Twenty-Seven Weeks (9/26/2011):  I am due three months from yesterday (that means Christmas is very quickly approaching, if you haven’t done your shopping yet…).  Yikes!  Unfortunately, the start of this trimester was not great.  Not 2 hours into it, at 2am, I woke up with extreme back pain.  Not sharp stabbing pain, but a strong-dull ache from my jaw down both sides of my spine to my pubic bone.  I couldn’t get comfortable. Finally, after being up for 2 hours, I threw up which made me feel better and I was able to get back to sleep.  I hope this is all part of some mysterious illness that will go away tomorrow, because so far the third trimester is not going well at all. 😦

Smiling 🙂

Twenty-Eight Weeks (10/5/2011): Maybe I am destined to spend this trimester complaining.  Sorry in advance.  The morning sickness is back.  Not running to the toilet with chance of dehydration style, but wake up neaseated and can’t get going, don’t want to eat, total blahs until 10am style.  It’s pretty frustrating, but doesn’t make me want to get the baby out any sooner.  I am more than prepared to wait the 12 weeks to go, because I am TERRIFIED that the exhaustion I experience now is nothing compared to having two.  Praying for that super-adrenaline shot that comes along with new momma-hood.  That happened before, right?

Something good to report: I am back at yoga and loving it!  I am trying to work out every day, walking yoga or swimming, and my recent cold has reminded me of the extreme importance of doing lots and lots of kegel exercises.  I have been doing well with the advance planning for meals and have been getting dinner on the table each night at 6 – let’s see if I can keep that up!  Lots of date nights on the calendar for this month, so looking forward to that.

Bump, Bump, Bump. With pregnant Penang friends.

Twenty-Nine Weeks (10/14/2011):  I’m just going to vent for a minute…it’s not fair that my morning sickness is back, with a vengence, well into the third trimester.  Not fair that I haven’t slept through the night for various reasons (Miles getting up, sore back, having to pee, wanting to puke, or being hungry) in two weeks.  And definitely not fair that moms don’t get sick days!  Oh, to call in (to who?) and say, I am really run down today.  I need to take a day off.  I had no idea how good I had it with 30 sick days, 15 vacation days, a sabbatical every 5 years and only expected to be there 40 hours a week!  I have to say though, no one at AMD ever greeted me in the morning like my little man, mo-ninn mama.  I love my job!

Onto pregnancy news.  Did I mention this baby is crazy?  I am keenly aware of his/her position at all times, because barely 10 minutes go by without some major kicking action.  Still turning cartwheels, but the favorite place to kick has migrated to just above my belly button (which I’ll take over a blow to the pelvic bone any day!).  I also had another birth-dream: The birth was easy, and I was holding a little baby girl, who looked a LOT like my sister Mariel.  I was checking her over, fingers, toes, ears, eyes…and a penis?  This wasn’t a girl after all!  Anyway, I also got a name idea out of the dream, so we’ll see if that pans out to anything.

Thirty Weeks (10/22/2011): The sickness passed, and this week is much better.  I did lots of cooking, and eating!  There were four of us due in this 2 month period, and now there are three!  My friend Fi (far left in pic) gave birth to a (surprise) baby boy this week.  He is so sweet, but I am having some major anxiety about birth now.  Like up in the middle of the night thinking about it.  Not sure if its worse the 2nd time, to have an idea of what is coming, or if its the hospital with all it’s interventions that has me freaked out.  One thing everyone assures me – this labor will not be as long as with Miles (28 hours).  Well, I still have 2 months to go, no need to fret over something I can’t change.

30wks - Date Night bump.

Face, and a creepy open eye.

Foot (L), Cord & Hand (R)

Thirty-Two Weeks (10/31/2011):  I am missing a golden opportunity to paint my belly orange and go out in a bikini top as a jack-o-lantern for Halloween.  Oh well.  Another baby joined our group, meaning there is just one more friend to go before it’s my turn!!  The freak-outs and sickness stopped and I have had some good sleep the past week.  Feeling pretty good, although the belly seems to be getting in the way.  I have slammed doors on it, gotten stuck between cars, and almost put it in our oven a few days ago.  It’s definitely sticking out there.  Went to the doc last week and saw some chubby cheeks on a LONG (50 cm = 20″ already!) body.  I complained of all the down low kicking, but it seems the baby is now head-down but folded completely in half with the feet near the head.  Still lots of moving, but not of the quite as acrobatic variety.

Going out of this month with a much better outlook than I went in.  Thank goodness!  Everything is going well, and we MIGHT even have decided on names!  No spilling the beans, but all our likes (we have 2 for girls and one for boys) are 5 letters long.  Interesting, since Miles is also 5 letters.  The number of syllables varies, though.  OK, enough hints!  And no guessing!

32 Weeks

Oh, Baby.

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