I did it! We are 2/3 of the way to meeting our baby girl. I’ll be honest, my post from the beginning of my pregnancy still holds true, I hate being pregnant. 28 weeks in and I am still on my nausea medicine with no end in sight…but, I will take nausea over preterm labor and bedrest any day!
On that note, I have officially been cleared for no more cervical length checks! Let’s do a little happy dance *insert dancing emoji here.* The weekend I hit 27 weeks, I was a total ball of nerves. I knew that the preterm labor was because of the slip in my kitchen, but I just could not get over that anxiety of “What if it wasn’t because of the fall, what if it happens again?” It’s hard not to have that. But little miss has been perfectly content staying where she is, and unlike her sister at that point, was still breech. But I am pretty sure she has flipped since, because the constant shots to my cervix have now turned into constant shots to my ribs. And I can tell when she sticks her cute little butt out and makes that little bump at the top of my stomach. Oh, and we can also do a little happy dance for passing my glucose test! I feel like that was the official victory to the end of the second and heading into the last -and feels like the longest- trimester.
I feel like I am going into the third trimester as a first time mom. I really don’t know what to expect. I had to ask my midwife what appointments happen when since I was in the hospital until 29 weeks and then had appointments every week after that until I had SJ. I was tested multiple times for GBS because of the preterm labor, I was constantly monitored so I never had a non-stress test, I had daily and then weekly sonograms where they did the estimated weight (and so much more), so I’m completely lost. Then on top of that, I wasn’t allowed to move basically my entire third trimester except for the last two weeks. I have never had to deal with the total discomfort that comes with the biggest growth spurt of the entire pregnancy. And especially having to get used to it for the first time with a toddler! I have had to slow down immensely and I am not used to it at all. I have always been an active person and can pretty much move my body however I want, so this has been a little weird not being able to get up, not being able to bend over, and yes I know it is all totally normal for a pregnant lady to do these things, but it is just plain weird for me to get used to!
Speaking of my toddler…with the third trimester has come a bit more of an adventurous side to SJ. She now climbs on EVERYTHING, and the other morning she fell out of her crib. I feel like the worst mom ever. Other than a few times where she has thrown her leg on the railing when I walk in to get her and me telling her “No, Mommy has to get you out,” I never thought she would actually try to get out of her crib. Of course in hindsight, yes I totally should have seen it coming because it’s SJ and she has always been our daredevil. I immediately texted my brother (my personal nurse who I am sure hates all my questions) and asked what to be on the look out for, he told me and also told me to transition to a toddler bed. But, she is definitely not ready for a toddler bed. Then on the other hand, do I really want to start that transition after the baby comes?? Sounds like a conversation DJ and I will have to have, until then her crib will just get lowered to the lowest mattress setting…but if you could let me know your experiences with this, I would really appreciate it!
I’ve had to find ways to keep SJ busy and still taking it easy on myself. One way has been arts and crafts! It’s hard to find the time, and I definitely have to do it on days that I have a little bit more energy than usual. For Christmas, a lot of the ideas I gave grandparents were paints, different things to use with the paint that inspired sensory play, modeling dough and different tools to use with those, and if you read my post about what we got SJ for Christmas, I also got her some stamp activity books from Usborne books. Then I just got a splat mat to put under her IKEA table she also got for Christmas from my step grandma, and she can go to town! Don’t get me wrong though, we do a lot of cuddling and movie watching right now as well. Pregnancy with a toddler is just kinda survival mode most the time!
But back to the baby, our poor nameless baby. With SJ it was easy, I was 5 weeks when we had both names decided on before we even knew if it was a boy or a girl. Simple. Done. We both loved her name. This time around, I am in love with a name! It feels right, it feels like her name. DJ on the other hand, isn’t the biggest fan. But he also can’t come up with a name that he loves. I said we have to be done having kids after this because otherwise they will be completely nameless! We have to come to a conclusion by Valentines Day though, because that is the last possible date I can order her blanket. That’s how we tell our family the name, a blanket and matching hat with her first and middle name. That’s how we did it with SJ, so I have to be fair and do it for this baby as well. SJ has that keepsake in her baby box, she has newborn photos with her blanket and hat, how can I not do it for this baby as well?! I mean look how cute she is! So keep watch for any posts after Valentines Day, maybe I’ll “slip” and put her initials in a post…