Right now, I am 37 weeks pregnant. I have about three weeks left! My little one’s due date is a week before my 28th birthday. I don’t mind sharing my birthday month with her, but I’m hoping she is not born on my birthday lol. Time is going by so fast. I I am excited to meet Baby G, but also very nervous! Mostly about giving birth, but also the fact that I am going to have someone that will be completely dependent on me. I’m the oldest of six, but being an older sister is completely different than being a mom. The good thing is that I’m not alone. I have my mom, who is super excited about meeting her first grandbaby, my sisters, who want to watch my little one when she’s born, and my boyfriend of five years, who is happy to be having his first baby.
I feel like I have been pregnant forever! I first found out at the end of May. I’ve experienced a few of the symptoms. But since I hit 34/36 weeks, it’s starting to get worse. I can tell the baby is getting bigger because I have been dealing with back pain more often. Even just being in the car for 20 minutes, whether I’m driving or I’m a passenger, my back starts to hurt. I also have trouble sleeping because it is very hard for me to get comfortable. Heartburn is something that I also deal with on a daily basis. Supposedly this means my baby will be born will a lot of hair. I guess we will see if this is true in a few weeks!
I have only gained about 17/18 pounds since finding out I was pregnant. I was 114 pounds at the beginning, now I am about 131/132 pounds. I guess being active and eating somewhat healthy-ish helped me not gain too much weight. I officially stopped working out at 36 weeks. I had stopped running at the end of October. My last race was a local 5k on October 31st. For now, all I’m doing is walking for 30 minutes a few times a week. I normally love going to the gym, but this month (December), I’ve had no energy to go to the gym. The few times I’ve gone, I had to force myself to go. I admit I have been feeling a little unmotivated. I did take a month off after the stair climb that I did at the end of September, because at that time I was so worried that I wasn’t gaining enough weight. Even though I am no longer going to the gym, there are days when I feel guilty or like I’m lazy for not going.
I only have two weeks left at work. Then I will go on maternity leave for approximately 12 weeks. It will feel so weird not having to be somewhere at a certain time. After all, I’ve had a job since September 2012 and have never gone more than 2 weeks without working! I will miss my coworkers and even some of the members there, but it’s not like I will be on vacation. I will be busy at home taking care of my little baby girl.
I know having a baby will be difficult. I won’t sleep as much, my little one will need my constant attention, I won’t have as much me time anymore. But despite all this, I can’t wait for her arrival. It’s time for a new chapter in my life and I could not be happier.
We already picked out our baby girl’s name, but will not be sharing that until she is born. Here are the top 10 names we like and fyi, her name is in there. Many of the names were chosen because they have historical significance, are characters in books, or names in Greek/Roman mythology.