Experts all have a different opinion on when the third trimester officially starts, though most will say between 26-29 weeks. Any way you look at it though, I am officially in the home stretch as they say. I am thirty weeks pregnant and I approximately have sixty-nine days left until my title changes from mom-to-be to just mom. And if we’re being open, I am starting to freak out.
The nursery is almost complete! I am still looking for a few last-minute items such as a side table for when we are sitting in the glider. The walls are painted, the furniture is built, and all the “necessities” that come along with having a baby are slowly making their way into the closet and drawers.
I am so relieved I got everything together in the earlier months because these past few months I am just not in the mood to do much. I am also happy I ordered everything early on because at least half was backordered! The crib, diaper bag, and glider were all backordered as well as a few of the décor items! When it is complete, there will be a nursery reveal so right now I am holding off on pictures.
Other Baby Stuff
One may say I have gone a little crazy with baby purchases. Actually, most people (including my fiancé) would say this. However, I am stuck in the mindset that I only plan on having one baby and I want what I want. She has a closet with cuter clothes than me and I don’t mind one bit.
After months of research, we decided on purchasing the Stokke Xplory stroller in Grey Malange and the matching Nuna Pipa carseat in collaboration with Stokke. You will see a few pictures of me on social media with them simply because they are too pretty to not share with the world.
How I Am Feeling
It is not a hidden secret that I’ve not enjoyed pregnancy. I am nearing the end and still throwing up on a semi regular basis. I have struggled with low iron, a common side effect of pregnancy but also something that is normal in my family. I tried taking iron supplements and they made me extremely sick so now I am trying to consume more through foods than I typically would. I failed my one hour glucose test which shows a possible presence of gestational diabetes however I passed the three hour test. I tried to tell them I had a little too much sweet tea before my first one! It is one habit I haven’t been able to kick. I have switched out my daily sweet tea for daily half and half tea though which I consider a major triumph. As far as my actual appetite goes, I have none. If it weren’t for the nauseous I would probably forget to eat anything at all. As I am writing this, I am eating an Uncrustable PB&J with apple juice. No food sounds appetizing at all and most days I have to force myself to eat anything at all for dinner.
By far my biggest complaint is the trouble I have sleeping. You may or may not know but I am obsessed with my Fit Bit. I love keeping track of my activity as well as my sleep. Almost every day I check to see how I slept the night before and almost every day it gets worse and worse. I wake up on average 6 times every night to use the restroom and it takes me about 2 hours to fall asleep. Knowing I have only less than 3 months left of this madness may be the only motivation I have to get through it.
Birth Classes, The Prego Expo, and Other Fun Events
For those of you do not know, I am a first time mom. However, Jonathan is not a first time daddy. This being said, I feel bad dragging him to all the classes to learn things that he could explain to me in about an hour. I did it anyways. We attended one six hour (yes, six) birthing class early one Saturday morning. Maybe it’s the fact that I worked in childcare for so long or the fact that my sister is ten years younger than me, but I didn’t get much out of it other than bouncing on a yoga ball for three of those six hours. I do want to attend the breastfeeding class before I give birth because that is a totally different ball game that I have never played.
I was recently made aware of a convention being held right around the corner called The Prego Expo which is designed to help new and old moms navigate through the world of momming. It has everything from educational seminars to a maternity fashion show and even has a daddy pep rally. The most exciting part though is the swag bag and all the giveaways you are entered in! We are attending that in two weeks and couldn’t be more excited!
The last and most exciting event on my calendar for the month of August is maternity pictures. We are using the same photographer we have in the past, @laughsandgigglesphotography on Instagram, and I CANNOT WAIT to see the final product. I ordered my dress from Fillyboo Maternity and am patiently waiting by the front door every day at 3PM for the mail to be delivered.
Third Trimester in Short
Uncrustables, applesauce, and juice. Basically, any food targeted for five year olds.
My small body! I am so excited to wear normal clothes again that I have already begun ordering comfy clothes for post pregnancy!
Lately I have been living in maxi dresses on the days my bladder is uncontrollable! The last thing I need is something else pressing down on it! On the easier days I have been going with these maternity jeans and t-shirts with sayings like “But first… pickles.”
Getting to see the 3D/4D pictures of our baby girl! In my favorite one, she is even smiling!