Hello third trimester...goodbye cute "little" baby bump. Now are the days of the cute BIG baby bump. That little man must be growing like a weed in there because my tummy just keeps getting bigger and bigger! See for yourself...
Now grant it...my baggy green sweater isn't doing anything for me in this picture, but my belly is getting bigger and I think that is a great thing. That must mean I have a healthy growing boy in there :-)
But one thing I have learned about the third trimester is that things aren't gradual anymore. Weight gain, cravings, sleepless nights, aches and pains...they all come flooding at you. I have only gained 6 pounds so far but I guarantee that I will have gained another 6 when they weigh me at my appointment tomorrow. Oh well...that's pregnancy for you! There is no better reason to gain weight :-)
While I am very excited to be in my third trimester, I am also a little freaked out! That means this baby is going to be here in 3 short months!!! Less actually! I feel prepared in terms of the nursery, clothes, and other baby gear...but I am a little freaked in the "mothering" department. I am not concerned about having enough love for this baby because really...a mother's heart has enough love for as many babies as she is blessed with. So that is not a concern to me. BUT...I do worry about giving both of them enough attention, enough alone time, enough bonding time, enough learning time, etc. I just feel like I am starting to learn my routine with Addie and in a few short months...everything will change. My mom keeps telling me to take deep breaths because once he is here, I will figure it out. All mothers do. And I know I will...I just need her to remind me of that every single day from here on out. Ha!
So, with very little time left, I have several things I want to accomplish.
* Get caught up on Addie's scrapbooks (I haven't touched them since her first birthday).
* Set up the basement as an indoor retreat for the winter (i.e. move all of her outdoor toys downstairs so she can still play in her house, drive around her little car, etc.) I know we will need a new place to play when we can't go outside.
* Finish organizing all of my closets. This is almost done and I have made great progress. But I have O.C.D. and need to finish them all completely before I feel satisfied. Ha!
* And last but not least, I want to finish ALL Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving and finish all birthday shopping before the baby is here (we have 4 birthdays alone in February). I like being prepared AND I know I will not want to drag a newborn and a toddler to the mall in the middle of winter to shop :-)
Now...let's just see how many of these things I can accomplish. Too bad there are only 24 hours in a day. Ha!