Another 4 weeks have passed, I’m officially in the 3rd trimester and we’re in the home stretch! I’d easily say that the the last 4 weeks were some of the most enjoyable of my pregnancy – I’ve had a lot of energy for workouts, I’m still sleeping well, I’m actually starting to be noticeably pregnant (although people still don’t notice at first sometimes) and I’ve learned so much about childbirth via my Bradley Method classes that I’m feeling more and more comfortable with and dare I say, excited for, for birth. These are the good days folks. And I hope it continues!
As we moved into the third trimester, I noticed that Mike and I are finally letting it sink in that we will be parents in 12 (more or less) short weeks. The idea of having a third family member living in our house is becoming more real and we are starting to talk more and more about how Siena (we’ve named her!) will fit into our lives. We will often imagine her in our daily routine – sitting next to us in the high chair or in the swing while we drink our coffee, strapping her into the Ergo and taking her with us on our walks, bringing her with us in the car seat to our favorite lunch spots. We can’t wait to welcome her into our lives.
How Far Along: 28 weeks
Baby Size: An eggplant, about 2 1/4-2 1/2 pounds!
Name: Siena Jade. Mike and I went to Siena, Italy on our honeymoon. We stayed in a romantic bed and breakfast in a castle and somehow on the trip it came up that Siena would be a wonderful name for a girl if we ever had one. Once I got pregnant we started talking about boy names but never really addressed the girl names, always knowing Siena would be a frontrunner. Once we found out she was a girl, we did spend some time researching other names but settled on Siena. Mike came up with the middle name Jade – it’s simple, unique and beautiful and goes well with our long last name.
Movement: Lots and lots! Week 28 is actually he week my doctor told me I should be counting my kicks every night. I need to have at least 10 within 1 hour otherwise I’m supposed to call the doctor! Kind of scary but usually she kicks like clockwork at night.
Maternity Clothes: I think I’m officially done purchasing maternity clothes. This month my big purchase was a nice pair of workout/yoga pants (these) and 2 maternity specific workout tank tops. It has made such a big difference to have pants that fit right and also some flattering tops. I also went to Marshalls and bought 2 pairs of cheap workout pants which are 2 sizes larger than normal and sit low, and an XL sports bra for my now enormous boobs (low impact, so I won’t wear it running). Between this and my For Two Fitness tanks, the Oiselle Roga shorts in a larger size I purchased during a sale several months ago, and a few Oiselle tanks that are long and stretchy, I’m set for workouts! I also purchased a cute dress and three tops to wear to work this month. I’m calling it quits there!
Sleep: I’m still able to sleep soundly and comfortably without a pregnancy pillow. I bought the Snoogle pillow about 2 months ago but haven’t really needed it yet. I think that will change soon, but for now I’m going with it.
Cravings/Favorite Foods: Loooving peaches, grapes and strawberries. I eat about 3-4 servings of fruit a day most days. I’m also loving my Trader Joe’s peanut butter tracks ice cream most nights for my daily indulgence. I’ve been focusing on eating more protein and have been eating fish about 2x a week. After our Bradley Method classes on Sundays Mike and I have a standing date to head over to the Fish Shop in Encinitas for fish tacos!
Food Aversions: Still can’t do artificially flavored jalapeno, almonds or any kind of processed bar.
Exercise: Spin, barre, yoga and lots of squats! Plus walks and the occasional run. It’s all about variety right now (read more on my June workout recap).
Mood: Mostly positive and excited. Occasionally I get a bit sad about missing out on certain things (I won’t be doing the annual triathlon or any of the training with my husbands company and I can’t drink at girls nights/weekends) but overall I’m happy.
Purchasing: I purchased a book case, lamp, and 2 pieces of art for the nursery. We didn’t purchase it ourselves, but we got our crib thanks to Mike’s parents, the mattress thanks to a friend and our changing table thanks to another friend. The nursery is underway! I also got my breast pump in the mail (courtesy of my insurance company).
Reading: Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, the Bradley Method workbook, and The Girl on the Train (for those times when I don’t feel like reading about pushing a baby out of my body).
Symptoms: Calf/foot cramps (usually in the night or during a workout), skin changes (red spots on my chest and more pronounced veins in my legs), change in walking gait (aka waddling), crazy vivid dreams, and sleepiness.
Missing: My flat stomach.
Best Moments: Hiking 10 miles in Catalina on our baby moon, the massage on our baby moon, our weekly Sunday night fish taco dates, dreaming about life over morning coffee with Mike (this is most mornings!).
Looking Forward To: Baby showers! I have one on August 1st and a smaller one with my mom’s side of the family on August 8th. I’ll also have a shower at work but no date has been set. A few close friends who have moved away from San Diego are coming back in town just for the shower so I’m really excited to have (almost) all of my favorite people with me at once.