It is great that the 3rd trimester is here. I am excited for this phase because it puts me just that much closer to the final result: our baby girl being here. Time is starting to pass by very quickly, so I have a feeling that this final trimester is going to fly before my eyes. I also am looking forward to all of the relaxing I get to do these next few weeks/months before the baby comes. We leave for Florida for our 6-week-trip on Monday. I’m now done working (which is nuts to be jobless since I’ve always been a tad of workaholic!) and it’s just time to relax and enjoy these last few months. Eric will be working while we are in Florida, but I won’t. I have several people coming to visit, so that will be fun.
With all of this extra time on my hands, it’s time to start kicking reading into full gear. I have SO MANY books that I’ve bought since I finding out we were pregnant. Some of these books I have already finished reading, and others I am still working through. I wanted to share these books and let you know what I think about them:
1. What to Expect Before You’re Expecting. I bought this book about 4-5 months before we planned to conceive our baby. This book talks about all the ways it’s good to prep your body for the marathon of pregnancy. It also talks about how to cope with a pregnancy that just isn’t happening and things that could be wrong.
2. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy. This book will have you laughing your head off! It’s written as a alternate route to a more formal pregnancy-info book. The author says in the book you will learn all of the things your doctor won’t tell you. I loved this book, but don’t recommend it as a stand-alone book. I think there is also value to reading an educational pregnancy book in addition to this book.
3. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood. I actually haven’t started reading this book yet, but plan to do so soon. If it’s anything like her first book, I’m sure it will be super practical and useful approach to motherhood.
4. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. I was sent this book for free from our health insurance (yeah I know, score!). It is a very informative/educational pregnancy book. I like it much better than What to Expect when You’re Expecting though. It has really good pictures and graphics. I find myself picking this one up a lot.
5. What to Expect when You’re Expecting. I don’t love this book. At all. In fact, when I was newly pregnant and reading this book, I felt very overwhelmed and scared by some of the information I read. My doctor advised me to stop reading this book! So I did. I have recently picked it up again and started reading bits and pieces, but not letting myself get to that scared place again. It does have useful information, but I like the Mayo Clinic book much better.
6. Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be. I am not reading this. Eric is. We bought this early in the pregnancy…. I don’t know if it’s good or not, but I think he likes having information to tap into that is geared towards him as a soon-to-be daddy.
7. YOU Having a Baby. I just started reading this book last night. So far I LOVE it! It’s kind of like an educational book with humor tossed in! I have a feeling that I will actually read this entire book from cover to cover. I like it’s style.
8. 100,000 Baby Names. Obviously I am not “reading” this book, but using it for ideas for our little girl’s name. Deciding on a name is super hard!! I like knowing the meaning of names, so this book is great.
9. The Mommy Diet. Alison Sweeney is the host on the Biggest Loser (a show I’ve watched for years), so I picked this book up. It’s general book about how to eat, exercise, and dress during the stages of your pregnancy. It’s a nice book, but pretty surface information that I already knew. I like it, but I haven’t really learned anything new from reading the book.
10. Belly Laughs. Jenny McCarthy is a pretty funny lady. This book was a one-day read. I read it when I was about 5 weeks pregnant and really enjoyed it. She doesn’t sugarcoat anything about pregnancy. She is super real about what happened to her and puts a hilarious twist on it!
PREGNANCY WEEK 28
My age: 27
How far along: 28 weeks!! Welcome to the 3rd and FINAL trimester!!!
How big is baby: the size of kabocha squash. I’ve never heard of this before:) She is 15 inches long and weighs 2.5 pounds. If you look at the picture I found from Baby Center below, it shows how baby currently looks in the womb. It’s just CRAZY for me to think that she is getting so big.
Exercise/Activity Level: I am absolutely LOVING my Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt! I mentioned last week that I had purchased one Amazon and tried it out with great results. Well, after a full week of use, I can say that I am a believer. Using the belt while running has been absolutely great. I feel so much lighter and feel less impact in my belly. I feel much “safer” I guess…like my baby is more protected while I am pounding the pavement. I have also worn the support belt to the gym and it’s ok, but I don’t know if it’s fully necessary to use it at the gym because I stick with lower impact exercise there (usually a combination of the arc trainer or stair master and weights). Overall, this past week’s workouts went really well! I did 6 days like I usually do (3 outdoor runs and 3 gym days). On my one rest day of the week, I was in a total funk. I think there may have been a correlation with my funk coming on a non-exercise day. Exercise just keeps me sane and feeling so good. It’s hard work to exercise every day, but totally worth it.
Maternity clothes: One day this week I put on a maternity shirt that I was wearing at around 17-19 weeks a few times. For whatever reason, I haven’t worn it since then, and let’s just say it fits a slight bit differently than it did 10 weeks ago! Granted it was a size small, and I more typically wear size medium. I have started wearing more dresses and shorts since the weather is full-swing summer. For a while I was uncomfortable wearing shorts, but I bought a pair of jean shorts (made by Indigo Blue via Motherhood Maternity) with side panels that I love…. I love how they still feel like regular button-up shorts that go under my belly.
Stretch marks: None.
Belly button: Flat belly button.
Sleep: My sleep is by no means great, but there has been an improvement since last week! I found a useful trick that has tremendously helped me: I place my body pillow in front of me, and then about 2-3 regular pillows right behind me (like I’m in a cave). Adding those extra pillows behind me has made a world of difference in my sleep quality! Thank God!
Newest baby milestones this week: Baby’s lungs are continuing to develop. Baby is busy coughing, sucking, hiccuping, and taking practice breaths. Her sleep now includes the REM phase which means she is dreaming!
Best Moment of the Week: Getting a lot accomplished on the baby’s nursery. I will eventually post pictures of the finished product, but right now we are still missing a few things: a glider chair and ottoman, a crib mattress (and all of the crib sheets/set). So just to give you an updated glimpse of baby girl’s nursery….
Worst Moment of the Week: I decided that it would be a fun experience to go garage saling. I haven’t been to a garage sale since I was a kid. I have heard that people find so many great baby items, so I thought it would be worth my time to check this thing out. So on Saturday morning, I got up and started driving around, turning at the bright “SALE TODAY” signs posted on neighborhood corners. I had a major fail. In 2.5 hours, I went to about 11-12 places and bought zero items. Now perhaps my strategy was off….maybe I should have looked up specific baby-focused garage sales and mapped out a plan…I don’t know. But let’s just say this: I was sweaty, exhausted, worn out from looking through people’s junk and by the time I got home, I had a full on melt down. No more garage sales for this lady in the near future. (That is, unless I have someone to guide me in the correct paths of garage saling.)
Food cravings: Fruit, string cheese, milk, ice cream, orange pop and orange sherbet.
Food aversions: I finally ate chicken this week! That was a winning moment.
Symptoms: Ribcage pain (sharp pain!!–I even went to the doctor last week to get this checked out, and the severe pain is from my ab muscles tearing), heart burn, less than perfect sleep, hunger pains, and frequent trips to the bathroom.
Movement: She is moving like crazy. My belly will be jolting all over the place and Eric and I are kept entertained:)
What I’m looking forward to: My baby shower this weekend. I have three girlfriends who have put this shower together and they have kept me really in the dark about the plans. It will be so good to see everyone, especially since we will be leaving for our 6-weeks-in-Florida trip two days after the shower.
What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying a lot for our 28-29 hour drive to Florida next week. We leave on Monday and will drive for 3 days. I know that it will be an adventure, but part of me is nervous about that many hours in the car.
What I miss: Little things: like bending over to tie my shoes, or getting up off the couch with ease:)
Next appointment: Tuesday, July 16: tomorrow! This is when I will have my 1-hour glucose screening test. I am hoping this goes well and I pass. I have to consume this drink tomorrow morning before I get to my appointment.
My adorable husband and dog:)