Here we are again! We’re almost through week 28, which means the third trimester is in full swing!
Here’s what baby Adeline has been up to according to the interwebs:
- She’s approximately 2 1/2 lbs in weight
- She measures 14.8 inches in length, (ish)
- She’s adding body fat, can blink her eyes, and her brain is developing more and more everyday!
Weight – Now that we’re in the home stretch, it’s likely I could gain 1/2 lb to 1 lb a week from here on out! So far I’m up about 16 lbs, so I imagine I’ll land safely somewhere in the 25-30 range once it’s all said and done.
Pediatricians – Our next appointment is in 2 weeks, (at 30 weeks) and then I’m thinking we’ll switch to bi-weekly appointments. Not sure yet, but that seems to be the norm! We are also starting to think about pediatricians, even though I think I’ve already got one picked out so I’m not too worried about it. We go to church with her, and based on recommendations from others who have used her, she seems to be a solid choice! I know she’s also part of a group of pediatricians, and from what I’ve heard they are all fantastic as well. I doubt we’ll “interview” any pediatricians beforehand, but if we do, what are we supposed to ask??
Hospital Bag – Another thing on my to-do list is to start thinking about packing my hospital bag. If you know me at all then you know I’m kind of an organizational nazi when it comes to planning things, and I don’t want to wait until the last minute to get everything rounded up. I’ve gotten lots of recommendations from friends about the “must haves” for the hospital, but would love to hear any ideas YOU have as well! It’s still pretty early, but I know the more and more tired I get, the more and more forgetful I’m going to get as well!
Birth Plan – So apparently I’m supposed to be thinking about my birth plan?? Let me let you in on a little secret…we don’t have one. I mean, I have a few stipulations for things I do and don’t want, but for the most part, our philosophy is that the baby’s gonna come out one way or another, and we don’t want to waste time getting bent out of shape if something doesn’t go according to “the plan.” But, if things like who’s allowed in the room, when do I want an epidural, am I open to Pitocin, do I want skin-to-skin time, when do I want her cleaned off, when do I want the cord cut, when do I want family to come in to see her, etc, then I guess you could say we have a semi-plan? I’m feeling pretty laid back about everything though, and don’t want it to be an overly stressful experience if it doesn’t have to be!
Nursery – As far as the nursery goes, her crib has been assembled, her glider is all set up, and it’s looking like this whole baby thing is actually going to happen!! Adam’s parents were in town last weekend and helped us get tons of stuff done, and this weekend my parents are in town so I’m hoping to keep this momentum going!
Photos – We’ve got our maternity pictures scheduled, and I have got to figure out what I’m going to wear! Our fantastic sister in law is shooting them for us, and I know they will be so, so cute. She will also be shooting our hospital/birth photos, so that is a huge blessing!
Showers – Our showers are also on the calendar, and I can’t wait to celebrate baby Adeline with everyone we love most!! Eeek!
Symptoms – A weird symptom I’ve failed to mention over the past um, entire pregnancy, is how sneezy I’ve been!!!! Anyone else?? Good lord, my sneezes are of epic proportions, and I feel like I’m going to sneeze the baby out if I’m not careful! But other than the strange man-sneezing, heartburn and backaches are the main culprits. I’ve figured out that doing dishes, vacuuming, and making the bed hurt my back the WORST. Luckily Adam is willing to help, but I do feel bad having to bow out of chores because “meh meh meh my back hurts, woe is me.” Ha! Ok, I don’t feel that bad.
Recent Purchases – This might be the least exciting thing purchased lately, but I recently met my deductible on my insurance which meant they would cover 80% of the cost of a breast pump! (I’m pretty sure they will cover 100% of a manual pump…but who wants that???) I went through Mommy Express and they handled everything from contacting my insurance, contacting me, to ordering my pump and delivering it straight to me. I opted for the Medela Pump in Style Advanced backpack, and only had to pay $40! (The tote bag version would have only cost me $20! The nicer pumps are considered upgrades, which is why I had to pay anything at all.) It certainly wasn’t free, but props to new healthcare laws for making it MUCH more affordable for mamas!
All in all though, I feel like I’m trucking along quite nicely, and really starting to sympathize with any and every pregnant woman I’ve ever met! It really is true that you can’t understand it until you’ve been through it too! She’s been moving around a ton, and I still can’t even fathom the magnitude of this little miracle! (But really, God designed us to GROW another human being INSIDE our bodies, move all of our organs around, then move them all back once the baby is born. Whoa.)
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