We’ve officially made it down to the double digits! Twenty seven weeks along today and only 91 days to go – can’t believe it. This is also the last week of my second trimester and then the final trimester begins! It seems like so much has happened in the last few weeks that I don’t know where to start! I think a bullet point list would be the easiest way to organize this post.
• A Growing Belly: It’s starting to get a bit difficult to turn from side to side in bed, tie my shoes, sit up from a lying position, hug people, and bend over. My belly button is slowly making it’s way out and I can literally feel my skin stretching somedays. I told Josh the other day I’m at the point now where I feel like I’m actually carrying a baby in there. My belly doesn’t just feel bigger anymore but heavier, too. I can’t even imagine what it will be like when I’m nearing the forty week mark! Our bodies are seriously so amazing and accommodating. I’m constantly in awe of the entire process.
• A Busy Calendar: Our schedules are starting to fill up quickly with doctor’s appointments, chiropractor and massage appointments, prenatal yoga, and birthing classes. We start our first Confident Birthing class tonight, which is taught by our doula, and we are so looking forward to it. Speaking of our doula, I received my first prenatal massage from her and it was the best massage I’ve ever had! I felt like a million bucks the next day. My muscles were pretty sore for a couple days but I felt so great. I’m still enjoying my prenatal yoga class immensely. There are definitely nights where I whine about having to go but once I get there I’m happy I made myself and once the class is over I’m even happier. I feel great and am very proud of myself for doing something so good for me and our baby. It’s also been an awesome way to connect and chat with other pregnant women a couple times a week. And check out my disappearing toes below!! See what I mean about the growing part?!
• A New Symptom: I really don’t like referring to the things I’m experiencing as pregnancy symptoms but I don’t know what else to call them! A new one that just started today is dizziness and it has me a bit worried. I drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day so I don’t think it’s caused by dehydration. If it continues, I plan on calling my dr’s office and seeing what they think. It is definitely not fun, though.
• Wide Awake: I’m still getting veeeeery little sleep at night. My mind isn’t racing and my body feels tired but I just lie there awake for hours, tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable and fall asleep. Also not fun. A friend of mine let me borrow her pregnancy pillow, called a Snoogle, and I liked it for the first night (although I still didn’t fall asleep until 4am that night) but now after using it for a few nights I feel super claustrophobic almost when it’s around me. So, last night I went back to the regular body pillow and slept a little better but still not great. This is still, by far, my most frustrating pregnancy symptom.
• Some New Friends: We found out some exciting news over the last couple of weeks! Josh’s oldest brother and his wife are expecting their first baby due just 3.5 months after us! So Baby O will have a sweet little cousin joining the family soon after her. They live about four hours away from us but it will be so much to see them together during visits and holidays. We also found out that our good friends, who are due just two months or so after us, are having a girl! I’m so excited our little girl with have a little playmate so close to her in age! It’ll be so much fun.
• Date Nights: Josh and I are continuing our date nights and enjoyed dinner downtown with friends and a lot of game/movie nights. I love being married to him – we have so much fun together and are constantly laughing. The laugh attacks, though, are getting a little scary now that I’m this far along and have resulted in me darting into the bathroom a few times!
• New Movements: One of my favorite memories from this pregnancy occurred last week. Josh and I watched my stomach for a good half hour while lying in bed in total awe and fascination. Baby was moving around like crazy in there and it was the most we’ve actually been able to see the movements happening. It was like a fireworks show with a lot of OooOOOo’s and Aaaw’s. So beyond awesome to see. I’ve tried multiple times to record my stomach but I can’t seem to catch a good enough stretch of kicks and punches like that. I’ve also started feeling hiccups which is beyond adorable! I actually searched it on Google the first time I felt them because I didn’t know what it was! Those little rhythmic movements are just so cute.
• Preparations: We have our back up doula reserved now which is a big relief! Our doula will be leading a doula training/conference event here in town for a few days, as well as out of town for a few days, right around my due date. So, it’s pretty likely we will be in need of our back up doula. That is one big item we can cross off the to-do list now and I have full trust in who our doula recommended as our back up. I’ve also started doing the cat/cow stretch a couple times every day to try and help baby move into the correct position. Squats are another thing I’ve been practicing every day, especially the low ones I will be doing during labor. Stretching feels sooooo great lately and I look forward to my mini stretching sessions each day.
• Shelves!: We finally put up our Ikea Ribba picture ledges and they seemed to add so much to the room! I need to find some cute accessories for the shelves on the right and I know the baby books will come along soon to fill out the shelves on the left. I also finally designed the art to go in the frames above the dresser and plan on printing them in the next week or so. It’s so exciting to see everything come together!
Overall, I’m feeling pretty great these days minus the sleep thing (and now the dizzy thing). We are down to just 13 weeks (more or less) and I just cannot wait to hold her close, see what she looks like, kiss her little cheeks, and become a family of three. We are very excited to become parents for the first time and experience a whole new world of firsts – together.