My calendar tells me that today is the first day of Fall, Autumn, or pumpkin spice season. (Whatever you want to call it) This makes me so happy. I’m a California girl so the weather, if you haven’t been out that way, is usually the same. Gorgeous. NO complaints. When I moved to Ohio oh so many years ago I was introduced to actual seasons though. It was an amazing discovery. Summer feels like hell, winter is actually cold and snowy, Spring is lovely with all the bright pinks and purples, and Fall, well, Fall is the best season of all. With the leaves changing, the pumpkins, the cooler weather, the hoodies and bonfires. It’s just such a beautiful time of year for me.
I love this time of year so much it wasn’t a surprise that my daughter was born in November. Now, I get to welcome another November baby into my life and it is just so exciting. All the things that I love nestled under one orange and red blanket of comfy goodness. :)
What are you most excited about when it comes to this time of year?
Baby Updates: Currently I am 31 weeks and 3 days. My due date is literally around the corner. My pregnancy calendar tells me that I have exactly sixty days until I get to meet my little guy. In all honesty it will be sooner than that. The doctor would like to induce me by 39 weeks. (Though I am hoping he comes on his own at 37 weeks like his sister did. Which means I could be snuggling him in roughly six weeks!)
Whenever he decides to make his entrance into this world we will all be waiting. I feel very prepared this time around. Car seat is hooked up and ready to go. Stroller is put together and his bed is ready to keep him cozy. I have plenty of clothes to start him off and even a few toys, too. The only things I have left on my check list is tour the birthing facility sometime this next month, get maternity photos done in a week or so, pack my hospital bag, and lastly clean the heck out of this house.
Nesting has hit harder than ever.
I’m not sure if the cleaning will actually get done how/when I want it to though since the twice a week appointments have started. Mondays I see my high risk OB for my fetal non-stress tests. There they will check my blood pressure, weight, and make sure everything is on track with his heart and my health. Thursdays I see my diabetic specialist and they will be checking my blood glucose levels and making sure they continue to stay in range. They will also be doing growth scans to make sure baby boy isn’t getting too big. We need him to be just right. I have these appointments already pre-scheduled out through the end of October.
All I need to do is show up. Easy, right? :)
A few complaints: This constant swelling makes it so that I can barely move. It makes life a little difficult. The exhaustion has me beyond grumpy some days. I had no idea I could go to bed tired and wake up even more drained. If you didn’t think that was possible either I’m here to tell you it is. Another not so fun factor is the back pain. I am in excruciating pain most days. Walking up and down the stairs has become dreadful. It’s to the point where I wont even go up there unless I really have to. The OB suggested a maternity belt. They sell them at target and most motherhood maternity stores. She says that this should fix things because it shifts your belly/uterus up and changes your overall center of gravity. Because my little guy is sitting so low it’s causing most of the issues. She says that if this doesn’t help, considering I still have quite a few weeks to go, then she would suggest I take an early leave from work until after baby is born.
On the plus side, I get to see my baby boy on the ultra sound every week until his arrival which is a blessing. Also his movements have gotten so much stronger. His karate chops wake me up some nights. I can’t be upset about that though. They actually make me giggle.
Basically I’m just trying to relax as much as I can and enjoy these final months of pregnancy.Yes, that is easier said than done. :)