This is the first time I’ve posted any pregnancy pictures anywhere this time around…I’ve gained about the same amount as I did with Anja, but I’m decidedly more rotund (as discussed earlier). I’m 29 weeks along. We don’t know what we’re having. The pregnancy has been much the same as it was with her, just more water retention (lay off the carbs, said my midwife), more hip pain at night, and I’m carrying a little lower. Could be a boy, could be a girl, and I can’t wait to meet him/her!
I’ve been really bad at updating this baby’s pregnancy journal. I had so much more time when I was pregnant with Anja, though. I was only working 4 days a week at my construction job, one at home, and I didn’t have a toddler to run after. These past couple months I’ve been working 20 hours outside the home (plus about 3 hours per week of commute and picking up at daycare), 30-40 hours a week at home, plus watching Anja full time on the days I’m home. Sleep has been lacking and stress has been plentiful—not the best conditions for growing a baby!
Speaking of which, this past Thursday was my last day at my construction job. After many months of prayer and a unique opportunity, we have decided to take the plunge into having me home full time. My photography business has pretty much supplanted my construction income, so it was either return to work full time when the baby arrives to be able to afford two kids in daycare or take this step of faith. I’ll miss my co-workers, but they’ve invited me to visit anytime, and having me home with our kids is something Husband and I have wanted for our family since we got married.
Any prayers for my sanity are much appreciated! Though it is wonderful to have 23 more hours in the week to be taking care of things at home, I don’t anticipate my photography workload slowing down much until close to Christmas (and the baby is due just a couple weeks later). I think I will savor my maternity leave this time SOOOO much more. 🙂