How Far Along: 29 weeks and 1 day!
Weight Gain/Loss: One of my resolutions was to stop weighing myself so frequently. There’s really nothing I can do (at this point) to defer gaining weight and it was causing me unnecessary stress. My maternity clothes still fit the same, other than the ever expanding belly, so I imagine the weight I gain between now and his birth will be the weight he gains. I’ll probably weigh myself around the half way point of this trimester so we’ll see!
Sleep: I still, and probably will forever!, have the “pregnancy sniffles” from hell. I’m not sleeping as soundly as I would otherwise but all thins considered, a humidifier and breathe right strips really does wonders. Starting to pee more often at night, similar to the first trimester, but that’s not a big deal really.
Best Moment This Week: That ONE time he wasn’t wedging his foot up under my right rib cage. I believe that was on Wednesday. Yea, that was a nice moment. I hope you are sensing the DEEP sarcasm here.
Movement: He is more active than he is resting but I’m getting use to it. I told my mom the other day, though, that feeling his movements make me happy and peaceful. I know he’s doing well in there when he’s moving. Keep growing little man!
Food Cravings/Aversions: Still nothing for either.
What I Miss: Same as last week… sitting down with my feet propped up is best for my constantly swelling legs, ankles, and feet but it’s the most uncomfortable position for my back and right side (remember the foot in my rib cage?). Sitting up at my desk, which provides for more productivity and allows me to sit up and relive some tension in my back, is not good for my swelling lower extremities. And standing up and and walking, which feels better than anything AND assures I get tons done around the house, is not good for my work productivity. For the past week, and I’ll most likely be doing for the rest of this pregnancy, is when position starts being uncomfortable, I move to another position. If you’re a photography or design client of mine, I’m sorry but your project is going to be a bit delayed for this reason… :/
Stretch Marks: Still none, thank God! Crossing my fingers!!
Belly Button: Flattening out more and more every day. It’s so gradual that I’m not sure if I’ll notice much change until it’s completely flat.
Wedding Rings: I imagine I won’t be back in my wedding rings until a few days or weeks after he’s born. I’m OK with that now.
Mood: I had a bit of a melt down the other night, which was the first time during the entire pregnancy but it might not be the last. It wasn’t over anything of significance and it didn’t last long but it happened nevertheless. Other than that, I’ve been normal, I guess? lol
Labor Signs: Braxton Hick’s contractions are still occurring. I know this isn’t accurate BUT for how much “practice” my uterus is getting, I’m hopeful that when real labor contractions start, they’ll be more productive? Haha, that’s wishful thinking for sure!
Milestones: Still waiting for our 30 week ultrasound (next Monday!) so I’ll wait to blog until after that appointment so maybe I’ll have something more to say on the matter :)
Upcoming Appointments/Events: ^
What I look forward to: My dear friend asked me just last night if I was starting to feel “ready” for him to get here. Her little girl is a few months old and she remembers the feeling all too well. I am looking forward to holding him and finally being his momma instead of his parasitic host (haha joking!…. kind of) but at the same time, there are SO many things that need to be completed around the house (project wise) AND for my photography and design business that I still need those 10 or so weeks to prepare for his arrival. Keep baking baby! Momma’s not ready for you just yet!
Weekly Wisdom: As his due date grows closer, my to-do list is growing more terrifying. I did the right thing in not scheduling any sessions between mid February and mid May but, as all creatives know, the work doesn’t stop just because I’m not actively taking photographs. At the end of the year I started taking on design clients again so those projects will still need to be completed before he gets here. Also, there’s this little thing I started on January 7th, and it’s called going back to school to earn my master’s in nursing. Yea, I don’t know what I was thinking. SO my “weekly wisdom” is this: DO NOT overestimate the amount of time you may or may not have during your third trimester, or the energy that will be there one minute (the second trimester was amazing that way) but the gone next (hello third trimester energy zap!). Do not over schedule yourself which extra curricular activities or work related stuff. I ALMOST booked a plain to Las Vegas for the beginning of March for WPPI (a photography thing) but quickly reminded myself that I’ll be 35-36 weeks pregnant and probably shouldn’t be that far away from home. Just in case ;)