Six Weeks to Go (or "I Can't See My Feet")

I can’t believe it, but I am now 34 weeks along in this amazing journey. I have to say, pregnancy has been an incredible opportunity for me to learn and grow (oh, the growth!), and I am extremely grateful! So today I wanted to post yet another installment of “Extremely Informative and Incredibly Subjective Views on Pregnancy” all about the third trimester.

 With my beautiful sister! Matt and Owen photobombed in the background :)

With my beautiful sister! Matt and Owen photobombed in the background :)

Once you enter into your third trimester, you feel a huge sense of pride! Your baby is big and strong and healthy and just keeps on growing. You are big too (and hopefully healthy and strong), and even though you may have a hard time with being so big (or, really, watching the pounds climb higher on the scale), you can celebrate that the little life you’re carrying is safe. You’re doing a wonderful job!

The first unique aspect of the third trimester you experience is your lack of mobility. Tasks that seemed simple a few weeks ago are now difficult—sometimes even impossible!—and you have to come up with clever ways of getting things done. Socks and shoes, for instance, are no longer simple items to put on and take off. They require concentration, flexibility, focus, and the occasional curse word (immediately followed by an apology to your unborn child). The same goes for giving your dog a bath, picking up the pickle (or cookie or sweet potato) you dropped on the floor, smacking fire ants off your ankles before they strike, and getting out of bed 4-8 times in the middle of the night to pee. 

Another incredible change in the third trimester is your baby’s movement. He or she is in there moving around, and you get to daydream about all the things your baby’s energy and movements mean. Will she be a soccer player? Will he want to take karate? Will she love volleyball? (I’m really hoping for a yes on that last one!). The movements are sometimes quick and a bit shocking, and at other times they are slow and controlled. It’s an incredible experience! Until, of course, your beautiful, precious baby kicks you in the bladder and you almost pee on yourself (okay, let’s be real...you pee on yourself) trying to make it to the bathroom.

Along with these changes, the third trimester also ushers in Baby Shower Season!

 Austin's baby shower in Greenville!

Austin's baby shower in Greenville!

This is great, because you don’t have money to buy all the things your baby needs, and your friends and family love you so much that they buy them for you! Diapers, clothes, toys, and other essentials magically appear at these parties, as do yummy food and drink options that you neither bought nor prepared. Honestly this seems unfair, almost as if you’re cheating people out of their time and money. But don’t worry, they are happy to do it. Because they are able to help you and love your child all at the same time. Suckers!

You experience all of these changes during this final trimester, and in just a few weeks your little bundle of joy will arrive! What happens then is a mystery, but you can’t think about that now. Because you’re too excited and when you try to think about it you start to sweat and cry and freak out a little bit.

So just relax, celebrate where you are, and for goodness’ sake stop trying to put on your workout shoes when there’s no one around to help!