TB3: Week 37

TB3 is the size of a tackle box.

This week started off with a non-stress test to make sure TB3 is okay – she is. But because this has been the easiest pregnancy ever, I’ll be going for these weekly until she comes. Which at the beginning of this week, I was sure I’d only have to go through one of those. 

I’m in a constant state of pain, contractions, pressure/urge to push that kind of rollercoasters in intensity. There have been lots of middle-of-the-night wakeup calls that have just ended in me scrolling FB/IG or playing games on my phone. At this point, I’ve given up on timing contractions or being around people as I’m sure my face is permanently stuck in a pain-induced grimace.

The bright side of all of this is that my pain tolerance is being built back up. At one point, I was a little worried that all of the lifestyle changes I’d made to make my periods and sex less painful were going to leave me unable to have the water birth I really want. But God’s looking out for me. He’s giving me nonstop practice. Don’t worry. This will all be over soon. Thanks to everyone who has stuck it out this long with me. One day, you will be rewarded with pictures of a cute little baby girl who will be affectionately called TD3. No idea when that day will be, but I choose to believe you won’t have to wait forever – even if it feels like it now.

It’s been hard not working (even if it’s only been a few days), so I’ve turned my limited energy/mobility towards getting ready for baby. I found myself doing a lot of nesting in between resting. I finally feel at peace and ready for her to come. Now, all that’s left to do is birth and name her. Easy peasy.

This week ended with my first ever acupuncture session. The goal/hope/prayer is that regular sessions will help alleviate some of the inflammation and pain I’m feeling and aid in a smooth delivery. Let’s hope that’s true.

Week 38 – let’s hope you’re it. And not just because I’m in pain, but also because I would like for TB3 to have a palindrome birthdate. 

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