Do not let the smile fool you. I am struggling big time. I knew as my pregnancy progressed things would get harder, but I was not fully prepared. I feel so stupid even saying this because we have 7 weeks or less left so I still have a way to go so that pretty much means things are going to get worse. There have been 3 times in the past week alone where I have found myself on the verge of tears trying to make the decision on whether we need to go into the hospital or not. The rule of thumb in pregnancy is if you have 4 or more Braxton Hicks contractions in a 1 hour period, then you need to go into the hospital to make sure you are not in pre-term labor. Doctors also say Braxton Hicks should in no way be painful but mine have been knocking the breath out of me and have been extremely painful. In addition to that, Adalyn has most definitely dropped... and big time.
The picture on the left is on February 14th and the picture on the right was taken March 2. Uh, little girl where did you go? That has added big time to my list of things to worry about because most people do not begin dropping until after week 36 and usually it happens right before they go into labor. I know me being short makes things a little different but it's so stressful when you dont know what qualifies as "different" and what qualifies as something you need to be concerned about. The pelvic pressure I mentioned in a previous post has gotten way worse too. I feel like she is going to fall out at any point while I am walking. Another really weird thing that I have noticed is every muscle in my body feels tired/sore. I read that this is because your body is releasing hormones to loosen the muscles in prep for labor but man, every day I feel like I went through a hardcore workout. I never ever sleep anymore but honestly I am becoming really okay with that. I knew sleep is going to be really hard and non-existent once Adalyn gets here, so I view it as my body is just getting me ready!
I really wish I could sound more happy and put more love into this blog post but even as I type this I am struggling through contractions and my arms hurting like hell. I cannot wait until Adalyn is here. I definitely think I've hit the point where all the fun and glamor of pregnancy is officially out the window. My poor husband is currently sitting next to me trying so hard to get me to smile and be in a good mood, but there's really so much of a happy mood you can be in when your body is going ape shit. I love this little girl so much and even if it was 50 times worse, I would be okay and go through it all over again. We're in the final stretch and soon enough, I will officially be a mommy!