Friday, 10 August 2012

38 weeks pregnant

This is my last baby and I'm getting to the stage where I'm actually thinking I will miss being pregnant. I know it is ridiculous to say such a thing when you experience pregnancy like I do, 18 weeks of morning/all night sickness, reflux, varicose veins, the list really just goes on and on but knowing this is the last time I will feel those wonderful kicks, even when they keep me awake all night or knock my ribs out while I'm driving, and feeling the wonder that is the life growing in me, is a little sad. I have been very blessed. I already have four beautiful girls and another babe growing and I know once it is born, with each milestone, with each loosening of the apron strings I will mourn a little.
I had to go into the birth suite during my midwife appointment on Monday because the baby had hardly moved since 6 am which is very unusual for it. They just wanted to check me out to make sure the baby and I were doing ok. It was a tad scary being in there. I have had 3 of my 4 babies in that hospital. None of the births, except maybe the casearean, were bad or left a horrible memory. I have had pretty straight forward births so far so it wasn't that. It was the memory of how painful birth actually is that was scary. I'm sure I don't really remember what it is like either. I'm sure if I did I wouldn't have signed up for it again. It is one of the worst things you go through but at least there is a wonderful prize at the end.
The prize, amazingly, keeps on giving, although to be honest it is fairly one way in the other direction most of the time. Over the weekend we were lucky enough to spend time with just Hollie and Lisa. Jessica and Hannah both spent 2 nights at their grandparents.We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Hollie because it gave us the opportunity to shower her in attention. I thought I would include some photos of our lovely time flying the kite.

We had lunch at Morgan's first and a play in the park. She's such a little poser but gosh she's cute.

Getting the kite to stay up when there's barely any wind is difficult but she did a pretty good job.

Lisa likes to be a big girl so carries around the backpack and wears anyone's shoes but her own.

What do you do with your kids to make them feel special? I know we will struggle a little in the first few months after the baby arrives as it is such an all consuming job - looking after a new born however because we already have so many children the baby just seems to fit into what everyone else is doing. Any tips to help us transition from 4 to 5?


Julia said...

Sweet photos of your girls! I hope all goes well in the last couple of weeks before your new baby arrives!!!!

Holly* said...

i wish i had any helpful words to share with you. 6 months ago we went from a family of 3 (for over 5 years!) to a family of 4. its better than it was, but we still take it day by day. one thing that has helped our son is giving him responsibilities that effect everyone. like helping get dinner, he loves to bake, putting away laundry, deciding on which park we visit, etc.... little things, right?

best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy and the birth of your little one!

Staci said...

Cute photos. Have a great weekend!

Christina said...

We're a family of 6, and I remember how weird it was my last pregnancy. How grateful I was for four healthy children, but a little sad that I'd never experience those milestones again. :)
We love our little family the way it is-wouldn't change it for the world.
Lovely pictures of your girls. Enjoy the next few weeks!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Congratulations! I have to say that knowing I am done with pregnancies, I do miss it sometimes :)

I am only a mom to two, so can't help so much with transitioning from 4 to 5 :)
But I did make a point of setting up "dates" with my son after my daughter was born. I really looked forward to that one on one time together :)

mel said...

Adorable pics! Sorry I'm no help either - no kids here! (yet)
All the best!

Megan Smith (aka Daisymeh) said...

Wonderful photos! Wow! Number 5? Congratulations to you!

I only have one - a seven month old baby boy, Liam. So I am far from able to give you any advice on transitioning from 4 to 5 kids. But I will say I hope your delivery goes smoothly and as this is your last, that it truly memorable! Good luck! Can't wait to see photos of the new little one!

Cindy deRosier said...

I'm raising an only child, so I haven't had to prepare a child for a new sibling. Best wishes with the transition!