We are officially in entering the 3rd trimester, which means 12 weeks or less until we get to meet our beautiful Baby! Ted and I were lying in bed last night, just talking to him or her, and Ted told me how it’s really begun to hit him this week too; we are going to be parents! We are going to raise this child, guide him or her! A LIFE!
Our baby (approx) weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 15 inches from the top of his/her head to heels. Baby can blink his/her eyes now, which now sport lashes. Baby’s eyesight is developing and he/she may be able to see the light that filters in through my womb!! Baby is also developing billions of neurons in his/her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
The differences that I have personally felt with the baby in the past two weeks, if I haven’t already shared, is the baby’s growth! I feel like my belly hasn’t grown much, but the baby has, so it has very little room to move. I know this because I’ve recently felt him/her kicking my ribs (for the first time) and also, I will have my arms down at my side, and will feel a kick from within AND on my arm. Which is crazy weird to feel. I don’t know if I am making sense, but what I’m trying to say is, I feel a difference in the baby’s position and length. His/her new favorite position is head down by my hip bone, and feet kicking me near my ribs. It doesn’t hurt though…well not yet! He/she also loves underneath my belly button, it’s such a strange feeling to me still! My belly is so tight, my belly button is ready to pop, and I wonder when the stretch marks will come, because it has to be soon! My skin can’t go any further!
I have been getting swollen by the end of the day and I definitely feel and know my body is producing 40% more blood, like they say. It’s kind of my least favorite part of being pregnant right now. I call my legs, troll legs. Summer shorts and capris and skirts, aren’t going to be as cute this year :)
Other than swelling up… I am feeling great. I have the backaches pretty frequently from the weight out front, but it’s not unbearable yet. My most recent change is my width. I read that our bodies adapt to fit our growing uterus in between weeks 26 and 30, by slowly spreading our rib cage a little bit wider. I couldn’t believe that and went to look for myself in the mirror, sure enough, I am WIDE! It’s amazing how our bodies are made to hold an entire life, and it adapts to all of the changes! I am amazed still. Oh and I’ve recently gotten back fat, like actually on my back! I know that sounds weird, but it’s the truth!
Alright, pics to come. Maybe I should take pics of my “troll legs” one evening when I’m swollen, just for memories sake :)
Jami & Baby E/C