Monday, October 3, 2011

Third Trimester Thoughts

It seems that I’ve taken an unintentional break from blogging. I had a lot to say for a while, and then… I just ran out of things I felt like sharing with other people.

This is my third pregnancy, so at this point I can definitely see similar patterns in each of my pregnancies. It seems that I become very introverted during the third trimester. You see, I am already an introvert under normal circumstances, but it’s generally a nice, reasonable amount of introversion. What happens to me during my third trimester is something like extreme introversion. I become very guarded about who I share my thoughts with and what I choose to share. As much as I love the people in my life, too much interaction becomes utterly exhausting– and during the last few months of pregnancy, it honestly doesn’t take much interaction at all before I feel like shutting myself up in my house and being quiet for a few days.

Unfortunately, this means I don’t have the energy I would normally have for spending time with other people, or apparently even for blogging. I just want to be quiet and sort through things in my own head. At the same time, I dearly appreciate the handful of people in my life who have continued to communicate with me and ask how I’m doing. For people to care about me and think of me even at times when I simply do not have the energy to reach out and invest in relationships the way I usually do… that is love.

I am 31 weeks pregnant now, so I guess I’m about to wrap up the seventh month. In some ways, this pregnancy has been quite a bit different from the others. I’ve been a lot more tired this time around, and I’ve had several aches and pains that I didn’t experience with past pregnancies. Thankfully, I have been very healthy and everything is going well with the baby.

I’m officially in what I call “pre-nesting” mode, where I’m making all sorts of lists and plans in hopes of having everything in order by the time the baby is born. I’m planning meals to freeze for the first couple of weeks postpartum, birthday presents for my soon-to-be three year old (his birthday is just a couple weeks before the baby’s due date), Christmas presents (which will hopefully be pretty much taken care of by the end of this month), and of course I have a list of things I want to clean and organize. Soon enough I’m sure I’ll be nesting in earnest: scrubbing and organizing and cooking and shopping to my heart’s content. ;)

The boys are convinced that this baby is a girl, and they both want a sister so badly they can hardly stand it. I told my two year old that the baby could be a boy like him and his brother, and he emphatically stated, “No, it NOT!” So we shall see.

Anyway, those are my thoughts for now. I can’t promise that you’ll see many posts from me over the next few months (although I may surprise myself, you never know!), but I will definitely make an effort to update about the pregnancy from time to time. And, of course, I will update about the baby when the time comes. :)

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