How far along: Only 12 weeks to go!! (Actually, as I write this, I’ve just started week 29, so technically I have 11 weeks to go). 😉
How big is baby: Baby Brady is now the size of an acorn squash. Sometimes though, it feels more like I have a dancing watermelon in my tummy. He definitely enjoys bouncing on my bladder, which makes walking for any extended period of time quite fun. Ha, ha.
Total weight gain: 28 pounds and counting. Originally, I wanted to be one of ‘those’ pregnant ladies who only gained 30 pounds throughout the pregnancy, but it quickly became apparent that I’m probably going to be closer to 40. That’s right around the healthy range however (as doctors recommend gaining 25-30 pounds if you’re starting at a healthy weight), so I really haven’t stressed about it. I had to eat more that first trimester – thanks to the nauseousness – and I most certainly was not going to diet by the time I started to feel better. It’s all about being healthy!!
Maternity clothes: YES! 🙂 Finally the cooler weather hit this week, so I was able to pull out my preggo yoga pants, skinny pants, quarter-length T’s, and bump-flattering blouses. I’ll try to get some good pics of my favorite outfits going forward.
Labor signs: Still too early, although my stomach is sure feeling tight these days.
Happy or moody most of the time: At the beginning of the week, I hit a rough patch, thanks to the hot weather and the anemia. But once the cooler weather arrived, I really started to feel like myself again. I’ve been feeling very happy these last few days! 🙂 (I’m especially excited about my upcoming baby shower)!
Sleep: I didn’t sleep well this past week, partly due to waking up about four times a night to pee… and partly due to the sudden onset of pregnancy insomnia. I’d wake up around 2am and lie there – unable to sleep – until about 5am. On the bright side, I pinned a LOT of cute baby ideas and recipes on Pinterest, while I was lying there awake. 🙂
Best moment of this week: I think that I really embraced my baby bump this week. And even though my belly is growing by the day, I’m feeling absolutely confident, which is a nice place to be!!
Awkward moment this week: While leading worship at church, I had to introduce a new song to the congregation. Just as I began to play the first chords, I realized that I could not – for the life of me – remember how the melody went. Hello, pregnancy moment!! (And I only had a chord sheet, so I couldn’t read the notes to help figure out the melody line). So I did the first thing that popped into my head, and I just made up a song that matched the words and chords. Nate was watching from the back, and his jaw kind of dropped open in confusion. And the guitarist’s eyes got really wide, but he just kept playing. So, yes, I taught everyone my own version of the song… and good luck to Nate when he tries to sing it the right way next week. 😉
Miss anything: Being able to bend down easily. Ha, ha. And honestly, the toughest thing for me has been the need to slow down. I do miss my ability to walk quickly and to get things done efficiently. I’m much slower these days, and sometimes I do get frustrated with myself. But I’m learning that it’s okay to slow down sometimes!
Movement: Brady was moving so much the other day that I could actually see my stomach bouncing around a bit! 🙂 He isn’t very consistent yet though, so it’s hard for Nate to catch it at the right time. He has felt Brady move once or twice, but that’s about it.
Food cravings: Pizza… Always pizza. Also, the fresh, fall apples are in season, and I am loving them!! I’m not usually a huge apple fan, but I’ve been eating two a day of these McIntosh apples!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m done with the morning sickness for now! 🙂 Woo hoo!!!
Symptoms: Anemia symptoms are still hanging around. And like most preggo ladies, I have pretty intense leg cramps at night, occasional cramping, and fatigue. But I can’t complain, because – in the grand scheme of things – I’m actually feeling pretty good! I went for a brisk walk the other day, and I thought to myself, “Wow, I’m in my third trimester yet I still easily just walked two miles.” When I first became pregnant, I had thought that I’d be sitting on the couch watching TV all day by this point. Ha, ha. And really, even though I’m not always entirely comfortable or pain-free, I actually am doing pretty great!
Final thought: A part of me realizes that there is still SO much to do before baby arrives. But then another part of me can’t wait for baby to get here!!! 🙂
Oh my goodness, my peeps, I’m going to have a baby in less than three months!!!!