I am so happy with the way my pregnancy has been going lately. I am especially delighted that most of the awful pregnancy symptoms are long behind me, and now I can enjoy this journey. My family and I are anxiously looking forward to the birth of the newest member of our family, and they are very supportive.
I still have a lot of backed-up tasks to catch up to, but daily I have been making strides. I am also proud that I have been able to get back to blogging and have been consistent.
So here I am, 25 weeks pregnant, and Baby C is already kicking up a storm. Since my last post, I have done my anatomy scan, and I am pleased and most thankful to God that everything is looking well. I am enjoying this stage of my pregnancy which, to me, is most beautiful. The physical changes that have already taken place and continue to occur are just mind-blowing. Unlike my other two previous pregnancies, I am more in tune with my body to recognize the smallest of things. My significant cringe moments occur whenever I look at my abdomen and see my core disappearing, and in its stead is a considerable bump. I had worked hard to get where I was fitness-wise, but a tremendous blessing is temporarily occupying that space, which is fine. Being pregnant seems more of a reality to my kids,, especially my toddler son, who now looks at me on some days and says, “mommy, your tummy looks like a watermelon. Physically, I seemed to carry my bump real well and find its shape cute.
My little one currently favors resting low in my abdomen, which is most uncomfortable when I sit or whenever he or she is moving. Sleeping is a task,, especially at night; I have not slept in my bed twice since being pregnant. Instead, the sofa has become my comfortable place for sleeping, and I can only do so in a fowler position or completely upright. I also have frequent back pains, which get worst if I do too much of anything.
Unfortunately, since my Anatomy scan in April, I have not returned to my usual OBGYN for my monthly pre-natal check-up because my health insurance has changed, and that practice does not accept the new one. In addition, my OBGYN is incredible, so I am not a happy camper in this regard. Hopefully, I will find someone else with whom I will be comfortable soon. Besides, I cant wait to see what my little one is really up to on the inside.
How I am feeling this week:
A bit tired and breathless – On some days, I am like an energizer bunny, just going and going, while on other days, I feel like I have been running a marathon, especially when I go up and down the stairs or carry my toddler.
Absent-minded – Oh how I struggle with remembering things. I constantly have to reset several of my passwords, and I had to change the pin for my bank card because I could not remember it no matter how hard I tried. I even grab the wrong towel when showering and only notice when I needed to get out. Asking my toddler to fetch the right one for me is becoming annoying, and he tells me that I have a “big head and a tiny brain because I cannot remember anything.” Pregnancy brain is real.
Clumsy – I cannot measure the distance between the stove and my stomach well and will get an occasional burn to my tummy or I will feel the direct heat from the stove which is my cue to step back. I bump into or trip over things as well.
Excited – Hubby found the cutest vintage wooden cradle, and I cannot wait for us to start refurbishing it. I will most definitely talk about that in a separate blog. We are also doing work in our bedroom preparing for our new baby. Hubby, by the way, his name is Ewart, is beyond excited about this pregnancy, and he wants it to be a girl. As for me, I have no preference but to pray for a healthy, beautiful baby girl or boy. I am also curious about seeing how my son will relate to the new baby; he loves the bump, frequently speaks to the baby, and gives endless kisses. My daughter is the most easy-going teenager ever, and she wants a sister. If we had a baby girl who is anything like her big sister, I would be elated because I know our journey will be amicable. Having two small kids to care for as a mom at the same time will be a first for me as my daughter and son are 13 years apart. I have tasted what it is like to be pregnant and have a young child, and it is not always easy. However, I am ready for the thrills, spills, and quarrels.
What else am I up to at my 25 weeks mark:
I have been working on my deck garden to make it ready with delicious fruits and vegetables for the summer. I currently have grapes, strawberries, potatoes, herbs, and raspberries growing. I have also planted corn, cucumber, okra, watermelon, pumpkin, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, and tomatoes.
Along with several of our neighbors, my husband and I are currently planting a small garden. I am thrilled to show them that growing our foods is not such a bad idea. I have been trying to get them on board for a few years, and I hope that this garden will turn out well and that next year, everyone will start their garden in their backyard space and work on our group garden—the more, the merrier.
What I am mostly eating
Currently, I enjoy eating mangoes, grapes, strawberries, and pineapples the most. I also love to drink smoothies and ensure that I add sea moss which is said to have great nutritional benefits, like minerals. I also like to eat Chipotle and Taco Bell, and yes, they customize it to make it plant-based.
I am not a fan of anything sweet and just recently started having a little ice cream or frozen yogurt now and then. However, a slight saltiness does well for my tastebuds. I do not care much for junk food, but lately, I eat onion rings. I’m not too fond of the taste of most beans except red beans.
I try to stay on the go (active)
I am currently walking and exercising to keep active. Although, to be honest, I have been taking it easy getting back into the jest of things. So if I do not feel well on a given day, I do not force myself. Mentally, I am also trying very hard to get back into spending more time with God and less time on social media and other things that tends to distract me.
Overall, things are going well, and I am most content and thankful to God because, without Him, there would have been no me, my family, my new baby, or you all.
The next pregnancy update will be the gender reveal, so please stay or get connected so as not miss it.
-May God continue to bless you and your family.