AHhhh! Things are getting REAL.
All of a sudden it feels like our little babe will be here in no time leaving us wondering....where have the past 34.5 weeks gone?!?! And... are we REALLY ready for this babe?!?! That's the question everyone keeps asking us and to be honest there are moments where I feel like I can confidently answer "YES" and others where I'm just not sure! Our BABY TO-DO list still has some outstanding items including: attending pre-natal classes (scheduled for this weekend), cooking and freezing some meals so that we don't starve post-delivery, washing the baby clothes, sewing the rocking chair cushion and drapes for the baby's room, choosing names for the baby (gaaah- why is this SO hard?!?!)..... and I'm sure there are other things we just haven't thought about yet!
FAQ'S about 3rd Trimester SO FAR:
Have the 'classic' 3rd Trimester symptoms-like nesting, leg cramps, insomnia- started yet?
Not yet! I haven't experienced any leg cramps or insomnia (actually I've started sleeping BETTER in the third trimster...perhaps I'm improving at holding my pee through the night ahaha). I do however have very puffy fingers and feet...I don't know if that counts :).
Any "Gender Feels"?
Well we call the baby "Lotte" and exclusively refer to her using female pronouns but we have no reason to believe that she (or he-lol) is a girl. David and I were just chatting last weekend about the fact that it's going to be SO hard to get used to saying he/him if the baby is a boy! :/
Have you finalized baby names?
Unfortunately not! We do have a few front-runners for both genders, but nothing has been decided. We're hoping that when baby arrives we'll just KNOW.
Any weird food cravings?
Not really. Sometimes I'll "crave" chocolate or something salty or a good Pad Thai but let's be honest... that's the story of my pre-preggo life too!
Highlights of the 3rd Trimester so far?
Everything about birthing a baby totally freaks me out! Earlier in the pregnancy I thought lots about the responsibility of being a mom but now my thoughts/anxieties have totally shifted to the birth. I've found that the moms I've spoken to about the birth process live in one of two camps: 1. Moms who say that delivering was the hardest, most painful thing they've ever experienced and that I should get the epidural ASAP and 2. Moms who say that delivering was a painful and uncomfortable, but not unbearable, process made easier by focusing on the idea that it's what your body was created to do! The stark contrast in perspectives leaves me anxious to experience the birth process for myself.
Round tummy... check!
Waking up to pee at least once each night... check!
Heavy panting after climbing a flight of stairs... check!
Persistent desire to sleep... check!
Yup! I've got all the classic third trimester symptoms... and yet somehow it's still hard for me to believe that I'm already well into this final leg of my pregnancy journey! Did you know that if our baby was born today he/she would be small (3lbs 4oz) but would totally survive?! That blows my mind!! (**Note: David and I are really praying that the baby stays put long enough to put on a little chub :)**)
The past 7 months have flown by and it's really hard not to want to wish away the remaining 2- we're just SO excited about meeting our little babe!! Ahh! I'm trying my best to enjoy each moment/day that I get to spend 'sans enfant' with David, with friends and with family before the baby arrives!
Here are a few 'moments' from life lately:
You know when you’re a little late to the game watching a popular TV series and EVERYONE keeps telling you how FUNNY/EMOTIONAL/SHOCKING certain episodes you haven’t seen yet are? They pump them up SO much that by the time you get around to watching those episodes you’re left feeling a little underwhelmed- not because they were wrong, but because your expectations were too high! That’s EXACTLY what the 2nd trimester has been like for me. It’s been great but I can’t say it’s lived up to all the hype. Perhaps it’s because my first trimester was such a breeze, or the fact that Christmas responsibilities/general business coupled with a move into our new home left me feeling completely spent. What I CAN say is that the highlights of 2nd trimester have FAR outweighed the ‘lows’, however unexpected they were!
2nd trimester ‘lows’:
2nd trimester ‘highlights’:
Some FAQ’s for those who are curious:
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,