We are almost there! Jake and I can't wait to meet the new little Stephens and for Sophie to meet her new little brother or sister. Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions.
How are you feeling?
I am feeling LARGE! I don't remember feeling this uncomfortable or large in the belly when pregnant with Sophie. The worst time of the day is while attempting to sleep. Currently I have four pillows plus Jake to help me get comfortable but it never seems to last for longer than 20 minutes before I need to turn over or change positions. This makes for a restless night to say the least. You would think that nature would help you get rested up right before the birth but maybe this is a way to get you used to waking up all night for feedings.
How are things with the pregnancy?
Well I had my weekly checkup yesterday and got some news that scared me a bit. The doctor had mentioned induction before but it sounded like she would only want to take the baby a week early if I didn't go that long on my own. Yesterday she mentioned that due to the Single Umbilical Artery thing, there is an increased risk for still birth so she wants to start the induction process at 37-38 weeks if I haven't gone into labor naturally by then. YIKES! That is only two weeks away. I can't believe that we are going to have a baby that soon.
Is Sophie excited for the baby?
To be honest, I think she is clueless. We purchased the book 'I'm a Big Sister' for her and she passes over it every single time she goes to pick her books out. We sneak it in daily and try to get her interested in the baby. She does kiss my belly when I say that there is a baby in there. But I am pretty confident it will be a suprise to her when she sees the baby for the first time. She is great at helping so we are hoping to involve her as much as possible with diapering, feeding etc. We are both confident that she will be a great big sister.
Are you ready?
This question is laughable. Who is ever really ready? We are excited and trying to prepare as much as possible but without knowing what the baby is going to be like or the dynamic that will develop with Sophie, I don't think we can say we are ready.