Well I guess now is the time to trade in counting up my weeks of pregnancy for counting down the days until we meet 'Baby Dawe'! How EXCITING!
As some of you are aware, the past week has been an incredibly tough one for David and I. I wont go into too much detail, but the short of it is that for over a week I struggled with excruciating headache ‘attacks’ that would occur every time I fell asleep. I was admitted into the hospital three times and each time I was given blood, urine and blood pressure tests that came back normal. The doctors gave me morphine to try to dull the pain and it was ineffective. Eventually I was told by a neurologist that I probably had something called ‘Cluster Headaches’ but that they couldn’t run tests to confirm that diagnosis or provide treatment until the baby had been born. I was given the option to have my labor induced but having had no sleep, and no relief from the pain for 5 days/nights, I didn’t feel in a place, emotionally or physically, to cope with giving birth or caring for a baby! Talk about DEPRESSING!
The good news is that after seeing a chiropractor and acupuncturist on Saturday I HAVE experienced some pain relief and have even managed to get at least a few hours of rest for the past 3 nights! Thank-you God! David and I couldn’t be more thankful for the love, support and encouragement we received from our friends/family last week so THANK-YOU if you were one of the people who reached out- it was SO appreciated!
Now that my head pain seems to be under control David and I feel excited and ready to meet our baby. Our hospital bags are packed (they're sitting at the top of our stairs and every time I pass by them I get a little giddy inside), our baby 'stuff' has been set up, I've got my 'going home' outfits figured out- phewph ;), and the nursery is complete!
Here are a few pictures of our new favourite room in the house:
AHhhh! Things are getting REAL.
All of a sudden it feels like our little babe will be here in no time leaving us wondering....where have the past 34.5 weeks gone?!?! And... are we REALLY ready for this babe?!?! That's the question everyone keeps asking us and to be honest there are moments where I feel like I can confidently answer "YES" and others where I'm just not sure! Our BABY TO-DO list still has some outstanding items including: attending pre-natal classes (scheduled for this weekend), cooking and freezing some meals so that we don't starve post-delivery, washing the baby clothes, sewing the rocking chair cushion and drapes for the baby's room, choosing names for the baby (gaaah- why is this SO hard?!?!)..... and I'm sure there are other things we just haven't thought about yet!
FAQ'S about 3rd Trimester SO FAR:
Have the 'classic' 3rd Trimester symptoms-like nesting, leg cramps, insomnia- started yet?
Not yet! I haven't experienced any leg cramps or insomnia (actually I've started sleeping BETTER in the third trimster...perhaps I'm improving at holding my pee through the night ahaha). I do however have very puffy fingers and feet...I don't know if that counts :).
Any "Gender Feels"?
Well we call the baby "Lotte" and exclusively refer to her using female pronouns but we have no reason to believe that she (or he-lol) is a girl. David and I were just chatting last weekend about the fact that it's going to be SO hard to get used to saying he/him if the baby is a boy! :/
Have you finalized baby names?
Unfortunately not! We do have a few front-runners for both genders, but nothing has been decided. We're hoping that when baby arrives we'll just KNOW.
Any weird food cravings?
Not really. Sometimes I'll "crave" chocolate or something salty or a good Pad Thai but let's be honest... that's the story of my pre-preggo life too!
Highlights of the 3rd Trimester so far?
Everything about birthing a baby totally freaks me out! Earlier in the pregnancy I thought lots about the responsibility of being a mom but now my thoughts/anxieties have totally shifted to the birth. I've found that the moms I've spoken to about the birth process live in one of two camps: 1. Moms who say that delivering was the hardest, most painful thing they've ever experienced and that I should get the epidural ASAP and 2. Moms who say that delivering was a painful and uncomfortable, but not unbearable, process made easier by focusing on the idea that it's what your body was created to do! The stark contrast in perspectives leaves me anxious to experience the birth process for myself.
Round tummy... check!
Waking up to pee at least once each night... check!
Heavy panting after climbing a flight of stairs... check!
Persistent desire to sleep... check!
Yup! I've got all the classic third trimester symptoms... and yet somehow it's still hard for me to believe that I'm already well into this final leg of my pregnancy journey! Did you know that if our baby was born today he/she would be small (3lbs 4oz) but would totally survive?! That blows my mind!! (**Note: David and I are really praying that the baby stays put long enough to put on a little chub :)**)
The past 7 months have flown by and it's really hard not to want to wish away the remaining 2- we're just SO excited about meeting our little babe!! Ahh! I'm trying my best to enjoy each moment/day that I get to spend 'sans enfant' with David, with friends and with family before the baby arrives!
Here are a few 'moments' from life lately:
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,