Today is the last day of my 2nd trimester….
I write that with a healthy mix of excitement and fear, as I honestly can’t believe that I’m facing the last trimester of my pregnancy. I’m so excited to meet the baby boy who dances around in my belly and who seems to grow on a daily basis now. Then, on the other hand, I feel as though time is speeding past at an alarming rate, and I realize that I still have so much to do and learn before he arrives.
Up to this point, I’ve only read What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It’s a great book, but I’m pretty sure that reading a minimum of three books is a mother-to-be-requirement. What if Brady is born before I’m finished with that third book? What if I miss that one piece of information that would have made all the difference in the world?
Yes, I know, I know!! My husband says the same thing. We’ll survive. And Brady will still probably be one of the happiest little boys in the world, because kids need love… not parents who have all the answers.
Still, I’m fairly certain that having most of the answers doesn’t hurt. ;)
That being said, I’ve decided to face this last trimester with the same attitude that I have all along: I’m going to take it one day at a time. AND I’m going to make these upcoming months count by focusing on the things that will keep me and baby healthy. August was a busy month. Maybe too busy. So my goal for these last several months is to slow down a LOT and to make sure I have time to get the rest, exercise, and prepping done that I need to. (I plan to recite that previous sentence verbatim to my doctor tomorrow at my checkup, as I’m slightly concerned that maybe I put on a bit more weight this past month than I needed to. I definitely didn’t make time to exercise enough over the past few weeks, and there were a few too many splurges). *sheepish grin*
I decided to start the month of September off strong by going for a small hike with my family yesterday afternoon. Although I get out of breath faster than I normally would, I felt great! The fresh air, forest scent, and light conversation left me feeling energized.
Although I do have to say that the conversation also left me hungry. My family apparently talks about food… a LOT! Within the course of three hours, my dad, mom, or sister managed to mentioned pizza, clams, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, BBQ’d ribs, cheeseburgers, shrimp, and ice cream. Pretty much all of my cravings thus far, except this was the first time that I craved all of them in one night.
Fifteen minutes after returning home from the hike, my parents called and asked if we were up for fried seafood. Of COURSE we were!!! So my parents, sister, husband, and I once again piled into my dad’s car, except this time we drove to our favorite fried seafood restaurant. In my defense, my iron seems to be low, and clams are an excellent source of iron. So, you know, I was just fighting anemia one fried clam at a time. ;)
(I split that plate of seafood with my hubby, by the way). Ha, ha.
It will all come together. I realize that. :) And if I don’t get absolutely everything done that I planned to, that’s okay. This last trimester is important to me, and I plan to make sure I do make time for rest, exercise, AND reading those two extra books. ;) But just as summer is slowly melting into the colorful season of autumn, my third – and final – trimester will lead me to the beginning stages of motherhood. And I’ll learn, and grow, and figure it out.
I still just can’t believe that it will be here so quickly! :)