Expectantly or unexpectedly I am now 27 weeks pregnant (by the time this post goes up, I’ll be 28 weeks). Yay! I’m anxiously counting down the weeks because A. I want to meet my baby girl already and B. I feel like I’ve been pregnant FOREVER (found at 4 weeks)!
With that said, it wasn’t until this past Memorial Day Weekend, that it dawned on me. We only have 13 weeks left before she’s actually here! Thus heading into my third trimester, has made things are more Real. So to jazz things up, here is my 27 weeks pregnancy update.
How Far Along: 27 Weeks and 7 days. The baby is the size of a cauliflower and weighs approximately weighs about 2 lbs. Lengthwise she’s about 14 1/2 inches long.
Development: According to my baby app “Baby Center”, she’s sleeping in regular intervals and is opening and closing her eyes. She’s possibly sucking her fingers (I had this nasty habit well into school age) and her brain is becoming highly active. At this point in her life, her lungs are still premature but can function (with a lot of medical assistance- of course). She is most definitely active now! She’ll kick and punch right before I wake up and as soon as I am trying to fall asleep. She’ll even do this to let me know that it’s time to feed her!
Days until my due date: 85 days!
Medical Appointment: This week I had a follow up appointment with my OB and it was time for…THE Glucose Test! The dread exam that the majority of pregnant women despise. I was forewarned that the drink would taste nasty, so when I went in and drank it, I was surprised. It tasted like orange soda! I have not received the results nor a call, so I’m guessing no news is good news. Either way I’ll be calling to find out. In addition to the glucose test, I also had to provide a sample of my urine. At this point, it has become a routine to do this. My next follow up appointment is with in two weeks!
Name: Honestly, as I said in my last blog post, this topic is rough. I thought I was set on a name, but now I’m not too sure about it. We have thrown a few choices around (family and friends know them), but we have come to a decision as of yet. It might just happen the day she graces this world with her presence.
Maternity: To be quite frank, I have yet to purchase any maternity clothes. One, because the weather is getting warmer so I can utilize the dresses and jumpsuits I already have in my closet. And two, I refuse to pay the exorbitant amount these stores charge for maternity clothes. The only thing that I have that is “maternity” wear, is the maternity band I bought at Babies R Us ( couldn’t find the link to the one I have, but this one from Target is similar to the one I actually own). In addition to the maternity band, I have the Snoogle (I got this for a nice discount! You can purchase this pillow at Buy buy baby and Target as well). Other than these two items, I’m currently still using regular clothes. I plan to do this until I can no longer fit into them.
Food Cravings: Now this may be weird, but I don’t crave anything in specific. The only thing that I am eating more of is sweets! I have a huge sweet tooth, so I don’t know if its the pregnancy or me being a bit more liberal with how much I consume of it.
Wedding Ring: It’s still on. Although there are moments throughout the day, where I noticed that my fingers and feet have swelled up. So we’ll see what happens.
Baby Goodies Acquired: She’ll be here in 13 weeks and all we have are a couple of onesies, a blanket, my old winnie the pooh winter suit (yes my mother saved it from when I was a baby and now she will get to use it too!), some accessories and a pair of leggings. To be honest, we have not really gone shopping for her. I feel that this is because we currently live in a one bedroom apartment and we’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to rearrange the room. As well as where are we going to place her clothes (she already has a drawer in our night stand lol), her bathroom necessities, diapers etc. I’m thinking that it would be a great idea for us to get a portable closet for her. That way she has her own closet and her things won’t be mingling with ours. In all fairness, I have no idea where to begin shopping for her.
Best moment this week: A random woman in the parking lot came up to me and said “Wow, you have such beautiful skin”. Mind you, I have a blackhead on my face and one pimple on my chest (I know, I know. This is nothing compared to people who have serious acne, but coming from a girl who never gets them- It’s a big deal!)
Weight: Currently I’m playing around 159-161 lbs. This is such a bummer for me. Prior to get getting pregnant I was weighing at 167 and lost 37 pounds (so my weight was 130 pre pregnancy). Which brings us to our next topic.
Thoughts and Feelings: At the beginning of this pregnancy, I experienced a lot of fatigue. I was knocking out before 9pm! Then, I finally got my energy back and was feeling great! Now, I’m starting to feel tired all over again. Other than this, I haven’t had any morning sickness (though I have thrown up). I feel pretty great, but I can’t lie. I haven’t felt like myself nor comfortable every single moment of this pregnancy. Now, before the torches and pitchforks come out, you have to realize that although pregnancy is wonderful, sometimes it’s simply not. There have been moments where I’ve cried because my husband ate the last piece of smoked salmon (I know I’m not supposed to eat, but it’s what I wanted to eat at the time…so…), or because I hurt myself with the door. And seeing my body morph and transform itself into what it is designed for, is great. However, it doesn’t mean that I’ve felt beautiful every single moment. Seeing my clothes no longer fit, has really bothered me. Like I mentioned before, I used to weight 130 lbs and I wa fit and able to exercise. Now, I’m currently heading back to my old weight and feeling lethargic. At time, I wish I could be like old myself, where I could keep up with my exercise routine or even walk up a flight of stairs without losing my breath.
I feel like this sentiment is felt by most pregnant women, but they just don’t voice it due to the lack of backlash they would potentially receive. I say that it’s ok to feel this way. Not everyday are we going to feel amazing and beautiful during this journey. It’s ok to voice that we’re not fine. This sentiment is also part of pregnancy. So don’t let others tell you otherwise! As I’ve said before, I’m trying to keep it as real with you as possible. I don’t want to paint a picture nor promote this idea that pregnancy is all rainbows and butterflies, because it most certainly isn’t. However, it’s a blessing to be able to create life and watch it grow in front of you. For me, pregnancy will probably be the best experience I’ll ever go through. I’m excited to see what else awaits us in this journey.