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Monday, June 27, 2016

28 Weeks; Pregnancy Favorites

As of Thursday, I'm officially 28 weeks along in my pregnancy and have entered my third trimester. I have also entered the denial phase because how is it possible that I am reaching the tail end of this pregnancy thing. Which is exciting and terrifying all at once because it means I'm oh so close to meeting this baby of ours, but it also means I'm oh so close to no longer getting to feel baby kicks and hiccups. And having the excuse to show off my growing belly without a trace of self consciousness because no, I'm not fat, I'm growing a human and it's glorious! And since I don't have much to report in terms of newness, because I'm feeling as great as I have been for several months now, I thought I'd reflect on the things that I have been absolutely loving during this whole pregnancy thing.

1. Baby kicks, flips and hiccups; Seriously, I can't fathom how anyone could not love feeling their baby move. Every kick, even the less than comfortable bladder, rib and hipbone kicks, are the greatest things in the world. On more than one occasion, I have stopped whatever I'm doing when the baby starts wiggling around in there so I can sit down and enjoy watching and feeling the moves. Best. Feeling. Ever.

2. Healing powers of baby; I might be insane and making this all up in my head. It could be a coincidence or just the fact that I am so busy feeling grateful and excited that it has diminished my normal amounts of stress and, by extension, things that normally come from that stress. But throughout this entire pregnancy, two things that are normally regular occurrences in my world have been strangely and blissfully missing. My dear friend, anxiety, is the first. When planning this pregnancy, I actually worried the most about my anxiety and expected to battle it more than ever since, you know, huge life change. And yet other than the expected hormonal mood swings and emotional melt downs because my dog stopped cuddling me and I wasn't ready for her to leave me, I haven't had an actual anxiety attack since before the plus sign appeared on that little stick back in January.

The second thing that has somehow disappeared is my acid reflux. I've had stomach problems for the majority of my life. Ulcers at the age of 10 and in their wake, acidic stomach aches whenever my stress levels are high or I eat the wrong thing too close to bedtime. Typically, depending on what's going on in my life and how well my diet is at that time, I tend to have these stomach aches at least one night a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. And since it's a common pregnancy symptom, I just knew that they were going to be more frequent. And yet here we are, 12 weeks away from my due date, and I've had exactly one stomach ache. And I fully blame myself because I know that Cocoa Pebbles before bed is a bad idea, but I wanted the baby to move around so the husband could feel it. Other than that... nothing.

3. Cold and crunchy things; Fruits. Veggies. Pickles. Popsicles. Ice cubes. Whatever. I haven't had much in terms of cravings and that is pretty disappointing, but this is the one thing I have had. There was a day that I sat down and ate half a bag of lettuce like it was a bag of potato chips. And for a couple of weeks, I thought I was going to turn into a watermelon because I couldn't stop eating it. Lately, I've been a big fan of putting ice and maybe a little lemonade in the blender and making a slushy of sorts. Sometimes it's just blended ice. Sometimes it has a little flavor, but not much because I really just want all of the slushy ice. I couldn't say for sure, but if it was Winter I think I'd just go eat handfuls of snow.

4. Maternity pants; Just a heads up to any woman who has never been pregnant. If and when the day comes that you are pregnant, if you're anything like me, you'll try to make your normal clothes fit for as long as possible. Because maternity pants are weird, right? And expensive. Except they're not weird at all, they're glorious. Still expensive, but I strongly suggest stalking Old Navy and Zulily - the pair of jeans I wear the most often are adorable, comfortable as hell and only cost me $15 on Zulily. I'm not saying go out and buy maternity pants the second you find out you're preggers. But once you start your normal jeans getting tight and difficult to button up, get you some maternity jeans. And leggings. And whatever other type of pants/shorts you need for your life. Because the moment you pull them on, you will wonder why anyone wears regular pants.

5. All the pillows; Another heads up to anyone who plans on becoming pregnant. The second that you find out you've got a baby on board, get yourself a body pillow or pregnancy pillow. Don't put this one off because one night you will be fine and then the next night, you'll try to go to sleep and your legs and hips will suddenly be your worst enemies. I tried to make due with a regular pillow between my knees for a few weeks, but it just wasn't cutting it. My body pillow is my best friend at night and the extra pillows that I have close by are the rest of our posse. Without them, my legs start throbbing and my hips ache and it's the only thing that has messed with my sleep up to this point. The pillows even saved me from a sleepless night during that one night with acid reflux. Seriously... pillows are the best. Your significant other and pets might not love all of the pillows since they provide a fortress around you that is impossible to break through... but they will have to deal because the alternative is you waking them up a million times telling them to move because they're touching you and you hurt! Speaking from experience here. So just trust me on this one and get yourself the body/pregnancy pillow and create your own pillow fortress.
6. Izzy snuggles; Admittedly, these are my favorite things all of the time. She's the best snuggle buddy in the world. But more and more lately, she chooses to cuddle up next to my belly because she knows something is happening in there. While she used to sleep every night nestled up against my legs, often nudging them into the perfect position to create a nest for herself, she now heads straight for the belly and curls up against it. She does the same thing when we're cuddling on the couch, laying her head on top of me whenever she can. It's sweet as can be and I know she's going to be the best four-legged big sister ever.

1 comment:

  1. Aww congrats! You look adorable & I love this update!