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Third Pregnancy Joys and Challenges

Hubby and I are very excited that we will be welcoming a new little one into our family in February.  Even as I type this I can't believe I'll be at the halfway point in another month. With each pregnancy the time seems to fly by. With my first, I remember time crawling and not being able to wait to hold my little one.  Now I feel like I'm on a speeding train hurtling towards the due date. It's not that we have a ton that we have to do before Baby arrives, but there are things that I would like to get done:

1) Buy the kids new beds that can eventually be bunked when the time is right.
2) Repaint Boogie's room with a mural so that both of the kids are represented in the room.
3) Clean out the basement storage room because it doesn't look like I'll be going back to teaching in the near future (anybody in need of bulletin board borders?)
4) Clean out the garage so that we can fit both cars in, once again.

As far as baby needs, I think I'm pretty set. I still have all of the clothes from both kids so no matter what I'll have clothes for my little arrival.

However, my concerns this time around center around energy. I feel like I don't have a lot of energy. It's really disheartening as I used to be able to get up before the kids by a good hour. Have breakfast, my quiet time, blog and get some me time before the kids were awake. We'd go to the gym, do some activities and I'd get some errands or chores done while they were napping/resting.  Now I get out of bed when I hear my son get up and it takes a while for me to rev up in the morning. Everything seems to take twice as long and I feel like I'm dragging everywhere.  I feel like I struggle to get the simplest tasks done.

My husband has been incredible. The first trimester when I didn't have the energy to make dinner, much less stand the smell of anything, he would call me and tell me he would bring home dinner. He's started a cleaning routine with the kids and helps them pick up the toys before going to bed. All the usual cleaning routines that I do around the house has become his chores. I am so grateful and realize that I have an incredible husband.

Even while I struggle to get things done and be a shadow of my old pre-pregnant self I remind myself of the joys:

--new baby!
--my current two "babies" are learning to play together and share more often.
--Boogie is learning responsibility: Boogie is working on his chores. He helps to feed the cats everyday and put his dishes in the dishwasher.
--When I'm too tired to do anything, Buggy is my constant comic relief and I find that a good laugh helps to restore energy
--Hubby and I are really in sync with what needs to be done and even more than ever are partners as well as best friends and spouses.
--the joy of being pregnant at same time as several friends. I think I counted and I currently have six other friends who due around the same time:  2 due just a few weeks before me, 1 due a week after me, 1 due a month after me, and 2 that are due on the same day. CRAZY! This does not include the other 6 friends who are due in the next few months!!!!! Something's in the water!
--being able to stay home and raise my loves. What a blessing!