How far along? 28 weeks, which means I’ve officially started my third trimester. Yikes.
Total weight gain: 14 pounds as of my last visit two weeks ago. I’m still smaller than I expected to be at this point, but I love my baby belly.
Maternity clothes? I’m still so grateful for all the maternity clothing my best friend gave me because it’s all I pretty much wear at this point. I did buy a whole bunch of maternity dresses from Old Navy a couple of weeks ago, and I love them. The only problem is that I’m so short, so my sister-in-law has to hem them for me. I’m so grateful that she’s able to do that!
Stretch Marks? None yet – again, I’m surprised by this, but am very grateful.
Sleep: I’m still sleeping pretty well. My hips are definitely achey because of side sleeping, but adjusting with pillows helps. I will tell you, I’m sleeping with a regular body pillow now, and it actually makes it more comfortable than I was even a week or so ago. I’m trying to not complain about sleep in any way though because I feel like I’m a huge rarity for being able to still sleep through the night 95% of the time at 28 weeks pregnant.
Miss Anything? Not really. Mostly just random food or drink that I can’t have, but I don’t really miss anything. I didn’t sleep well last night so this morning I miss coffee. I mean, I could have one if I wanted to, but I’m going to pass.
Movement: I can now see the baby move just by looking at my stomach. Movement is my absolute favorite perk of being pregnant. At first it was so incredible just to feel it happen inside my body (it still is incredible in my opinion), and now I can see my entire stomach move when the baby moves. Totally incredible.
Food cravings or aversions: Thankfully, the aversions are completely gone. In fact, I’m just loving food in general. No real cravings at this point. Just enjoying everything.
Gender: It’s still a girl. I don’t expect that to change. And no, we haven’t decided on a name for the baby yet. That’s everyone’s main question after they find out the gender. We have a few ideas on names, but haven’t chosen one yet. There’s a good chance that we might not even decide on the name until we meet the baby.
Symptoms: Random aches and pains, leg cramps in the middle of the night, frequent bathroom breaks, growing belly.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood: I irrationally cried for the first time two weeks ago. I could see the humor in the situation while crying which was a pretty weird feeling for me. Besides that, I still feel very normal, very “me” which is a blessing. I’m definitely very outspoken about other people’s driving (it’s been my biggest pet peeve this entire pregnancy) and bad customer service. I find myself a little less patient and a little quicker to being snappy, but all in all, I feel really good and really mentally healthy while pregnant.
Looking forward to: my baby shower. My mom and mother-in-law are planning it for me, and I’m excited to have all of my friends and family in one place again.
Thoughts: It’s so weird to me that my best friend will have her baby before my next update. We’ve done this entire pregnancy together, so her having the baby makes me really realize that mine is coming just as quickly. At this point, we have less than three months until Little Miss O comes into the world. Well, unless she keeps us waiting.
Can we talk for a minute about self image in pregnancy? I know a lot of people struggle with how they look and how their body is changing. I’ll admit that sometimes I’m totally shocked by the changes in my appearance, but I’m going to be honest here… I love how I look while pregnant. I know that isn’t necessarily the norm, and I’m not saying this in any way to boast and brag. I don’t feel like the sexiest woman alive in any way, but I absolutely don’t mind the weight gain or huge belly. I love the way I look in (most of) my clothing. I love the way I feel. I’m just so grateful to feel this way. I thought I’d have a much harder time