34 Weeks


Payson wanted to be in the belly shots this time.


Things are going pretty well. I’m a lot more achy and feel a lot heavier. I have many Braxton Hicks contractions every day. Which is all normal for me at this phase of pregnancy.

Baby girl is still a really gentle baby. She moves around and does her stretching but it’s all so mellow. I’m getting more ansy to meet her and get to know her. To see if she’s as gentle and mellow once outside as she is now.

I’ve had people ask me if I’m worried or nervous about having a fourth child.
I’m really not, actually. Not even a little bit.
I think I’m at a point in life where everything in life is hard so the idea of it getting harder doesn’t really compute. lol
If this baby has colic like Payson had things will be really difficult for 3-6 months. I’ll not get much sleep and I’ll be overwhelmed and stressed out.
But I’ll get through it.
And I think I’ll probably even handle it better than I did with Payson because I’ve experienced it before. Part of what made taking care of Payson so difficult in those newborn never-sleep-at-all days was the worry and confusion. I had no idea what was wrong with him and was frustrated by doctors refusing to help in any way.

When I figured out he has allergies and made the changes to his diet and he was suddenly more normal, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and even now, it is hard dealing with two major allergies (gluten and dairy for those new readers) but at least I know that if he gets diarrhea or is super cranky one day (like, cry-all-day cranky) it’s because he got ahold of his sisters’ food or there was some random ingredient in something I gave him that I missed when reading the label. Because I always read the label carefully but gluten can be tricksy and hide in all kinds of fun places! There have been a million things I’ve learned during the past year about gluten and where it is and what it can be called.
Like modified food starch = diarrhea for Payson. Stuff like that. It’s lots of fun!

Ok not really and I didn’t mean to get so off topic.

So yeah, I’m not nervous but I’m not expecting some easy transition either. I’m just ready for it. I’m aware of the possibility of added stress and work and sleep deprivation and I’m ok with it 🙂

7 thoughts on “34 Weeks

  • You look great, seriously… and I love all the pictures on your site! I think those last few weeks before each of mine were born, I felt such a connection to them. I couldn't help but talk to them & day dream about what they would look like, sound like.

  • I'd heard so many people say that after 3, it's really not that big of a deal adding more kids to the mix. And honestly, I kind of found that to be true. Adding Graham was really stressful, but it had also been 3 years since I'd had a newborn, plus we moved twice (the first time ever moving away from family) w/in his first year, so everything in my life was stressful. And I'm right there with you in that, life just *is* hard right now. Adding another baby didn't make it harder, just different. I will also tell you that Leah was my tamest in utero, and she has a very pleasant disposition as a baby. She will definitely let you know when she's ticked off, but as long as she's fed and rested, she is pretty easy going and happy. I hope that the same holds true for your new baby girl! I can't wait to “meet” her!

  • Amber, that's neat to hear about Leah in the womb vs. outside. Sierra was similar in the womb to how this baby girl is and Sierra was the easiest baby imaginable. So… we'll see! I can't wait to meet her and show her off. It feels so close and yet so far. lol

  • Hi Ariana,
    I really enjoy reading your blog and looking at your pictures. I did have a question for you. How long did you wait to wean your babies off of a bottle? My son is 12 months old and the pediatrician said she wanted him weaned by 15 months. He has not taken an interest in any sippy cup I have given him. Thanks so much!
    Bronwyn

  • Hi Bronwyn,
    I weaned Brooklyn and Sierra off bottles by the time they were 18 months, I think.

    Both girls weren't ready to give up the bottle at 12 months but very easily gave it up several months later. Both girls loved their sippy cups, though, so I never had to think about it much.

    Your comment reminds me, I've been meaning to wean Payson off his bottle. I don't think he'll mind, I've just been plain old lazy about it!

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