.day. That was never the case with baby number two…or three…and now it’s probably the worst with baby number four. ha! This time around, if I want to remember where I am in this pregnancy, I literally have to ask Google How far along am I? You may think I’m exaggerating. I’m not.
Early last month, we found out we are expecting another baby girl! I wasn’t at all surprised by this news as this pregnancy has felt so much like the last time around – and nothing like when I carried my boys. I realize those kinds of things don’t always play in to gender, but I’ve gotta tell ya – If the tech had told me this baby was a boy, I would’ve said, I’m sorry. I don’t believe you. Please look again, because you’re wrong. However, ever since that ultrasound appointment, I HAVE had a reoccurring dream where I am surprised in the delivery room by the arrival of a bouncing baby boy, but I’ll keep you posted on how all of this plays out. ha!
As the weeks and months go by, I would be lying if I told you I haven’t been struggling with fears about this pregnancy, delivery, and the months following. It’s not Down Syndrome that scares us, it’s just…well, I recently shared a little bit of my heart here, so I will let those words speak again. Over the past several months, I have had to repeatedly speak the name of Jesus over my anxieties and command the evil one to stop messing with my heart and mind. Satan sure is stubborn, but God’s power is always greater, and in the darkness of night – when worry seems to grip me the most – I have witnessed my Savior win over and over again. He always wins. I don’t ever want to forget that.
So physically, I’m feeling better these days. The sickness is 99.9% gone, and the sciatica you might have heard me whining about there for awhile doesn’t seem too bad at the moment. As soon as I started feeling better, I hit the ground running! I was so excited to be back to my old self that I started making all kinds of plans.
That’s you know this mama is feeling her groove – she’s got her calendar in hand and is filling it in with all kinds of fun! ha!
I immediately hopped on-line and bought a couple of plane tickets – one was to Ohio and back and the other was to Texas and back. Before the arrival of the baby, I wanted to go see two of my favorite friends, so that’s what I did!
I also decided that just days after my return from Texas, I would release a new digital product, so on very little sleep, I did it!
Then the day after my product launched, we loaded the kids up in the mini-van and headed to beach! Oh my.
Needless to say, I am exhausted – but in a really good way! The long overdue trips to see my friends were really special. The launch of my product has been a blast. The beach trip – though exhausting – was a lot of fun. But now this pregnant mama is settling back in at home for most of the rest of the summer.
This month, I’m serving as a shuttle service as the kids are doing some STEM camps, a VBS, etc. but other than that, the rest of our summer includes some low-key summer homeschooling, a visit with the grandparents, evenings at the pool, and weekends hanging out together as a family.
Oh yeah, at some point in all of that running around, I also decided to get Invisalign. So now here I sit with retainer cases – feeling like I’m 14 years old all over again – and wondering if we should probably start thinking about getting the new baby a crib…