As I write this I am 35 weeks pregnant. We're in the home stretch - just waiting for baby to make his appearance now. I've been thinking a lot about how this pregnancy has been different from my first and wrote some thoughts on the eighth month:
I was an anxious mess during my first pregnancy. It's totally normal I think; our bodies are doing something they've never done before and even if we've read every book, we don't really know what to expect. When I was pregnant with Arthur I read ALL of the books, googled incessantly, ate very cautiously, went to A&E twice thinking that he'd stopped moving and generally drove my husband up the wall. Honestly I'm surprised that Arthur isn't a stressed child from all the second hand stress he received from me in utero!
This time around I've been MUCH more relaxed. I think just knowing what to expect helped me massively, I don't like feeling out of control and this time around I knew what was happening to my body and how my baby was growing. I do not google, I have a few select pregnancy books that I love, have eaten with a little less caution and more understanding of the reasons of why to avoid certain things and am generally much calmer and happier.
I get a very strong urge to nest around month six. This has been a little frustrating for me this time as we've had literally NO baby gear to buy - we're reusing everything from Arthur. We never really had a lot of stuff for him either, but we've whittled down on what we did have (the baby bath is gone, along with some other things we bought on recommendation but never used.) This time around has been focussed on cleaning! I cleaned last time around too - Stan came home to find me one day having taken all of the blinds down, cleaning every single slat - but this time has been more intense and more long-lived. I'm talking mopping the floors every day, cleaning out cupboards and decluttering like a maniac.
Is anyone ever really prepared for labour?! I wasn't last time, I don't think I really am this time. I know that everything can change in an instant and even the best laid plans aren't always what's best in the moment. I trust my hospital and the midwives there. I am however reading some hypnobirthing books and listing to the MP3s that go with them. Mostly I'm just trying to take it easy, strengthen my body with yoga and enjoy these last weeks of being three.
This is the part that's giving me the most trouble at the moment. We've had two years of being the three of us - adding in Arthur's new personality to our family was easy, everything was new! Adding in a fourth personality to our mix will, I think be a unique challenge. We can do all the baby stuff, we've done it before but I wonder about this little human's place in our unit. I know he'll slot right in and really it will be like he was always there...