Thursday, March 7, 2013

{28 week bumpdate}

yup, those are bra straps showing.  just be thankful I'm wearing one.
Hello, third tri!  Please, please go by quickly!
I am ready to be done being pregnant.  Truth be told, I was ready a LONG time ago.  I am ready to work on getting my body back.  I am ready to drink wine.  I am ready to be able to bend over and pick things up.  I am ready to have some energy back (well, after the baby starts sleeping through the night.)  I am ready to be a mama of two, and not be pregnant again for quite a few years, if ever.  Sorry if that is not the ooshy-gushy swooning you expect of a pregnant woman...but the truth is all I can offer in good conscience.  And...

"...our cup overflows!"  to quote my mama-of-four sister.  I totally agree.  And while I am thankful to God every day for this unexpected second pregnancy blessing, our 'cup' can stop flowing for a while.  :)

{Last pregnancy's 28 week post...makes me miss long hair!  Grow hair, grow!}

Rants {the crappy stuff}:
  • Sprained my ankle, have an ugly swollen/bruised foot.
  • Have had a super-gross, nasty cold for about three weeks.  I am sick/injured this pregnancy constantly, it seems.  
  • Sick of winter!!!!  SAD {seasonal affective disorder} seriously kicking in.  I need sunshine and warmth, please!
  • Sleeping still very, very difficult.   Just have a hard time getting to sleep, or back to sleep.
  • A little heartburn...and that familiar overly-full feeling that the third trimester brings.  You want to eat more, but feel like you will burst or vomit if you do.
Raves {the happy stuff}: 
  • Visited my sister in Montana -- so much fun hanging out with her, a fellow preggo!!!
  • Cormac laying his head on my tummy randomly to 'listen.'  Not sure what he is hearing, but he does this a lot and it makes me well up with tears sometimes.  Also, everytime we go in the future nursery room he points emphatically to my belly.  Kinda awesome!
  • Having a fabulous excuse to be super lazy and sometimes crumple on the floor in tears.  And eat a lot.  Or try to.
  • Reading some GREAT books on natural childbirth.  The Birth Book by Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears, as well as Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth.  Also, really enjoyed the documentary The Business of Being Born, produced by Ricki Lake.  Who knew laying on your back to give birth is completely unnatural, and vertical squatting is the way our ancestors did it?  I didn't.  Let's see if I can squat this baby out, shall we?  :D
Weight gain: 23 pounds total.  According to my midwife's previously stated goal, I can only gain two more pounds.  Um, yeah right!  I should actually gain 1 pound per week the rest of my pregnancy.  I am totally okay with that.
Nausea:  Only one morning, because I didn't eat enough and then took my prenatal vitamin.  Oops. 
Skin: Same old thing.  Will be nice to be able to use helpful skin-clearing products again.  Oh, and the pregnancy hormone line on my belly starting to show!
Boobs:  Now know the meaning/feeling of 'heavy hangers.'  Ugh.  Not as fun as one might think.
Cravings:  I just want a giant margarita the size of my head.  With lots of salt on the rim.  And a bowl of chips/salsa.   
Aversions:  Ha ha.  Wait, was that a joke?
drink my morning cuppa joe to survive.  put my feet up whenever possible.
Exercise: Took a week off due to sprained ankle and Montana trip.  Slowly getting back into it, but taking it a slightly easier as far as resistance/intensity.
Dreams: Had my second pregnancy/baby dream!  In this one I was delivering naturally, and it didn't hurt at all (hence why it is called a 'dream.')  The baby comes out, and it is a girl.  I can't remember how I felt about this in the dream...
Clothing:  I am squeezing into anything that will fit/cover this body.  None of my coats fit anymore.   I only button the top two buttons, even though it is cold. Finally got a larger sports bra and a couple larger workout tops.   It needs to get warm so I can break out all my mumus!!!!  
Heartbeat: 146
Baby movement: This baby moves way differently than Cormac did!  No frequent, tiny hiccups like I always felt with Cormac...or slow and steady rolling from one side of my tummy to the other.  This baby has mostly giant, belly-shaking movements and jabs!  And the kicks to my bladder are very, very strange feeling.  Eeek!   Also, I wake up from his/her movements a lot.  Or just wake up a lot and immediately feel my tummy shaking.  I'm not sure which. 
Gender speculation: I am utterly confused.  While in Montana I went with my sister to her ultrasound to find out her baby's gender...and the tech {their personal friend} offered to do one on me too!!!!  I somehow remained strong and declined.  Then when we went shopping I bought a baby girl dress and a cute, flowery blanket...just in case!
Baby names: Same story - both boy and girl are 100% decided.  Even got sister's approval.  It is written in stone.  HINT: None of the names start with a vowel.  Also, the middle name is both literary and a nod to Hubby and my love for camping.
Hubby feels: the pressure of getting the house ready for baby!!!  Enough said.  
Bump progress: 
My belly is low and flat in front this time, instead of the high, perfectly round basketball I had with Cormac.  And if it was even possible for my belly button to pop out (it's not) then it would be popped completely.

Just in case anyone cared to know.