Saturday, October 17, 2009
So technically, I'm 34 weeks today but the picture was taken when I was 32 weeks pregnant! Seriously??? Are we really that close? My little counter at the top of our blog says we have 37 days left. That is just insane. I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has gone. Pretty soon we will be the parents of two. But I don't want to start thinking about that yet....I'll feel too overwhelmed.
I can't emphasize how different this pregnancy has been compared to Landon. I was uncomfortable with Landon for much different reasons (i.e. still throwing up) than with Emi. I've gained a total of 15 pounds so far, which I couldn't be more thrilled about. I've done so much better with this pregnancy about not just eating to eat and choosing better options. Now, I sometimes have had days where all I want are ice cream, candy and caffeinated soda...but for the most part, I have been pretty healthy.
I also attribute my overall well-being to chasing around a two-year old. I always used to think it was such a crock when mother's said they kept skinny from chasing their kids around. I CERTAINLY did not stay skinny taking care of Landon. But now that he's almost 2 1/2, I literally will look at my watch at 2pm and go, "oh man, I didn't even eat lunch yet." For those of you who know me well...those words would have never come out of my mouth before!
I have been having an INSANE amount of Braxton Hicks contractions. I don't remember them at all with Landon. Maybe just because this time around I'm more in tune with my body. But I literally get them everyday, several times a day. And they aren't the most comfortable things in the world. I don't know what those stupid books are talking about, painless tightenings of the uterus...bah!
I am in full on nesting mode and have had to refrain from wanting to buy everything under the sun! A missionary's salary helps to reign me in :) But girls' stuff is SO much cuter than boys' stuff and I have just found myself (yes, the tomboy that I am!) looking at anything and everything pink that I can find!
We have a scheduled C-section planned for November 21st at 7:30am but I am secretly really wanting her to come a bit earlier. As wonderful as this pregnancy has been, I am really feeling quite done with being pregnant. I still have five weeks to go and I just don't feel like I have room in there for her anymore. I think she feels the same way (she lets me know by frequent jabs to the ribs and hips).
But we are just around the corner from holding our little girl. You can be praying for this whole process, obviously for health and safety of Nohemi and I, but because as happy as this occasion is going to be...it is also going to be so bittersweet without Joe here to be part of it all. Just yesterday, Debbie played the song that Joe picked out for Emi's dedication and it had all three of us bauling and hurting and missing him all over again (not that we need a reminder, we are constantly reminded of how much we miss him). It's just so painful still and I imagine it will be for a while. So I covet your prayers that God will reign over this whole season in our lives. Filling us with nothing but joy and love and gratefulness for all the blessings that He pours on us daily.