Welcome to 29 weeks, Baby R! You are now the size of a butternut squash.
The third trimester hit me like a ton of bricks this week. I went from feeling amazing (still able to run, no problems sleeping, no discomfort, etc.) to feeling, well, pregnant. Very pregnant.
If I’m being honest, my runs are slowly going downhill. I’ve been experiencing some side stitches recently that usually lead to more of a long walk than a run. I ordered a maternity belt last week, which should be here tomorrow. I’ll report back once I’ve put it to the test.
My sleeping has also been terrible. I’m telling you, I hit the third trimester and “BAM” no more sleep. I’ve been waking up multiple times throughout the night to use the restroom, and once I’m up, it’s hard to get back into a comfortable position to fall back to sleep. I think my body is starting to rebel against sleeping on my left side. I now have a fortress of pillows that I sleep with, but it’s getting harder to harder to find a comfortable position.
I think baby girl turned on Friday. At least, I think that’s what happened. I don’t know how else to describe it, except it felt like she had somehow flipped her body into the right side of my uterus, got stuck, and was pissed. I’ve never felt so many pokes and jabs at once. It was the most uncomfortable I’d been all pregnancy. I went straight home from work that afternoon and spent the rest of the evening on the couch. Luckily she seemed to figure everything out by the morning and I woke up feeling 100% again.
Due to the discomfort on Friday, I booked myself a prenatal massage on Saturday. Best. Idea. Ever. Seriously. If you’re in the Tampa area, I can not recommend Glow Day Spa enough. It was the best massage I’ve had in a while. They had one of those maternity pillows that allows you to lay on your stomach for the massage. I hadn’t laid on my stomach in months and almost cried tears of joy when I first laid down because I was so comfortable. I think baby girl enjoyed it as well, she was squirming in delight the entire time. Next time I’m opting for the full 90 minute session – go big or go home.
On Sunday my friend Jess (who is due 3 weeks after me!) and I attended the Prego Expo in Tampa.
I’m so thankful to have Jess. We’re both clueless moms-to-be who are learning as we go along. It’s great to have someone to bounce ideas off, as well as play the “have you done this, yet?” game. I think we balance each other out on not feeling too overwhelmed.
The expo was fun. We learned a lot about different services in the Tampa area and I was happy to have a chance to meet with the pediatric group I’ve been researching. They offer prenatal consultations, which I need to sign Derek and I up for. It will be nice to have one more thing checked on the baby to-do list.
I’m traveling to New York for work next week. Eekk. This is going to be interesting…