We are officially reaching our final days of pregnancy and it’s safe to say that this little bun is done cooking! According to doctors she’s due on the 11th of January but she could come later, either way, we’re anxiously waiting for her arrival. We also don’t want to set our hearts on the 11th as a date to expect her because she should come at her own time. Anyway, as I’ve been doing, I thought I’d share a little about how this final hurdle has been.
This trimester has flown by, I’ve had a lot more midwife appointments, we’ve been to antenatal classes, my bump has grown so much and my appetite has increased like crazy! During the first two trimester I was not eating as much simply because I was put off by certain foods or I just wasn’t as hungry. However, this trimester I’ve been enjoying food a whole lot more than what I’ve been used to in my pregnancy but this doesn’t mean I’ve been going crazy – at least I think I haven’t!
One final thing..
This trimester has to be of course the swollen feet and hands! So far I’ve experienced it three times, with the second time being the funniest. It was Christmas Eve and we had finished opening up presents and I could feel my feet getting strangely heavy. As I take off my cosy socks, my feet had swelled up and my toes looked like pigs in blankets. Instead of crying or moaning I just began laughing because I thought I had chubby feet to begin with but I am so wrong. What’s helped the most with reducing the swelling has been a foot massage (thank you to my sweet husband) or putting my feet up. I have kissed my shoes goodbye and rely on Ugg boots and trainers to keep me moving.
We have our hospital bag ready with her onesies, her little hats, a blanket, muslins, nappies and other essentials that we will need. Of course my bag is also ready with essential bits for myself and I’ve included things for my husband as well so we’re pretty much set for when she comes. We’ve got our car seat waiting to be used and we have an endless supply of nappies! Diego and I have both been in nesting mode so I find myself going through everything mentally nearly everyday and he’s also began moving things around to set the space for her.
The final highlight of this trimester definitely has to be the constant movements she’s been doing, we’ve felt her little bones, she’s kicked my ribs enough to make it feel as if they were about to snap off and we’ve been able to get some video clips of her crazy stretches. Lying on my left side means she gets a lot more fluid to her and it means I can feel her little feet and hands wiggle around – it’s a crazy feeling and even crazier to explain!
We appreciate any prayers you have for us as we reach our due date and hope everything goes smoothly, even if the midwives, doctors and friends/family tell us otherwise.