Physical: From what I’m reading, it’s likely that Bennett is now closer to four pounds and 19 inches long. He definitely seems like he’s gotten longer as I can simultaneously feel him pressing down to the lower left of my belly button and also up into my right ribcage.
At my last OB appointment on Monday, I weighed in at a whopping 150 pounds. That’s about 25 pounds I’ve gained, give or take, in seven months. Truthfully, I don’t feel like I’ve gained that much… Until I look at my thighs anyhow. Thank goodness for my support hose keeping me smooth and firm! Based on the last couple of appointments, it seems that I’m in for about a pound a week until Bennett is born.
It was so nice catching my second wind this week compared to last! I definitely feel more alert and am wondering if my previous tiredness was due to Bennett’s positioning.
I’m going to attempt to start wearing a belly band to support my growing belly. The other day when I was walking Esther, I felt a slight muscle strain in my lower belly. It was uncomfortable enough to persuade me to act on this now before times get harder (and I get bigger). They’re supposed to help with lower back pain and with belly support, so here’s hoping that I sail through these last two months!
Emotional: The resurgence of energy has been quite encouraging. Laying around doing nothing can be kinda depressing.
I pray for Bennett. I pray that in every way, he is a better person than me and Brian. I pray that his health is better than ours ever has been. I pray that he has fewer allergies, fewer ailments and fewer accidents. I pray that his intelligence surpasses our own. I pray that he’s kinder, more generous, more loving, more caring, more successful, friendlier, that he loves you more and, still, I pray that in all of these things he’s also more humble. In short, I pray that he’s a better reflection of Christ than Brian or I have ever been.
Mental: I’m still studying up on vaccinations, trying to understand each one’s purpose and timing, weighing both sides of the arguments and praying for good discernment.
Being that I’ve been so occupied with understanding my body, pregnancy, labor, delivery, pediatricians, vaccinations and possible interventions, I’m thinking that maybe, just maybe, I might need to start studying up on – oh, I don’t know – HOW TO ACTUALLY CARE FOR A NEWBORN!
Feeling a little clueless.