Jeez. And here we are for the home stretch. Month 7. 28 Weeks. The third trimester. It’s pretty surreal that it’s here already. I still have moments where I can’t believe that I am having a baby. Oh wait, that was a kick I just felt. Me? A mom? Now? Ready or not . . .
And with the third trimester comes the beginning of the baby showers! I’ve been really floored by the amount of people that have asked to throw/help throw a baby shower for me – it has really meant a lot to me that people want to help us get prepared for baby Jude.
What also seems to come with the third trimester is rapid weight gain. I wasn’t really ready when my OB/GYN walked into my last appointment and told me I had gained too much weight! Not something you want to hear! Now, I had noticed that my belly had grown substantially in what felt like a couple days (and quite a few people commented on it, so it wasn’t a figment of my imagination), but I haven’t noticed weight gain anywhere else so I’m not really sure how to take her news. I am hungry frequently and try to eat fruits, veggies and other healthy foods (and no fast food, HFCS, processed foods, etc), but I’ll admit, I will eat a bowl of ice cream or have a root beet float and if you read my blog regularly you’ve seen the baked goods I’ve been making. . . Hmph. All I know is that it hit my pride and I felt a little mad/depressed. I’m not sure how it’s going to happen, but I feel like I need to increase the amount of exercise I’m getting. It just feels impossible when we get up at 7am, work, go straight to our extra curriculars and don’t get a break until we go back to bed at 10pm. We still aren’t watching TV, and I haven’t missed it one bit, but that might be because I really don’t have the time available to miss it!
My OB/GYN appointments are now every two weeks (yikes!) and we’ve arranged to have birthing classes through our doula since our schedule didn’t allow for birthing classes through the hospital or doctors, we’ve begun to think about our birthing plan, toured the hospital’s maternity wing (and are now very at ease with our choice in hospital, yay), and Jude’s room is quickly getting completed. It feels like everything is set in motion for the arrival of our son.
I still feel like I’m sorting through a lot of emotions (all through the veil of fatigue – don’t remind me that sleepiness gets worse after the baby, please?) and I am so grateful that Jason and I have a little getaway planned for the end of April. It’s literally the last weekend that I can travel more than an hour away from the hospital I’m delivering at (crazy, right?). I am so grateful to our friends that are letting us use their lake house for those couple of days because I just don’t think that it would be wise for us to spend money on a hotel or airplane travel at this point. Even if we took a ‘stay-cation’ I would find something to do around the house and not relax. . . I just think it’s going to be a precious bit of time for Jason and I to sit and reflect on our relationship, our upcoming role as parents, our spiritual lives and just a time to relax a little . . . Oh, I just can’t wait!