Week 26: Our Babymoon!
We just got back from our babymoon, and I am on a serious love high.
I love my husband. I feel like I drank this love potion where I am more in love than I knew I could be, and I can’t stop thinking about or looking at him with googly eyes. I found my perfect crazy match and I am so thankful for it. And now we get to bring a bambino into the world together too! I can’t wait.
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Our weekend was exactly what we needed, and I am starting to believe we are actually having a baby. Not only do we have a crib, but we even went on a babymoon! I share our babymoon in numbers over on Babycenter today.
Anyway, I am really, truly pregnant. I feel like my belly was still hiding out just waiting for the opportunity to completely overwhelm me, and out it came this weekend. Strangers made comments all day every day, and I found myself rubbing my belly absent mindedly on many occasions. Why do pregnant women do that? Whatever the reason, I can’t make it stop and I don’t want to stop. It is somehow really comforting to rub that belly in slow circles.
26 week pic:
Here is what Babycenter says about this week:
The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. He’s inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he’s born and takes that first gulp of air. And he’s continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.
A few complaints… I, the traveling champion, was really uncomfortable in the airports and most especially on the planes. My seatbelt is normally set to the biggest length to allow lots of moving around in my seat, but with my big belly (and apparently extra large hips?) there isn’t that much room left. I couldn’t put my pillow on my tray and rest my head there because my belly got in the way. The lady next to us on the ride out was drunk and drank like 6 little vodka bottles on the flight and the smell of alcohol emanating from her body made me nauseous. In the airport, I silently cursed the airport engineers for making the bathroom soooo far away. In reality, it was a pre-pregnancy 2 minute walk for me. Rolling my suitcase made my belly feel weird, but luckily PB rolled it for me. I don’t know how I will do traveling alone at the end of the week. I relied a LOT on him to take care of me. Basically, things are getting harder now.
I don’t mind that things are getting harder, but it is weird to think that such small, basic tasks are a big challenge. In the airports I carefully considered my strategy as we walked to the gate, trying to minimize the walking I’d have to do in the terminal with my stuff.
This morning I left our house to run to the market before work to grab some fresh fruit and a couple of other items for the week. Only problem? I couldn’t find my car. I power walked for 30 minutes in my flip flops, sweat dripping off my face and from every part of my body before I had a Eureka moment and remembered where it was. When I saw my shiny Honda I almost cried with relief. I consider it my workout for the day although I never would have counted it before.
I’m not saying any of this to complain because in fact I find it rather comical and feel very blessed to be carrying this baby. I simply feel this strong desire to share every mundane detail with all of you like you need to know what this pregnancy business is all about. Through my eyes it is definitely an entertaining, comical, and sometimes sad experience.
I read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth this weekend, and there is so much I want to say on the topic. First, I think everyone should read this book (but first read Taking Charge of Your Fertility as that is a very educational one too). Second, I am kind of excited for labor. Is that weird? I just want to know what it feels like for myself and I can’t wait to see how I handle it. I asked PB to read Ina May’s book so we can discuss some things he can do to help me through labor, and he has agreed. We had a good long talk about why I don’t want an epidural or many other things unless they are medically necessary, and now I think he understands. I hope that when I go to my next doctor’s appointment he will understand too. I really hope our hospital will work with us. I am willing to do anything for the safety of my baby or myself, but I’d like to do it all as naturally as possible.
This weekend left me thinking about my mom even more than usual. I wish I could ask her questions about pregnancy, her first few days as a mom, how my dad was, etc. I can ask my dad or my nonna or my auntie, but it is not the same. My mother in law shares lots of stories about her pregnancy and PB as a baby, and I love them so much. At the same time, it also makes me feel an empty place in my heart where my mom’s stories should be.. right alongside those of my MIL. Even though I don’t know how my mom was during this time, I feel myself turning more and more into her. I don’t know if that sounds weird, but I just know it is true.
And to end on a happy note.. I feel like this baby is coming September 12th. That might sound nuts but I had a weird dream about that date and I also see that it is a full moon that day. Could it be? Only time will tell…
Random facts of the week:
Weight gained: no idea- will have to see next week!
Weeks until 3rd trimester: 1
Current cravings: very cold ice water. Bagels. Peaches. Blackberries. Greek salads.
Current craving I haven’t satisfied in way too long: a proper strawberry shake. Take me to Newport Creamery please!
Maximum consecutive hours slept: 5 (impressive, right?!)
Pregnancy books read this week: 2
Days I waddled: 2.4999, probably because of the oppressive heat
Braxton Hicks contractions: way too many before our trip. I need to drink more water and put my feet up more.
Weird pregnancy symptoms I am currently not willing to share: 2… errrr 3.
Laughter at my pregnant self, from myself or PB: tons. Pregnancy is really funny.
Baby stuff purchased this week: nothing!
I feel like the time is flying and before I know it (ahem 1 week!) I will be in my 3rd trimester! Off to take yet another cold shower to keep me cool…
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