I think, although I am not quite 26 weeks, that the third trimester is invading my brain….
Earlier this week (Monday? Last Friday? I really can’t remember anymore) it suddenly hit me that this really is going fast and that if I want to be ready, I better start thinking about “the end” now. I feel like my life is moving in fast forward! I don’t think either of my first two pregnancies went quite this fast.
But now I’m having trouble concentrating on anything outside of “what needs to be done.” It is constantly on my mind that I need to get this under control, or that under control…. I feel like I’m in a giant race to the finish line!
This means I’m very busy trying to organize the older kids’ clothes — getting their winter clothes or otherwise too-small clothes sorted, labeled, and put away. I need to get some sewing done — the new baby’s blanket and hopefully some additional cloth diapers. (I have a lot…but if I need to use one size for Bekah and Daniel at night and the new baby too, I’m not sure how that will go. Plus Daniel’s still in a size during the day that the new baby will be in by a month old or so…. Anyway, I was thinking about adding a dozen one-size diapers to the mix just in case. I don’t like them, but the multi-function with three kids of varying sizes appeals to me as a “back up” or “travel” diaper.)
Then there’s the food. I’m still trying to keep costs as low as possible, but also start to plan ahead. I’m trying out meals that we might be able to freeze later, like pizzas, rice (actually I’d add dehydrated spices/veggies to that in the pantry), frozen yogurt, ice cream, pancakes, tortillas, and various other “meal components.” I’m constantly cooking something. I’ve got stock on the stove, I just made vanilla extract, and so on. I’m also harvesting dandelion roots from the yard for tea in the winter (it’s good for detox).
I can’t do any particular task very long. My back will hurt, my feet will hurt, I’ll run out of energy…and so forth. That’s another reason I feel the need to do this now: I know I probably won’t want or be able to do much at all at the end. If I’m feeling tired and sore now, how much longer will I realistically be able to get all of this stuff done?! I can’t see it lasting much past 34 or 36 weeks…which is really coming up very quickly!
So, all this to say…if you notice I seem distracted or like my usual focus on the blog is gone, it probably is. I’m lost in ” pregnant land” now. I’m doing my best to keep it up (I don’t feel overwhelmed by it; I just feel very distracted), but it’s not easy when all I can think of is what needs to happen in my house! I know this feeling will only get worse…until about a week after my baby’s born, when the fog will suddenly lift and I’ll say, “Wow, where have I been all those months?!”
But that’s still awhile off. Back to my incessant planning and preparing now! I’ll share some of my lists and other preparations soon.
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