How far along?
26 weeks and 3 days - THIRD TRIMESTER!!!
Maternity Clothes?Sweat pants at home and maternity leggings anywhere else because I just refuse to use money on maternity jeans at this weight. Skirts and dresses work just fine! Aside from my weight being more, I am bigger than I was with Grant at this same time so my maternity shirts are also pretty small, I'm in my biggest ones and still growing!
oh man oh man, what sleep? I've got severe pregnancy insomnia, BUT as of the last week I've slept more than not so hopefully/maybe it's fading?? Can I be that lucky? Of course I'm very uncomfortable most of the time, but a night with only around 5 bathroom trips is heavenly.
Best moment of the week?
Since I've hit my 3rd trimester I asked Matt to give me a blessing, as I have at every milestone along the way. Experiencing these with my eternal companion brings me so much joy and comfort.
Knowing that Grant will be fully potty trained by the time this baby gets here is also awesome!
Sleep. Aaaaand easier husband and wife closeness times. Yah, I said it and you all know it's true. That bump is such an inconvenience!
I can't breath! I have times about every other day that I just have to lay down and try to hard to stretch myself out so I can get a couple deep breaths in. I just end up falling asleep, probably from the lack of oxygen. That's comforting.
I've also gotten into the fun stage of feeling my hips spread apart. My lower back is constantly aching and I've had to go to a chiropractor twice for that and my sciatic. He gave me a roll on Biofreeze that works wonders. Daily yoga also makes things half as bad.
On a good note, I have no new stretch marks yet and there is no itching. At this point with Grant I was itching EVERYWHERE allll the time to the point that I was scabbing over. Arms, legs, tummy. It was awful.
Anything making you sick?
Still prenatals, but that's it!
Heck yes. It's been a few weeks that I've had big kicks in multiple parts of my stomach at once, since he's getting so big in there. It's also fun to put things on my tummy and watch him kick it off, like the remote. He's super strong.
I haven't had anything stick as a craving, I have some here and there but normally don't care for that food again for awhile. The only thing I've really wanted a lot are chile peppers, so I tend to make lots of foods I can put them in or on. Quesadillas or breakfast burritos, enchiladas, if I happen to feel like a burger. I craved milk with Grant so much I would go through 3-4 gallons a week. Milk has started to be extremely satisfying like that again but I wouldn't call it a craving quite yet. Luckily the closest things I would call cravings would be when I just needed salads all the time or the ocassional need for vegetables or fruit and nothing else will do.
Are you showing?
Absolutely. More every day.
As long as I keep my stress levels down I am good.
It's in and probably will always be because it's higher than most. That's my best guess.
I'm very happy to still being wearing it, much less swelling than I had with Grant, including my ankles. I had to buy new shoes by 20 weeks with Grant because they were so swollen.
Things seem to be so good, I feel in control for the most part, so much more calm than I was with Grant. I don't know if that's because of the different hormone levels or because I've learned so much more and have been more prepared this round, but it's lovely. Of course I still have a few random burst of tears here and there, but not so much.
I laugh that I did a full on post about what we are naming him and we've totally changed our minds. I feel slightly bad for confusing Grant, but I think once he actually sees this baby and puts a name to him, it will be fine. Right now, for the last 2ish weeks, we've been on Nicolas. Spelled just like that, the French way. Matt seems slightly hesitant only because I hate "Nick", I only ever want Nicolas unless of course one day the child himself wants to go by Nick.
Looking forward to?
Holding him for the first time. Seeing my mom and my sister. Watching Grant interact with his little brother. Having no more pain in my hips.
Any postpartum that may come. It was bad with Grant, and the worst when I breastfed. I hope I can do it for the full year again, even if I do feel that awful. I hope I can feel a little more sane than I did as a first time mom. It's a daily thing for me to practice my patience and sanity so I'll be more prepared for this and the next babe to come.