We have officially entered our third trimester!
The last 6 months have really flown by. This pregnancy journey has been such an enjoyable and rewarding one, and every week there are changes and developments to look forward to.
When I began this third trimester I had several big moments of anxiety where I felt flooded with thoughts and doubts about being a new mom. You spend a lot of your first pregnancy preparing for…well, pregnancy. Your weeks are filled with symptoms and information about development while you anxiously wait for positive news with each monthly appointment, and that takes up a lot of your energy and focus. And now that we’re finally here we are switching gears to figure out exactly how on earth to care for a newborn!
At this point in my journey, our sweet little girl is as active as can be. She gets hiccups and rolls and kicks and even responds to Tyler talking to her every night (when he tells her things like, “Don’t listen to what Mom says when she drives!”). My energy levels were at an all time high during the second trimester, but I can tell they’re starting to slowly drop, and the changes in my body have put some strain on my lower back and sides.
Bring on the waddling.
In May, Tyler and I took a trip to the Bay Area for a long weekend to enjoy some relaxation and one final getaway! Although we’ve done some traveling since getting married, it had been about 3 years since we took a vacation just for us, and we enjoyed every second of it.
We have completed as much of the nursery as we can at this point. The crib, changing table, and glider are all up and ready for use! This room had previously been my “wo-man cave” which I used for taking my food photos and reading, so there was already a couch and a side table, but we’ve added some decor, including wall art, a new rug, and a pouf.
Tyler and I have spent days sitting in this peaceful room, rocking on the glider and sitting on the floor, talking about all the excitement and joy that will soon enter this sweet little space.
What’s Left on Our List:
Names: We need to finalize her name! We called her “Shrimpy” for the few months, and that certainly won’t do…so that’s next on our to-do list.
Birthing Classes/Hospital Bag: We have a few more classes to take at our hospital in the next month (the one I’m really looking forward to is a class based off of the book The Happiest Baby on the Block), and I’ll finish getting my hospital bag ready! Right now it’s filled with snacks. Priorities, amirite?
Nesting: Nesting has definitely kicked in, so every weekend I’ve been running around like a mad woman making sure to check things off my list – from random errands like buying towel bar replacements for our guest bathroom to wiping down baseboards. …I swear they looked fine up until a few weeks ago.
Preparing our dogs: For the past couple of years, Sam and Sadie have been treated like our babies, so it’s important to us that introducing a new baby into our home is an easy transition. We’ve let them come into the nursery to smell her furniture, clothes, and car seat to familiarize themselves. I’ve read that weeks before delivering it’s helpful to wear baby lotion and oil on our hands, and that when I am in the hospital it’s apparently good to have someone bring home the baby blanket for them to get used to that scent. We’ve seen them with babies and so we’re pretty sure it’ll be an easy introduction, but being prepared gives us one less thing to worry about and ensures a healthy and safe environment for everyone.
Although I do have a sinking suspicion they’ll be just fine.
In the next few months, I am looking forward to:
Baby showers! The next few weeks will be filled with celebrating with those dear to us, and though we’re far away from a lot of our family and friends, we couldn’t feel more grateful to have such a wonderful support system.