How far along are you in your pregnancy?
A little over 38 weeks!
How are you feeling physically?
For the most part, I feel good and have energy - although I toss and turn most nights. It’s not easy to roll over these days! The biggest physical hurdles I’m facing are heartburn (morning, noon, and night), lack of oxygen occasionally when the little guy is pushing up into my lungs, and a strained muscle (thanks to not being able to move as quickly as I’m used to). Oh, and I just developed my first stretch marks on my tummy this week. Noooooooooooooo!
How are you feeling emotionally?
I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, which is both exciting and overwhelming. I think most of my fears come from the unknowns of what life will look like after he’s born. As excited as I am to meet my son and be a mom (seriously cannot wait!) I’ve been feeling a little sad about the change that will happen for my husband and I. I’m selfish, and I’m struggling with the idea of having to share him.
How have you been preparing for childbirth?
Like most first time moms I’ve read a few books and received (whether solicited or not) advice from friends, co-workers and complete strangers about labor, delivery, and what to expect. I’ve taken the labor classes, created a birth plan, and packed the hospital bags. None of those things make me feel totally prepared. At this point, I’m working on preparing my heart. For the possibility that my labor won’t go according to plan. For the changes ahead and becoming a mom. For the possibility that breastfeeding (which is something that is very important to me) might not come easy. For being a mom. These preparations don’t require books or classes- just quiet times in the morning with my decaf coffee, prayer at night with my husband and trusting God for the unknowns.
What do you love most about being pregnant?
I absolutely LOVE feeling (and seeing) him move. From the first few flutters early on- to the elbows and feet in my ribs currently- it makes me feel closer to him and reminds me that he’s there (as if I could forget with this big belly).
I’ve had more food aversions than cravings in this pregnancy however the two things I could eat probably every day are pineapple with vanilla ice cream, and watermelon. Lots of watermelon. Downside of being pregnant in the winter…watermelon isn’t exactly in season or cheap.
What makes you feel best right now?
I’m at the point where I don’t feel “cute pregnant” anymore and I just feel plain BIG. So when my husband comes up behind me, wraps me up in a hug, kisses my shoulder, and tells me I’m beautiful and he loves me- that right there is the best cure for any of my preggo blues.
Anything else you’d like to share with pregnant mamas?
Don’t let people scare you with their “horror labor stories”. Just take it all with a grain of salt and know that every mom, every baby, and every labor story is different. Also, never feel pressured to “feel” a certain way during pregnancy or be discouraged when you’ve gained 40 pounds six months in and your co-worker who’s due any day now still has a cute little bump and brags about only gaining 25 pounds in her whole pregnancy. Basically, don’t compare yourself to other women or their experiences. Lastly, just enjoy this time. Yes, that’s right…I said ENJOY being pregnant. It’s a beautiful experience and it goes by fast! Especially enjoy time with your hubby. These are the final days and weeks it will be “just the two of you”. Try not to talk “baby stuff” all the time with him. Make a point to spend a whole day or evening without even mentioning anything related the baby and just be together.
My name is Haley Hendrickson and my husband, Andrew and I have been married almost four years. We are expecting our first baby, a little boy, May 31st and could not be more excited to meet him. We will be choosing a name after he is born. I run my own photography business in Fort Collins, CO and my husband does marketing for a start-up company nearby. Andrew is excited to teach our son how to throw a baseball, shoot a gun, and about Jesus. I’m excited to snuggle our little guy, read him stories, and just be his mom.
How far along are you in your pregnancy?