size of the baby: A platypus!
gender: Still a girl, I’d assume.
clothes: All maternity pants and Lululemon Align leggings at this point. The side panel ones are a little less comfortable because it feels like they put more pressure (being so low rise) right across my bladder. I’m a full panel gal, for sure.
Every time my Align Leggings are clean they’re the first thing I reach for. It’s probably worth it for me to invest in another pair but it’ll take me another two years to build up the courage to spend nearly $100 on leggings again. They just are hands down the most comfortable article of clothing I’ve ever worn (pregnant or not).
I finally found the perfect t-shirts. I’d been looking for something non-maternity, with a curved hem at the bottom, not too low cut but not a crew neck, that covered the bum. Specific enough? I found it at Gap Factory. It’s the Luxe short-sleeve tee and it is perfection. I think it will work well almost to the end of pregnancy (I sized up to a medium) and after they will be loose and flowy (and again, will cover the bum) postpartum. I bought three colors.
movement: She’s moving pretty regularly. She kicked me in the rib the other day and I had my first almost ouch moment with a kick.
sleep: Decent. I wake up one or two times a night to go to the bathroom but almost always fall right back asleep. Now I just preemptively get up. If I am sort of awake, I just go to the bathroom before I absolutely have to. Occasionally I still sleep through the night but only if I restrict my water intake in the evenings (which I’m not very good at).
missing: Not being out of breathe all the time, still. Not spilling food or beverages on my belly constantly. What even is that? Did I always spill this much and it just didn’t hit my belly on the way down? I seem to always have a stain on the front of my shirt.
cravings and aversions: None. I’m eating pretty normally. My blood tests came back that I am anemic so I had to start an iron supplement and due to the potential side effects, I’ve been super good about eating lots of veggies, beans, whole grains, etc.
what we’ve bought: Old Navy had a PJ sale for kids and babies and I bought her this blush pink footie for $6.40. We had these footies in every color with Ben and they were our favorites. She’ll be rewearing his and I’m adding in some girly colors too. I also found two footies I loved in Nordstrom Rack recently. Who knew Jessica Simpson made adorable baby clothes?
We were gifted a crib, bedside bassinet (the one we used with Ben won’t work in our bedroom because it won’t fit at the bedside), and the 2nd seat for the Uppababy stroller. We bought the crib mattress and crib sheets.
what we need: We need to buy the Uppababy Vista adapters and blackout shades for our bedroom. She’ll be in a bedside bassinet for a few months and right by a window so we need to make sure it isn’t too bright.
What I’d really like to buy (but am waiting for black Friday) are a few more girly footies in muted pinks and floral patterns, a few pink or floral swaddles, some headband bows, basically everything baby girl on Zara’s website, and a few decor items for the nursery.
what i’m dreaming about: I had a terrifying dream that I got bad vericose veins in my legs and then they started popping out. Literally the veins coming out of my legs.
how i’m feeling: Decent. It was interesting to find out that the more extreme fatigue I’m feeling this pregnancy was probably caused by my anemia. I thought it was just chasing around a toddler! The iron pills take about 2-3 weeks to really help your body make more red blood cells so I’m hoping that might improve soon. I still struggle to stay awake some afternoons despite getting at least 8 hours of sleep and having one cup of coffee each day.
I started to have some back pain if I do too much during the day. If I pick Ben up a lot or power walk more than a few miles, I can definitely feel it at the end of the day.
The doctor also referred me to a cardiologist due to some heart racing I experienced in my first and second trimesters. They found a mild murmur (apparently common in pregnancy due to increased blood volume) so they’re making me get a full echocardiogram with the ultrasound of the heart and now I have a follow up too. It seems like I’m always at the doctor these days.
workouts: I walk everywhere and do some prenatal youtube videos. I stand against my fridge and do pelvic tucks to work my ab muscles. No legit classes or anything but I’m not worried about it. I’m an overall active person and I don’t sit down a lot during the day (again, chasing a toddler around the neighborhood/playground). I regularly hit 3 miles of walking and am on the lower end of the recommended weight gain so my doctor says I’m fine.
nav is: When I have occasionally mentioned my back pain, Nav’s eyes get wide and I can see the worry. With Ben, back pain was the major symptom I had of a placental abruption and so I have to assure him that it’s nothing near that pain and that I’ll know this time if it’s something more than just regular pregnancy back pain.
looking forward to: One of my best friends is getting married this month and my whole fam is in the wedding and I’m so excited. Nav and Ben are both wearing tuxedos and I’ve never seen Nav in a tux before (or Ben, for that matter lol) so it’ll be all the heart eyes over here. It’s going to be such a beautiful wedding.
best moments: Ben turned two on Friday so this weekend we took him to the Railway Museum of Pennsylvania and to Lancaster to the farmers market. One of the best things about having a kid is seeing things through their eyes. Ben was thrilled to see so many trains and as an adult you really appreciate the experience of museums, zoos, aquariums, etc. (like apparently the expansion of the railroad system is actually pretty interesting).
Also I don’t know if this qualifies as nesting but I cleaned out our basement. You guys, we look like legit hoarders but I swear a lot of it is baby/kid stuff and we really have to make use of the space because we don’t have storage in our house (literally, at all – no closet on the first floor or in Ben’s room and our closet is a small Ikea built in).
I went to Target and bought more big plastic storage bins and sorted all the baby clothes by size and labeled all of the boxes. We also have a lot of our own clothes in the basement because our closet is small so we really have to swap things out seasonally. I’ve moved all clothes that don’t fit me right now (which is a lot of my clothes) to the basement as well and put them in vacuum storage bags.
I think this weird intense cleaning nesting instinct might be Nav’s least favorite part of pregnancy because then he doesn’t want me to lift stuff so he winds up getting roped in to helping with these random activities. He’s always super sweet about it but I think he’s hoping I’m done the organizing. So for me one of the best moments was getting the basement to a place of semi-organization. It feels really satisfying.
Like Bumpdates? You can check out my first trimester recap or my 24 week bumpdate from this pregnancy. Or go way back and see my first trimester recap with Ben, the 25 week bumpdate, and my 34 week bumpdate (that I published the day he was born!).