Oh. My. Goodness. Can someone please tell me where second trimester went? Because I swear, I just jumped straight from first tri to third. That's right. I am in my final trimester with sweet Baby Lu. Now, I know there are different ways to calculate the trimester break-down. But. I am a numbers girl. And to me, given that pregnancy is 40 weeks, each trimester is roughly 13 weeks, 2 days. Considering I am exactly 26 weeks, 5 days today...HELLO third tri!
Size of the Baby: Baby Lu is now estimated to be around 14 inches long, with a weight of around 1 2/3 pounds, about the size of a scallion (or green onion, for the non-cooks, like me, out there). :)
Maternity Clothes: I'm just going to throw in the towel on regular tops. From here on out, maternity clothes it is!
Symptoms: Listen. I promise you. I am growing by the minute. I know I said it last week but it's worth repeating: I am getting really big, really fast. And trust me. I have been dedicated with my daily walking--making it a point to walk 2 to 3 miles at least 5 to 6 days a week. I am making healthy food choices...well, for the most part. A girl needs some Oreos dunked in milk every now and again. But the belly is growing ever so rapidly! I swear, the comparison photos from my first two pregnancies with this one are crazy different, in that I am just so much bigger this time, at this stage in the game. I guess having Baby #3 = A bigger belly, earlier on. I am going to be a HOUSE by the end of this thing. But. I said it before and I'll say it again, I love me some big babies. So, I am definitely hoping for an 8- or 9-pounder. :)
Movement: My new favorite game is watching my belly dance and move. I think it's so amazing, and so alien-esque, to be able to see that movement from the outside.
Sleep: Same as last week: I'm up 'til 10:00 pm most nights and wake up well before 6:00 am every day. A couple days this week I woke up before 5:00 am. This is NOT okay. I mean, come on, Nature, you don't really think I need that much practice before May, right?? Let a momma sleep while she can!
What I Miss: Not stressing over the swimsuits I'll wear this summer. Okay, well, that's pretty much a bold-faced lie. I mean, I think it's safe to say that I stress every year when it comes to swimsuit season (doesn't every woman?! If not, give me a pep talk!). So, it's not that there's a summer I don't stress about it. BUT. If I'm being totally honest, it is stressing me out more than usual that I will be squeezing into a swimsuit after having a baby just a few weeks beforehand. So. If anyone out there has recommendations for swimsuits that are flattering for an immediately post-partum bod, with a side of Idon'tgiveadamn self-confidence, please share. :)
Cravings: After having a HUGE appetite over Week 25, my hunger has really decreased this week. I'm not sure if Baby Lu was going through a fetal growth spurt or what, but it's definitely different this week. And I've been craving healthy snacks, which is a good thing, I think. Well, except for the Valentine cupcakes I made. But they are strawberry flavored; so, that's healthy, right?! :)