Wanted to do a little pregnancy update, but thought I’d combine some of my thoughts from the past few months…
Second trimester is the honeymoon period. Or at least it was for me. I felt amazing. My energy level returned and all my nausea had subsided. In contrast to the first trimester, I felt like I could have climbed Everest! By 28 weeks, I was starting to feel a little zap to my energy in the late afternoon, but nothing too bad.
Travel now. With that extra energy and a bit of time before the Doc recommended I stop traveling, I crammed in as much as I could—the cross-country road trip, visiting my family in Washington, Palm Springs for DesignerVaca, and then, New York/Brooklyn/Philadelphia. It was amazing. And, minus the wine and libations I missed, the trips weren’t aversely affected by my pregnancy. There were a few modifications, like choosing to take taxis over the subway, but all-in-all, a great experience.
Pre-natal yoga is ah-mazing. It is amazing how my once-a-week yoga class has helped throughout my pregnancy. Can you say, “cat/cow”?! Beyond the poses, the breathing exercises have been really great. And, supposedly, will help during labor. (I’ll let you know when that happens!) When I am having a bout of insomnia, I practice my breathing and it helps slow down my crazy, to-do-list-making mind.
My mind is a mine-field. The further I get into the pregnancy, the more my mind wanders and with this imminent deadline, I know there is so much to do—wrap up design projects for clients, setup the nursery, take all the recommended classes, figure out baby’s health insurance, etc. etc. Even little things seem to overwhelm me at times—I blame the hormones! And, I remind myself, that very little of those concerns are really necessities for him, but more for my peace of mind.
Pregnancy brain. Yup, I used to kid about it, but I think it’s for real. I need lists for my lists to make sure I don’t forget things and words don’t always come to me. Of course, I’ll remember the name of the actor 20 minutes after I’m done telling my story, but the cogs need some extra juice to get there, and the story really loses its impact at that point.
Second trimester is the honeymoon period. Yes, I intentionally repeated this one. As I entered the third trimester, my energy level decreased a bit, but now at 35 weeks, naps are practically a necessity. I have never felt so exhausted (except maybe the first trimester!), however, I wake up earlier and feel lots of motivation throughout the rest of the day. Plus, I get out-of-breath just having phone conversations. Pretty classic.
Nesting has heightened. With only about 5 weeks until Mini Stets is due to arrive, I have been a tornado blowing through the apartment starting projects I’ve too-long put off. Pretty sure this place will be more organized than ever before and I’ll probably have made too many trips to the Container Store.
PSD is no fun. The relaxin in my body is doing its job… a little too well, too early. Now, with the added weight of the belly, even a leisurely stroll or lifting a bag of groceries can cause pretty severe pain. I can barely roll over in bed and have had some days where I literally cried as I walked the dog. I just keep reminding myself it will go away soon and I’ll be so smitten with Mini Stets that I’ll probably forget about all the months of discomfort. (Again, another good reason for the yoga classes!) Insert video of me waddling like a penguin here.
Mini Stets is a mover and a shaker. It is such an incredible (and incredibly strange) feeling. And I love playfully poking him to see his response. My mind just can’t wrap around the concept that we are in someway interacting with one another already. I feel the connection to him get stronger every day. I’ve gotten so used to the movements, I wonder if it will be strange after he’s born not to feel them anymore.
Friends and family are so generous. With their gifts. With their words of encouragement. Their compliments. I am reminded how absolutely blessed I am to have each of these people in my life—I tear up just thinking about how adored this baby is already. Even strangers give me the kindest looks.
Mini Stets has settled into his little breech position, so we’re hoping he decides to turn soon, otherwise we are looking at a cesarean section, which I hadn’t considered previously. I am just trying to remind myself that as long as he arrives safely and healthy, to just “go with the flow”. Any natural birth plans I may have had, have fallen to the wayside—we’ll do whatever is best for this little buddy—c-section included.
I’m loving all the Christmas count-downs, because it reminds me how many days until we have him in our arms. I feel like everyone is in it with us, counting the days!
With that, it’s time to get back to those design deadlines!
Double exposure photograph by MStetson Design/Lindsay Stetson Thompson.