Today I am 37 weeks pregnant!
(The morning of 37 weeks exactly. Trying to keep the peace within this photo.)
Bear can come at any point from here on out. I am so hopeful for it to be sooner rather than later, but I will take the waiting for him to be ready…as long as he doesn’t come two weeks after again!
Yesterday we came back from a doctors appointment with Bug and Monkey was so excited because mama was “bringing home Bear!” I hated to disappoint again, but I had to explain he still wasn’t here.
What have we been up to?
It’s been a rough few weeks in the Bellows bunker. I had a sickness, the kids have a sickness. We actually ended up bringing Bug to the hospital yesterday because he seemed super sick. (He’s okay!) We’ve had a lot of fun the past month. Josh and I went to a Valentine’s Day dance, we celebrated Doodle’s 13th birthday, and we’ve been having such a wonderful month of February; even if it has been testing. I have an appointment today to check everything out, but it’s a pretty simple one; the weekly visits have begun!
I have my list of people all ready to go to tell once Bear comes(it’s even a group in my phone!) and we’re still trying to figure out how we want to announce it via social media. There will probably be more updates on the Instagram account than here. We still are not sure of the time frame we will announce it in; it’s important to me to have the moments to bask or heal from his birth this time. But we will let you know in at least a few days!
(One of my best friends and I at the Valentine’s dance! I’m about 35 weeks in this one)
How are we feeling?
It’s been a terribly uncomfortable month. I’m up every hour during the night and have taken to sleeping in the recliner, which is the only way my hips aren’t on fire the next morning. I’ve had contractions here and there, but none that have become regular. Bear and I are the right sizes and still ready to try for a VBAC within the next month. I’m feeling pretty prepared at the moment; we have the crib set up, a breastfeeding bucket ready to go, and my bag all packed for the labor and birth. I’m currently in the process of creating prayer cards and reminders to have during labor and setting up a schedule for the labor and the days immediately following them.
What are we looking forward to?
BEAR! Honestly, I am just looking forward to the baby come out and be in my arms. I cannot wait to hold him. There are a few things that are absolutely terrifying me about adding another newborn to this family but I am still so excited to have Bear in my arms. I’m still fighting to give myself grace in all these moments of pain and uncertainty in the next month. I cannot wait to see the kids all interact with Bear either, they are so excited to have a new little brother!