Hellooooo, third trimester! (I may be entirely too excited over this. True story.) This past month has packed quite a punch, and I'm definitely out of the I-hardly-feel-pregnant stage. As always, I have to say that every single bit of it is completely worth it, and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Symptoms: I'm definitely more uncomfortable at this point, and my belly often feels tight and heavy and all-together in the way—making it tough to eat the meals my heart sometimes desires, and having a container of Tums within arms reach has become a real necessity. One thing I'm loving, however, is the fact that this baby is ridiculously active—morning, noon and night. She is busy twirling and kicking around in there so often, and it never gets old. (I can often see my belly moving around from the outside, which is always the most bizarre/awesome thing in the world.) Sleep-wise, I'm having trouble getting comfortable in bed at night, and have also returned to napping with Eisley in the afternoon (when she decides to take one!).
Body: The difference in my belly from last month to this month feels huge. Strangers often comment on it and the pregnancy when we're out and about, which is one of my favorite things. (I love how motherhood has made the world a smaller and more friendly place.) I may soon have to say goodbye to jeans altogether (both maternity and otherwise) because I find them wildly uncomfortable. Maxi skirts are my best friends right now. And when it comes to my body overall, I truly love how I look. My pregnant body is constantly changing and sometimes feels like it isn't mine at all, but I think it's beautiful. This time around, I'm much more in awe of all it is capable of, as it grows and sustains this new life.
Emotions: Mood swings, tears, eating my feelings in the form of french bread slathered in butter…yes, indeed, this is the place I currently find myself. I don't even know what else to say. At least I feel more at peace with certain things—like the fact that we may end up staying in our cozy duplex for a while yet. (The rental search is not exactly filling me with hope.)
Miscellany: This week I need to take my glucose tolerance test, which I don't remember being too bad during my last pregnancy. (Is it weird that I'm actually excited to sit at urgent care for an hour with a book to read, child-free? Maybe I need to get out more…) I don't anticipate any issues with the test, and am hoping it all goes smoothly! Aside from that, my mind is still reeling from the 3D ultrasound I had late last week, during which we received a handful of sonograms that I can hardly stop looking at. I never had a 3D ultrasound with Eisley for some reason (and wasn't planning on it this time around—the tech just offered out of the blue!), so seeing this baby's little face and features was just incredible. Such a vivid reminder that even three months from birth, there is a perfect, tiny human in there. It makes me even more eager to have her cuddled in my arms. Oh! And we finally (finally!) settled on a name, but may still end up waiting until she's born to announce it. (Naming was so much harder this time than it was with Eisley!)
— Further reading: My first pregnancy, on expectations, realities and pregnancy cravings