Hello, hello! If you’ve been following my pregnancy journey, you know I’m almost there!!! T-4 days – eek! It’s such a relief to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!!! Since the babies can come at any time now, I wanted to share what could be a final third trimester update on the last couple weeks.
To be perfectly honest with you, the last couple weeks of my third trimester have been a challenge. I’ve experienced exhaustion I never knew existed, aches and pains in all places, but the worst of it all has been the swelling. Ohhhhh the swelling! I never in a million years imagined how debilitating the swelling could be. The worst part is, there really isn’t much you can do. I did hear that as soon as you deliver, the swelling just starts to disappear! I’m very excited for that, haha. Other symptoms that came about during my third trimester were heart burn, sleepless nights, cramping and a weird joint pain in my fingers/wrists – which also hasn’t been fun! Other than that, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions, and yes – the pregnancy cries are real! I’ve cried over the funniest things, including a plant that was accidentally knocked over and the planter broke (Hey! At least I can look back now and laugh about that one!)
Other than those challenges, the third trimester has also taught me so many things about myself, my body and the anticipation of love that is about to rock my world. It’s definitely been a journey, full of ups and downs. No one prepares you for how difficult of a road pregnancy can be, and now that I have gone through it I have an entirely new appreciation for women and what our bodies are capable of. It truly is a miracle. For 29 years, I was so hard on myself for trying to fit this mold of what I thought perfection was, and now it all makes sense. Life isn’t about being perfect, it’s about taking care of yourself and listening to your body. It made me realize that I need to stop being so hard on myself. That good things take time (sometimes 9 months… hehe). And it made me realize that I need to stop with the comparison. For me it was my pregnancy weight gain and feeling guilty that I never felt well enough to work out and seeing other mothers in great shape their whole pregnancy, bouncing back immediately after. In a world of social media and following the journeys of many others, it’s hard not to compare. However, after seeing what my body has been through and what it’s been able to do in a short amount of time (aka create two humans!!!) I’ve realized that no matter what, it’s amazing and I should cherish it at any stage. I wish I could tell my younger self that… so if you’re reading this and are agonizing over 2-5-10-15… 75 pounds – DON’T! You are alive and beautiful. Cherish that. Be proud of where you are at any stage of your journey.
As far as the babies health goes, they are doing so well! Every heartbeat I hear brings tears to my eyes. Two little beats drumming away inside – there really are no words. Today I also had the chance to watch them breath and see their lungs pumping away. It’s all just so beautiful to experience, but it’s crazy to think thats all going on inside of me. It’s a powerful feeling! Their weights were off for awhile, however, Baby A finally caught up!! The doctor thinks they’ll be born around 6 lbs (keep in mind they’ll be 2-3 weeks early).. And now were just keeping an eye on one of my placentas, which has shown signs of aging. Home girl is checking herself out! Haha! The doctors are monitoring it for now, but it sounds like the party will be over soon in there!!!
At home, I think it’s safe to say we are finally ready. We put the finishing touches on the nursery over the weekend, have gently washed and air dried all our baby clothes, towels and linens, and organized everything down to the last binky! We’re now just waiting on the babies to fill the space with cries, laughter and love! As I sit, fold and put away the last of the laundry – I cannot believe we’re finally here. We made it to 9 months!!!!! I remember when I received my first box of baby clothes from Il Gufo and how excited I was. We received the box of Il Gufo back in January after we first found out we were having boys, and the clothing has been apart of our journey (blog post 1 and blog post 2). Now, the time is almost here to see our sweet PP boys in it!!! FINALLY!!! What may just be baby clothes to some, are keepsakes to me. They’re more than just baby clothes, they have been my gentle reminders that the best is yet to come, even on the worst days. I always left one of the Il Gufo pieces out to remind me what life is all about. To help me power through the days I didn’t think I could. It may sound crazy, but it helped to remind myself what I was working towards, and what everything stands for. I can’t believe the next time I share the clothing from Il Gufo, it’ll be with my boys in it!!! If you missed my other posts, you can see more from the Il Gufo Spring/Summer collection here and here.
Thank you for following this special journey and letting me share it with you. xx A