Can you believe I'm already in the last leg of this thing?? Because I can't. It felt like time flew by whenever I witnessed my friends'/family's pregnancies but I had no idea mine would feel just as fast. Back in January, September felt sooo far away and now it feels like it's just around the corner. I'm not ready!! Haha.
Physically I've started suffering some common pregnancy ailments like sciatica, plantar fasciitis and heartburn. I know it could be worse but man, it is a bummer. I'm still trying to walk as much as possible to keep my ligaments loose and stay in the best shape possible. I'm definitely starting to gain that third trimester weight which explains the sciatica and plantar fasciitis so comfy shoes are key. The lovely Savannah over at Mama Tribe Oils also sent me some samples to try and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with all three things giving me grief so I'm planning on using those ASAP and will report back.
I'm at the point where I don't know how my stomach is going to stretch any bigger (but I know it will). I still *KNOCK ON WOOD* don't have any stretch marks and I'm convinced it's because of my religious slathering of coconut oil on my belly every day. If I can survive this pregnancy without any stretch marks I will consider it a large victory. My belly button is also still an innie but that seems to be teetering dangerously close to changing--I'm half expecting to wake up one day and it just being out. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
The burst of energy that came in the second trimester is now waning and fatigue is starting to set in again. I think its being compounded by the 110 degree (yes, seriously) weather we've been experiencing here the past couple weeks. All I want to do is either stay indoors in the AC or immerse myself in a body of water!
Emotionally I have been sooo emo lately. The other day a friend made a comment about how she totally thought I wasn't as far along as I actually am and it hit me all of a sudden how little time I have left with my baby safe inside my belly and I just burst into tears. Joel was like, "Do you just want to stay pregnant forever?" and I'm like "....kinda." Ha. I don't, obviously--I can't wait to meet our son--I just am having anxiety over being able to give him everything he needs and be a good mom. Normal stuff I guess, but when you're pregnant, nothing really seems normal anymore.
I'm SUPER excited to finally be going on our babymoon to Yosemite in a couple of weeks. We'll be staying 2 nights in a yurt (I've always wanted to stay in one!) at this resort, courtesy of the lovely people at RVC Outdoors. I can't wait. It's 4th of July which also happens to be Joel's birthday so it will be nice to celebrate that plus our last trip as a couple before we turn into the three amigos.
This past Sunday was Joel's first "fetus" Father's Day and even though he insisted I don't get him anything, I snagged him the cutest t-shirt set to wear with Walker--his says "POP" and Walker's says, "TOT." Cue: heart explosion.
Mentally I am relieved we have finally moved into our new house. So now I'm just trying to play catch up on getting everything we need ready for little man's arrival while simultaneously trying to put the rest of our house together. Between furnishing rooms in the house and phone calls to installation companies and the handyman, it's a miracle I can still remember my name. I have always been one to work best under pressure so as stressful as things get, I've got it under control (for the most part).
As far as my cravings go, I still have somewhat of a sweet tooth but it's not as bad as it was. Right now I'm really into peanut butter + jelly sandwiches and Mexican food (not together). Either always sounds good, no matter the time of day. I'm still also drinking tons of water, I throw in a few slices of cucumber which has been my jam and still in a deep, committed relationship with La Croix. They keep coming out with new flavors in their sub-brand, Curate which I finally googled and found out its the same as the regular La Croix, just with a stronger flavor profile. Little do they know they are the unofficial sponsor of my pregnancy.
Baby Walker is averaging over 2lbs now and continues to grow (as do I). I feel him kicking pretty much all day now but he's still most active at night. One of my favorite things to do is lie propped up by pillows on the couch and stare at my stomach and watch the Walker Show. It is the coolest feeling in the world. Sometimes when I put my hand on my belly I can feel one of his actual body parts close to the surface of my skin and that kind of freaks me out but I just tell myself he's giving me a high-five.
I'm looking forward to our couple's maternity photos in Point Reyes next month and baby shower(s) which are both in August.
I'm glad I waited until I was farther along and showing more to take these last set of photos. It's funny thinking back to how I thought I was so big back in the second trimester to how I actually look now. Once this is all over I'm going to stitch all the bump photos together in a post to see the progression. I'm sure everyone is sick of my weekly bump photo by now but I know they are photographic memories I'll want to keep forever.
It's going to be SO HOT at both of my baby showers but I'm excited to have all of our friends and family gather together to celebrate. I'm of course designing the invites so I need to finalize those, get them printed and send them out in the next couple of weeks. My mom knows how to throw a great party so I'm not really worried about her and my sisters organizing that, and the co-ed shower at my best friend's house is going to be super simple and laid back.
I'm a little sad this is my last trimester update (see? EMO) but I'm beyond stoked to be that much closer to sharing about our little man once he's earthside. Now taking bets on if I'll go into labor early, on time, or late...