You guys, today is my due date! I more than expected to go late, so no big deal, but I thought today would be a perfect day to share my thoughts on this last phase of pregnancy.
3rd Trimester Health
For the most part, I have felt great through the 3rd trimester. It's really hard for me to complain about anything, especially since I know so many people who felt terrible during their entire pregnancies. I have gained nearly 50lbs (which is terrifying) and I feel like everything I have experienced is a result of that. My feet hurt at the end of the day and even my maternity pants are honestly pretty uncomfortable at this point (I should probably just start going to work in sweats). At about 37 weeks, I started to deal with more swelling - my wedding ring doesn't fit and I can't wear any of my riding boots because they are way too tight on my calves. Buuuut, that's to be expected at this point and as much as getting dressed in the mornings has been tough, I'm convinced it will all be worth it :)
Also, the baby is as healthy as ever. He measures correctly every week, has a great heartbeat and moves around like a kickboxer. He's been head down since at least week 20 and seems to be ready to enter the world.
3rd Trimester Highlights
Feeling the baby move. I started feeling the baby move around 16 weeks, but it hasn't gotten old at all. I love knowing that he's doing great in there. Granted, it can be pretty painful at this point (I definitely thought a head-butt was a contraction at one point), but I still appreciate it.
My time with Eric. Eric and I have a great time together, always. He is such a wonderful person to spend time with. Unfortunately, we've been really, really busy lately so we haven't really had much time to sit around and just spend time together. But, we did get to have a little getaway a couple of weekend ago and it was wonderful. We are both definitely excited to meet our son, but we are also so aware of how things will change. I know we will love the baby and our lives will be better because of him, but there are just things that we aren't exactly pumped about. All of that to say, I know how special these last few days are and Eric and I have been trying to make the most of them.
Baby stuff! Baby clothes are so cute, you guys. Baby boy outfits - plaid, sweaters, fake ties - all adorable. We haven't bought much ourselves, but we have received tons of cute outfits that I am so excited to put him in. Also, just figuring out everything we need, returning items we don't, etc has felt really good. I love going into the baby's nursery (pictures to come soon, I promise!) and just looking at his bed, blankets and other sweet things.
3rd Trimester Favorites
Anenome Bras. I've pretty much worn my regular bras throughout the pregnancy, but the past few weeks they have been pretty uncomfortable. I bought a few of these cheap ones off of Amazon a couple of months ago and I have been so thankful for them. They are comfy and stretchy and you can un-hook them for breastfeeding as well.
Naturalizer Loafers. I bought these early in my second trimester and have pretty much worn them nearly every day since. I have had some minor swelling in my feet the last few weeks, plus it's really difficult to get my shoes on and off every day, so these have been great. Naturalizer is definitely one of my favorite brands when it comes to comfort - I have these riding boots and they are amazing too.
Coke with Lime. Soooo you really shouldn't drink soda when you are pregnant. Actually, you shouldn't drink soda at all - it's really bad for you (in case you didn't know?). I hardly ever drink coke, but I've been to a few events lately where everyone is drinking some sort of alcoholic beverage and I felt left out, so my choice has been a coke with an entire lime squeezed in. Soooo good.
Lucie's List. There are tons of websites out there with great advice and daily updated about baby, but my favorite has been Lucie's List. Meg's writing style is right up my alley (people take a lot of baby stuff WAY too seriously - I appreciate her sarcasm) and her registry guide is perfect. I highly recommend signing up for weekly emails if you're preggers.
I have had a really great pregnancy overall and I feel so blessed! I was definitely nervous about feeling sick or super-uncomfortable or having strange symptoms and I didn't have any of that. Now I'm about to become a mom. I wish I wasn't nervous about that :)
P.S. You can read about the first trimester or the second trimester if you are so inclined.