|April 21, 2015...34 years old and 35 weeks pregnant!|
When my doctor told me to rest as much as possible in the weeks ahead, I just nodded my head and smiled. She looked over at Hannah who had asked a million questions about the baby and the heartbeat and for more snacks along with "When is the baby coming out?" and "Why is the baby in mommy's tummy?"...and then laughed and said, "you probably don't get that much rest anyway, do you?" But the past couple of days, I've tried to be smart. I've been lying down while Hannah naps and Jack has his quiet time. Jim has been a huge help, encouraging me to take a step back and rest more. Last night, Jim took all three little ones to Lilly's soccer practice so that I could lie down. It's hard to do, because there are still a lot of things I would like to do before this baby is born. None of them are essential and many may be easier afterwards when I don't feel so big with so much pressure, but they're things that would be nice to have out of the way. This weekend, Jim is taking the little ones to Villanova and I'm having the weekend to myself. I might make some new little newborn hats and wash some little onesies but besides that, I have no plans...it's going to be heaven.
The baby's movements are slowing down, which always happens towards the end. There are no more flips in my stomach, probably because the baby is now living in tight quarters, but now I get lots of jabs and pokes and feet going from one side to the other. The baby has the hiccups all the time. The other day while I was lying down, I felt something that I have never felt with the other three. While my hand was on my stomach, I could feel this little one breathing. My stomach was going in and out (just slightly) at the rapid pace of a baby's breath. It was amazing, and lasted until the baby changed positions. As I get closer and closer to my due date, I get more excited to find out who this little person is. I can't wait for this baby to meet his or her older siblings. I can't wait to see Jim become a Dad again and to see how Lilly, Jack and Hannah all react to having a newborn in our house. Those are the thoughts that get me through those last couple of weeks. I know what is coming, and I know how amazing it will be. I can't wait.