Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Second Trimester Overview

Hello trimester number 3!

Today marks my 28th week and the beginning of the third trimester. In case that's weirdo lingo to you, I'm about 6 1/2 months along and folks....there is NO 4th trimester! This is it!

The second trimester has been great! Some of the memorable milestones have been:

1. Getting to find out my baby is a boy! So exciting!
2. Feeling his first little flutters and kicks. These have now graduated into crazy circus acts of energy!
3. Moving past the extreme food cravings and more into my rhythm of healthy eating habits
4. Buying our stroller, stashing up on cloth diapers, and starting our gift registry. Baby stuff is so fun and we've loved picking out things for our boy!
5. Finally looking truly pregnant and not just bloated

The one persisting "symptom" with this trimester has been trouble sleeping. This was particularly troublesome when we were on our mission trip to Germany! I haven't had more than a handful of full night's asleep since mid-December. Most of the time I fall asleep very quickly and then wake up between 3 and 4am. Only in the last few weeks has it been for trips to the bathroom. Over the past week or so I have been falling back asleep about an hour after waking up so that has been super amazing! I've felt much more rested lately.

For about the last 3 weeks I have been experiencing "freaky alien shows" frequently throughout the day. I named them that because of how absolutely bizarre it looks when my entire belly begins shaking and the kicks can be very plainly seen through my shirt. These normally last for about 1-2 minutes every hour or so throughout the day. This is, of course, in addition to the normal kicks, stretches, and rolls that are almost constant. It's one of my very, very favorite things right now because it's that awesome reminder that there really is a baby in my belly! I struggled so much through the first trimester with feeling like I wasn't really pregnant...but now there's no denying it! I love it so much!

K is loving all of this, as always. He frequently gets to see and feel LDB moving around and he enjoys talking to my belly when I'm relaxing in the evening. I'm convinced, more than ever, that he's going to be an awesome dad! He takes part in everything and is so supportive of me. I couldn't ask for a better guy!!

I'm still loving my appointments with my midwife group and now I start seeing them every 2 weeks instead of just once a month. I think that this will really make the next couple of months fly by. I've already taken and passed the 2 hour glucose test and will have my Rhogam shot next week. In my last two appointments LDB has highly disapproved of the Doppler (the little thing that lets us hear his heartbeat). Both midwives trying to find his heart tones have commented on how crazy active he is. The moment they find the heartbeat he moves away and at my last appointment he spent quite a while kicking the Doppler and moving away from it the moment it touched my skin. Something tells me that his daddy's energy level has been passed down!

So that's my overview! I can't believe how little time I have left. I'm making the most of every moment and am so excited to meet my son!

1 comment:

Esther said...

Enjoy all this! I always loved being pregnant, even when I felt least I had an excuse, right?
Oh, and that sleep thing? It's overrated anyway. Get used to doing without...sorry!