Back again with the third trimester update. 4 weeks away from my due date. Granted the third trimester is not over, but I figured I would write an update now before Baby G arrives.
This trimester we have had two baby showers and have another one this weekend. Let me tell you, Baby G is loved and I’m soaking up all that love for him. Makes my heart full!
The hubs and I also did a maternity shoot. I hadn’t planned on doing one since our main goal is to save for baby and continue to pay off debt (thanks Dave Ramsey), but the hubs convinced me I might regret not having photos.
In other news, remember when we took that leap of faith and moved to a tiny apartment? Up until now we have lived comfortably in that space (less than 800 sqft) and had planned to make it work with an infant. God had other plans and thanks to Him a lot of things have aligned for a lot of people and it has allowed us to move into a 3-bedroom apartment later this month. The extra bedroom means Baby G will have a nursery and we’ll finally have a dining room table again. It’s the little things in life lol My only concern now is the actual moving and unpacking since my due date is close to our move date. I know everything will happen as it’s supposed to, but if you could pray Baby G stays put until after we’ve moved that would be fantastic.
I have spent the last few weeks preparing for maternity leave from work and think I am about ready to turn over duties and projects. This transition as been mentally challenging because I don’t know what to expect as a mom and work has driven a large part of my life for so long.
Now onto the usual trimester recap…
I think the biggest change between the second and third trimester is my constant peeing. I feel like if I have two sips of water I am running to the restroom. I had a tiny bladder to begin with, but with Baby G’s growth it’s more noticeable.
I find myself moving slower and getting tired quicker. Some swelling in my feet/ankles, but that’s usually after a hot day where I have been on my feet more than usual.
Cravings…anything sweet! Aversions…well I can finally eat vegetables again without wanting to throw up so that’s positive. I still don’t want to menu plan, grocery shop, or cook and I have a feeling that will continue until the hubs and I get into a parenthood rhythm. We have talked about using Freshly for at least the first month. Unlike other services, Freshly meals come prepared and you just heat them. If you have had any experience with Freshly, please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
I still sleep pretty well. I get up to pee a lot, but it doesn’t interrupt my ability to go back to sleep. I have noticed I roll from side to side to get comfortable, but again, it doesn’t impact getting back to sleep.
The bump is growing by the day. Mia is still obsessed with it, while Lexi has yet to acknowledge that it exists. I believe this is foreshadowing for their future relationships with Baby G. I continue to use Earth Mama Belly Butter for moisture and to relieve itching.
Being able to bend over! Some times I forget and lean over like I can actually reach something on the ground. When the bump stops that movement I realize I have to come up with an alternative method or whatever is on the ground will stay there lol
Meeting Baby G of course! It has been fun to feel him move around and now that the hubs can feel it too it makes it even more special. From the very beginning he has been a wiggle worm and continues to be. I am ready for the hubs to hold him. Being pregnant is really special and I’m sad the hubs doesn’t get to experience it in the same way I do. Special experience only moms can understand.
I am not sure when I will blog again. As I shared in my last post, I thought I would have more to talk about and more fashion to share, but in reality I have struggled a lot with clothes as the bump has grown and haven’t felt like sharing anything. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and until next post…xoxo Becca
Seems yet again I have done a poor job of blogging. I thought I would have more to talk about and more fashion to share, but in reality I have struggled a lot with clothes as the bump has grown and haven’t felt like sharing anything.
I have also been trying to soak up every minute of being pregnant because honestly I have enjoyed it so far, especially when I started to feel regular kicks 🙂
The hubs and I (thanks to our friend, lovingly called “G2”) have secured a great daycare in town starting in January. We will have to find a solution from November-January since we estimate my maternity leave will end at the beginning of November. Living in a college town I feel like we could find a great student (or several) to help out.
The morning (and night) sickness went away shortly after moving into the second trimester. Thankfully! I didn’t have many other symptoms throughout the second trimester until close to the end when my ribs and mid-back started hurting when I sat. The only ways to alleviate the pain was to lay down or stand up. Not ideal when you have a desk job and attend meetings 80% of the time.
I asked my doctor and he suggested being mindful of a straight posture for the rib pain. I will say, it does help, but anytime I sit (even straight as a board) on something soft (like our couch or a booth at a restaurant) the pain returns. At work I alternate standing and sitting as often as possible and some coworkers find me standing at my desk trying not to hunch over to see the computer screens lol One of the other offices has a standing desk and I foresee myself using it a lot in the third trimester.
The summer heat has arrived in Texas and there have been a couple of days I have experienced swollen feet/ankles. Dehydration contributed to it I know.
No food cravings. I have found I prefer beef over chicken which is not my norm. I like salty things and my sweet tooth has only increased. When deciding where to eat or what to order, friends and family ask, “What does the baby want?” Well I am here to tell you the baby does not care, just feed me 🙂 Nothing actually sounds good, but I always find something anywhere we go. This has made it challenging to come up with weekly menus and grocery shop. I have severely lacked in this department and I’m sure the hubs is tired of the empty refrigerator.
As for aversions, vegetables sound awful. Besides the every day corn and green beans, anything healthy sounds disgusting. Also not my norm.
I’ve slept well throughout the pregnancy so far. I think my body is just exhausted. I don’t wake often when the hubs comes home from night shift (usually between 2:30am-4:00am).
The last couple of weeks I have had a good laugh because if I sleep on my right side Baby G starts to kick…almost annoyed I am in a position not to his liking. He hangs out almost entirely on my right side and I rarely feel any movement on my left.
The bump has arrived! I can’t remember exactly when it started getting more attention. I managed to stay in pre-pregnancy pants/jeans wearing a belly band until around week 25. At that point pants were no longer comfortable and I had to make some maternity purchases. Prior to this “had to” stage I ordered online from several retailers, but most of what I ordered was returned. Out of desperation I went to Destination Maternity before a doctor’s appointment last Monday and had a really great associate help me pick out lots of options. I’m still learning how to dress the bump. Especially in a work setting. I found there to be limited budget friendly options in the maternity work wear department. Side note: I am fortunate enough to work for really great women who are all moms and they “get it.”
Not the best quality picture, but Mia is obsessed with the bump. She has resigned herself to touching it rather than sitting on it because she falls off the bump when sitting on it and has gotten frustrated lol
My clothes! Being able to wear anything in my closet without thinking twice about it. I have come to re-appreciate my former wardrobe and look forward to revisiting it post-bump.
Being able to bend over! Enough said!
Seeing Baby G at the next ultrasound in mid-June. I also look forward to the hubs meeting him (me too of course). I get the privilege of feeling him kick all the time, but the hubs does not.
I think that wraps up all the points I have to share about the second trimester. I won’t promise future posts because, well, that seems like empty promises at this point. I hope everyone has a great week! Until next post…xoxo Becca