24 Weeks Pregnant (Baby #3)

This is a late update, since I'm 25.5 weeks now, but Christmas threw me off!
We've reached 24 weeks!  Yay!  If baby came now, he'd at least have a chance at surviving - but we want him to stay in there for another 3+ months.

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Overall, I'm feeling really good!  I am a little more tired at this point than I was with Wyatt and Gwen - sometimes the fatigue just hits me all of a sudden, but for the most part I feel normal.  The sciatic nerve pain comes and goes and was really bad a couple weeks ago, but it has seemed to disappear for now.

Baby Boy has been moving so much the last couple weeks!  We can see his kicks from the outside now!  I feel like his "kicks" are so much more gentle than Wyatt's and Gwen's were though - it's more of a gentle "push" against my stomach than a kick most of the time.  He seems to have fallen into a pretty regular sleep/wake schedule.  He moves every night between 10:00 and 11:00 while Derek and I are reading in bed.  It's kind of fun because we can watch/feel him move together.

I had a doctor's appointment last week, and Baby Boy's heart rate was 140 bpm!  I also found out I gained 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Yikes!  I was a little concerned, but my doctor was actually happy and told me I "did good".  She said when a woman has babies so close together they worry about a low birth weight and the baby getting adequate nutrition, so she was happy I had gained weight and told me I was still on track.  Still, I think I need to cut out the sweets for a little while to slow this down, or I'll end up going over my goal!

Derek and I had an in-depth discussion about names the other day, and I think we've almost completely decided on his name!  We have a back-up, just in case it doesn't seem to fit after he's born, but it's kind of exciting to me.  I have to be careful not to let it slip, but it's fun to think of him by name.

Right after Christmas I got a major nesting urge - I think I just realized that I only have a few months left and we didn't even have a place for him to sleep!  Gwendolyn is still using the crib, and I don't think we could realistically move her to the toddler bed yet - she will still be too little when Baby Boy comes.  I've been trying to figure out whether I just want him to sleep in the pack-and-play, but then I worry about trying to switch him to a crib later.  We started out Wyatt and Gwen in the crib right off the bat, and it's worked well so far in establishing good sleep habits, so I didn't want to mess with what has been working.

Anyway, I checked on Craiglist, and lo and behold, there was a crib for $50!  I was hoping to find one for a bit less than that, but I didn't want to push my luck since it was the cheapest one I could find.  So Derek went and got it.

At first I thought we may have made a huge mistake, because it was a mess!  The people claimed to have only had it for a year, but I do not know how you mess something up that badly in only a year.  There was sticker goop, paint, and what appeared to be scratches all over it!  We were going to try re-staining it, but then Derek got some steel wool and started working on it - and most of what I thought were scratches just smoothed right off.  Aside from a couple deeper scratches, it looks brand new now!  Derek worked so hard on it - I'm so grateful for such an understanding husband.

Anyway, with that, I feel about one hundred times better.  There is a place for the baby to sleep.  I feel so much more prepared.

I bought fabric and I'm going to try to start on his quilt in the next few weeks.

Christmas was weird for me, because I kept having flashbacks of my labor with Gwen - I've never been pregnant in the same month that I delivered one of my other babies before, but with this pregnancy I'll be going through both Gwen's birthday and Wyatt's birthday.  Is it weird that I had waves of anxiety about labor with this baby just remembering what happened last year?  That's probably an entirely separate post, because there are going to be a lot of things to worry about/overcome with this delivery.  Maybe I'll write out my thoughts on that soon.

Anyway, I'm rambling - all that to say, things are going great, we're starting to get some of the final preparations started, and I'm so happy to be pregnant!  

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Amanda said...

You look fabulous! I had horrible sciatic pain this time around, especially during the second trimester, but I think baby girl finally got in a different position and it made all the difference in the world! I hope you don't have to deal with it much longer. And it feels so good to get 'to-dos' completed! I feel like I'm just now making progress on my list and I'm due Saturday!

Kate Craig said...

I was wondering how you were feeling about delivery! That sounds like a good deal on the crib!

Whitney said...

You look so cute! Don't worry about that weight! :)

Katie said...

Looking adorable! So glad you got the crib and D fixed it up! Checking projects and to dos off is good for anxiety management!

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