Wow time flew by fast, didn’t it? We’re just weeks away (hopefully) from meeting our daughter and are so over the moon excited. Sure, there’s a lot of stress that comes along with all of that too, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
I never really got around to doing a second trimester update because I had been so busy with school and our move, but trust me- it was the closest thing to euphoric that I could have had for a troublesome pregnancy. Maybe if I ever choose to do an all encompassing post about pregnancy, I’ll fill you guys in on that time.
Third trimester hit me like a truck though, so let me update you on all the good and bad that came with it.
I swear right when I reached 28 weeks, I was immediately hit with the sleepy bug. I was sleeping for as long as 12 hours a night and still waking up tired. My eyes barely stay open and any chore that takes more than a second to do feels like the more difficult and daunting task to me. And add a sprinkle of third-trimester insomnia to the mix and you get one drowsy and crabby Megann.
Pain and Discomfort
Oh my god can we talk about my boobs? Sure we can. I swear my left boob hates me and constantly feels like a mix between a rug burn and a really bad bruise. No rash, no physical change (other than my boobies being the size of watermelons now). It’s driving me insane! My OB suggested that it could be nerve damage and that I use ice or a numbing cream to help ease the pain, but I’m stubborn so of course I’d rather just complain about it.
Breathing Through a Straw
That’s the best way I can put it. It feels like I ran a marathon while holding my breath when all I did was sit up for five minutes. It’s a gamble everyday to see how long I can go before it feels like my lungs are collapsing. Everywhere I’ve seen online suggests to sit straight up or put my arms up in the air to open up my airway when this happens, but I find it best to lay down on my left side before I end up fainting. And trust me, there’s been a few times where I almost have (pssst… the Target employees gave me some real weird looks when I sprinted out of the store and squatted by the doors).
All the Cravings
Colt mentioned to me the other day that I never really had any “weird” cravings throughout my pregnancy. And I’d have to agree with him on that. However, I am constantly craving some type of food. For the longest time it was KFC famous bowls. Now it’s chocolate anything… chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered Oreos… you name it. I’m honestly surprised I passed my glucose test!
I have to be honest- I haven’t felt many nerves about labor and delivery. Whenever I think about how it has to happen, my brain goes a little numb and I don’t feel much of anything. In many ways, I guess that’s a good thing. I don’t need to be panicked over something I can’t control. But I’m a little worried that I won’t be emotionally prepared when the time does come and everyone will see me in some weird possessed, hysteric state. Who knows?
Haiden has the worst luck with hiccups! I promise I’m not exaggerating when I say that she gets them at least twice a day. It was cute at first, but it gets a little annoying now I have to admit. I feel so bad for her too because hiccups are not fun. When she first started getting hiccups they would scare her a whole lot and she would start freaking out, but now she’s handling them like a pro!
I’d be lying if I said I don’t get a good laugh out of this one sometimes. From what I’ve been told, babies tend to pick their favorite position in their mom’s belly and stick to it and man is that the case for Haiden. Now that she’s head down, she absolutely loves to push off my hipbone with her feet and stick her booty right up in the air. She tends to stick her butt out to the right side most often, but will also gravitate to wherever she knows her daddy is. And that brings me to my next point.
Already a Daddy’s Girl
I carry this booger for nine months and she’s already decided that daddy’s her favorite. I always made jokes that she knew when her dad was home because it seemed like almost on cue that she would start freaking out and bumping around whenever Colt would get home from work or come sit by me. She gets especially excited whenever he puts his hands or face up to my belly. She recognizes his touch and is over the moon excited for him to be hanging out with her.
Baby girl’s nursery is all finished (well, as best as it will be) and ready to greet her smiley face! Colt and I spent so much time making sure that we made the right choices on everything from dressers to rockers and it all came together to be the cutest little room. You can read more about her nursery and see pictures here.
Colt and I are so excited to bring our baby girl home and watch her live her new and beautiful little life. Even now, she has changed our lives in so many ways and we are so lucky and blessed to get to call her ours. That being said, there are some things about pregnancy that I’m going to miss, like my big belly and feeling her roll around whenever I eat some good food. Maybe I’ll suck it up and be willing to do this all again one day. Colt’s already talking baby number two, so I’ll probably lose that battle at some point anyway!