With all the busy-ness of the summer, this second trimester has really flown by and without even noticing it we are now in the third trimester - the final stretch!
I've been so thankful for great energy levels throughout this last trimester. Although occasionally, and usually after an exceptionally busy day or two (like when we were getting ready for the agricultural show a few weeks back), I would find myself collapsing into bed earlier than usual, on the whole it was business as usual. I don't want to speak too soon, but so far those energy levels are continuing.
The only negative at the moment is that the sickness is still there some mornings. There seems to be no reason or pattern to it. Some mornings I wake up fine. Other mornings, well, not so much.
Baby has been increasingly more active over the last 7 weeks since I last updated. Lots and lots of regular punches and kicks which is so lovely.
I always think these weeks before getting too big and uncomfortable are so special. The horrible sickness of those early months is gone, baby is making his/her presence more and more felt and you still have fairly normal energy levels to keep up with the usual routines.
Now that bump is obviously a baby bump - and not at the stage where strangers are not sure whether they should comment or not as it could just be the result of too much cake - I've actually been surprised at how many lovely comments I've received when out and about with all the boys.
There have been those who ask the obvious, 'Are you hoping for a girl this time?', which I had expected and which hasn't actually bothered me as much as I thought it would. But there have been far more people who have commented how wonderful it is to see people having a big family.
Only today in the supermarket I was asked first 'Are they all yours?' and then 'is this number 5 on the way?' and then told 'good for you, that's lovely.' Which is just the right thing to say to a moderately pregnant woman, half way round the supermarket, pushing a trolley full of a weeks worth of food while shepherding four boys around at the same time!
Now that we are heading into the last 10 (or perhaps 12 given previous late arrivals) weeks or so, I suppose we as a family better get discussing names for this little one!