Friday, September 23, 2016

Preparing for Baby # 3 - Week 37 Update


Today marks week 37 of my pregnancy, and let me tell you... last week was a whirlwind of appointments, cleaning, packing, snuggling and long chats with my toddlers about becoming a BIG SISTER!!!

For this weeks appointments (Biophysical Profile Ultrasound) and obstetrician appointment, I had my husband go with me. Between our ultrasound appointment and OB appointment we made a quick trip to Jamba Juice. It was almost like when we were anticipating our first daughter, we used to treat ourselves to Jamba quite often after those appointments!
Kale + Apple without the Banana! (SO MUCH YUM!)
Weekly Stats
  • Weight Gain: 1 lb 
  • Pregnancy Total: 16 lb
  • Blood Pressure: 90/60
  • Baby's HR - 140's 
Cravings
  • Granola Bars 
  • Ice-ICE-ICE cold water (so.much.ice!)
Big Sister Update
My oldest (2.5) never ceases to amaze me. She is so kind, and so loving, and I can't wait to see how to does with another little sister. This week she's spent a lot of time talking to her baby sister, and rubbing my belly. It's very sweet to feel the baby respond to her voice with a gentle kick and then see my little lady giggle with excitement! 

She takes her role as big sister very seriously, and is always looking out for our love-bug. In fact, something I was not expecting, was her attachment to the infant carseat. Ever since we washed, and installed the infant carseat she has cried and cried about it being for Zuzu, and not the new baby. I totally didn't see that one coming, so we are working with her on those emotions. 
Making "Happy Birthday" cards for baby sister!
Then there is my love-bug, she's 17 months today. I simply adore her spirit, she is curious about everything and loves to keep me on my toes. Much like her sister, she is very sweet and loving. However, she is also nothing like her sister so I'm a little excited  nervous to see how she reacts to the new baby. 
"Happy Birthday" cards for sister! 
This week we also made some Happy Birthday cards for baby sister. My hope and prayer is that when the baby arrives, she will have become such a household name that the transition is pretty smooth. 

My thoughts on transitioning from 2 to 3
This might sound a bit naive, but... I am far less nervous about adding baby # 3, than I was about adding a second... When we welcomed our love-bug into the world it was a crazy time for us. My husband was offered a job 3 hours away from any support systems, and we moved to a town where I literally knew ONE person. It was hard, I was "home" in a new city with a 15 month old and a newborn, my husband worked hard all day with his new job and came home to help me with the girls all night. I'm not sure we ever slept, ... it took us some time to build our little community in Fort Myers, but once we settled into a church and had some consistency things got easier. 

Now, as we prepare to welcome baby number 3, we are back in Miami! My husband again just started a new job and will have very limited paternity leave BUT we have a much bigger support system. There are so many people who love and care for us, and more people than we even know praying for us in this new transition. 

When my husband and I were preparing to get married, we came across a verse in Psalm 126. It was true in 2008 and it's still true today, The LORD has done great things for US, and we are glad (Psalm 126:3). 


We appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we welcome our baby into the world very soon. 





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