This pregnancy flew by so quickly for me. Now that I am in my third trimester and I am not as busy, things have started to slow down a bit. But here I am in the third trimester, prepping to meet another little girl.
The Need to Nest
I have reorganized the dresser in Lillian’s room to be shared between her and baby girl. Yes, I do have two and a half months left, but nesting has swung in at full force. I found all of Lillian’s old newborn and 0-3 months clothing, washed it, and put all of it away into baby girl’s side of the dresser. It feels good to be prepping because we were not prepared with Lillian.
I have also been a cleaning and organizing queen lately. I have been thoroughly enjoying vacuuming, decluttering our rooms, sweeping the floors, mopping, dusting, basically cleaning everything lately has made me really happy. It is an extremely satisfying feeling to be in a clean and organized environment. It has been a great way to calm my mind from some crazy days with a toddler.
Lack of Sleep
I am not a good sleeper in general, so the last trimester is pretty sleepless for me. This pregnancy has been more difficult when it comes to acquiring good sleep than my first pregnancy, but it’s okay. It’s just a season of life.
I probably wake up anywhere between 3-5 times every night, and usually, I am up for an hour sometime between 3 and 4 in the morning. I don’t know why, but at least it is a predictable pattern.
The Constant Need to Pee
There is no polite way to go about it—I constantly have to pee. That is another contributing factor to the number of times I wake up in the middle of the night. The baby puts a lot of weight on my bladder, and I try to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water too, so those two factors lead to my predicament.
It isn’t terrible, but since I have a posterior placenta I have been experiencing more back pain than I was my first pregnancy. It just hurts a lot in my lower back, but at this point in pregnancy who isn’t experiencing some amount of physical pain?
I also have pains in my stomach if I pick up my toddler. It feels as if my stomach muscles are being stretched too tall. It isn’t unbearable, but sometimes when I pick her up I have to reposition her in order to continue to carry her.
My cravings this pregnancy have been more intense. Lately, I have been craving avocado toast, Cheetos, peach rings, Lucky Charms, nectarines, and juice. A lot of times I will go to the grocery store to pick up groceries and then I will get a craving later in the day and make my husband go back to get me what I want. Thank goodness for a patient husband!
Baby is doing fine so far! At around 27 and a half weeks, I got nervous about lack of movements from her so I went to the hospital to be monitored, and—of course—everything was fine. I just get nervous after my experience with Lillian. My doctor told me not to feel bad about it because it is good to go in and make sure everything is okay.
Baby girl moves A LOT. I want to say she moves more than Lillian did, and Lillian moved around a lot up until a few days before she was born. I am glad to feel all the kicks, punches, rolls, and hiccups.
High-Risk Here on Out
Yep, I am high-risk here on out with all my pregnancies. The birth scenario that happened with Lillian should not happen again, but since I did experience that it just means I get extra monitoring starting between 32-34 weeks. I requested that we started the monitoring around 32 weeks because 34 weeks would have only been a week-and-a-half before everything went down with Lillian.
Starting at 32 weeks, I will go in twice a week to get monitored. One appointment will be a nonstress test, and the second appointment will be monitoring through an ultrasound. So, in about two weeks that process will begin. I am glad to get monitored because I think it will help give me some peace of mind.
I can’t believe I am going to have two kids in just a few months. I am trying to soak up all the time I can with Lillian before she gets her first sibling. I am not too scared for the transition to two kids—maybe I am just naïve—but so many people have multiple children it just isn’t something that scares me. I know that love grows with each child that we bring into the world. Wish me luck these next few weeks!