34 Week Pregnancy Update: Packing the Hospital Bag!
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Was it the iron? Who knows, but this week I have felt physically and mentally so much better! I didn’t think I was going to be able to say that before this pregnancy had ended so it is in and of itself a blessing.
And thank heavens that I’ve felt better because Annie has been an absolute misery all week long. She got some kind of nasty virus and has had conjunctivitis and an endless runny nose all week long.
It has made parenting really challenging and I’ve had to resign myself to not getting much achieved. She has needed her mama and constant cuddles on the couch.
With all that said, I’ve got a few things to update you on so just keep reading.
We’re home again.
While I was very much looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and getting back into our routine, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous.
It had been two weeks since I had had to care for the children all on my own. I was struggling so much before that I was anxious about how this week would go.
However, it has gone better than I ever expected.
Despite Annie being so ill, I’ve physically and mentally been coping so much better. I also feel as though I’ve been able to slow down and spend more time just reading to the kids, etc.
So, being home is good. Having support is wonderful and I feel as though it gave me a chance to catch my breath.
I couldn’t have said this last week, but I’m actually feeling much better. Sure, there are times I’m overwhelmed and tired, but it’s relevant to the situation that I’m in.
I’ve been looking forward to my days again instead of dreading them. I’m not entirely sure what has helped exactly. Perhaps it is a combination of feeling better physically and having a good chunk of time to rest.
Regardless, I’m thankful.
I had another appointment with the mental health nurse and she was very happy with how I’m doing. At this point, we’ve decided to continue with bi-weekly appointments. The point of them at this stage is really just to monitor things and make sure they don’t start going downhill.
So, while I don’t think this baby is going to come in the next couple of weeks, I have certainly been having some pre-labour signs.
Keep in mind that these signs can mean very different things for every woman. However, in both my previous pregnancies these have been things that have taken place just a couple of weeks before I delivered.
First up, she’s low. I’m sure she’s bouncing up and down and will continue to do so until it’s the real deal, but I can tell she’s low. Why? Well, firstly lightening crotch.
I can’t walk for more than a couple of minutes without being stopped in my tracks by the pain that comes from being headbutted. It’s making getting anything done a little challenging.
Secondly, she is somehow pressing on a nerve which makes my legs give out. Again, it’s making walking very difficult. I’m absolutely in full waddle mode now!
Lastly, (TMI alert!) I’m beginning to lose the mucous plug. I know it’s the most disgusting term, but alas, it is what it is.
This happened with both of my previous pregnancies. With Jack, it was a good 2-3 weeks beforehand but with Annie, it was only 10 days or so.
It can regenerate so I’m not reading too much into it, but it is a sign that things are moving in the right direction.
Packing the Hospital Bag
While having said that I’m not expecting this baby to arrive anytime soon, I’m still taking precautions and packing the hospital bag.
With Annie, my waters broke spontaneously at 37 + 5 and I was taken by surprise. Thankfully, I had my bag packed and was ready to go.
My goal is to have it all ready by 36 weeks, so I’ve got a couple of weeks left to finish everything up. I think I’ve got everything for the baby except for bottles and formula. However, I need to pack for myself and get a few postpartum supplies.
Thankfully, I haven’t needed to buy much for the baby at all because we were so blessed with our first baby shower and then I’ve just held onto stuff from the older children.
I created several comprehensive checklists for pre + post-baby. I’ve had them available in my Etsy shop for some time. It’s been great using them for myself this time around and has helped to make things far more efficient. Plus, it has totally helped to ease my mental load.
If you want to grab a copy of the checklists for yourself you can find them by clicking the image below. 🙂
I’m so excited. As challenging as this pregnancy has been, I’m still just so excited to meet my little girl. While I was excited to meet my first baby, I feel as though the excitement is even greater with subsequent pregnancies. It’s because you know what to expect.
You know how wonderful it is to meet your baby for the first time and all the joy that they will bring.
There are two moments I keep imagining in my head. The first is when I hold her in my arms for the first time. There is nothing like that fresh baby smell and their warm little body against yours. They’re like a tiny hot water bottle.
And the second moment I dream of on a daily basis is when my big kids will meet their little sister for the first time.
Jack was only 18-months old when Annie came along so while it was sweet when they saw each other for the first time, his comprehension was obviously limited.
This time both children are very aware of what is going on. I know they will both be captivated!
We’ve stocked up on nappies and we’re that much closer to being ready for our little girl to arrive.