I'm honestly feeling really good this time around. Up until 26 weeks I had put on less weight and at a more controlled pace than I had with the girls, so I am hopeful that the end gain will be slightly less. I am having very little heartburn this time, where as with Sophia I was on a prescription by the time I was 16 weeks. Sleep is okay but occasional insomnia around 2 am happens. Back and hip pain is relatively low as well.
Luke is checking in just fine at the doctors office. I've had to have the 20 week anatomy ultrasound three times because of how he is positioned. They are unable to get a clear view on his heart because he is laying spine out (which also makes me look HUGE!). I've had him flip a few times which totally changes the shape and size of the belly and I relish a few hours of feeling smaller.
The doctor still says I am due March 1st but I always suspected that day was off by 3-5 days. Adding to the fact that I went into labor with both girls at 38 weeks and 5 days and had them on 39 weeks exactly, I would not be shocked if Luke joined us between February 15th and 20th.
The girls are very excited about Luke and Grace especially asks about him every single day. She talks about how she is going to help him and how cute he is going to be. What a sweet, big sister!
I haven't done a thing to prepare for him! Not picked a nursery theme or bought any boy bedding or decor! It feels a little weird because his nursery is Sophia's room and we want her to stay in there in the crib until he is born. And then (hopefully,) my Mom will be here to help for a couple of weeks and the nursery is also the guest room!
After my mom leaves we will move the guest bed into the girls' new shared room, and transition the guest room/Sophia's nursery to Luke's nursery. But none of that can happen until after he is born! Still I should prepare ahead of time and have the things ready to go because heaven knows I won't be shopping and designing after I have three three and under in the house!
Two other things I need to plan ahead for is planning Grace's birthday party all the way out (including getting invites all done and having party favors prepped!) and having 20 or so freezer meals prepped for the weeks surrounding his birth. I also like the idea of having meal kits ready- all the ingredients you need for a meal in the freezer or in a marked bag in the pantry.
I am so excited to meet Luke and get another chance at cherishing infancy. I've spent the last week at my sisters house snuggling her newborn and, though I know it will look different because I have a 2 and a 3 year old at home as well, I can't wait to snuggle my son!