Size of the Baby: Baby W is the size of a
head of lettuce bowl of cereal!
Symptoms/Sleep/Labor Signs: Another week of sleeping mostly on my belly/slightly on my side. It in unreal how well I am sleeping still. I am definitely counting my blessings with this little guy every day. I have started to have weird dreams about delivery and our plan for Natalie. While we think we have a fairly solid plan in place thanks to our wonderful, amazing and rockstar daycare provider Cheryl, it's really too soon to know for sure!
Bump/Belly Button/Weight Gain: I am loving this third trimester bump, even if I am up 26 lbs from my baseline appointment prior to my FET cycle. (Note: While I know some people say 27 or even 28 weeks is the third trimester, my OB says 26 and I like that better. Besides, given that we think he'll be coming along a smidge early - this is totally the start of my third trimester.) This past weekend, on Sunday, it got up to 80* so I busted out a bikini top and my shorts and soaked in the sun. I NEVER would have done that with Natalie. The self-love I have for this body this time around is unreal.
Cravings/Aversions: Nothing really this week. I have been loving on some pineapple, thanks to my friend Jordan. I have had my Panera salad and it was so good. I have been drinking tons of water and it seems more refreshing this week than ever before.
Big Sister: I cannot handle how sassy and fun she has been this past week. Her new picture pose is everything. I don't ever want it to end. I mean, where do they learn this stuff?!
Her new phrase at mealtime is "I don't want to eat too much" and while, for me, this sparks super negative connotations with eating disorders, I try not to read into it and recognize that she is three and picky and learning independence. We started a new thing at mealtime where we do snack size portions of things in a cupcake tin. This week it has been fairly successful. We'll see if it lasts.
Miss Anything: Oh you know, just my sanity. We had baby brother's middle name fairly set and then I changed my mind... again. We are on middle name number 4 or 5 at this point but for real, I think we have one picked this time.
Best Moment: This week we have had a few! B's parents came down early in the week to spend some time with Ms. Natalie. B's mom brought Nat some much needed and oh so very appreciated summer essentials: size 5 (where did my baby go?!) short sleeve shirts, skorts (!!) and new summery shoes (insert all the praise hands here). I made Ms. Shawn's baked ziti (a recipe I plan to share, for real this time, in the next few days) and, as always, it was a total hit and we have been loving the leftovers. On Wednesday, I had an appointment with the pediatric cardiologist to do a fetal echocardiogram. While not an ideal reason to get to peak in on baby brother, it was nice to get to see him :) Bonus, Dr. O went to the appointment with me which was fun.
Can't Wait For: Meeting baby Chase this weekend! B and I went to college with Ilona and her husband Jimmie and I am so excited for her little family to come hang out with us this weekend. I am really looking forward to loving on that sweet babe of hers.