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28 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 28 weeks. (From the Bump) Welcome to the third trimester! Moms-to-be who are at 28 weeks and beyond are known for their lack of sleep. Remember if you find yourself up in the middle of the night, do something relaxing. This is not the time to vacuum the house from top to bottom -- even though you might feel the urge to do that at some point. Read a book, drink chamomile tea, listen to soothing music. Then try to get back to bed and get some rest! Being in the third trimester also means much of your and baby’s anatomy are ready to go -- she's prepping for breathing, and your breasts already have colostrum, which is what baby will eat the first few days until your milk comes in. You’ll also start feeling more Braxton Hicks contractions as your body gets ready for labor. Baby will keep getting bigger -- and smarter -- after week 28, and other than that, she just needs a few more finishing touches.

Holy crap, I'm in the 3rd trimester already?!?!  WOW!

How big is baby: The size of a eggplant.

Weight gain/loss: I'm actually down from last week.  Down 3 pounds, so I'm happy about that.  I really over did it the 3 weeks before, so I'm not worried about this at all.

Maternity clothes: Yes, but limited items.  I don't like to look like a cow.  I like things to fit and be tight around my baby bump.  I also like to make use of my normal clothes because they are cute.  I did have a cardigan on this morning and I had to take it off before I left my bedroom because I was already sweating.  It's light weight, but I'm 100% sure it's wool.  Yikes.  Bad choice on this 80+ degree day.

Stretch marks: Sadly, I believe they are multiplying.  But... it is what it is.

Sleep: See below, but we got the twin bed in the nursery and while I sleep great until Coen wakes up, he's been pulling the "I'm going to wake up at 1:30am" bs and my body is hating me for it.  Last night I tried just giving him a bottle in his bed and shhhh-ing him back to sleep and that worked.  It doesn't mean that I won't be able to get up with him, but it will limit the time that we co-sleep and I'm trying to do that or at least be aware of it from now until the baby comes.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Nothing special this week.  Just eating a normal amount and trying to eat everything that we bought from the farmers market before it's bad!  We only got lettuce, radishes and green onions, but with amount of lettuce we got, we could eat salads for 2 weeks and still have some left... so we are pacing ourselves.  If we have to toss some of it, it was only $2.00 so I won't get too hung up on it.

Exercise: Just walking around the neighborhood with Coen in his wagon.  Nothing wild.

Gender: A baby girl.

Movement: She's kicking like crazy!  Last night she was moving so much it was awesome!  I had propped my dinner plate against my belly/shelf and she was moving so much that my plate was moving.  It was great and creepy.

The belly: Growing, still and hardening all over.  It's great!  Looking pregnant is better than looking fat.

What I'm loving: All of my plans and preparations coming together for Coen's party!  I cannot believe it's almost here, but it's going to be great!  We prepped some more things last night and it's turning out great!  I'm so looking forward to Sunday!

Sneak peak...

What I miss: This might turn into a post in it's own... but I really miss my milk supply.  It's been dropping and dropping and I think it's finally fallen off the deep end now.  I had been nursing Coen in the mornings when he would wake up and over the last week, this feeding has basically come to a screeching halt. I'm very sad about this.  But, I have to roll with what I'm given.  Maybe he'll pick it back up and maybe he won't.  Either way, I made it to literally a week before he turned 1 year old.  My last feeding with him was Monday and he turns 1 on Sunday.  Very sad, but so awesome, all at the same time.

We also miss our sitter.  Daddy-daycare is going great and they are bonding like crazy, but our sitter was great and we miss her and her family.  She was and is a big part of our lives, especially Coen's.  He also misses his friends but has been making new ones already! He's so social.

Symptoms: Thanks to this pregnancy and as I just said above... my milk supply is just gone.  Very very sad.  Aside from that, I went to a physical therapist this week for my back pain and my abdominal pain.  I found out that my right pelvic bone is sitting more open than my left side.  It might have been a result of my emergency c-section and the fact that my legitimates on that side are stretched and never had a chance to heal.  She gave me 6 exercises to do 5 times a day to help manage the pain and help it pull back together.  Outside of that, we will have to work together through this pregnancy and afterward to help correct it.  It's going to take some time, but at least I know what's going on and we can manage the pain for now.

The nursery: We had some SERIOUS progress this morning.  By serious progress, I mean... my parent's brought over the twin mattress and the queen mattress left our house.  While this was very exciting, it's been an adjustment to our co-sleeping schedule or situation, but we're adjusting and making it work.  The mattress itself needs a mattress pad or something because it's lacking the pillow top that my queen had and that's not been the best for my body.  But for the nursery, this is great progress.  I'm working on putting the bed together so that it will look a little more presentable in the room... Looking more like a day bed, but that's going to take some time.  We don't really have twin bedding, so I just have to work on that when we have time.

This week, my husband and Coen put together the dresser.  I had thought that he was doing it alone when Coen was napping, but he admitted the other day that he was doing it while Coen was awake.  He just closed the door, gave him some books and kept and eye on him while he explored the room.  Coen's favorite part was when S. was putting together the drawers.  S. said that he would hop in them as soon as he had them together.  He even said that as they  were putting them in the dresser, if he had to pull one out for some reason, Coen would jump right in and sit in it.  What a funny little boy!

With the dresser together, I'm anxious to put all the clothes away, but first we have to figure out the best location and then, once it's placed, I will fill it.  Plus, I have much bigger things on my plate this week/weekend (1st Birthday party for Coen), so I'll have to work on the baby's nursery another day.  But this is far more progress than what we've had over the last few weeks, so I'm super excited!

What's different/the same this time: The last few weeks, I thought that something different was going on between this pregnancy and last pregnancy, but it wasn't until this morning that I've really hit it on the nose (no pun intended). My sense of smell has been SUPER heightened this time around verses last time. It's very strange.  Some people would ask me about this last time and I would just look at them like they were making up this "symptom" but seriously, it's real.  I feel like when I'm at home, I can smell Coen's dirty diaper from across the room, I can smell some one's oatmeal in the office when they are on the other side of the building and today, I could tell that we needed to replace the wallflower in our living room because it just didn't smell as fresh as it had a few days ago.  I'm not sure that I'm crazy about this "symptom" but it's been interesting picking it up lately and noticing different things around me that I wouldn't normally.  Mainly they haven't been too bad, but I could see where being more aware might be bad news if something foul comes around.

What I'm looking forward to: Getting the nursery together.  It's going to be awesome.  I also look forward to meeting this little girl.  She's a kicker!

Best moment of the week: COEN'S TURNING ONE ON SUNDAY!!!!  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?

Next appointment: June 21 for the ultrasound to see how big she really is and June 22 for my normal OB appointment.  Looking forward to seeing her on the ultrasound screen again! Can't wait to confirm that she's a girl, again!  I've been having this weird feeling that it was wrong.  Omg, could you imagine?!?!


Stevie Leigh said…
So fun! And your other little peanut is just adorable. Congrats!
I can't believe you are in the 3rd trimester already!! Crazy.

I LOVE that belly photo :)

So how was the little mans birthday?!?! Can't wait to read more about it and see pictures! Still can't believe he is one now :)

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