It seems like a LONG time since I posted a pregnancy update! ...Most likely because it *has* been a LONG time since I posted a pregnancy update! We have been super busy here lately, with caring for the sick ones (who are thankfully back to full health!), post Christmas cleaning/organising, getting back to school and a normal schedule.
Baby: Abigail is *very* strong now and is still very active, so I get to enjoy feeling her wriggle about and watch my belly dance! At this stage, I feel that she is probably laying diagonally, but I know that there is still plenty of time for her to shift around. I am due to have another appointment with my midwife, in just over a weeks time, but we may have to reschedule that appointment until a later date...so we shall have to wait and see on that.
Me: I have had high energy throughout most of this pregnancy so far, which has been a HUGE blessing. At Christmas time however, my energy really began to dip, and I originally thought it was just normal pregnancy fatigue, associated with being in the third trimester. Though eventually, I noticed that my lack of energy coincided with me running out of FCLO. Since I have been back on my capsules, my energy has shot right back up! Though expensive, FCLO really is worth it's weight in gold! It is nice to be able to drag myself out of bed in the morning *before* the kids, and therefore have a head-start on our busy days! :)
At this stage I am getting ever larger, heavier and clumsier - though I do LOVE my BIG baby belly and am very thankful to have been blessed with this little one! I am having to try and get my feet up whenever I get a spare moment during the day (hahahahahaha!!!), so as to alleviate any fluid retention and varicose veins. I'm finding that applying witch hazel topically to the latter, does offer some relief, particularly when applied before bed.
My Photographer And I Were Feeling A Little Silly! :)
The Rest Of The Crew: All the kids are very excited to meet their new sister. Meg is currently loving to put her "baby" in the moses basket (bassinette), baby bath, bouncy seat...etc. Our whole family is super-excited for the impending arrival and simply cannot wait to meet our Abigail!!!
Birthing Plans: I have been hoping to have a home-birth for this delivery...but after much effort on our part, it seems that it is unlikely (though still a small possibility) to happen. The Irish Health Service has made opting for a home-birth near on impossible and employing our own midwife would be equally so. I am a little disappointed about this, but have the peace and contentment that God's will, will be done. If our HB doesn't plan out, then I will be delivering with our midwife team in our local hospital, which is a service provided for low-risk ladies. All my care and delivery will be overseen by midwives only, and the usual discharge time post-delivery is 6-12 hours. I have delivered my last two babies under this service, and have had a mostly pleasant experience.
Prepping: I did get quite a shock a few days ago, when I realised that we only have TEN weeks of the pregnancy left! I decided that I had better start to get some things organised and prepared for our sweet little girl. I have since washed through any baby clothing that we will be re-using (this process was lengthened considerably by my "oohing and awwing" over every onesie, dress and cardigan!), and finding/bigger items like the baby bath and moses basket...etc. I still have quite a bit to do, but I'm getting there and enjoying the process in the meantime! :)
"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully
and wonderfully made: marvellous are
thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
~ Psalm 139:14