Saturday, 10 May 2014

28 Weeks

In the last few weeks I have been informed by several people that my bump is "neat". As far as I can tell, what they mean by this is that I still have a defined waistline, I haven't put on weight anywhere except my bump (and my boobs, but most people are too polite to comment on that) and my bump is all in the front. You still can't see it from behind. I'm convinced it's more obvious from the left side than the right, but maybe that's just me? Either way, there is definitely a bump, but somehow I still fit into this age 13-14 dress from Asda. 

More importantly, we're officially into the third trimester! Now is the time for antenatal classes, slightly more midwife appointments (all of them rather unexciting, since there's not much to discuss with a ridiculously low risk pregnancy like ours, thankfully!), ordering our pram and deciding on a birth plan. Simon's ideas on what to include in our birth plan? "Having a baby." Anything we definitely don't want to happen at the birth? "Not having a baby." As you can see, we're making fantastic progress on that item on our to-do list.

How far along? 28 weeks & 1 day
Total weight gain/loss: Still at 9lbs, so I haven't gained anything in the last couple of weeks, but I haven't lost anything either! 
Maternity clothes? I'm still managing to fit into some of my old clothes--mostly long tops and elasticated skirts and loose dresses--but I love my maternity jeans. So comfy!
Stretch marks? Still none! Given the rate that my bump seems to be growing at, I'm rather surprised.
Sleep: I'm not as tired as I have been the last couple of weeks, but I'm having weird dreams and can't seem to sleep in past 7:30am. Either the baby's movements are waking me up, or it's my bladder. 
Best moment this week: Reaching the third trimester! It's exciting and scary at the same time. 
Movement: The baby has actually been a little quieter the last few days, but its movements are pretty consistent, and sometimes we can actually see my belly moving. There was one day when I was having horrible backache, and then we saw the baby very obviously kick right below my ribcage, so its position explained why I'd been in so much pain! And then it moved around and kicked at my side. According to my midwife, the movements will change over the next month as the baby has less room to move, and I think I'll miss the usual activity!
Cravings/Aversions: I've really been craving chocolate lately, and the other day I was in the mood for pizza. I guess that counts?
Gender guesses: A lot of people have told us they think it's a girl. It's fun listening to everyone's guesses, and we're honestly surprised we've managed to keep it a secret this long ;)
Labor Signs: None, although I have been researching Braxton Hicks so I know what to look out for, especially given how bad my backache has been recently. 
Belly Button in or out? Still in. I'm starting to think it's never going to pop. 
What I miss: Wine. I've not had a glass of wine since September, when we first started trying to get pregnant, and I'm finally starting to properly miss it. 
What I am looking forward to: Our baby shower tomorrow! Some friends from church are throwing us a very low-key baby shower, and we're really excited about it :)
Weekly Wisdom: Just smile and nod whenever anyone tells you that you barely look pregnant, even though you feel as big as a house and struggle to lean over to put your socks on in the morning. 
Milestones: We've reached the third trimester! Which means I'm flip-flopping between being excited that our baby will be here soon, and freaking out that we're not organised enough. Simon is being incredibly patient and, naturally, not worrying at all.

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