oh gosh. so i’m a few days late with this update (i’m sure you all noticed and were very very concerned about it), and i feel like it’s just a metaphor for my life right now. “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” is basically my life motto right now, if that gives you any inkling as far as how together i’m keeping it.
so, turns out the third trimester goes three times as fast with your second child. which is all great and good when it comes to getting through the discomfort quick, but not so great when it comes to everything else. there are text messages in my phone from a month ago that i haven’t responded to. so to everyone who belongs to those messages: I’M SORRY AND I’M STILL HERE AND I STILL LOVE YOU I SWEAR. we have yet to do anything to update the kids’ room, although i think all we have left to buy is a dresser to use for a changing table. so that’s something?
we are down to (less than) two months to go until we meet this new babe, and honestly, after realizing how little babies need from the first time around, other than eventually getting the room ready, and washing bottles and a few gender neutral clothes, i actually feel pretty ready? question mark? but for real, this time just feels different, like i have a handle on at least the basics of having a baby, so i know that everything will fall into place when it needs to. and i can’t wait!
how far along: 32 weeks. holy moly.
i’m feeling: honestly, i still feel pretty awesome. a few aches here and there, sleep could be better (but couldn’t it always?), but overall, i am honestly feeling downright great. i am feeling a bit stressed out since my last appointment, because i found out that the baby is transverse, which just means that it’s sitting sideways in my belly, with the head on my left and the booty on my right. this is not ideal for a couple reasons; one is that now that the baby is getting bigger very quickly, there is not as much room for it to move into the right position…it should have done that by now. and two is that unless the baby moves before the birth, or during labor (which it could since this is my second baby and i’ve had a successful prior birth), transverse position means a c-section. and that would be a bummer.
so i’ve been instructed by my doctor to visit a chiropractor who is experienced in the webster technique (a known and proven technique for opening the pelvic ligaments so there is enough room for baby to turn), and to do the exercises from spinning babies. i’ve been doing the exercises and just got a referral for a chiropractor, so i’m hoping that in the next two weeks, ideally by my 34-week appointment, baby will have turned head down and all will be well. say a couple prayers and also if you have any awesome stories about turning babies late in pregnancy, send them my way please!
total weight gain: 22 pounds. last month i was at 18, so i’m still at a steady one pound a week gain. could i be any more cliche? seriously, i could not BE a more stereotypically pregnant person. as always, please remember my thoughts on pregnancy weight gain, and hold them close to your heart, because it’s important.
baby zee’s size: this week, baby is the size of a jicama, about 3 lbs. and 16 inches long. really hoping that it’s not too long to flip itself into the right position SOON.
maternity clothes: you know it! haven’t picked out my new pjs yet, but i’m really excited for that particular purchase. i’m also starting to think ahead to post-baby. one thing i never thought about last time was how different you have to dress post-baby and while nursing. so i’m tentatively thinking about what clothes to have out and ready to go.
sleep: not great, not gonna lie. it’s hot here, and i’m just big enough to be uncomfortable in most positions. but i must be used to sleep deprivation now, so it doesn’t even bother me.
best moment this week: actually last week was too long ago, so i don’t remember anything that happened. but today, as we were driving in the car together, Amelia and i had the best chat about the baby coming. she informed me that she was excited for the baby to come out so she could hold it and change its diapers, and that she was going to share her toys with the baby and take walks with it. so now i’m basically a puddle and i cannot wait until they meet. i may not be the type to cry when i birth a child, but i am certain that i’ll be a sobbing mess when my children meet for the first time.
movement: yes. it’s starting to slow down a bit, probably because the baby is confused about all the weird exercises i’m doing to try and flip it head down. but still lots of movement all through the day. i also think that as the baby rotates, i will start to feel it less, because the movements will be more internal than they have been with the position it’s in.
food cravings: nope, the fact that i still have an appetite is amazing.
food aversions: nope, the fact that i still have an appetite is amazing.
belly button in or out: hahahaha.
looking forward to: enjoying these last few weeks as a family of three. getting everything set up as the nesting kicks in (it’ll kick in, won’t it?). basically just enjoying the end of this very fast pregnancy. i know not everyone gets to experience what i’m experiencing, and i want all of you to know that i do not take any of this for granted, not one single second.