But at the same time, I also can't believe how slowwwww this pregnancy has gone. I find myself thinking more often than not that I still have 12 weeks to go and it feels like forever away. Regardless, I know that it'll fly by and that there is so much planned in these next 12 weeks that our sweet boy's due date will be here before we know it! It's also a blessing that we still have some time because there is a ton that still needs to be done before his arrival. A ton.
I didn't really keep up with this pregnancy on social media or do any "bumpdates", but there's just something about making it to this milestone that I wanted to capture and remember. Not only am I bonding with my son, but as we near his arrival, I'm picturing life with him. I'm picturing our family and what that's going to look like. His face. His laughs. His cries. His every feature and the first moments of our family's newest addition. I seriously can't wait!
I guess it doesn't help that my brother and his wife just recently welcomed their son, who is now two months old. He's the first baby in our immediate family, and we're just eating him up! We take advantage of any time we get to see him and spoil him rotten. And every time, I yearn for my own. Who would've thought that baby fever could surge so immensely within a woman who is 7 months pregnant?! But let me tell you, it's very real and very strong. Thank goodness our sweet babe is already growing big and strong and I don't have to wait much longer to pinch his sweet cheeks!
Our sweet boy is measuring at 2lbs 11oz, about the size of an eggplant, apparently.
I've thankfully not had any weird or strange cravings during this pregnancy. I love pickles at all times (except the first trimester when I was too sick to eat anything but bread), and when I do have a craving (hello, meat and spaghetti randomly one morning), my family is more than willing to oblige. Thanks mom and dad! :) Also, WATER. Give me all the water!
I really try to stay away from fried, greasy foods. They don't sit well with me and I regret it for sometimes days after eating it. It's just not worth it! Other than that, there's nothing that I just honestly can't stand. (hello, I love food.)
I'm starting to notice some swelling in my hands and feet. My wedding ring is getting tighter and tighter every day, so that'll probably have to come off soon, as much as it pains me! The past few days, I've also noticed I'm started to get winded just being on my feet and doing normal things, so I guess our sweet boy is reminding me to take it easy and that he needs my energy! I've also been struggling with heartburn and indigestion recently, but I'm getting through it. All worth it!
Our sweet boy moves and kicks around randomly throughout the day. However, after a minor fender bender last week, I'm hyper aware of his movement, which was nonexistent this past Saturday until about 8pm. The first kick that day had me in tears just to be relieved to feel him and know he was ok.
I was monitored in Labor & Delivery triage for 4 hours after the fender bender just to be sure everything was okay, and after blood tests, an ultrasound, and the constant monitoring of his heartbeat, all tests came back completely normal and I was discharged. After all the tests, I knew logically that he was probably fine and just moved less that day, but my mama heart was hurting and worried that I hadn't felt him at all. Yesterday and today, however, he's moving like normal, thank God!
What I Miss Most
SLEEP. Point blank. I hadn't slept well at night or longer than only 2 hours for the last month or so, and it's been weighing on me. Everyone keeps saying that it's baby's way of preparing me for when he's born and is up crying and feeding through the night. BUT, it's miserable because it's more like insomnia. It's not that I don't have time to sleep, because I do. I just can't. My mind isn't even racing - I'm just staring blankly at the ceiling and can't get comfortable. So, I finally caved and bought a pregnancy pillow. I've used it the past three nights and I'm finally sleeping well through the night! I still get up to run to the restroom a few times a night as expected, but I don't struggle to fall back asleep and I actually rest well. Thank God for this invention, as it's saving my sanity! I was trying to hold out and not spend the money on one, but I don't regret it for a single second. It's worth every penny!
What I'm Looking Forward To
I have my first baby shower this weekend, and I'm super excited to be getting more things for our son! I'm loving all the baby things, obviously, so I can't wait. But moreso than that, I'm really looking forward to Cory moving back to Texas and us being reunited as a family! He has yet to feel our baby kick and move, so I'm very excited for him to experience this last trimester with me and our boy. I miss him like crazy and just want him here more than anything.
So, that's what the beginning of this third trimester has been like! It still feels so surreal sometimes, to be honest. But I'm soaking up this time being pregnant with our first baby boy and seriously can't wait to meet him!