Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Baby Update - 28 Weeks

I think we are going to
have a giant baby
Baby and I have now made it to the third trimester. Another 12 weeks or so and I should get to meet this sweet little one. Right now the baby is about the size of a Chinese cabbage or an eggplant depending on which site I look at. It only weighs a little over 2 pounds, but feels bigger.

Baby is getting more and more active. There are times when it is moving so much it is hard to concentrate. I also think it is also starting to feel a little squished. In addition to lots of kicks and punches, there are times when it feels like the baby is trying to stretch out or roll over. It is not exactly painful, but not really pleasant either. I am interested to see how it feels as baby gets even bigger.

I am starting to feel a little more prepared for the baby to get here. Thanks to our baby shower a couple of weeks ago, we have most of the necessities. I think the only critical things we need are some diapers and figuring out the breast pump thing. While we have the stuff, it does not mean there is any order to it. Right now it looks like a baby store exploded in our guest bedroom.

Physically, I am still feeling pretty good. I have some muscle aches and pains, but during the day it is not that different than when I was doing a lot of training. At night, those muscle aches are a lot more troublesome. Laying down doesn't feel good after a while, so I often wake up to go to the bathroom and then have a hard time getting comfortable again. This means that my sleep has not been spectacular.

I am also starting to feel a lot bigger. Sometimes it feels like my belly grows daily. I don't really think that is the case, but it feels like it. Rolling over is getting harder and the floor is getting further and further away. The good thing about this is I am looking more pregnant than chubby now. Over the weekend we ran into someone we hadn't seen in a while and they joked that I brought the baby with this time.

I am walking a lot and I need to start swimming again. I also started prenatal yoga a few weeks ago and that seems to help some with the aches and pains. 

Emotionally, I am all over the place. Most days I am excited and can't wait to be a mom and the baby to get here, but somedays I feel overwhelmed by all the things I need to learn and figure out. I know that normal will be different, but I wish I had a better grasp on exactly how different it will be. There is also the fear that I am not going to be good at being a mom.

I have signed up for some birthing and infant care classes through my hospital to help me gain some confidence. Breastfeeding and CPR are also on the list to take before baby gets here. I am also trying to enjoy and savor these next few months.

This weekend we are headed to St. Augustine for a short baby moon. I actually really hate that term, but do like the idea of getting away for some one on one couple time before the baby gets here. It has been a while since we had a vacation and I know it will be a while before we get the opportunity again.

Anything else I should be doing right now? Any baby-safe tips to not feel so achy?