8 months

Posted on July 3rd, 2012 by mountain girl  |  11 Comments »

Here’s that belly, in all its glory. It’s hard to believe this is the last month of carrying that kicking, bouncing bump! It sure seems to have a mind of its own. šŸ™‚

I’ve always loved July–first as a kid, because it’s my birthday month; second, it glows with everything summertime; third, it’s my little girl’s birthday month; and fourth,Ā  it’s the last month I have to wait to see this new babe.

Being in my third trimester has been the best stretch of this pregnancy. My body has acclimated a little more to the altitude, and my mind has shifted from being completely horrified by not having my normal energy and activity level. I feel more kindly to my changing body now, and instead of pushing to prove I’m the Little Engine that Could, I just listen to my body and do what feels right…even down to taking naps for the first time.

(Psst…I’m not as grouchy as I was those first few months, either.)

Part of the earlier struggle–both physical and emotional–was that my blood sugar, which is normally low even without being pregnant, went slightly haywire in the fashion of a plummeting airplane. It took a while to figure out what was going on, but my mama saw it coming a mile away (actually 1700 miles away) and helped me get it evened out.

Even mothers still need mothers.

Another thing that has been happening is that good ol’ nesting syndrome. Where you have SO many things you want to finish (and start), and there is a sense of not possibly having enough time, yet you love every minute of it.

Can nesting even include things that don’t relate to the baby? I’m consumed lately with sewing things for Zia’s birthday, although I hadn’t even wanted to look at my sewing machine for months.

I compared these pictures with the pictures from my first pregnancy. My belly is about the same as my 9-month pictures carrying Zia. Actually, I’m a little bigger than the 9-month pics, but we won’t think about that.

Because this pregnancy is all its own, and it really is not to be compared with anyone else’sĀ  (even my own). And this babe will be the same way–one of a kind. I can hardly wait to see that little person, to get to know him or her.

Just one more month!

11 Responses to “8 months”

  1. jodi says on :

    Mia, you are gorgeous. You definitely carry motherhood with grace. šŸ™‚ All those adjustments, physical and emotional, are so difficult – at least they were for me – but once everything settles in place, man it’s good, right? I bet you guys are on the edge of your seat waiting for this babe to come!

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Jodi! Yes, we can’t wait!

  3. Hannah says on :

    You look great!!! YES nesting can include all sorts of projects. And AGREE we are not thinking about the size of this baby– because even though I am 25 lbs lighter than my pregnancy with Bunny… my belly is bigger (lalalala not thinking about what tht might mean…) And YES we need our mamas… mine lives next door and is my best friend (along with The Hubs)

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Hannah,
    Glad you’re ok…been thinking about you with the WV storms and wondering if your baby came. Glad she’s held off a bit…I’m sure she’s waiting till just the right time!

  5. Tiffany says on :

    I can’t stand looking at belly pics because it always makes me miss being pregnant so much. I always say us women are crazy to be pregnant once and want to do it again, but it is such a special experience for a woman to have. You look fantastic! Not long now… šŸ™‚

  6. mountain girl says on :

    Tiffany,
    I guess we are a little crazy to want to carry a baby in our tummy more than once. It’s a little like sweating our way to an Olympic Medal each time, but our prize is so much greater, right? šŸ™‚

  7. Melissa says on :

    I’ve been following along with you and Hannah and I have to say you’ve both appear to be sailing through your pregnancies beautifully…I say appear because I remember all the things that I didn’t share with everyone when I was pregnant…a million years ago. Hope you continue to to feel good!

  8. Lisa Coffee says on :

    Beautiful! Really, you look absolutely beautiful. We have something else in common, we’re both children of July. When’s your birthday?

  9. mountain girl says on :

    Mine is July 12, when’s yours? Thanks for the sweet compliment!

  10. Lisa Coffee says on :

    July 18! Cancerian sisters šŸ™‚ I always, always camp on my birthday but this year we may just settle for a nice walk in the hills and maybe a fancy dinner out. How will you celebrate?

  11. mountain girl says on :

    That sounds like a great way to celebrate! I love camping too, but a giant belly kind of puts a new slant on sleeping on the ground, right? I’m not sure what we’ll do for my birthday…having Zia’s birthday 2 days before mine always seems like enough of a celebration for both of us!

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