I love my belly. Maybe it's because this is the first time I've ever NOT loathed my stomach. I've always (ALWAYS) been self-conscious of it. Now I just want to flaunt it. I like that it's getting bigger. I touch it all the time, especially when I'm out in public as if saying "HEY EVERYONE! I'M PREGNANT! LOOK AT ME!"
I love feeling baby Claire kick me. It took a long time to feel it (21 weeks) since my placenta's up front against my abdomen. Now I feel it all the time. Mike just felt the first kick two weeks ago. On Mother's Day, I had my first alien belly experience and it was so cool. I laid down and for 15 minutes watched my stomach move all over the place. After one big kick, I pushed down and she kicked back in response. It was awesome.
Over the past week, I've started feeling like a tank. I'm really tired if I don't space out activities throughout the day, etc. My biggest complaints are heartburn, arm numbing, excruciating hand pain, and moderate left foot pain. I guess that's minor compared to the whole creation of life thing going on inside of me.
Mike and I took the tour of the L&D at the hospital on Saturday. Still super nervous about the whole birthing thing, but I am feeling more at ease knowing where I need to be, seeing the floor, knowing where to park, etc. Yes, as if parking is going to be MY concern when I get there.
Nate has continued to be my big helper. He helps me with my (anti-coag) shot every morning and my prenatal vitamin every evening. He's really been great. I think he's going to be a fabulous big bro but I know we're going to have some jealousy issues. I'm sure all kids go through that, right?
So, here I am. Only 8-ish weeks left to go. I am stoked that the nursery's coming along quite well. We had our bi-annual trip to Mecca (I mean, IKEA) two weeks ago. So, now we have the dresser for the room. Crib's up and the changing table just has to be re-painted. I love the wall color - thanks Mikey! Clothes (from my awesome friends and family) have been sorted by size and just have to be washed. I'm so excited!
Here are a couple of preggo pics - just because I love preggo pics.