I can’t even believe I just typed the words “30 weeks pregnancy update” to title this post. Holy cow you guys, I’m officially in the third trimester and the end is in sight! Somehow it’s already May and this little girl is coming the second week of July. Craaazzzzy. Many of you have been so sweet to ask how I’m doing since I shared my last pregnancy update, so I thought today I’d take a break from decor and DIY shenanigans to chat baby stuff!
Overall I’ve been feeling really good lately. I have a few random symptoms that I won’t bore you with, like heartburn and hip pain, but that’s just normal pregnant lady stuff. We did have that awful stint around Easter where everyone was sick, but thankfully life has calmed down again and things are a little more normal around here. Of course I’m still tired all the time, but some days are just better than others. Half the time I’m buzzing around like a busy bee, knocking out projects and doing all the things. And the other half of the time I’m struggling to make it through the day and desperate for a nap. It’s a fun balance, really.
My cravings are still predominately all about sugar. Sugar, sugar, sugar. And carbs. Give me all the carbs. It’s so bad you guys. I try to only indulge in about about 30% of what I actually want to be eating. I mean, do you have any idea how many times I take the kids to McDonald’s and I get nothing for myself?? NOTHING. I pass on those delicious fries and burgers so I can eat something “healthy” at home. It’s malarky. But since this is my third pregnancy, I’m very familiar with how fast the weight piles on at this stage in the game. Believe it or not I gained about 55 pounds with Owen and around 40 with Allie. I know, it was A LOT. And it ain’t easy to get off. So right now I’m trying to balance eating healthy while indulging in fun things every now and then. Like cupcakes. And ice cream. And dark chocolate chips straight out of the bag.
One thing that’s been on my mind this entire pregnancy is what kind of mother I’ll be like with three kids. It’s kind of crazy in a sense–this idea that my heart, which is pretty darn full at the moment, will expand to include one more little person who will rely on me for everything. Will I have enough patience? And energy? And love to give three precious kiddos in a way they deserve to be loved? I mean, three kids is like a whole new ball game. But I LOVE being a mother, there’s really nothing better in the world, so I know I’ll figure it out. I’m just praying God gives me everything I need to be the best mom I can be, all while keeping up with the blog and remaining half-way sane through it all. Surely there’s enough caffeine in the world to get it all done, right? I guess we’ll see. In other news we still haven’t decided on a name for this little girl, which doesn’t totally shock me because we waited until the last minute with my other two. I’m so indecisive in general. Really. It’s a problem.
I’m getting more and more excited as the end gets closer. I’m just so grateful that things have gone well so far and I’m praying for a smooth end to this pregnancy and a healthy baby girl. That’s all that matters. But since this is my third baby, I’m so much more aware of all the things that could go wrong. I’m sure some of you mama’s can relate to this. I know how blessed I was to get two healthy babies and smooth postpartum experiences for the most part, so I can’t help but worry what it will be like this third time around. I think about everything from how the baby is developing, to the labor and delivery, even what I’ll be like postpartum. I worry about it all and I have to really force myself to just relax and let go. It’s a struggle at times, but then I remember that God is in control–I need only to trust HIM. And when worry really sets in, I hold tight to one of my favorite verses: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Let’s end this post with a really cheesy smile, shall we? My sweet husband was kind enough to take these photos and he had me laughing up a storm towards the end of our little photo session. He’s a charmer that one. Anyway, thanks so much for dropping in to see how things are going with this little baby girl. I’m so grateful for all the support you guys give me and the fact that you show up here every day, listen to my crazy ramblings, and give me so much love. I’m truly blessed to have you all! xoxo