I have taken a LONG break from blog posts, but I am back and talking about my third and final trimester of pregnancy!! Tomorrow is officially baby Andrew's due date and we actually go to the hospital tomorrow night to start the process of being induced. I cannot even believe it- my excitement for this day to come has been unreal. We are so grateful!
The third trimester has been...long. It has had its ups and downs! I'll start by focusing only on the positive. In the third trimester, my belly started to grow A LOT. I started to look back on pictures from the second trimester and couldn't even believe how far we have come. Each day was a new day with this active baby in my belly and my clothes would fit tighter and my ribs would be a little more sore. I was amazed with how much he was growing. During this trimester, we finished Andrew's nursery and are so proud of it. We were showered three times by our families, friends, and coworkers and felt so much love. We went on endless walks so I could stay active (even when it was freezing). We got to see the baby one final time in an ultrasound at 36 weeks because they thought he was measuring bigger than age (I was so worried for this, but everything was fine!). It was crazy to see how much he had grown since the last ultrasound at 20 weeks. At 36 weeks, he was already head down and we could see his sweet nose, cheeks, hands, chubby legs, and lips. I am so biased but he looked so so cute! I still stare at those ultrasound pictures and can't get over his face! Another thing that was so interesting that I didn't even realize was that his but was the body part up by my ribs and his legs were folded over and down by his head! It makes sense once you think about it because they come out very long but your torso is not that long! That ultrasound was a great day. THEN FINALLY, he began to drop! There was a certain point around New Years where he was sitting so high in my ribs that getting through the day was uncomfortable. Magically within a few days he began to drop lower and I felt significant relief and was able to breathe (and teach) so much easier. I went back to school after a long two weeks off for winter break and felt very well rested. I was hopeful that he would be coming soon and was ready to enjoy the last few weeks with my students.
There were some negative parts to the third trimester, but it was important to me to try to remain as positive as I could and understand that everything is so very worth it. If you are also pregnant and reaching the end, it will be here before you know it! During the third trimester my heartburn got significantly worse and would wake me up every night at 2 am. So I would start rationing out my tums for the day right at 2 am! Hahah! Tums became my best friend 🙂 I took Prilosec once a day as well. I just really had to be conscious over what I was eating! Sleeping started to also become very difficult and some days I would find myself feeling frustrated but I then started to allow myself to really rest when I could. My weekends were made up of a lot of REST! If you're like me and feel like you have to constantly go - go - go- don't feel bad when your body needs to rest when you are pregnant! Listen to yourself when you are tired and relax. Last week I got the stomach bug and I was very very worried. I wasn't able to keep down anything- liquids included- and I had no idea what this could do to Andrew! My doctor had us go in to get checked at the hospital and as I was describing to the nurse what was happening I started crying right away- and I felt embarrassed to cry. The nurse was so nice and reassured me that everything is normal and would be fine. My hormones definitely took over me in that moment! They quickly attached the bands to my stomach where we could hear his heartbeat and he sounded great. I felt so much better. They gave me an IV and it helped a lot. I was having some contractions that were showing up on the computer, but nothing significant! After about an hour we were released to go home and reminded us that Andrew was healthy and active and would be okay. I will say that stomach bug really got me down because just lack of feeling good and being unable to sleep. Tyler was an allstar husband during this bug and took such good care of me. This was my first time our whole marriage ever being really sick! It just showed me what a great dad he is going to be.
Fast forward one week and here we are today one DAY away from our baby boy's due date. I can't believe the whole pregnancy is about to come to an end and we are about to meet our greatest gift. All of this is truly a miracle and we couldn't be more grateful to have this baby. We are going to spend our last day as a family of three together cuddled on the couch and watching the superbowl. We pray that tomorrow and the next day go well and for a healthy baby boy! If you are pregnant or trying to conceive I am praying for you as well. I hope everything goes smoothly for you and that you have a healthy baby! 🙂
I am going to share some of my absolute MUST HAVES for pants throughout the end of my pregnancy. Hopefully they can help you as well! I wore these three pairs of pants on repeat during the third trimester. I highly recommend them! The white jeans are also currently 50% off! Can't beat that.