So, next week makes 7 “months” and 3rd trimester. Okay, I have this app on my phone called “I’m Expecting” and it gives weekly updates just like babycenter and the others, but yesterday I checked it and it said “Congratulations! This week officially marks the beginning of the third trimester!”
How Far Along? 27 Weeks 1 day! 13 (ish) weeks to go! I am excited to be almost into my 3rd trimester!
Symptoms: Oh what a moody, moody heifer I am. The heartburn is horrendous, so I’ve given up on TUMS and moved on to something stronger and more long lasting. My cramping and pelvis pain is still pretty bad, but me not complaining about it daily is going pretty well. This new thing of where I lay down and every organ seems to come running up into my neck to have a party there has started, I choke/cough/cant breathe and have to sit right back up, and s-l-o-w-l-y lay back down. That can’t be normal, can it?
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 16 lbs gained! Little man is about 14.4 inches and weighs about 2 pounds! My belly is growing and I’m feeling heavier! Oh, and I look pregnant from the front instead of just bloated!
Maternity Clothes: Nothing has changed here. All maternity items except 2 pre-preggo jeans that I wear with a belly band. My aunt suggested I buy one of those maternity girdle belly support thingys. I think I’m going to. Anything to make the belly not feel so heavy would be great! Got any recommendations?
Stretch Marks: Not yet, still fighting stretchmarks as best I can. Using my lotions and potions to lube up real good each day.
Sleep: Some days sleep comes easily, but doesn’t last. Other days it doesn’t come easy but I’ll sleep through the night. I’m still loving the crazy vivid dreams. Last night I was breastfeeding Embry in one of my dreams…again he was a girl…he’s always a girl in my dreams…and he was SO tiny… I mean like….10 inches long like a lil dolly.
Food Cravings: Spicy spicy spicy. And iced cream. And bagels still. I now have an aversion…tomatoes and tomato sauces. Just the thought of them makes me feel a bit ill.
Best Moment This Week: Reading an email I got in response to the body issues post, realizing I’m almost at 3rd trimester, visiting the hospital, it was great, and I’m excited to give birth there now.
Movement: I love how active Embry is. He “answers” John and I. We love it. I love responding to him with words and him talking back with kicks. I’ll let him make decisions for me too, lol. “Embers, do you want a bagel or pineapples?” Kick once for bagel, flip around for pineapples. (He loves bagels :))
Labor Signs: none! and I don’t want any until after 37 weeks!
Belly Button In Or Out? Still 1/2 out, I wonder if it’ll go out any more. The belly is growing but it’s staying half out like a pout.
What I Miss: Being in better control of my emotions/tears. Comfortable sleep and a life without heartburn.
What I Am Looking Forward To: Moving to the new place so I can start up on Embry’s nursery, Finding a doula (this is proving to be quite hard with our budget), doing a maternity photo shoot.
Milestones: Looking pregnant from the front feels like a milestone for me. Also making the decision on birthing center vs L&D unit at my hospital.
Weekly Wisdom: I have to remember to be gentle with myself and also that I cannot move as fast as I think I can.
Any advice for me at this stage in pregnancy?