I’m sitting here drinking a nice cup of Red Raspberry Leaf tea, pondering over these last remaining days of my pregnancy. I am anticipating a very soon arrival of our next baby, especially since our firstborn came a bit early. My due date is only 4 days away now, and these last days are not easy, but still all the while special.
I’ve had a couple of nights in the past 2 weeks when I thought my labour was kicking in. I get a lot of braxton hicks contractions daily, but there were a few nights when they came stronger and more consistently. I had my phone with me in bed so I could time each contraction that came and went. I didn’t sleep for one night because I was so busy timing each contraction, waiting and hoping for them to get painful and closer together. By 7am, I was completely zonked and the contractions were gone. I then had to care for my toddler for an entire day. I guess my body is preparing me for sleepless nights to come.
The last weeks of pregnancy are bitter sweet. I’m trying to keep myself busy so time goes quickly, but I also want to slow time down and enjoy these last days with just Norah as my baby. I feel a bit of sadness when I hold my firstborn daughter and sing her sleep, knowing that soon she won’t be my only child. Sounds a bit silly, I know…In the next week or so, I will have another child to love just as much as I love Norah. But if I’m being completely honest, I worry that my heart and energy won’t stretch enough to have the same love and attention for another child. I know it will, as so many Mothers have assured me, but the thought of it still makes me a bit emotional.
This pregnancy has gone by in a flash. I still can’t believe this baby can arrive at any moment, and not knowing when is driving me crazy. I have been scrubbing the house clean for weeks now, and I don’t think it’s only because I’m nesting. I’m just trying to keep myself busy and stay on-top of things that I know I won’t have time to do in the coming weeks. I have even prepared some freezer meals for us for when baby arrives. Did I mention how helpful freezer meals were when our firstborn came along? LIFE SAVER!! We bought a stand-up freezer this time around so we have some extra (much needed) freezer space. We don’t have mountains of food in there, but enough to get us through the first week or so which will be sooooo helpful.
Some freezer foods I have prepared include:
Beef & Barley Stew, Turkey & Sausage Chili, Chicken & Vegetable Bake with Lentils, Shepherds Pie, Quiche…plus some homemade protein bars and muffins that freeze well. I also bought some pre-made freezer meals from the grocery store. Not perfectly healthy, but that’s fine by me!
Cooking is getting more challenging as I near the end of this pregnancy. I have been getting this awful shooting pain down my hips and legs when the baby moves a lot. I seriously drop to the floor in pain or need to squat down in order to bring me some relief. It can be hard to deal with, especially when I have a toddler needing my attention and dinner needing to be prepared. Oh the joys of pregnancy!
Today was my last midwife appointment before my official due date. I’m hoping our next appointment will be canceled because of the birth of our baby. Baby seems to be in the right position, but often likes to be sunny side up, which isn’t ideal for labour – but still okay. Norah was the same way, and she ended up turning in labour. Hopefully this baby will turn and be in perfect position for labour so I can avoid back labour or a long labour this time around.
Well friends, I wanted to check in with you before life gets even more crazy here. Hopefully this baby will be in my arms soon, but in the meantime, I will be soaking up my cuddles with my other baby, and loving every moment.
Love and Blessings,