30 weeks 

I’m 30 weeks pregnant today, it seems like a big milestone to have a 3 at the beginning of that number. I’m so grateful for the chance to have this baby, and looking forward to his arrival. However, I’m not enjoying much of pregnancy right now.

I feel like I have almost every minor pregnancy symptom you can get. On their own it’s fine, but cumulatively it’s getting hard. 10 more weeks seems a long time. 

Just in case the hormones make me forget, I’m currently experiencing:

  • Reflux/heartburn
  • Anemia
  • Constipation 
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bleeding noses
  • Back pain
  • SPD – pelvic pain 
  • Atypical migraines with blurred vision and tingling skin
  • Braxton hicks (whenever I stand up)
  • Tiredness 
  • Going to the bathroom often
  • Itchy skin 
  • Crazy dreams 
  • Interrupted sleep (because of the above)
  • Mood swings

Looking at the list it’s no wonder that I’m ready for this to be over. I’m also having a few positive symptoms: 

  • Thicker hair
  • Stronger nails
  • Reduced acne
  • Baby movements! 

I have always thought that I would like 3 children. But at this point I think B and I have settled on 2. Not just because of the difficulty in pregnancy, but it is a factor. 

We would have been very happy to find out this baby was twins, but with B being nearly 9 years older than me we don’t want to stretch out the baby stage for too long. We’re also both looking forward to having older children that you can do different things with.

To make life harder, Roo is having some behavioral issues. We think she’s worked out that the baby is going to get some of the attention currently reserved for her. She is making it very difficult to leave the house and to pick her up from childcare. I’m not enjoying being that parent with the screaming child.

She also realised about 4 days ago that she can get out of her bed and open the door! It has been a complete nightmare. She’s missed all her naps from refusing to stay in bed, and two nights we have spent over 4 hours trying to get her back to sleep from about 1am. 

We put a child gate in her doorway 2 days ago and it has made a bit of a difference so far. When she knows she can’t go any further she doesn’t seem to try as hard to get out of bed. However she’s also discovered turning the light on now. She’s not crying but last night spent 2 hours reading books. Any tips would be much appreciated!

In the wider picture, I have 5 more weeks left at work and I’m looking forward to leaving. I’m ready for a year away from the office.  I’m quite doubtful that I will be returning to the same job to be honest, so I’m starting to really disengage. My focus is turning to this baby and our coming home life. 

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