We’ve officially hit the 30 week mark, which means only 7 weeks until these babies are considered full term. On one hand, it feels like I will be pregnant forever. On the other, it feels like they’ll be here any second now! It’s all craziness.
My main sentiment for this past bit of pregnancy is GRATEFUL. I’m so grateful for so much. I’m grateful to have made it to 30 weeks. I’m grateful that both babies are growing well. I’m grateful that one of the babies has flipped to head down and that I’m most likely going to avoid a c-section. I’m grateful that I feel OK, all things considered. I’m grateful that if these babies were born tomorrow, they would be in the NICU for quite some time, but have a high chance of survival. I’m just so grateful, friends.
If you’re curious, here’s what life is like over here:
Feeling…congested, but so much better! I spent (what felt like) most of June with the cold of the century. I was so stuffed up, had a horrible cough, and wasn’t sleeping well as a result. And then I started taking claratin. It was allergies. Totally allergies. Which I’ve never had before! Apparently, it’s not abnormal for pregnant women to be bothered by allergies while they’re pregnant, even if they never have been before. Lesson learned.
Celebrating…these babies! My sweet sister in law threw me a surprise baby shower a couple of weeks ago! I was blown away. Totally didn’t see it coming. I felt so special and loved, and had the best time! These babies are officially decked out, with so much thanks to our sweet families.
Enjoying…these last weeks as a family of 3. I’m getting all emotional when I think about upending the sweet rhythms we have going. I know that there will be new joy as a family of 5, and we’ll all adapt. But the adjustment period will have its rough moments, I’m sure! For perspective, I remember feeling that way when I had Julia, and we have never regretted her presence for a second. I’m hoping for the same this time around!
Looking forward to…the 4th of July! It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year, and hands down my favorite summer holiday. We head to a cabin with dear friends to eat, hang out, and swim in the lake. It’s 72 hours of summer bliss, and I’m beyond excited.
Planning on…picking strawberries! They’re in season, and I want to stock the freezer for smoothies and pies for the winter.
Drinking….water, water, water. The more water I drink, the better I feel. That’s obviously true in normal life, but it’s especially true in pregnancy! I had a couple of days of really bad swelling in my ankles. Once I started intentionally drinking more water, it went away and I haven’t had a problem with it since!
Prepping…meals! It has to happen, guys, and this is the month. Thanks to all of you who sent ideas via text, comment, or pinterest. If you have more, I’m all ears! My goal is 20 meals+some grab and go breakfasts/snacks.
Hoping…these babies stay put for another 6-7 weeks. This is in part selfish (I’ve got things to do!), but also for their own benefit. If we can make it that long, our chances of having healthy babies who can come home in short order go up significantly.
Putting the finishing touches on….their nursery! Blog post coming soon, of course. Bob generously volunteered to paint the inside of the closet and installed this shelving system, which I LOVE. It’s not as easy to install as the description makes it sound–especially if your closet is on the 5 ft end of the spectrum–and required Bob to cut down some of the shelves. But if you’re willing to put in a bit of effort and have the know-how to do it, you can’t beat the price!
Looking for.…affordable nursery art. Do you have any ideas? Send them my way!