Welcome to the third trimester Baby #2!
What’s happening with baby: Growing, growing, growing. According to my books, baby websites and apps, baby is basically busy filling out and continuing to develop at this stage. The baby’s brain is growing and is forming the grooves and folds seen in mature brains. It is likely that baby has settled into a sleep schedule in 20 to 30 minute intervals. Baby also has eyelashes!
What’s happening with mama: Same old, same old, I feel like. Growing right along with baby! I’m still feeling good, both mentally and physically. The last few weeks have been a little bit stressful with Una’s surgery and subsequent complications and trips needing to be rescheduled, so that’s not ideal. However, we’re hopefully on the other side of that and stress levels will start to go down. We all know undue stress isn’t good for the baby. I made it to the gym a couple of times in the past week (not as much as I would like but trips to the vet and other appointments have been stealing my free time) – hitting up spin class again and even doing 1 min. run/walk intervals on the treadmill. I fear my running is now relegated to intervals from here on out but that’s okay.
Last week I had my one-hour glucose tolerance test. The lab was a total circus and the other patients there were totally crazy. (The lab was short staffed and so the wait was very long, even for those with appointments. I got to see some people really go off on the poor lab tech while I was sitting there for the required hour for the test. Thankfully they got me back and drinking that lovely drink fairly quickly so I wasn’t there for a hugely long time.) I’ll get the results at my midwife appointment next week. Fingers crossed!
Thoughts on being in the third trimester: It’s kind of crazy that we’re here already. This is basically the home stretch! But at the same time… we have three months left! Or, really, 12 weeks. Three months seems longer than 12 week, doesn’t it? Still, that’s a decently long time – though I’m sure it will pass quickly. The weeks really do seem to be flying by now.
I definitely don’t feel like we’re at all ready but at the same time there isn’t really a lot to do. It’s very strange. We have all the basic things we need. In fact, just this week I washed and prepped all our newborn cloth diapers and this past weekend we organized E’s closet, which contains many of our infant items. So, our bassinet, swing, tub, activity mat, diapers and pack-n-play bassinet are all together and ready to go. That’s all great and I am glad we’re started to get our infant items organized and ready to be set up but at the same time we’re no closer to agreeing on a name (Papa Bear and I just can’t seem to agree on any names this time – even making a list of names has been very difficult!) and we’re no closer to getting care plans in place for E for the time that I am in the hospital. I’ll probably feel much more ready when we get those things figured out!
Another thing that has been on my mind a lot lately is that at this very point in my last pregnancy I was just being released from the hospital after suffering a large DVT in my left leg. That single event change not just the rest of my pregnancy but the rest of my life. I went to the ER with the blood clot at 27 weeks 5 days. If that were this pregnancy, that would have been two days ago. Every day I make it without issue from here on out is one step further than I made it last time. I’m not particularly scared that I’m going to develop another DVT because I am taking steps to prevent blood clots from forming, whereas with my last pregnancy I was completely unaware of my clotting disorders and was doing nothing at all to avoid a blood clot. My fear of developing a blood clot that would impact the baby is higher than my fear of a DVT for myself but even that I’m not greatly worried about because I am doing all that I can. The rest is kind of out of my hands. It’s just something that has been on my mind a bit now between weeks 27 and 28.
Baby is the size of a: large eggplant.