April 1, 2019

Pregnancy Update: Beginning of Third Trimester

Creeping into the third trimester and feelin' it! At the beginning of this pregnancy, I felt great. Zero nausea, hardly any issues sleeping or feeling pregnant. Now, I really FEEL it! My stomach is about the size it was when I was about to give birth the first time, which I truthfully can't believe I can get any bigger. Being pregnant with a toddler running around me is unreal. Even though I've been struggling with a high-risk pregnancy, insomnia and a crazy amount of Braxton Hicks, I am so grateful for my little rainbow baby. She is growing and thriving just as she is supposed to and that is a huge blessing! I'm constantly having to remind myself to avoid wishing the time away. Enjoying this precious time with Nova as an only child is so important to me. 

Anyways, two weeks ago, I asked all of you to send me any questions you have about this pregnancy so thank you for all of the questions to help with the update! I took all of them and put them into a general group of questions, just because there were a lot of repeats!

She is a little more than two pounds, about the size of a fennec fox apparently! She definitely feels bigger though. My stomach is HUGE. I’m just about as big as I was at 37-38 weeks with Nova. It’s hard to imagine my stomach stretching anymore. She is measuring on track for the very end of June!

Yes! We actually have a full name picked out but we won’t commit or share it until we meet her :)

Hahahah definitely not. But honestly, it’s impossible to fully prepare for a baby’s arrival. However, if she came earlier than her due date, we would be fine. I got a Graco Dreamglider to go by my side of the bed for $100 off at Target! This was a really exciting purchase because we only had a pack n play for Nova. I’ll start buying diaper for her pretty soon but other than that, we are pretty covered! Having two girls so close makes things slightly easier ;)

 Something about Nova that I am so grateful for is her ability to adjust to change. I really don’t have much that I’m doing other than talking about the baby and showing her where baby will sleep. She is going to be the best big sister! Every day she asks about her “baby” and gives my belly kisses! She carries around the baby doll I had as a child and gives it all the hugs and kisses - it gets me so excited to see her love on baby sister! 

Yes and no. In my case, it just depends on the day and how much energy I have! I have strict instructions from my doctor to not lift Nova too often and to avoid using the stairs on our third floor apartment. This makes things more challenging but we are moving into a house soon so that will definitely help a ton! Nova is the best though. She is so forgiving when I’m unable to play for long periods of time. We are just taking day-by-day!

The best advice I can offer is to do what's best for you. Everyone's bodies, lifestyles and circumstances are different - no two pregnancies are the same. Take it easy and listen to your body! If you feel like you need to walk around, walk around. If you feel like your body is telling you to rest, rest! If you feel like you need a cookie, girl - eat a freakin' cookie. If you feel like something is wrong, call your doctor. You are growing a human!! Trust your body and your gut. Also, maternity pillows are a life-changing investment!

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