Pregnancy journal: Pondering the birth

My baby is getting heavy! I’m still a bit shocked to admit that I’m not talking about Jacob, who, by the way is now tipping the scales at over 30 pounds. By midday I ache terribly, by nightfall I feel like I can’t take another step. Muscles I’d forgotten existed seem to be stretching at unbelievable rates. My legs ache right along with my tummy and I just have an overall sense of fatigue by nightfall. It seems early to me, but then again everything seems to be happening earlier this pregnancy. I am thankful that I’m not actually falling asleep several times a day anymore.

When I was six months pregnant with Jacob my sister’s birthday rolled around. She’s a college student at a university about 20 minutes from my home, so my family took advantage of my kitchen for an evening and we all met at my house for her birthday dinner. Somehow that sticks out in my mind as the longest day of my pregnancy. I felt more tired than I remember ever feeling. Jacob’s due date was still three months away, but I was sure I was growing a horse in there. He was so heavy. My sides, back, legs and feet ached terribly. In the midst of this we suddenly were told to expect five extra guests. We had a wonderful time and I’d do it again for my sister but, when that night ended I felt like I could have slept for a month. If I could only find a comfortable position.

I relay this story because I’m about to embark on the event all over again. In another 48 hours, Rob, Jacob and I will host a housewarming party in honor of the nearly 30 family members and friends who helped us realize our “American Dream.” We’d planned to have the party over a month ago but found that we had more to accomplish around the house than time would permit. Thus, we’ve postponed it until now, when I’m again six months pregnant. We’ve spent every available moment this week cleaning, fixing and food shopping and I already feel like I’m going to drop. I’m afraid that pregnancy has that effect on me. I expect to be able to take on challenges as I could before I got pregnant, then I remember how quickly I wear out these days and just how much faster my muscles begin to ache. I’m sure we’ll have a good time but I’m a little nervous about how I’ll hold up throughout the day.

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