27 weeks pregnant with baby girl versus 27 weeks along with Graham and Miles.
Now that I’m recovered from my visits to the ER things are back on track and cruising along. It’s hard to remember how I was feeling at this point in my pregnancy compared to last time. I don’t feel as big and yet I feel BIG all the same. Getting up and down off the floor is becoming more of a challenge so playing with the boys has become modified over the last month. I can’t believe I have two more months for my belly to get even bigger! I know it will get bigger and that it’s supposed to, but trying to imagine keeping up with two active boys at the same time is a bit overwhelming.
I’ve been making good use of all the family members and friends who have offered to help. The biggest thing I appreciate is people coming over and playing with the boys – running around the backyard, active trips to the park and rough housing are all out of the picture for me until after little miss arrives.
In general I’m feeling great. I don’t get swollen like I did last time. Although last time I had a desk job and this time I’m able to move around and take plenty of breaks with my feet up so that makes a big difference.
Little miss has been a BIG mover and shaker in my belly. She always rocks and rolls close to 10pm when it’s time for my evening snack. Without fail I can tell when it’s close to 10pm, not by looking at a clock, but by feeling how much she’s wiggling around. So far she’s been hanging out on her side with her head towards my right side and butt towards the left but I swear sometimes it feels like she’s doing spins or flips. She moves SO MUCH.
Graham and Miles were always active with kicking and punching but they had no wiggle room to roll or change position. It’s very different this time around feeling her move into different angels, sticking out her butt or curling up into fetal position.
We’ve got a long list of things we want to accomplish before it’s time for her arrival but things have been on hold the last two weeks with family in town, my health issues and a very large project for Job’s Daughters that we just wrapped up. Hopefully we can get back on track in the next couple weeks and I don’t have to have any panicky thoughts about not getting stuff done.
I’m working on some things to help Graham and Miles ease into this big brother role. To help them feel included, special and not forgotten as this new little gal joins the family. We have a couple day trips planned to do exciting “vacation” activities just for them and us as a family. I’m planning to make simple goodie bags for them to open each day after she’s born while we’re still in the hospital and my mom even scored this AWESOME pirate ship play set from a consignment store that we can have little sister give to the boys as a gift when they come to the hospital to meet her for the first time.
There’s a lot of big changes on the horizon for them. We’ve been potty training since the beginning of the month, soon they’ll be moved out cribs and into twin beds and then in September they start preschool for the first time. They’re growing just as fast now as it felt like they did when they were newborns themselves!