32 weeks pregnant, the home stretch! At my appointment with the midwife this week everything looked good. The baby has grown (watching my protein paid off), my blood pressure was good, and I didn’t have any swelling. She said to continue eating 80 grams of protein a day, drinking the chlorophyll to ensure good iron levels, and making sure I get enough calcium (1500 mg daily) for the babies bone formation. This week I’ve felt really overwhelmed with everything I want to get done before the baby comes, tired, and emotional. Here are some of the challenges I”ve been addressing.
Trouble Sleeping Usually I am an excellent sleeper, but this week my mind is busy with all I want to do and my body is getting a bit uncomfortable. On Tuesday I bought a body pillow at Target and that was a huge help! I’m not sure why I waited so long to get one. I’ve also been trying to do about 20 minutes of gentle yoga and deep breathing in the evening and that is helping me to relax and calm down.
Big Sister’s Transition We had a great week last week at Lutheridge, but my usually well behaved daughter was periodically replaced by a short tempered version of herself who would not do what I asked and brought me to tears on two occasions. This week, I’ve been reading about getting a 4 year old ready for a new baby and it seems like her behavior is in line with what to expect, she is testing her limits. This week has been much better as I’ve tried to be firm on our expectations of behavior at home and I”ve made an extra effort to give her some one on one attention. She is so excited about being a big sister in September. She loves to pat my belly and say hello to her sister, but I am sure there are fears about this change, as there are for all of us.
Help! I’m not ready! I have a big to do list in different areas such as: a list of improvements for the website based on the TypeA Parent Conference last month, getting the baby’s clothes ready, organizing our closets, cleaning the house, getting a car seat and pack n play, deciding on name, need I go on….All of the sudden 8 more weeks seems like it will be here before I know it and my mindset of there is enough time to get ready is rattled. On top of that, I want to spend as much time as possible with my husband and daughter. I love our family of 3 and know that soon we will be adjusting to a new dynamic that will also be great, but it will be different. I’m trying to remain mindful by journaling, practicing deep breathing, walking, prioritizing my to do lists, and letting go of less important tasks. Easier said than done, but I am trying to favor relationships and enjoying the journey instead of freaking out over everything there is to do.
I’m off to enjoy a great weekend and I hope you are too!