Pregnancy: 29 Weeks (& Christmas)

Monday, December 25, 2017
Holy moly, guys! I am 11 weeks away from my due date. Just 11 weeks away. My nerves are starting to get the best of me and as a result, I have compiled an updated checklist with all of the things we still have to do to be completely ready for this baby boy. If I'm being honest, there isn't much on the list at this point... but having that stamp of "DONE" will make me feel 1000% better. All the while I still remain SO exhausted. I'm sure a lot of that has to do with Christmas and the preparations that come with the holiday - but this mama could use about two days worth of sleep. Speaking of Christmas...  my super awesome husband decided to gift me with DEMI LOVATO tickets! The kicker? The date of the concert is on my birthday! It's like a gift in a gift. That's also four days before my expected due date and I'm wondering if Demi will have to draw attention to ME because I've gone into full-blown labor during one of her songs. A girl can dream, right? I don't know why, but it has always been fun to think about someone as dramatic as me going into a full-blown dramatic labor. Before I get too carried away, let's go through these deets! It's been a long week and my body is constantly reminding me of two things: 1) slow down 2) You are SO pregnant
How Far Along: 29 weeks

Nicknames for baby: Our little pickle, baby Liam, sweet boy

Size of baby: About the size of a butternut squash (roughly 2 and 1/2 pounds)

Gender Prediction: It's a boy! Confirmed blood test at 12 weeks AND gender scan at 15 weeks.

Symptoms: Pelvic pressure GALORE, round ligament pains, back pains, and you know all around discomfort

Best moment this week: I don't think it was a moment, more like an attitude shift. No random tears about things that don't make sense. Feels great to feel a little more like me.

Movement: ALL. THE. TIME. Liam is either rolling, kicking, or randomly jabbing me in the bladder

Food Cravings: Currently: none. And that's a first. I don't need anything, in particular, to be content as of right now (finally kickin' that chicken sandwich crave).

Food Aversions: Nothing ever really sounds good anymore. Just random thoughts of cravings.

What I Miss: Being able to sleep comfortably - I literally spend most of the night tossing and turning.

Sleep: I want to sleep every single minute of my life. This crazy level of exhaustion has hit and I am down for the count when the girls are asleep for naps, bedtime, OR when Justin is home - I sneak in the zzz's as often as possible.

Justin: I find myself caught up in listening to all the stories, ideas, and possibilities this man shares about our family and our son. I absolutely love it. It amazes me how collected and prepared Justin always seems to be with each of our additions. Lately, he can't seem to leave my belly alone... I'd venture to say Liam gets more kisses than I do from everyone in our house right now!
Ava: Just today Ava showed me several drawings that she has made of our family. She always makes it a point to show us Liam and explain why he's so small and how he's going to get so big just like her. 
Olivia: Any time we happen to see a smaller babe in public Olivia shrieks, "brother?!" as if she's already made this idea up in her head of what her baby brother will look like. It's so incredibly precious and I can't wait for her ideas to become our reality. 
What I am looking forward to this week: Being closer to 37 weeks. I've been so nervous about having an early delivery for some reason.. which doesn't make sense because I haven't had any indication that I will... I suppose it's because it's our third and they say the more babes you have the more susceptible your body is to go into early labor? Fact check me.

Happy or moody most of the time: I am so dang happy. When I look at my life as is, I just can't believe all of our dreams are coming true. Justin and I didn't know if we'd ever be parents, let alone parents to three little ones. It's incredible, it's a blessing, it's everything. 

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