We're now at week 28!!! This week wasn't much different than the last. I have failed, once again, to take a bump picture. One piece of advice I got early on was to take regular photos. Maybe I'll take pictures after the birth and run them in reverse order as I lose weight. lol
Something new that has come up: rib pain. Honestly, it feels like I've been stabbed and my lung is leaking air. I read online that this is relatively normal, but made a call to the triage nurse just in case. Basically, there's nothing to do about it other than stretching and taking Tylenol. I try not to take anything, so I guess I'll stick with the pain. Also, I've hit a new level of needing to sit down.
The nursery is coming along quite swimmingly. The cats are especially (not) helpful.
We decided not to do an actual theme. I had colors in mind and found items that matched. Mint, gold, white, and grey are the main colors. Add in some pink - boom - a girl's room. There are a few decorations on our registries. I look forward to putting everything else up on the walls so I can share with you!
A few things have been very helpful to me as I enter the third trimester. Body Glide! THIS STUFF IS A LIFE SAVER. If you have ever worked out or gained weight, you understand chaffing is a horrible nuisance and can literally destroy your day. Well, I ordered some Body Glide and it is the real MVP. Another HUGE blessing is my body pillow. Part of my Christmas gift (to myself) was a Bump Nest pillow. After reading about this beauty for a few years, I knew it would be the one to try. I L O V E it. Cal calls it the Great Wall. When it comes down to it, a girl needs her sleep and this thing delivers.
Things baby got to do this week:
-She got to try all the yummies at last weekend's wedding. So much cake.
-I have been watching Harry Potter or listening to the soundtracks. If babies can learn/understand anything from the womb, I want her to know about three things: Jesus, music, and Harry Potter. I cannot wait to read the books to her one day.
-We are going to enter this child in the 2016 Olympics for the breaststroke. Serious power kicks, batman.
-We've been breaking in the nursery glider. I'll sit and rock and listen to the quiet in her room.
I'll be honest, it's getting more difficult to keep up with these posts. I want to stop time or start moving backwards. Alas, pregnancy is a train that is slow to take off, but eventually moves full steam ahead. I hardly know the girl who wrote posts for weeks 11-19. A lot of people say things when situations like ours come up. "I know so and so and she got bad news about her baby, but he was born 100% normal"..."The doctors could be wrong"..."My one friend went through this, but of course, her baby didn't make it"....that last one, honestly, why do people tell me that?! People say these things because it makes them feel better. I get it. They don't know what else to say. It makes them feel like they are helping. It doesn't help. Our experience is what it is. God is still God whether she is perfect, has some needs, or goes off to Heaven. In fact, that is the case in any circumstance. What are we going to do about it? We pray. We trust.
Looking forward, we are going to do our best to prepare for her, parent her, and tend to her needs, whatever they may be. On that note, welcome third trimester. (Yikes!)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18