I remember growing up how I gave my mom such a hard time for my brother's baby book being totally filled up and mine has maybe 3 pages. It was always a part of my "he must be your favorite" argument.
And then I got pregnant with my second child. And I know now, it's not that you think of this child less. I've written 100s of blog posts sharing funny stories, lessons learned and updates about Moriah in my head. Some have made it to my journal, but that's as good as it's been.
So I wanted to hop on here real quick just to record a few things about this pregnancy for our little family to have to look back on.
Today I am 37 weeks pregnant. So crazy to believe that at the most I have 3 weeks left to go (my doc won't let me go past my due date this time for various reasons).
I want to tell you that this picture accurately describes this pregnancy...
But the truth is, this picture is far more accurate of how this pregnancy has gone...
Thankfully I love Karis' intense personality because I feel quite certain Moriah just might have an even more intense personality than her big sissy!
This pregnancy has been unpredictable to say the least.
Some of the major things that have stood out this pregnancy:
*First of all, I got pregnant! (Docs said may not happen for me)
*After lots of bleeding and bedrest weeks 6-10, she lived / I didn't miscarry!
*I've been so sick... like getting sick, even on meds, every day till 30 weeks... now it still happens every few days. Very tricky with a toddler at home but it hasn't totally put me out.
*Getting asked on a daily basis if I'm having twins or due tomorrow. Thankfully I can now say, "soon!" And thankfully it doesn't offend me at all, I find it hilarious!
*Feeling her all over, constant activity! Karis was fairly calm but would give really intense jabs. Moriah, however, is all over the place with lots of jabs all the time. Every ultrasound or heart rate monitoring, the doc or nurse has commented on how very active the baby is. Every. Single. Person.
*At 32 weeks I went into labor and had my first trip to Labor & Delivery to stop contractions.
*Her being breech (facing wrong way) and trying so many things to get her to flip. Even checked in to hospital for doc to perform a procedure to flip her. Literally minutes before doc came in, my tummy started doing giant waves and moving like crazy. When doc came in he hooked up the ultrasound and said the baby must've just flipped!
*At 36 weeks and 6 days I went into Labor & Delivery again! I had contractions every 4 minutes and some sharper contraction pain. But after being checked I wasn't dilated. They kept me in to monitor contractions and see if they tapered off or if I started contracting. 3 hours later they tapered off and I was sent home an hour later... at 2am in the morning.
Two of my favorite things this pregnancy have been:
First, watching Karis love on her sissy, or as she calls her, "Rye-uh." She talks to Moriah 1,000 times a day. She covers my belly with blankies and tutus for her. She gives her hugs and kisses and holds her hand (by putting just her hand on my tummy) all through the day. She lifts up my shirt to talk to her. She sings her songs and reads her books. She talks about what she is going to teach her to do. And every night she pulls a link off the countdown chain we made till Moriah gets here and throws the strip in Moriah's crib. And the other night we went to James Avery to pick out the hospital gift for her to bring Moriah. We picked out the little sister charm and chain (and Moriah might have picked out a big sister charm and chain for Karis).
But the second thing I've really loved about this pregnancy is what I've learned: that I'm not in control and it's better that way. That post is coming up soon!
So excited to meet our sweet girl in a few weeks or less. My doc won't let me go past 40 weeks, so she is guaranteed to come at some point in the next 3 weeks. But we are thankful that she is staying put as long as she can!