I’ve been secretly telling myself, “you’re in the homestretch” for a while, but now, I actually am. ONE MONTH TO GO!!! Or probably less if being induced at 39 weeks ends up working out.
As much as I can’t wait to feel myself again, I’m trying my best to soak in every movement and just having our baby close to me 24/7. Speaking of movement, she’s constantly twisting and kicking and I can’t wait to see her move outside the womb. I always love seeing the little jolts our babies have made and recognizing the movements I once felt in my stomach. And I know I will miss feeling her every move.
I’m also obviously trying to savor the time I have with Brett, Peyton and Emory. It hasn’t hit me that it won’t just be the four of us anymore, and that Emory won’t be our baby! I’m going to make a point to slow down, sit down and take it all in. I haven’t been doing a lot of that lately, and I know I’ll need this time. Two of my sister-in-laws recently had their babies and seeing them reminds me how little and precious they are! Holding them also made Emory and Peyton seem so big, which is something I remember vividly about Peyton after bringing Emory home from the hospital.
I’ve been organizing every nook and cranny in our house too. Just some hardcore nesting – ha! But really, I’ve been trying to get some spots neat because I know most of our house will be a disaster with a newborn, two kids and a husband who loves to pile things on counters. It will help with my sanity!
We’re also in the process of turning our loft upstairs into a bedroom for the baby, so Brett and my dad got the door and frame up and now we just need a contractor to come and drywall and put the finishing touches on the trim. It’s all coming together (at the last minute of course). I look forward to sharing baby girl’s nursery with all of you!
Time has been slow and fast this pregnancy, which is something I’ve mentioned in previous posts. The fact that we will have a newborn again in a few weeks is exciting and I’m not really sure what to expect, but I am really looking forward to her being here. It’s funny, I’ve almost completely forgotten what it’s like to have a newborn, so in some ways, while I feel like a “veteran mom”, going into this experience with our third is going to seem brand new in a lot of ways. I mean, it’s almost been a year and a half since we’ve had an infant, so things are bound to different.
So… if you need me in a month from now, I’ll just be sitting on my couch with leaky nipples, kids going stir crazy, and telling myself, “just soak it in, Marina, because you’re going to miss this.” And just like every time before, we will work through adding a new member to our clan together as a family. We will love, laugh, cry, yell and stare in awe, and try our best to enjoy this season of life because it’s so fleeting and will be over before we realize it.