Finally another blog post and pregnancy update!!
I’ve been quiet around here…but not due to inactivity, that’s for sure! I’ve been very busy, and taking care of twin toddlers while pregnant sure does take a toll on me. By the time I DO have time to do something like blog, I have a hard time even putting together words because my mind and body feel so depleted! BUT I’m excited to say I have some blog posts in the works for next week, hooray!
It’s really hard to believe I am just a few days away from the THIRD trimester! How did that happen?! It’s crazy how the first trimester always drags by for me, the 2nd one flies by, and then the 3rd one…at least for me last time, seemed to drag on forever as well! But I have a feeling it will be different this time since I’m not stuck on strict bedrest and some days can’t complete basic to-do’s on my list, let alone preparing well for baby!!
Last night I had a crazy vivid dream about going into labor and having this baby…and I was completely unprepared. We hadn’t packed bags, I literally didn’t bring anything with me, and I forgot entirely how to nurse a baby. Ha! That dream definitely makes me feel eager to get prepared!
Week 26 is a milestone week for me, because it’s the week that I went into my first pre-term labor scare with the twins! Read all about that update on my photography blog here! My husband and I cried together at the hospital, believing that we were going to have preemie babies and we hadn’t even decided on names yet. We were so grateful the contractions finally slowed and I was sent home, even if it meant full-time bedrest for me! This means I’ve never been past this point of pregnancy without having to be horizontal 24/7 so this is a whole new world for me! I am grateful for each day, each week that passes, and I pray my body continues to stay strong. When I was just 23 weeks, I had an afternoon of a couple hours worth of contractions consistently 3-5 minutes apart, and I’m thankful that since then, the contractions have been inconsistent, despite how daily they are. Apparently that’s normal with an irritable uterus!
Here’s a fun comparison of 26 weeks with twins vs one baby!! Pretty similar, but my belly isn’t QUITE as big this time around! (side note: I lost a bunch of files, including my twin pregnancy ones, so this is a screenshot from my blog…thus the poor quality!!)
Otherwise, how am I feeling? I’m feeling tired. I often crash on the couch after we put the kids to bed! I’m feeling lots of back pain, especially at night. I’m feeling pain due to swollen, achy varicose veins. My right ankle gets really swollen, but I’m thrilled I haven’t had to take off my wedding ring yet! Hooray for that! I’m LOVING feeling the movement in my tummy, as it seems to be more and more each day! I get so distracted with what I’m doing because I love watching my tummy move Madeline has been really loving feeling baby kick too! She’s really attuned to my growing tummy – she daily comments on it and wants to give baby a hug and a kiss. It brings me such joy! Abram hasn’t really noticed my tummy and it’s rare when he really excited about baby! So funny the boy/girl differences there!
Workouts? I just wrapped up my pregg0-version of the 21 day fix the other week and will share about it soon! The third trimester will be different, as I will not be sticking to a particular program and will be taking my workouts down a notch, now that I’m feeling large and uncomfortable! I’ve been loving taking long morning walks before the kids get up, and I hope to do lots of swimming in the next 3 months. I’ll be doing light weight lifting to help keep some level of strength!
Weight Gain? I struggle with this each day, and I’d love to share a full post about it sometime. It’s all a mental struggle for me. My weight gain is almost exactly on track with what it was during my twin pregnancy, and that’s really hard for me to swallow. My body is just designed to do a particular thing and no matter how healthfully I eat, I don’t have control over the weight it puts on! I’m up 27lbs with the bulk of baby’s weight gain yet to come…which is a bit scary!! But I will press on making healthy decisions and praying that God frees my mind from worrying about the weight, and rather be in awe of the miracle of life in me!
Preparations? I’ve started getting the urge to begin nesting and create a nursery for baby! I think it will begin to feel really REAL once a room is set up for this little babe! I can’t wait!
I could share more, but this is getting really long!!
I want to hear from YOU! What things did you enjoy doing during your 3rd trimester to help prepare yourself for baby’s arrival?!