I totally dropped the ball last Friday and didn’t post my usual pregnancy update. (#pregnancybrain) So this week I’m combining weeks 34 and 35, and also posting it early since tomorrow’s Thanksgiving!
The good and bad from the last couple weeks:
- I’ve officially had to retire my wedding ring for now because my fingers have started swelling. And not only are my fingers swelling, but I’ve started developing some carpal tunnel in my hands, too. My hands feel really stiff when I wake up in the morning, but luckily it wears off throughout the day.
- I’ve been sleeping a lot more lately, and luckily, it’s mostly been uninterrupted sleep. I’ve been falling asleep earlier in the evening and sleeping in longer with naps in between. Everything seems to exhaust me, even activities that don’t take a lot of physical effort, like social events or work. It’s probably a good thing I’m sleeping a lot now, because I definitely won’t be when Baby M comes in a few weeks!
- Chris and I have been taking a lot of free prenatal classes offered through our healthcare provider, and I have to say they’re making me feel slightly more prepared and less anxious about baby’s arrival. In the last couple weeks, we’ve taken a breastfeeding class and a newborn care class. This weekend we’ll be taking our last class: a labor and childbirth class. I still don’t feel like I’m fully ready to birth and take care of a newborn, but at least I’m getting some of the basics down.
- Overall, I’m pretty damn uncomfortable these days. I’m feeling a lot of pelvic pain which makes it hard to walk so I am officially slow waddling now. It’s hard to get in and out of bed. It’s hard to put pants on. It’s hard to run errands. It’s hard to breathe. It’s hard to cut my toe nails. Basically, I’m looking forward to having my body back!
All the pregnancy challenges aside, I truly am thankful for the baby boy growing inside me. Every time I feel him kick, hiccup, roll, or stretch, it makes me so happy and excited to meet him in just five more weeks, or less!
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for?