Oct 8, 2018

Bump to Baby: 28 Weeks

You weigh about two and a quarter pounds and are almost 15 inches long from head to toe. You are currently settling into your proper birth position with your head facing downward. I don't know if that's the case but you sure are shifting a lot and it's been a little painful lately. You have been working on blinking these days, which is just another skill to add into your many tricks like coughing, sucking, hiccupping and breathing. You have your own sleep cycles - they don't always line up with mine however - and now included is the rapid eye movement phase which means you are probably even dreaming.

This has been the week of aches and pains. I may not be very big but I am definitely feeling 7 months pregnant. I'm also pretty tired. Most days I just want to lay on the
couch and not move, but your siblings don't always agree with that idea so much. My back has been pretty achy and it's not just the skeletal spot but the whole thing. Bending is just pain uncomfortable. Your movements are sometimes pretty painful too. You definitely have a kick on you. I just feel achy from my head to my toes these days and trying to find a comfortable position is hard. Sometimes I have to have your dad remind me that I don't always feel like this and I feel better when I'm not pregnant. But it's all worth it in the end, it just makes for a long nine months. I am still somehow struggling with food. I haven't thrown up in a couple weeks now but that doesn't mean I don't get queasy at almost every meal. It takes me forever to get through a meal because I have to eat so slowly and take really small bites. But I am definitely hungry a lot, so I feel like I'm constantly eating. I also feel like I'm constantly running off to the bathroom. It doesn't take much - walking, coughing, sneezing. I am getting tired of the constant trips to the bathroom especially in the middle of the night.

It really does seem crazy to me that I am now in my third trimester and my seventh month. Truthfully I never imagined I would actually get to this point because I never expected to actually get pregnant again. I had hoped it would happen but after all we went through to get Connor I never imagined we would be able to get pregnant again then after my fourth miscarriage right before this pregnancy, I was sure my pregnancy days were behind me. But we were able to get pregnant again and now I'm into my last trimester. This pregnancy hasn't exactly been a cake walk for me in so many ways. It's been challenging and I just haven't felt good at all. I did finally stop throwing up halfway through my second trimester but I never did get a burst of energy in my second trimester. I have struggled with food throughout this entire pregnancy which has definitely been frustrating, and even now I often feel queasy when I eat but I definitely feel queasy when I get too hungry. I have also struggle with discomfort pretty early on. The heat of the summer never helped, but my body just ached. I never really put on a lot of weight during my pregnancies but that doesn't mean I don't feel uncomfortable. I get a lot of pain my shoulder and my rib cage which my doctor told me a couple pregnancies ago that it was just a skeletal issue I have. That pain started even earlier than it has the last two pregnancies which makes it frustrating when I'm trying to find a comfortable way to sit. But I will take every moment of discomfort because that means I am carrying this baby girl. I still have a hard time believing I am actually pregnant and we will be meeting this girl in just a few short months. And I am so ready. I can't wait to see who she is and will become. I can't wait to see who she looks like. Will she be another lefty? Will she be fearless like Connor or cautious like Addison? I am can't wait to have her here and to finally meet the girl who's been punching me in the ribs for months now.

(Sunday, September 30 - Saturday, October 6)

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