Saturday, June 16, 2012

a mango

here we are at week nineteen! six days from now we will be halfway done already - man, having three kids keeping me busy is really helping the time fly, i must really know what i am doing here. by the time next week rolls around we will know what we are having and i will be itching to get started on the nursery!

nothing too major this week, our go go go days make for a exhausted mama at the end of the evening, it is really doing a number on my back, and i am ready for bed right after dinner. we did finally settle our hearts on a home birth, you can read about our journey getting there, here. for someone who thought home birth would never be for her, both tim and i are pretty amped about the experience we will get to go through.

as of last night we have settled for sure on our girl name pick, tim isn't positive on the middle name, but it is happening people. all of the sudden he is second guessing our boy choice, ha! why is it so stinking hard to name a boy? i guess before we stress over it we will wait and see what we are even having. on that note, no we will not be sharing the name, just like with stella! i never recovered from people tearing me down for wanting to name zoƫ, penelope, so we don't share, because people will keep their comments to their self once baby is here and adorable. plus, we like to drive tim's mom crazy with guessing :)

i am trying really hard to limit my intake of sweets and carbs (eek, yea right) but it will help a little bit in keeping baby's size under control and make my home birth go smoother if there is a less likely chance of another 10.5lb baby!

on a sort of related sort of unrelated topic, i am starting the process of becoming a doula! i will be hopefully be going through my certification for that and lactation educator by winter or spring, but in the mean time will start hopefully attending some births and getting the experience under my belt! i am a little nervous about taking on this new career with a newborn coming soon, but this will be more of a experience for me then a true money making venture, so i will be able to control a little more how many births i take a month and spread my time out better. i seriously can't wait!

How far along: nineteen+ weeks
How big is baby: around 8.5 ounces - measuring big as usual!
Total weight gain: not available.
Maternity clothes: mostly. i finally broke down and bought a pair of gap jeans and a maternity shirt, i guess my hopes of avoiding all maternity were never going to last!
Sleep: good, but i find myself exhausted early, so i go to bed early, and naturally am up with the sun.
Best moment this week: visiting tim's sister right after her first home birth! makes me really amped for ours!
Gender: unknown till wednesday!
Craving: chipoltle mexican grill
Movement: a lot more "kicking" then "popping"
Labor Signs: none, thankfully! this baby has a while to bake still.
Belly Button in or out: it is neutral.
Stretch marks: tons of tiger stripes and proud of them.
What I miss: sleeping on my stomach, limited positions are throwing my back for a loop.
What I am looking forward to: starting the nursery and my first appointment with my new midwife.
Milestones: made the switch to our birth center where someone from our team of midwives will assist our home birth!

is it just me, or does my belly go up and down, in and out, and change shape a lot?
and, just for fun! a comparison of rowan to stella to baby number four! it is suprising how flat my belly is with rowan here, considering by the end of my pregnancy with her i looked like i was carrying quints (no joke)! also, can we just talk about how i look like i aged twenty years between kids? i should find a pic of when i was this pregnant with zoe at 18, it will blow your mind! i guess, three drama queen daughters will do that to you, ha! i wouldn't change it for the world though!


melissa rohr said...

The suspense is killing me, I can't wait to find out what you are having! I love the comparison pix between the girls! It's so crazy how each baby is different. :)