Pregnancy Update: 28 Weeks

I’ve been pretty bad about updating the blog on my pregnancy. I can blame it on a lot of things, but honestly, I’ve just been exhausted.Between a crap-load of work, chilly weather, a whirlwind trip to Rochester, and the inevitability of the third trimester, my brain is a foggy mess by the time I get home at night. But, alas, here is the 28 week update – even this one is a few days late!

How Far Along: 28 weeks!

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is the size of an eggplant, and growing by the minute. Baby is super active and sitting very low, meaning I’m stopping by the restroom several times within in an hour. Apparently, if Baby G were born today, the lungs are already fully developed and Baby would be able to survive.

How I’m Feeling: I won’t bore you with anymore of this exhaustedtalk, but I’m beat. I’m waking up a lot at night both out of discomfort and having to go to the bathroom. I feel like I’ve grown so much in the last week. My belly is starting to get in the way. Sometimes my job requires a lot of walking and standing so my back has been acting up. Fortunately we invested in a heating pad early on so I carry that bad boy everywhere I can. David and I have been working out three days a week to ensure that I keep moving. I am obsessed with having a natural birth, so I’m doing everything I can to make that happen! Other than the physical aches and annoyances, I’m starting to feel anxious about how quickly our due date is approaching. January and February flew by, and before I know it, March will fly by too. I’m six weeks behind my sister, Emily, who is due in early April. It’s so surreal to talk to her now knowing she is literally in the final stretch of her pregnancy. For a while it seemed like we would both be pregnant forever, but now that I see the end in sight for her, it’s getting more real for me too!

What I’m Wearing: Anything that fits! Come on spring! I want dress season!

What’s On My Mind Lately: Strangely, I’m much calmer than I originally thought I’d be about actually having the baby at home. I’m looking forward to those days, even if it means a different level of exhaustion. What I’m absolutely terrified of is the unknown of labor and delivery. There’s so much to think about and so much to do ahead of time, I know I’m going to forget something! I’ve also started to think about really real things like being at home with Baby, and having to take Juneau out for a walk. Or packing a diaper bag. Or knowing what the number sizes on diapers mean. Or going into labor at work.

What I’m Craving: I saw a picture of pregnant woman’s internal anatomy as she heads into her third trimester. The stomach has been squeezed to a fraction of it’s original size. At this point, I eat what I can, feel full minutes later, and then wake up starving at night. I’m not craving anything specific, although the BBQ we had for dinner last night was ah-maze-ing.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Diving into our birthing classes. We took our first one last night and I’ve already learned more than I thought I could. I’m not the mom-to-be who has her shit together and reads up on everything I need to know. I know I need to know more, and so does David, so we spent two hours learning about how labor starts, when to head to the hospital and took a tour of the labor and delivery rooms. We will continue to go to classes for the next four weeks!

Best Moment of the Week: David and I traveled to New York two weeks ago to attend our baby shower. It was so good to see all the special women in my life and open gifts for Baby G. It made me feel more prepared for Baby’s arrival! We also got to spend time with my sister who moved out to Colorado last week. Plus, we were able to Skype Emily in and watch her open some gifts for Baby F. We are lucky girls!

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