37 weeks pregnant with my last baby. I am still kind of in disbelief that we are so close to the end. It makes me a bit sad to think this is the last time my body will look like this. The last time I will feel those beautiful kicks. The last time someone will hear my heart beat from the inside. I have truly cherished and embraced each one of my pregnancies. I think when you have to fight so hard for something you appreciate the little things so much more.
This sweet baby was the biggest surprise of my life. Never in a million years did I think I was pregnant when we moved across the world to start our next chapter as a family in Hong Kong. We were in the middle of a pandemic and I was so shocked to learn I was actually almost 12 weeks pregnant. I still ask myself how did I not know? How did I miss the whole first trimester? I guess moving that far with a toddler and another baby in the middle of a pandemic will do that to you.
I’m not sure how much longer I’ll have so I wanted to do a little bumpdate so I remember all the little details about this pregnancy down the road. Who knows, this could be my last bumpdate ever too…
HOW FAR ALONG? 37 weeks and 4 days
WHEN ARE YOU DUE? August 30th!
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE HAVING? No, we decided right away that we wanted this baby to be a surprise all the way through! It’s been so much fun and exciting thinking about who is in there. It honestly doesn’t matter to me either way. I’m just praying for a healthy baby and a safe delivery. I’m so excited to hear my husband tell me what we are having in the delivery room right before I get to hold my sweet baby!
ANY CRAVINGS? I’m addicted to icecream this pregnancy! It’s so bad! I’m usually good with icecream once or twice a week but I’ve been craving it every day this time. And living in Hong Kong makes it so easy to order anything you want, including icecream, and have it delivered right to your door pretty much anytime of day or night. It’s so dangerous haha! This will be a tough habit to break once baby is here.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT HAVE YOU GAINED? This one is hard. I’m so used to the doctors saying everything in pounds and in Hong Kong everything is in Kilograms. I think I’ve gained somewhere around 25lbs so far. With my first pregnancy I gained 22lbs and my 2nd I think was about 25lbs, so this one may end up being just slightly more than the first 2.
DO YOU HAVE A NAME? We do have our girl name picked out… the boy name has been a bit tougher for us to agree on but we have it narrowed down to 2. We are keeping the name a secret until baby is here with us.
HOW IS THIS PREGNANCY DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER 2: Oh my gosh, everything is so different this time. With our first we tried for over 3 years to get pregnant. We went through a lot to be able to finally get pregnant. With our 2nd it took us 6 months. Never in a million years did I think I would ever be surprised with a pregnancy. What a beautiful gift!
I will say this pregnancy has been filled with such anxiety that I never had with my others. I know it’s a combination of living so far away from friends and family and going through a pandemic. It’s a very scary time to be pregnant, especially while living in another country.
ARE YOU SCARED TO HAVE A BABY IN ANOTHER COUNTRY? YES! I’ve been so anxious about it the entire pregnancy. When things were getting bad with Covid in Asia only I had just found out I was pregnant. My husband and I debated for weeks if the girls and I should fly back to the US and stay with family until it passed. But something in my gut told me not to do that and that our family needed to stay together. My husband could not leave due to his job and I was so afraid if I left we may not be able to get back here to be together. Never in a million years did I think this would be a worldwide pandemic. Now we are kind of stuck in Hong Kong as they haven’t let any tourists in for months and if we were to leave and come back we would be subject to government quarantine in their facilities. So unfortunately none of our family can come to be here for the birth of our baby, or to stay with our 3 year old and 16 month old while we are in the hospital. Also since we do not have a car we will be relying on Uber to get us to the hospital. I’m kind of nervous about getting there in time since with London I didn’t have a lot of time to get to the hospital. I feel like once it’s time though and I am in the hospital I will be taken care of. I will be delivering at a world renowned international hospital so I trust the doctors and nurses and thank goodness this is not my first baby so although each birth is different, at least I know the process and what it’s like to have a baby.
WILL YOUR HUSBAND BE ABLE TO BE IN THE DELIVERY ROOM? AT this point yes…. but that could change at any time. Hong Kong is very conservative with Covid restrictions so as long as things stay as they are he will be able to be there for the birth. They do require me to have a clear Covid test within 6 days of admission or I would need to go to Isolation until test results are in. I will be starting my tests this week so I am up to date when baby is ready. We are just so excited to meet our baby!