The countdown to the big day is coming so fast! It is so exciting to be signed up at the hospital and looking forward to a tour. Everything is coming into place, and each day I am looking forward to the next. Every day I feel and see Aksel’s kicks and movements as rolls around acting silly. This only makes my anticipation for his birth to grow.
At 36 weeks, Aksel is nearly 6 pounds, and do I feel like I eat his weight each day! His sleep patterns have begun to settle in some: he is awake most often around 11 pm and 5 am. A lot of times, he will also wake up to kick Nathaniel’s arm if we are laying down together. If kicks show that he likes him, then Aksel is also a huge fan of Star Trek, because he wouldn’t sit still at all during the movie.
Although Aksel steals a whole lot of attention, he is not the only thing that I have to spend time on. Aside from the blog, I have college about to start and a marriage that requires attention. Even though a baby requires a whole lot of attention, I cannot let my other priorities fall to the way side. But how do you do that?
For me, balancing my marriage and pregnancy is easy, because they truly can go hand-in-hand. I need to work out more: I go to the track with Nathaniel. I need to work on organizing the nursery: how could I handle moving stuff around with the help of my strong husband? Nathaniel takes every step with me in the pregnancy, including the sicknesses, the aches, the pains, and his favorite, the fatigue. I cannot tell you how much the two of us have ditched society to go and cuddle up in bed for sleep or TV. I know that not all men are like mine, maybe not all of them would deal an obsession with HGTV as well as mine, but there are things you can do together. Find out a few things to work together on and do that as much as possible.
When dealing with work, your baby is the higher priority. Don’t use this as an excuse, but remember this when stressing about your job. If you need a sick day, take it, because having a zombie you at work is not going to be as beneficial anyway. Sitting during the day? Prop your feet. Walking a lot? Make sure your shoes are supportive and take frequent water breaks (water has been my saving grace). Nathaniel and I have both made sure to stock up on sports drinks when we feel like we haven’t drunk enough. And, despite what my doctor says, when I am hungry, I eat. I have seen women on all of my mommy Facebook pages stressing about their weight. While gorging is not good, neither is starving when your baby says to eat. And sometimes, that means a Debbie snack for breakfast.