In terms of how I am feeling at this point... not so great. Mostly just really really tired. Erin commented last weekend that I seem to not be hating this pregnancy as much and I would have to agree with that. My perception of this pregnancy is that I have been much more comfortable than I was during P1. Sure, the first 16 weeks were a LOT worse but since then it has been more manageable. Likely because I've gained less weight and am retaining a LOT less water. The actual weight I am at not I hit when I was 29 weeks pregnant in P1(if you want to compare weight gain than it was 26 weeks).. I can tell you that if I still had over 10 weeks 'to go' I would be miserable right now. The only thing keeping me in the game is that I only have about 2+ weeks left.
I think if you asked Sean which pregnancy was 'harder' he would probably say this one.. mainly because of the early weeks and the sciatica which was totally new to this pregnancy. However, my hips and tail bone were much much more uncomfortable during P1 than this time so I can deal with the sciatica. Plus I think for Sean, this pregnancy has been worse because of the complication of me finishing up with grad school. For me, school was a major distraction from the pregnancy but I think for Sean they feel more compounded. I think HE had a much harder experience during this pregnancy because he had a lot more 'balls' to pick up so to speak that I kept dropping along the way. Colin being a significant contributor to that. I just hope that labor and delivery doesn't prove more traumatic for either of us (although I'm not the slightest bit worried about that part).
While I see the water retention in the mirror at this stage, it still doesn't compare to P1!! Is it just me or does the belly look lower this week comparatively? Could just be the difference in outfit. I might be able to pull off the same outfit for next weeks photo comparison (which I will try to actually take during 38 weeks instead of 39 since I have a 39 week photo from P1) . The shirt from P1 is no longer in around so I couldn't match this week.