What a crazy seven months it’s been! Someday, when I look back on my life, I have no doubt that the last five years will be the biggest whirlwind of huge changes I ever experience, culminating with this one.
And you know what? This whole period started right around the same time as Sugarlaws. I started writing this blog back in October 2008 (you know, the age of dinosaurs in blog years) and back then, I could never in a million years have predicted where life would take me.
In the past five years, I’ve gotten engaged, gotten married, started a blog that changed my life in almost every way possible, moved across the country, bought a house, wrote three books, quit my law firm job to start my own practice, and now we’re having a baby.
Each one of those things on its own is enough to make your head spin, and it’s no surprise that for the past few years, I’ve often felt overwhelmed, constantly needing more hours in the day to get everything done. When people asked me when we were planning to have kids, I used to look at them sheepishly and say, “I can barely balance everything now — how could we possibly add a baby to the mix?”
But now? Weirdly enough, on the eve of the biggest change on that whole list, I finally feel like I have my life together. I have a job that I love, and one that gives me enough flexibility that I can continue it after the baby is born. We’ve found the house that our kids will most likely grow up in, and now, after many years of wondering, I can finally envision what that life will look like.
No, I still don’t have quite enough hours in the day. But I’m very, very happy with the hours I have.
So, seven more weeks. And then it’s all going to change, yet again.
(PS — If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I had my baby shower this weekend! I have tons of photos and video to share, but it deserves its own post, so stay tuned!)
How far along? 31 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 20 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Pants, still in my regular tops and dresses.
Stretch marks? Still no!
Symptoms: Honestly, my symptoms are at the point where I’m way less comfortable sharing them on the internet. I’m sure you’ll all miss my back pain and heartburn complaints terribly!
Sleep: So so. A technician in my doctor’s office told me that the times that I wake up during the night at this stage of pregnancy tend to correspond to when the baby will wake up after it’s born, so I’ll be looking forward to 3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. feedings in May!
Best moment this week: My baby shower was so incredible!
Worst moment of the week: The baby hates pizza. Sorry, apparently I’m not actually done complaining about heartburn…
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Champagne! (I did have a tiny sip before my shower started — I couldn’t resist!)
Food cravings: Strawberries and chocolate.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Have you started to show yet: I am huge!
Labor Signs: I’ve started to get scared every time I have a weird sensation or pain that I’m going into labor. So far, though, nothing that hasn’t resolved itself!
Belly Button in or out? In, but oh my gosh, any day now!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Finishing up all our last minute preparations so that he can arrive!