The other day I looked on the app I use to track progress and so on and it told me I had 16 days till my due date. 16 days!!! What?! They say even at this point you most likely are still not fully understanding that your about to birth a baby and become a parent, even this close to the end it is still not a reality. It makes sense, but I felt in some way I would have some more realistic perspective that life was about to really REALLY change. Though from the stabs of elbows and knees in my belly all day and head butts between my hip bones I know that there is for sure a human in there without a doubt.
Recently I felt the joys of what they call lightening it happened about 4 or 5 days after my shower a couple weekends back and though the waddle has become reality, I felt the relief of being able to breathe deeply, lower kicks (not in the ribs), and the feeling of my body becoming my own again. For the first time in months I could see where I used to have ribs and it felt so amazing. My belly is lower these days without a doubt and the aches are real, but there is a lot of relief at this point. They tell you that, but goodness no one can prepare you for the relief it brings you other than for your pelvis.
The one thing I didn’t expect with him dropping down was the fact that all the pants I was wearing under my belly really don’t work anymore. I have 1 pair of pants that is going to tide me over, but if I could I would just choose a dress to live in these days, but I thought I would share my one outfit I wear nearly daily especially on these chilly days we have had lately. I mentioned it last week, but the legging, tshirt, long sweater, and tennis shoe look is basically my go-to. I call it my I won’t give up outfit. The full give up is the sweatpants I put on the rest of the evening and morning, which are starting to get tight themselves these days.
The Nike’s were Mike’s present to me for Christmas because I wanted something I could wear but still feel cool in and get in and out of easily. They are great because though I need Mike to tie and untie them, my feet fit great and the ribbed insole is so comfy. I am over the moon that fashion girls made it cool to wear Nike’s like this because fitting into much less here at the end is basically like trying to fit a square into a round hole.
Other than trying to stay comfy as he fills every square inch of the womb, stay walking and moving, and eat well, I have been finishing up the final touches of the nursery and have been working on filling out his baby book and have even written down all sorts of hopes and dreams for him as well. Call it the hormones, but I am so excited about this new chapter and sharing the world with this little guy. You hear so many “you just waits” and “your life is about to change and end but you will love it” and everything else you can imagine, which is great and most likely true, but I believe that even the newness of this adventure I really believe this is about to be one of those things that makes our life much richer and fuller more than anything. Us two is fun, but this guy is about to make life far more worth it and I cannot wait to see what he teaches us.
On to the final few weeks as the countdown begins. Less than a month (at the most) and we will have ourselves the littlest Gilger in our home hopefully sleeping like an angel….I can dream right?!
Speaking of which, any newborn tips to give me from you experienced moms?