How far along? 28 weeks.
How big is baby? About the same size as last week (roughly 14″ long and between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds), but now she’s as big as an eggplant. I’m starting to find these fruit and veggie comparisons slightly suspect.
Maternity clothes? Yes, as always, although this past week I’ve found anything with a maternity panel (like ALL OF MY JEANS) to be rather uncomfortable. The smaller band that goes underneath the bump, like on most of my shorts, and skirts/dresses feel much, much better at this point.
Stretch marks? Not yet, maybe before the next bumpdate, though?
Sleep? Decent, although I am getting up like clockwork between 2-3 a.m. to pee. Every dang night. At least I’m falling back asleep much more quickly than I was a month ago.
Best moment this week? Baby hiccups! Natalie had them all the time in utero and I always thought it was such a cool thing to be able to feel. I much prefer that to the roundhouse kicks that I’ve been getting.
Miss anything? Snow. Hahahahahahahahah *deep breath* hahahahahaha *wipes mirthful tears from eyes*
Movement? ALWAYS. I think this baby thinks she has to constantly remind me of her presence by jabbing me every few minutes.
Food cravings? Nah, not really.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Sitting down, is that a thing? This happened last time in my third trimester, too. Sitting in a regular chair (like, you know, the one I sat in for 8 hours a day at my job) must put pressure on the bump in a funny way, because I either have to be up and moving around or sitting with my feet up in order to not feel nauseous. Makes driving REALLY fun.
Have you started to show yet? I dunno, you tell me – does this baby make me look pregnant?
Belly Button in or out? Out.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time? Mostly happy, except for those terribly vivid, emotionally-wrenching dreams I keep having. I haven’t had any about the baby lately; they’ve all been about Natalie. Either I’ve lost her and am frantically searching for her, or she’s gotten hurt, or worse. *shudder* I really hate these dreams.
Looking forward to? I should (cross your fingers, everyone!) have a midwife appointment next week. It’s been a bit of a battle between paperwork that mysteriously vanishes over the fax line and odd hours for answering the phone. I loved my last practice fiercely but have to admit that they, too, were not exactly the best at the administrative end of things. Fortunately they were DA BOMB when it came to prenatal care and, you know, actually delivering babies, so I’m hoping this birth center is the same.
Oh hey, third tri. Sup.
Obviously this is the natural progression of a pregnancy but I still find myself looking around the bump to see my feet and wondering how we got here so quickly. There is no possible way we could be three months (or less!) away from adding another person to our little family.
All of my updates have been, by and large, obnoxiously upbeat and are mostly about how great I feel. Barf, I know, who wants to read about that. But if you’re in the mood for some schadenfreude today, you’ve come to the right place! This week I’ve definitely been experiencing some of the decidedly less-fun aspects of pregnancy, like severe pelvic pain. That’s a really nice and delicate way of saying, “I feel like I got clubbed between the legs and can barely walk when it happens.”
Not all the time, THANK GOD, but it’s still no fun. I know that it’s not round ligament pain, or the baby kicking me in the cervix, or anything like that. I know what those things feel like and this isn’t it. This is more like a bolt of intense pain that shoots down through the pelvic area and then disappears. I haven’t felt it for a few days, and the day when it was the worst was also a day that was super heavy on physical activity (I’ve been preparing for an all-day fitness workshop thing and I did about a billion squats). Getting off my feet definitely helps, so I’ve been trying to balance that with all the stuff that has to get done during the day.
But. BUT. Sitting too long is also no bueno, because then I get a really achy, heavy feeling down the backs of my legs (sciatic pain, maybe?). So basically stay active and don’t stay in one position for too long, but don’t be too active and definitely don’t overdo it.
Got it. Maybe.
I’m just going to leave this video here, because it’s extremely relevant and it makes me laugh. If you are also pregnant or have ever been pregnant, you should most definitely watch it. And drink your water.