I want to start with the nesting comparison first for this week. I plan to share pictures of our first daughter's nursery soon so you can actually see what I am talking about in my descriptions. I realize it's hard to picture all these random things I am talking about, so be on the look out for that coming up in the next few weeks (aka when I can find the pictures)!
Nesting this time around is much less intense and mostly about pulling stuff back out that's previously been used and packed away. I started that process this week because I conveyed my concerns to a friend about my first child adjusting to the 'baby' stuff that she isn't going to be allowed to use. This friend told me to go ahead and get it in front of her now so that maybe once the baby is here, she will have lost interest and won't be so tempted to touch or use them. This made so much sense, so I started with two items that were easily put together and don't take up too much room: our Fisher Price 4-in-1 Rock 'n Glide Soother and Bright Starts Zippy Zoo Activity Gym. Let me show you how this process is going so far:
First time seeing the rocker all set-up, it's like she knew it was for a baby and immediately ran to get her baby doll and a blankie. She brought her fake foods and even kissed her 'night-night.' Can you say ADORABLE?
Fast forward to that afternoon:
Yes, that is my 2 year old daughter in a baby rocker. When I saw this, I just about died; half from laughter, half from disbelief. She now crawls up into it at least once a day and loves to pretend to sleep in it. (If I thought it would help her sleep during the day, I would totally encourage her to lounge in it, but I know my kid too well.)
The second item I pulled out and put together was this play mat. Again, she knew it was for a baby, so she ran and grabbed a baby doll. So sweet, right? Well, it has since become a projectile that she likes to drag and throw around the apartment. Let's hope that stops once baby sister is here.
So as you can see, my little experiment is working as far as getting them in front of her and her showing an interest in them. However, now I am a little worried that she won't want to share them with her little sister and I am going to regret having pulled them out!
The only other thing of significance I can see in the comparisons is the difference in symptoms. I recorded only feeling tired at 29 weeks with my first, but this time around I'm not as fatigued But I am experiencing new symptoms that are just plain uncomfortable, no matter how much energy I have.
Almost every morning I wake up with a semi-severe headache. Luckily, though, a cup of coffee and some low-dose pain reliever my doctor prescribed in my first trimester get rid of it pretty quick. It's still not the greatest feeling to wake up to a headache every single day, though.
As far as being emotional, I'm talking all out tears a few nights this week. And I am not a crier by nature. The hormonal roller coaster a woman goes through during pregnancy is insane, and I am ready to get off that ride if you know what I mean!
The worst symptom, though, is the throbbing sensation. Without giving TMI, it's down there and it's so uncomfortable that sometimes I put an ice pack in between my legs just to relieve it. I've asked my doctor and he has checked my cervix length and for a UTI, but both came back normal. My theory is that this baby is sitting really low in my belly and putting a lot of pressure on all that down there, including my episiotomy scar from my first delivery.
That all makes me so nervous about when I get in to those final weeks and she moves further down as she gets ready for delivery. I already feel like she could literally fall out of me at any time at 29 weeks - can you imagine that feeling at 38, 39, 40 weeks? Yeah, I can't but I have a feeling I will be experiencing it. Yikes!
Well, that's all for this week! See you next week for week 30! *gasp*