I missed posting at 25 weeks because we were on vacation. 🙂 We decided to do a little road trip, broken into lots of short 2-5 hour drives. In our weeklong loop we visited 5 states. It was quite refreshing although the kids (particularly Zane) did wear us out most days. 😌 We hiked somewhere every single day, anywhere from .5 to almost 5 miles. I’m completely shocked that I was able to do that because honestly I didn’t have much confidence that I’d be feeling up to really ANY walking, let alone hiking on somewhat rough trails. It was really fun though. I’m glad we went. 🙂 It was fun also to swim at the hotel pools and just be weightless for awhile. 

Speaking of which, so far I’ve gained around 26 pounds (haven’t weighed myself in a few days, it could be more 😳) and my main complaints are shortness of breath – mostly in the morning, and pelvic pain which is worse at night and first thing in the morning. Restless legs are still a problem but they usually go away within 15 minutes of applying my magnesium spray. I was having really bad heart palpitations that were becoming downright scary at times, but I started taking a little extra calcium and they’ve calmed way down. I still have to take some sort of laxative most days *sigh*. I’m actually having less swelling now than I was but when I do it’s mostly my legs, hands and face. I had to retire my maternity jeans because after a full day of swelling, they cut into my poofy legs. I think that about covers everything. ….Oh, I forgot…. Constantly needing to pee but it’s only a very disappointing bit. 😂

Baby had a crazy kicking spree this morning. He went on for well over an hour and I was able to get several video clips of my belly bouncing around. He has quiet days sometimes where it takes a little over an hour to get my 10 kicks. I think that may be partly because he’s still small and kick counts don’t officially start until 28 weeks. I usually just do one when I’m getting a little worried, just to prove to myself that he’s ok. I had a checkup this week and it was literally about 3 minutes long. I guess by my 4th pregnancy I just don’t have many questions left. 😂 The dr said I can just come back in 4 weeks instead of 2 like they would usually do by this point. I have a long drive and she hates making me go that far just to pee in a cup and get my vitals. I have my first growth ultrasound scheduled for that appointment which should have been for 28 weeks but she said let’s just push it to 30. I was disappointed about that but as hard as it is to find someone to watch the boys and get to these visits, it’s probably better. Idk … I think I’ll probably end up stressing about it at some point. 😑😌 BUT, the good news is my next checkup is with the dr who scheduled my induction with Zane, so I’m hoping she will give me a date this time as well and we can let our babysitter know so time off work can be scheduled etc. 

I am super excited that I scheduled a haircut and color appointment to get myself looking good for all those glamorous birth pics. 😂 I’ve been putting it off as long as possible just so it would be fresh still in August. I think I’m going to go for a bit more light around my face since it’s summer. Typically I like my hair darker but DH is such a blonde lover. My stylist was able to make us both happy with the coloring job she’s done the last 2 times, so yay!! 

26 weeks 2 days

24 weeks 6 days – my face was really swollen that day.

Dear God, I’m so thankful for these beautiful kicks and wiggles I’m getting to experience. I’m thankful for the chance to add another precious little boy to our family. Please bless and protect him and keep him healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen.