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Training for Baby: Eight month inch

Posted August 7, 2012

Most of my pregnancy has been smooth sailing. I have remained active, going to the gym to walk at least twice a week and then staying on my feet a lot with work. (They don’t call it “Out and About” for nothing!)

With my iron levels in check, I hadn’t even been feeling that pregnant lately. Then, I got to month eight.

I slowly felt my energy fading as I entered this month. It would be 10 p.m. and my husband would find me nodding off on the couch next to him. I used to work night shifts at WRAL, so 10 p.m. is much earlier than I used to go to bed.

When I get to bed, I don’t always get a good night’s sleep either. My restless leg syndrome has gotten significantly worse this final trimester and when I am not up with that I am up hitting the bathroom.

For the most part, my baby boy has maintained a good sleep pattern. When I am asleep, he rests in my belly. But one night after one of my many bathroom trips, he decided it was time to get up and started having a dance party in my belly. That went on intermittently for about two hours. I couldn’t help but laugh. He was already keeping me awake during the night. Good training for parenthood!

In addition to my odd nights, I have also been battling terrible acid reflux.

So, in short, I finally feel pregnant! And I’ve only got a little more than a month before my due date.

With my body now reminding me constantly that I am pregnant, my mind has finally started to catch on.

It was one Sunday afternoon that I came to the realization that we are having a baby. Yes, I’ve known for quite some time. But it all sunk in about two weeks ago when we moved the bassinet into the bedroom.

Seeing this little bassinet sitting next to our bed just freaked me out. I’m going to be someone’s mother. What the???

I had to take a moment to let it all sink in.

Would I be a good mom? I hope so.
Would I make some mistakes? No doubt.
Would I love this baby more than anything on the planet? Absolutely.

The good thing about my husband is that he freaks out at different times than I do. He had been concerned earlier that day about starting a college fund and helping our son pay for a car when he was 16. I calmed him and he calmed me.

The first of many freak-outs that will likely happen before we hit the delivery room.

So, was the eighth month difficult for any of you? How did you first-time parents deal with fears?

Kathy is editor of's Out & About section. Learn more about Kathy on her website. Last year, here on Go Ask Mom, Kathy chronicled her efforts to lose weight before she and her husband started a family. Now, due with her first baby this fall, she's writing about her pregnancy. Find her here on Wednesdays twice a month on Go Ask Mom.


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  • snowl Aug 8, 2012

    LOL, I don't remember, but taking a warm soaking bath when you can't sleep and the baby is active in your belly is something that I liked to do. You lie on your back and watch him go! Good luck. you are on the home stretch now.

  • snowl Aug 8, 2012

    Eight month inch? Did you mean to type...itch?

  • computer trainer Aug 8, 2012

    karmstr9-11 lbs 5 oz!!! That child came with his own luggage, didn't he?????

  • justbcauz Aug 8, 2012

    With my second, I ended up being taken out of work at about 8.5 months because she was so big and making it nearly impossible to breathe. As for sleeping arrangements - do what works best for you. With our first, she only slept in her crib from the day she came home from the hospital. For our second, she slept in her rock-n-play for about 3 months (in our room), then moved to her pack-n-play (in our room) and finally to her crib in her own room at about 7 months. Every child and every situation is different. Had you asked me before she was born, I would have told you she would be in her crib from day one too... but sometimes you have to adapt. Enjoy your last two months. A year from now, they will be a very distant memory.

  • carleerules123 Aug 8, 2012

    I went in to early labor with both of mine at 34 weeks. My oldest was born at 36 weeks & the youngest at 37 weeks so I am not the best person to ask. But I will totally agree with missparrothead re: putting the baby in their room in their crib. My oldest would make noises & wake me up but he wasn't fully awake to nurse so I would lose sleep. After about 3 days, I put him in his crib & since I was right across the hall, I could hear him cry & would get up. Wishing you all the best with your baby. Those baby years do go by fast - mine are now 19 & 17 yo. Enjoy every moment!

  • missparrothead Aug 8, 2012

    I slept like a baby all through my pregnancy, however had a lot of back pain during the day w/my daughter from about 18 wks through 3 days prior to giving birth. I had feet issues with my son, the last 2 mos....they hurt and I developed plantar facitis. The day after he was born, it went away.

    A parenting manual doesn't comes natural. Really!

    IMO...I would not have the baby sleep in your room (unless he has health issues). I took advice from a good friend yrs ago- "they have their own bedroom for a reason". Babies make noises at night and personally, I wanted to sleep and not hear every squeek. Both of my babies cried when it was time to be fed, so I got up, closed the bedroom door, and took them downstairs on the sofa to nurse. Worked like a charm. Kept the lights dim, and watched tv for 20 min.

    Best of luck!!! This is one of the best times of your life. I still love to see big preggo bellies. :))

  • JAT Aug 8, 2012

    You'll just be ready for him to get here before long. Enjoy the feelings of him still inside of you, wallowing around and getting restless. You'll miss that feeling one day!

  • karmstr9 Aug 7, 2012

    My eight month was right on par with yours - restlessness, lack of sleep, acid reflux. I had to sleep most nights sitting up in bed. If your due date comes - and goes without a delivery, don't sweat it. In '99 when my first born was due, my doctor made me wait two weeks(September 1st) past my due date (August 17th) before inducing me. My son ended up weighing 11 lbs 5 oz!!! Boy were they surprised! It was one of the best days of my life! And he was so perfect! Best wishes on your Mommy journey!