Here we are in the third trimester and I’m finally taking the time to jot down a few things about this pregnancy and what I know about this baby I’m carrying. #secondchildproblems indeed.
I saw a meme that said something like: First Pregnancy – “The baby weighs 1.3 pounds which is 6 ounces more than last week.” Second Pregnancy – “I think I’m due in the Fall….” I’ve found that to be very true. I definitely have a hard time keeping track of what week I’m on. My Ovia app keeps me on track there – and I mainly only check the app when I need to remember how far along I am. I don’t devour the information in the articles like I’m going to be tested on the material the way I did during my first pregnancy.
Much like my pregnancy with Ava, I have been very blessed thus far to be enjoying a relatively easy time of it. I still – even as recently as last week – gag in the mornings if my stomach is too empty, but it’s nothing a Kind bar won’t fix lickety-split. There are other pregnancy symptoms that I won’t go into detail about, but overall, it has been pretty smooth sailing. My varicose veins are out of control, which is glamorous, but doesn’t really affect how I feel. There have been a handful of days when I think I was on my feet too much or something because by the end I feel very mild contraction-like discomfort in waves, but maybe those are just a different style of Braxton Hicks. I spoke to my OB’s office about it and mentioned it at yesterday’s ultrasound and since there is nothing else to indicate an increased risk of pre-term labor, no one seems concerned. Owen looked great at the ultrasound yesterday. He’s measuring right on track at 30 weeks, 6 days and weighing around 3 lbs 9 oz. His heart and kidneys and spine and brain all look great and he’s taking his practice breaths like a champ. He’s head down and in a good position for now, so hopefully he stays comfy just like that for the next 7-10 weeks. He had a hand up over his face and his feet pulled up around his head, but we got a few cute 3D pictures with a little smile on his face.
I feel like my immune system really took a hit in the early second trimester, but I’ve felt well and healthy through the summertime months. Speaking of summer, I know that being pregnant in the summer is many women’s nightmare (hot hot HOT) but I continue to have cold blood coursing through my veins and have not been affected by the heat at all. In fact I usually need a sweater or blanket if I’m sitting or lying down through the day.
Owen moves a lot which is so fun. Those baby kicks and punches and rolls are one of my favorite things about pregnancy. I’ve been taking a continuing ed prenatal yoga class, which is a really great way to unwind and do something for just myself and Owen each week. The class ends soon and I won’t renew, but I want to find something else to do in its place. Other than that class and our morning walks as a family, I’m not exercising. I walk around a lot and am pretty active in general for everyday activities, so hopefully that’s working okay for me. As of my 28 week appointment with my OB, I was only up 11 pounds from the 8 week appointment weight. He was really comfortable with that, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.
I passed the glucose test (yay!) and have been trying to limit my sugar intake in general, which I’ve noticed makes a big difference in how I feel. Of course I am craving ALL THE SWEET THINGS, but I’ve been pretty disciplined about not eating them because I know it’s not worth not feeling well later. I basically only drink water (always 80+ ounces a day) with the exception of the occasional (once a week? maybe?) sweet black tea from Starbucks. And I’ll have a sip or two of Kevin’s diet soda when he indulges in one (once a month? maybe?). So overall I’m very happy with how I’ve been doing on the food and drink front.
We have basically made no preparations. I think we have bought three sleep and play outfits and we have maybe four gender neutral items of clothing in Ava’s stash of things outgrown. Of course we have the high chair and the pack and play and the travel crib and changing supplies. We need to get a Rock’n’Play sleeper (hopefully Owen is the same kind of sleeper – awesome – as Ava) and some newborn diapers. We’ll get away with not buying a second infant car seat because Ava is in a forward facing seat and will likely continue to be from here on out because of the span and shape of the spica cast and rhino cruiser brace (by the time she’s out of the brace she should be big enough to face forward anyway). We need to order a crib soon and get the room converted from office to baby, but there is no sense of urgency since we know Owen will be in our room for 4-6 months. We’re going with a safari kind of theme with a lot of grey and brown and yellow in the room. We need to get a double stroller at some point as well.
I think Ava is going to be an amazing, sweet big sister. She has been obsessed with babies for the past few weeks. Of course it’ll be different when the baby doesn’t leave and takes mama and daddy’s time away from her, but I think we’ll all do fine with the transition. We’re so fortunate that Kevin’s parents live so close to us and that they regularly care for her now and she’s accustomed to being around them for longer stretches of time. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m nervous about the timeline of the next 10 weeks. Ava should be transitioning to the brace from the cast when I’m around 37 weeks and I had her at 37 weeks (and 6 days), so it just seems like it could be a whole lot going on at once. I know it will all work out fine, but the unknowns are unnerving.
I feel a little guilty sometimes that so little of my time and thoughts have been focused on Owen versus how I was when pregnant with Ava. But maybe it’s to his advantage – I feel like though there is more life stress during this pregnancy, I am much less stressed and worried about stuff that could go wrong related to the pregnancy. Does that make sense? Maybe he’ll be totally chill – just like his mom (wink wink). I do know that we are so, so grateful for this life and that he is thriving. We love him already and are excited to meet him in a couple of months.