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Now that I've made it past the 36 week mark where baby is all developed and just putting on the weight, I'm feeling pretty ready to get her out! I have pretty much everything I need, or it's on the way. I'm getting to that big, uncomfortable stage for sure. I used to be slender! Ha! 

Fortunately my mom is visiting this weekend. We raked up all the leaves in the yard and we've been making a couple of freezer meals. 

I'm getting antsy to meet my newest daughter! What will she look like? What's her personality? I'm so excited to love on her. 

So weird to think that in less than 2 months I'm going to have another daughter to take pictures of and with! This belly is getting big... baby girl is growing well. I love this belly and this baby. I feel so grateful! 

Almost three quarters of the way there... I have 10 weeks and 2 days left, which in my world, if I'm basing time left on my previous 2 experiences, I really truly have 8-9 weeks left of this pregnancy. I don't like to pay attention to what day it is because I don't really want to know how close I'm getting to having this baby. I'm really excited to meet her, but then I have to take care of a baby so... I'll take a little more time please! 

I know I'm getting bigger, so I sure hope baby girl is. I've been able to keep my physical activity up still, not much of a change. My biggest hinderance to exercise is braxton hicks contractions. I get lots each day... totally normal for me though. It can get tiring and annoying. Baby girl moves the most at about 5AM after I've gotten up to use the bathroom. I love feeling those big kicks. The other morning it was like she was moving furniture or something. She gets the hiccups all the time... multiple times a day. Holly would get the hiccups a lot. It's such a funny feeling. 

I continue to have so much awe for what my body can do. I'm actually looking forward to the experience of labor and delivery. I've found some helpful, inspiring material to read and I wish I had found this like 8 years ago! I almost want to have a few more babies because I'm anticipating this birth with so much positive energy. I love to think about seeing her and holding her for the first time. It's so exciting to me!

I haven't been very nesty at all. Especially not baby nesting. I'm slowly working on her quilt... we still need some more clothes and supplies but I'm trying to go minimal and I'm waiting until after my baby showers to buy stuff. And, I just don't feel as excited about purchasing baby clothes and other items as I did with my first 2 pregnancies. I think I've mellowed out a little bit as I've gotten older, or at least I like to think so. Plus, I don't want to buy anything I don't need. 

I have begun thinking about the things I need to do to prepare my house. I'll probably make freezer meals in November. And I'll get Christmas ready then too. I've begun some painting projects that I plan on finishing before I get too big and uncomfortable. I figure it's going to be hard to get any walls painted in the next year so might as well do it now. 

Generally, I feel excited to meet my baby girl, but okay to wait. I think as I get closer, I'll have more intense feelings about it. We have family photos booked next month and it's weird to think this will be our last set as a family of four. In my mind, it's always been the four of us. It's going to be so different to have another sister. Or maybe it'll just feel like she's the piece we didn't quite know we were missing! 

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