It was an adventurous week with new changes and many special memories! My mom came for the weekend to spend time with me, help me with some freezer meals and baby clothes sorting, and to enjoy the beautiful shower that my friends Julia and Jenny threw for me. I felt so very loved and supported by the church and seminary family I have here in LA and I came home with loads of adorable baby boy clothes! I think I am completely set clothes-wise for the first 6 months! It was really special to hang out with my mom, and we talked baby stuff a lot of the weekend. She has just a little bit of experience in that department. ;)
As to new pregnancy experiences, Caleb gave me a good hard bruise last week that is still quite painful now. I felt a jabbing pain in the bottom of my rib cage one day, and from then on that area was incredibly tender, so much that it kept me up a lot one night and hurts like crazy when I’m changing positions during the night. I called and described the sensation to my doctor, who assured me that it sounded like bruising and was nothing to worry about. It should have healed by now, but he keeps bumping/kicking it. I am thankful that I have a baby who is strong and growing…bruises are a small price to pay for a healthy little boy!
My fatigue feels like it increases by the day. I’ve made it for over a week without a nap but I think I may buckle in the next day or two. =) The hiccups continue, usually 3-4 times a day. And the braxton hicks have been more frequent as well. I learned that my doctor will be out of town from the day before my due date to a week after, which was really disappointing. Makes me want Caleb to come early all the more!
Another highlight of the week was meeting with my doula. Andrew and I talked with her for two hours and she took notes so that she can write our birth plan. We are both confident that she is just the right fit for us and our labor, and I am so thankful that God provided her! I am getting really excited for the day we have to call her!