you are now entering…the THIRD TRIMESTER

While it seems like I’ve been pregnant forEVER, officially it’s been 28 weeks.

That’s right.  The third trimester is starting, people.

In the past four weeks I have found out that my placenta has moved nicely with my uterus growth (YAY!), my glucose test came back negative (YAY!), and Charlie is already gaining ahead of schedule and is around 3lbs (O_O).

So let’s compare my pregnancy this time with that of last time, shall we?

Pregnant with Eddie around 28 Weeks

 

28 weeks with Charlie. No make up. No hair done. Just me and mah belly.

Other than liking my hair better then than now, and weighing less then than now, physically I think things are pretty close to the same.

Eddie was a mover and a shaker, but had NOTHING on the stylings of Mr. Charlie in there.  Some days I think he is in there moving furniture…er…organs around.

I also had annoying reflux with Eddie, but it was nothing Tums couldn’t solve…albeit a LOT of Tums.  Charlie likes to give me reflux that makes me throw up.  Awesome.  Tums actually makes it worse because this time around I can’t stand the taste (probably because I had to eat so many with Eddie).  So I have been eating lots of apples and ice cream. It works, trust me.

My rough calculations say that I have gained about 9 pounds with this pregnancy so far, which is about the same as with Eddie.

This pregnancy has been rougher than Eddie’s though.

I think it’s because when I got pregnant with Eddie I was eating pretty good and exercising regularly.  In fact, I had been losing a lot of excess weight when I got pregnant.  Plus I continued with the good eating and exercise all the way up to the 9th month when the BH contractions just wouldn’t let me walk, let alone jog.

This time I was not in any way doing any exercise when I got pregnant and was carrying extra week after a couple years of depression and antidepressants and birth control issues and just not working out.  Then my placenta was low and I had to refrain from any extra activity. I’ve been doing well on my eating, but I feel like a lump of blah.

Plus last time I wasn’t chasing a two and a half year old, so there’s that.

And of course I HAD to open my big yap and brag about how I never got sick when I was pregnant with Eddie.  And now I am on my second terrible cold of this pregnancy.

But really it could all be worse.

I think my favorite part of this pregnancy is how much Eddie talks about Baby Char-wee.

He loves to point out “mommy’s big tummy have baby Char-wee in it.”

We talk about his new big boy room (especially now that our family so very generously bought all his furniture for it) and how Charlie will get his old room.

He tells me how he is going to share his toys and read books to Charlie.

He pats my tummy and says, “how is Char-wee?”

It’s hard for me to believe I only have about 9 more weeks of work and 10 more weeks until baby.

Am I prepared?

No.  I don’t think you can ever be totally ready.

Am I excited?

Yes.  So very much so.

Prepared or not, I am ready.  I am ready to meet this new little guy.

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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.

Comments

  1. So excited for you! Charwee is a lucky little 3-pounder!

  2. Still think a jammie pic would have been adorable!
    I can’t believe how fast time is flying (for me anyway) feels like yesterday that we were siting at dinner at blogher and hearing all about 1st trimester stuff!

    • I know! Remember I had to stop and take naps and choose my food so carefully so I wouldn’t get ill! I’ll definitely enjoy going to a conference more NOT being pregnant! Then I can share some wine with you!

  3. Time does fly!! Hope you are feeling better from your cold, and good luck in your third trimester!

  4. You look great and I am so excited for you. That is all.

  5. That’s the thing about babies, they will have to get out one way or another 😉 Love the belly pics!

    • i know. and I am debating about whether I want to blog about my birth plan or not. Afraid of the slack.

      and thank for loving the belly pics…sometimes? I do not.

  6. You look AWESOME! And you’ve only gained 9 lbs. at 28 weeks???? I swear I’ve gained at least 12 and I’m only 14 weeks. You go, mama!

    • well, you know…i was “over-weight” when I got pregnant, so there’s that. Plus the barfing. So yeah, 9 pounds. Now if I can lose the weight like I did after Eddie? That would be AWESOME. I just have to learn how to KEEP it off!

  7. Oh I love Char-wee!

  8. Yay for third trimester!!! 😀

    I talked to my OB about my reflux in the third trimester (it was SOOOOOOOOOO bad!) and I could take the 75mg (I think, whatever the lowest dose is) of Zantac twice a day. It was a Godsend. Seriously. Maybe ask the OB? You can just swallow it and no nasty chewing like the Tums!

    • That is what I am thinking. I might ask him if I can take something because seriously, when WATER gives me barfing reflux? There is a problem.

      And yes, YAY!

      • It was the BEST. I was vomiting up everything in the 3rd trimester. If I turned weird, it felt like someone set my belly on fire. The reflux was awful. So I asked the OB and she said I could take the lowest dose Zantac twice a day. So I took one in the morning & one before bed. It was awesomesauce.

        • yup, that is me right now. If I bend to pick something up? Puke. If I clear my throat to read a story? Barf. It SUCKS!

  9. Yay!! You look awesome…

  10. You HAVE been pregnant forever. Remember when we couldn’t drink together at BlogHer. Cripes.

    But you ARE adorable in all of your expectantness and that’s all that counts.

    Do my calculations put you in a March delivery? I’d like the 5th or 23rd, please. Thanks in advance.

    • THANK YOU! YES! BlogHer was like a MILLION years ago! So this pregnancy…has been LONG!

      And also thank you. I am blushing. next time, my lovely, we will share some drinks. For sure.

  11. You are soooooo cute! And you should totally do a pool or something to see who comes closest to the day and time of the exact moment of birth. Down to the nano-second.

    That would be hilarious. 😉

    Or maybe it’s just something I would do.

    Be thinking about how I could use the birth of my child on my blog. 😉

  12. “Char-wee” – oh my that melts my heart. You look radiant! I’m hoping the third trimester whizes by for you (though having been pregnant three times I know that’s a long shot but STILL HOPING FOR YOU!).

  13. So excited for you, Katie! The next couple of months are going to fly… 🙂

  14. you look so lovely! can’t believe how fast it’s flown! remind me (i have new mama brain) to tell you and Miranda about our support group. xoxo

  15. I know exactly what you mean by saying your baby is moving organs. I had twins and I swear during the third trimester that they were wrestling in there! You look great, no shame in not wearing makeup when you’re currently producing the miracle of life 🙂

  16. I am SO SO SO excited for you! Also, I’m envious. I really can’t wait for us to get preggers with Baby2. I’m making us wait so that enough time passes that my midwives will feel comfortable with me doing a VBAC this time around. It’s hard to be patient. Except when I think about how CRAZY it’s going to be to have TWO babies… and then I freak out a little. But only a little. 😉 You’re a beautiful pregnant mom, and you have a wonderful family, and it can only get better for you!