Emotionally, I just can't state enough how amazing I feel this pregnancy! There is zero fear or apprehension. I have such a greater sense of perspective and peace of what's to come, and that feels amazing. I'm not battling or fighting doctors and insurance companies, I am fully aware and trusting of my body, and we have such an amazing support team. I couldn't ask for anything more. I've been reading, journaling, and only letting positive thoughts in and sharing my heart with authentic people.
I mentioned in my fitness post last week that I made some changes to my diet in regard to sugar and carbs, and I have an exercise routine in full-gear again. Physically I'm feeling much better than I did a few weeks ago, and I feel so great after a workout. I'm going through the 21Day Fix workouts again (modifying where need be), and my goal is to hit 15-20 miles a week on the treadmill, + weight lifting. I'm still not sleeping very well, with all the pee wake-ups and husband-snoring, but I figure that must be nature's way of slowly acclimating my body to getting less sleep again. :) A couple times a week I lay down and take a nap when Ben is napping, but I'm just a horrid napper. My husband can fall asleep in 30 seconds and wake up perky 10 minutes later. Me? It takes me forever to fall asleep, and I'm a cranky nap waker-upper. Don't cross me. I'm groggy and grouchy and sluggish. I think it runs in the family because my Dad is the same way...no one really wants to be around either of us when we wake up from naps. I can't decide if taking naps really helps my energy/brain power at all, or if it's better to power through until bedtime. I'm also working out during most nap days and/or in the evenings...I just can't decide how best to spend my time!
Other than my daily eating habits, exercising, decorating the nursery, thinking about potty training Ben, taking care of Ben, meal-planning, keeping the house clean, etc (okay you get the idea...mind of a mom). So other than all of that, I've been really meditating and thinking about labor and birth, and those early days with a newborn. With Ben, those days were rough...rough rough rough rough rough. I'm praying for a different birth outcome for starters (but keeping ourselves flexible to change if need be) and brainstorming ways to make this transition to two children 'easier' on our family. I've also started thinking about newborn sleep habits/routines, getting the breast pump out of storage, and building up a new cloth diaper stash. I'm just really really excited to have another new baby in the house who we will grow to love and cherish. I can't wait to see who she is.
The next baby bump date will probably be happening in the third trimester. THIRD TRIMESTER. What!? How did that happen? I have my glucose test coming up, so I'll be sure to report back about that joyful experience too. :)