21 April 2014

{28 Weeks} with baby #3

We have reached the finally trimester of this pregnancy, and I have officially moved to bi-weekly OB appointments. I must admit this last trimester of my last pregnancy has me quite weepy and excited all at the same time. With my last pregnancy quickly coming to an end I find myself pouty and sentimental knowing that I am experiencing all of my lasts. I think what makes it even harder, is the fact that I don't have the time to cherish it the way I would like to. Kids, a new home, cleaning, laundry, my business they all keep my pretty busy and it is easy to forget I am pregnant. I forget to eat, forget to rest, forget to sit and talk to this last Tatum Tot. The time is flying and as I sit at the end of 28th week I am beginning to realize that we only have 11 short weeks until my due date, and then this chapter of growing babies officially comes to an end. Never again to feel the flutters of life inside of me, to experience hiccups that aren't mine, to know the feeling of being kicked in the bladder.

While I am sentimental about the end of baby growing years, I am also very excited to meet this newest little one. The little person that will finally complete our family and make us whole. This little person that will add to the spirit of our home and fill our hearts with love. I am excited to finally call this baby by it's name and see how Kaydence and Kameron react to their new baby brother or sister.

:: Symptoms ::

Baby Movement - The movement from this baby is no longer sweet little flutters. I now get full on kick, jabs and head butts that are clearly visible through my belly and even semi-painful sometimes. I love every moment of it!

Acid Reflux - My chest and throat are on fire! Nothing I eat is safe and no time of the day is better than others. This was my biggest complaint with both of my previous pregnancies and this pregnancy seems to be no exception

Restless Leg Syndrome - My legs seem to get this tingly feeling at night and it makes it really difficult for me to sit sill. I can be dead tired and unable to sleep, feeling like I need to move. 

Lack of Sleep - I somehow always forget that not sleeping through the night starts in the third trimester, when your belly becomes too big for any position to be comfortable and you insentient need to pee keeps you running to the bathroom every 30 minutes.

Frequent bathroom breaks/incontinence  - Frequent bathroom breaks is not just a night time occurrence; I pee all the time, and sometimes even when I am not ready. One single sneeze, cough, head butt to the bladder and the flood gates are open. Yes, people this is "normal"!

Itchy belly - My belly is beginning to itch. Everyday I lather it in coconut oil and lotion but there seems to be no amount of hydration to penetrate this insistent itch.

Back Pain - It's at an all time high this third time around. I had hoped my extra fitness level during this pregnancy would help to eliminate the back pain, but the fact of the matter is a bad back is a bad back, period. I have taken more epsom salt baths in the last month than I have in the last 4 years, but it is the only thing that seems to sooth this tired, achy back of mine. 

Braxton Hicks - Yep, they have started. I blame myself mostly. I don't do a great job of staying hydrated and knowing my limit. In fact, the braxton hicks tend to be the reminder for me to drink more water and take a seat. I know this is not good, but I have a hard time just sitting and doing nothing. 

Gallbladder Pain - Yep, still here.

:: Cravings ::

- Any vegetable with ranch dressing

- Watermelon

-And this particular week I haven't been able to think of anything more than fried catfish, collard greens and black-eyed peas (soulfood has been speaking to my soul)

Back again at 30 Weeks! 

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