Holy shoots. Yep… I’ve definitely been slacking on these! Baby C had so many more bump dates, but I also didn’t have 3 kids, work from home, teach my kids & try to be a mom during the day either…. SO! Here we are. 😉
It’s hard to believe that I am in my third trimester as of today and that I’m nearing the end of the “sweet spot” in pregnancy (…wait does that even exist?). Which is equally scary and exciting. I remember my last pregnancy flew by because of the time of the year he was born (in February). This one is going by even quicker again because of the time of the year. This fall / holiday season seems to always go by so quickly, which means before I know it we’re going to be in December getting ready for Christmas and a BABY!
How Far Along? 28 weeks. And I’m currently stressing over if this kid will make an appearance before or after Christmas.
Size of Baby: A roller blade.
Weight Gain: Well I went from gaining zero pounds to gaining 10 pounds overnight and I continue to fluctuate between 8-10 pounds. What the crap. I haven’t changed my eating habits at all, so I have no clue. I have already started to lose my appetite which is also weirdly confusing to me.
Still breastfeeding? No!!! Thank you Lord. So the long and short of it is once I got pregnant my milk supply tanked almost completely. And C was only nursing very sporadically every other day or so anyway. And we fully completely weaned about a month and half ago. There have been a few times when he’d ask for it (by putting his hand in my shirt), but I told him no more milk, we’re all done. It’s a very bittersweet feeling for me. I think if I hadn’t gotten pregnant he’d still be nursing, which makes me feel guilty for basically choosing that for him, however, I know he got my milk for a year and half which is better than I could’ve ever hoped for, so I can’t be upset about that. And ultimately, I’m thankful for a break before I start all over again. And I’m thankful for the journey I had with C. He made me realize my true potential and that my body is an incredible machine.
Stretch marks/Swelling: I’ve had a little swelling on the days I don’t hydrate enough, but otherwise it’s pretty minimal.
Symptoms: The last couple months have been pretty good. I overall feel great (considering I have a person living in my uterus). My biggest ailment is lower back pain and sciatica pain which can be a real inconvenience when you have 3 other kids to care for, but we’re trucking along.
Cravings: Honestly, no real cravings right now.
Mood: Feeling content. And enjoying this season I’m in.
Nursery: Same as last time — Baby C and new baby will be sharing a room. A couple dear friends of ours gave us their son’s crib, so yay for not having to buy a 2nd crib! It’s still waiting to be painted and set up. For now, all we’ve got is the baby’s mattress courtesy of Newton Baby Rest.
Movement: Yes! I started feeling consistent movement around 21 weeks. It’s by and far my favorite part of pregnancy.
Sleep: Pretty good for the most part thanks to my Young Living Essential Oils. I usually do a blend of Lavendar, Panaway & Cedarwood at night in our room.
Workouts: Well. As always, this never goes as planned. My husband took a new job which has really thrown a wrench in our day to day lives. Crossfit is pretty much out of the picture at this point because of our schedule, so I enrolled in a new program I can do at home and have really been enjoying that. It only takes me 23 minutes a day and I’m staying active because of it. I’m so excited to get back to my macro counting and lifting again post-baby. It is one of the things I am most looking forward to.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing right now! HALLELUJAH!
Best Moment This Week: We hired a doula & we’re not having a baby in a hospital! But I’ll be sharing more on that later (I have a whole post planned to talk about it!).
A couple weeks ago we celebrated Cameron’s 4th birthday and it brings me tears of joy and sadness. A few years ago he was still the baby of the family. And now he’s the 2nd oldest. WHAT?! Birthdays kill me. I love to celebrate them, however, I hate that my babies are turning a year older and growing up. It’s so bittersweet. I’m anxious to be done with this season of life where everything is chaotic and so very hard, however, I know I will miss these babies being babies. So I constantly remind myself to soak up every single second I can because it won’t last forever.
I’m trying to just enjoy this season we’re in. These next few months are going to fly by and there are so many fun things on the horizon. This is my favorite time of the year and I’m looking forward to enjoying them as a family of 5 for the last time. Focusing on enjoying this season of life while it lasts because it’s about to change yet again — but for the last time!
I’ve also been thinking a lot about our baby Carter. And how he will soon be facing the same transition that Cameron did less than a couple years ago. Becoming a big brother instead of being the baby and it makes me so stinkin’ sad. I cry every time I think about it (yep — currently crying). But then I see Cameron and how sweet and wonderful he is to Carter. I know it will be tough at first, but he will be okay. I also know that giving them siblings is the greatest gift I could ever give them. There is so much power in their brotherhood, and I can’t wait to see all four of them together. It makes my heart swell.
I’m just so damn lucky.