We’ve hit Week 28! So much for doing monthly posts, looks like they’ll be trimester-ly posts instead. The weeks just go by so quickly now. The second trimester was fairly easy for me, besides some minor discomfort with the growing belly, constant lower backaches, round ligament pain, and Braxton Hicks contractions once in a while. Sometimes baby pushes against one side of my stomach and it’ll bulge out – such a strange sensation! Apparently, he’s going to triple (!) in size in the third trimester, so I’m bracing myself for what’s to come. Only 12 weeks left!
Here are some photos from the last few weeks:
How far along: 28 weeks
Total weight gain: 18 lbs
Maternity clothes: I’m only wearing maternity bottoms now (mainly leggings), but I’ll still wear normal tanks on top that stretch over the belly.
Sleep: It’s getting harder to sleep for more than 1-2 hours at a time without interruption, but I think I’ve reached a point where I’m used to it and I know that won’t be changing anytime soon. The 3 am struggle is real – I’ll wake up and can’t get back to sleep until about 5 am.
Exercise: Walking Dodger will usually get me about 20 minutes of exercise/day, but even that short amount gets me super tired and out-of-breath and makes my back hurt.
Best moment(s) so far: Getting both brand-new & hand-me-down goodies from my mommy/daddy friends. Tons of adorable clothes, toys, baby products, nursing items, swing, rock&play, and some other gifts from our very generous family members (like a convertible crib and the BOB jogger stroller that we really wanted!).
Miss anything: I miss being able to put on my shoes or vacuuming without my back seizing up or my belly tightening like crazy. Because I’m carrying low, bending over can be quite uncomfortable.
Movement: He moves a LOT, especially after I eat, during showers, and while I drive. When counting kicks, you’re supposed to feel 10 movements per hour, but I’ll get like 1 per minute when he’s awake! He just constantly rolls around in there (you can see it from outside the belly now). I’ll also feel kicks/punches on either side of my belly at the same time, probably when he’s stretching his limbs.
Food cravings: Rice Krispie treats, sour peach rings, Mcd’s chicken nuggets with sweet & sour sauce, Dole pineapple chunks/sliced peaches/tangerines (cold fruit in general), and popsicles. My sweet tooth has gotten even more intense! (Thankfully, I passed my 1 hr glucose test – results were negative for gestational diabetes.) I will also confess that I ate a few pieces of a sushi roll that contained raw salmon, just once – figured it’s fairly low-risk compared to other “off-limit” foods, and it was so worth it.
Mood swings: Still hormonal here and there. But I’m trying harder to control them…
Have you started to show yet: Neighbors (and a few times, strangers out in public) have started asking when I’m due without us telling them that we’re expecting. So I’ll assume that I’m obviously pregnant at this point.
Gender: It’s a boy!
Belly button in or out: It’s so close to becoming an outie. But not there yet.
Wedding rings on or off: They fit, but I’ve started to wear just my wedding band because it’s less constricting than my engagement ring.
Looking forward to: Our babymoon, baby shower, and baby classes! Also getting the nursery set up. I’ll do another update after all of this occurs. :)