1.25.2018 by Everydaynaseeha

Pregnancy Journal Weeks 24-36

Well, I've let some time lapse since my last journal entry, but Insha'Allah I'll get you all caught up and stay up to date on my entries until it's birth story time! ❤

Well I've taken a bit of hiatus from the business side of Everyday Naseeha. Alhamdulilah, my mom and biz partner has definetely taken up the slack. 😍 I was working towards some personal and household projects that required my attention. Insha'Allah will share more about that later.
Just when I was ready to start back up with the biz, along came the flu. My 16 year old was first to come down with it, and then the rest of the family, one by one. I was a little bit worried after all the hype I've been hearing about this flu season being so severe and the fact that I was pregnant to boot. But Alhamdulilah, everybody is now on the road to recovery. 😊 Honey, lemon, and blackseed tea, supplements, rest, and lots of dua was our regimen. The hardest thing about it was having to look after myself but also having all my kiddies sick and still having to tend to them as well. Alhamdulilah though for my Ummy who lives in same apartment complex as me, stopped by often as she could to help me out. ❤

I had my 35 week appointment, my first since coming down with the Flu, and Alhamdulilah everything checked out well. Good heartbeat on the baby, my stats were good, and measuring right at 35 weeks. I had lost some weight since my last visit, but they were not concerned seeing as how I had the flu and had no real appetite at the time. I'm stil on track probably to gain 35-40lbs this pregnancy which is the usual for me durring my pregnancies.

They say being pregnant makes you off balance a bit and a little more clumsy than usual. I can attest to that! 😜 Every time I've taken a tumble since I've been an adult, it's been while I was pregnant. I've managed to fall down the stairs during two pregnancies, trip numerous times, and about 6 weeks ago walking back from the laundry room with my kids I fell flat on the pavement and took my 8 year old son with me. I was actually leaning on him for support since I was experiencing  really bad round ligament pain for the past week and it was super painful to walk. I ended up with a bloody scraped knee and hand. My 8 year old was left unharmed as was the baby, but I felt like I had been in a car accident when I woke up the next day. I can't remember taking a fall like that since I was a kid! The bright side of this tumble...my round ligament pain went away after this and has yet to come back since the fall, so Alhamdulilah for that! πŸ€—

The gender of this little one is still a mystery. πŸ€”  I'm glad I decided to be surprised and can't wait to find out. With my 7 other children I always knew ahead of time, which was pretty cool as well. But, I really wanted to be surprised with what will probably be my last one. After 6 boys in a row a girl would be awesome, but I'd be just as excited if it's another boy. I don't really have a "feeling" of it being a boy or a girl, but I've been craving fish these last several weeks, and I recall with my first child, which was a girl, I craved fish sandwiches from Mcdonalds. So maybe that means something? πŸ€”

So all and all, I'm feeling back to normal now and getting really excited about the baby coming. This has been a weird pregnancy for me. Usually I'm very carefree during my pregnancies, but having suffered my first miscarriage prior to this pregnancy, I've just been a little bit on edge. It's a mixture of really wanting to savor this pregnancy and enjoy every moment of it, since it will be probably  be my last and then the other part of me just wants to hurry and deliver a healthy baby so I can quit worrying about something potentially going wrong. I just have to remember Allah is in control and to turn to him with my worries and distress, when I do that I feel better immediately.

On the agenda for the upcoming week? I'm going to start up an exercise regimen. Nothing major, just some light cardio and stretching. I've been wanting to do that my whole pregnancy, but kept putting it off, so better late than never. Also, plan to jump back in to biz mode and back to homeschooling the kids which has taken a back seat for too long now. See ya next week, insha'Allah.

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