I cannot believe I’m already into my third trimester. The second trimester went by so quickly, I never even had the chance to sit down and write a post for it. It was a blissful last two months with minor aches and pains, almost no irritating symptoms (other than some heartburn) and a good supply of energy. I truly find the second trimester to be the absolute best period of my pregnancy. Now and with the twins…
At our 20 week scan, the doctor confirmed it to be a boy and even though for a couple of hours I was a little sad that I wouldn’t have my dream of a little girl, I soon started making plans for his nursery theme and got excited at the idea of another little busy-body in my house.
In the last couple of weeks our baby boy has gone from little flutters to full-blown kicks, twists and turns and sometimes even surprises me with the force of his movements. I guess the twins couldn’t move as much with having so little space, so this little one’s full-body turns feel very strange to me some days. I can spend hours just feeling him kick against my tummy whilst daydreaming of what he might look like and what his personality will be like.
The twins are pretty much still clueless when it comes to the baby. They constantly ask to see my tummy, but then point at their tummies to show me their “baby” too. It’s rather cute, I must admit. I’m not sure how to prepare them for the new one though, especially if they don’t understand the concept of a baby. They’ve been around their baby cousin and understand when we tell them the baby is sleeping or drinking bottle, so I hope that makes a bit of a difference.
How pregnant am I? Not sure… Hubby and I keep coming up with a different date, so we’ll just go with 28 weeks for now until our next doctor’s appointment.
How big is baby? At this point baby should be weighing in at around 1.2 kg and measure around 40cm from head to toe. We should know exact details at our next appointment.
Weight Gain: I have no idea, and I really don’t want to know either. Some days I feel bigger than I did with the twins, but the hubby keeps reassuring me that it’s not the case at all.
Pregnancy Symptoms: Third trimester has hit me with a bang, and for the last two weeks I’ve been very uncomfortable. I’ve been getting random aches and pains in my lower abdomen combined with some slow burning backache. Heartburn and bloating have also been at the top of the list together with headaches and leg cramps.
Food cravings and aversions: I haven’t really had any cravings or aversions since the first trimester. I tend to eat much smaller portions now, since I feel full much faster.
Any Movement? It’s funny how we find any and everything to worry about. One day baby will kick almost constantly and quite vigorously and the next I’m worrying that I haven’t felt him for a couple of hours. With the twins there seemed to be almost constant movement as either one was always moving or having hiccups. I’m still getting use to sometimes not feeling any movement due to baby sleeping.
Sleep: Sleeping has become a mission since everything from hip pains and leg cramps to heartburn has been keeping me up. Don’t get me wrong, that certainly doesn’t mean that I’m not tired enough to sleep soundly. I walk around like a zombie most days now.
Emotions: I’m still pretty much all over the place. I think it’s more based on frustration at my body and tiredness though, compared to the first few months. I feel very sorry for hubby and the boys some days as I just don’t have the patience, humour and energy to carry on with our day. Feeling like the worst mommy around right now and hoping the kids don’t remember this part of me at the end of all of this.
Purchases: We’ve done all our big-ticket shopping for things like a pram, bouncy seat, curtains, etc. We’ve also started stocking up on nappies, wipes, formula and little sets of clothing.
Next is deciding on a colour to paint the room, actually finding the time to paint the room and putting up some of the cute décor that daddy has started making for the theme.
What I miss: I miss having the energy to run around playing with the twins each night after school. I feel like I might not be giving them all the attention they deserve.
What I’m looking forward to: Seriously looking forward to my maternity leave and some extra minutes of sleep every now and then.