[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] B[/dropcap]aby’s approximate due date is 12 weeks from tomorrow!! Sheesh louise and holey moley, where did time go? And why do none of my maternity clothes fit anymore?!

We’ve started the twice monthly midwife check-ups. We’ve got every kind of blood, glucose, whatever lab work stuff scheduled for next week. We’ve also got to schedule in the appointment to speak with the obstetrician and go through all my risks regarding a VBAC birth (even though we’ve been there and done that).  We’ve got child #2’s birthday next week, then child #1’s in 9 weeks, then baby sometime after. And child #1 will be on summer break in two weeks. Yikes ahoy.

And I’m carrying this babe just as I did with E – straight out front, low, and like a very round basketball. The maternity pants that just have a low stretchy waist are torture as they feel like they’re cutting off my circulation and baby’s. My shirts are now too short, and I’m congested and feeling like it’s hard to breathe. Yes, we are in the third trimester. And my boys can no longer fit on my lap as baby has taken over.

I eat chocolate by the pound. Not encouraging at all.

I don’t know about anyone else, but the third trimester is the longest, hardest, most miserable to get through for me. Possibly due to how large I get out front and not being used to carrying so much weight in my front section. Not to mention that the due date is at the end of July – in Colorado, meaning that we could be having temperatures in the upper 90s when baby comes. Ugh. I may lay on the couch for most of the summer.

And due to the snow/rain combo that we keep getting every week, I’ve not walked. I’ve not done any yard work either. I need to get the baby’s room finished, need to start stocking the freezer, need to get the car seat, swing, sheets, etc. out and cleaned. Need to buy a diaper bag. And desperately need some kind of clothing/fashion help for the next three months . . . with a $5 budget. Maternity garage sales – where are you? Tanned legs – where are you when I need you? I totally would buy 5 mumu dresses right now . . .

Lastly, I have been wanting to read “Sparkly Green Earrings” by Melanie Shankle (www.thebigmamablog.com), because it is highly recommended by The Pioneer Woman. Yet I’m just not one to fork out $10-$15 on a book. So it’s been on my look for used list. Yet lo and behold as I was looking through amazon’s top 100 free kindle books last night, the book was there! So I grabbed it and got about a 3rd of the way in. It was good heart/laughter therapy for this big, pregnant lady. To read about someone else’s experiences with babies and motherhood (and it not be all perfect and wonderful from the get go) was so good. So if you can grab the book, do! It’s some light hearted humor, which is always good!

P.S. I’ve resigned from hair cutting. It’s far too stressful to try to cut a wiggly, screaming, almost 2 year old’s hair. As a result, my child looks like he’s sporting the same hair cut as Vector from “Despicable Me” (minus the glasses). Just in time for his 2nd birthday and lots of pictures . . . thank the Lord that my son never looks in a mirror. He’s on his own when his hair grows out . . . or his dad will have to take up the hair stylist position in our household.

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