Y’all. I cannot believe I am 25 (almost 26) weeks into this pregnancy. In some respects it feels like I’ve been pregnant for a long time, but in others I feel like it’s just flying by.
Things have been interesting lately that’s for sure. The last few weeks and I have been in a lot of pain. After a 5+ hour drive to Whistler on Thursday my body was not happy. I’ve struggled sleeping and it can be so painful to even turn over in bed. I had my glucose test appointment yesterday and ended up meeting with the nurse practitioner because my OB was out (his wife just had their third child). I told her how much pain I’ve been feeling “down there” and she said it’s just part of the deal. I wasn’t super thrilled by her response because the pain can be so intense, it sometimes brings me to my knees. It is making sleep difficult because it hurts so much to turn over in bed. She recommended a pregnancy belt, which I had already purchased, so I’ll be wearing that more often to see if it helps.
The way our trips line up this winter I won’t see my OB for another 5 weeks, which has me a little bummed because I really wanted to talk to him about this as well. If it continues to be really painful I’ll try to get in to see him before my next scheduled appointment.
But besides that, I’m feeling pretty good and really looking forward to Christmas and celebrating with family starting this weekend.
How far along: Almost 26 weeks. Just a few weeks away from the 3rd trimester!
Baby: He’s about 9 inches long, weighing in at around a pound and a half and is bearing all that weight down on my pelvic floor. I still think he’s laying sideways by the feel of the kicks I’m getting, but yesterday the nurse said she thinks he’s moved to head down by the way I’m measuring (she’s old school, tape measure and all).
Mood and how I’m feeling: I’m still feeling really good, besides the pain. Not as out of breath as I previously was so that makes walking up and down the stairs 15 times a day much easier.
I’ve noticed that I’ve been a bit more emotional lately. I think it’s a combination of always being in pain and how frustrating it is for me, and the hormones, but I’ve definitely been more teary eyed than I had been so far in this pregnancy. On the flip side, I’m feeling more connected to baby and this pregnancy in general, so I’m starting to look forward to having another infant in the house.
Exercise: I’ve been walking and doing some weights at home, as well as body weight exercises. We did a ton of walking in Whistler and if I can get a few runs on my favorite mountain here in Seattle, then I’ll be skiing a bit during our upcoming trips. Skiing did not go well in Whistler. I don’t know if it was my new skis, being nervous or a combination, but I didn’t do well and want to practice here at least once before we head to Colorado.
Cravings: Still no real cravings, just foods that sound better than others. I’ve been wanting more salads lately, as well as hummus. I need to up my protein intake a little, so I’m adding more eggs back into my diet since meat still doesn’t sound awesome all the time.
Big Sister: I think Little A has finally accepted that she’s having a baby brother. She mentions “the baby” often, and sometimes she’ll give me her food and say it’s for “the baby.” She doesn’t often call him by his name, but she knows what it is if you ask her. We’ve picked up a few more items for baby, and went through some hand me downs we received, and she’s enjoyed that process. She definitely wants to make sure that baby is well dressed.
Overall Health: Overall I’m feeling good. These last few weeks have been stressful getting ready for the holidays and all we have going on. As much as I love Christmas time, I’m looking forward to the new year and (hopefully) a slower pace.
I’ve started a new morning routine that I will share soon and it’s definitely helping with my mood and overall motivation.
We haven’t made much progress on the office/nursery, but I’m slowly getting rid of paperwork and things we really don’t need. I try to be as much of a minimalist as possible, but I’ve held onto some things for sentimental reasons that I’ve finally been able to let go of and it feels so good. We’re actually considering moving Little A into the former office and making her room into the nursery for the baby. The office is larger than her current room and I think she’d like the space. Plus her current room is closer to us than the office so having the baby closer would be nice, but we’ll see what happens in the next few months as we continue to downsize (we’re moving the “office” to a corner of the bonus room).
And that’s about it! Now, I have a very serious question for you recently pregnant moms or moms currently expecting. How the heck do you groom “down there?!” When I was pregnant with Little A I waxed; but it gave me really bad ingrown hairs so I haven’t done it in years. But seeing down there with the belly; it’s a struggle let me tell ya. Fill me in ladies! 🙂
Hahaha! Love your question and I obviously don’t have any wisdom on it, but it lightened up my morning 🙂 I hate that you’ve been in so much pain 🙁 I really hope it goes away in your 3rd trimester and you get to see the OB sooner. Little A sharing her food with you for the baby is adorable. Such a sweetie!
You and my sister are just a couple of weeks apart – both with boys on the way and little girls, already! 🙂
I’m so sorry you’re having some pain.
Are you going to announce his letter any time?! We have Little A… Who’s next? 🙂
Do it all by feel!!
I saw a Chiropractor for pain when I was pregnant with Justin. It helped so much. Pacific Wellness in University Place is awesome and they do massages too! As for “down there,” invest in a mirror. I have little time to shower anyway, so I buy the intuition razors. It makes it so much faster. You can shave blind with it. I just made sure that I kept up on it and shaved no more than every three days.
I’m so sorry you’ve been hurting. I remember when it felt like my babies were using their finger nails to scrape my cervix. Ouch!
I can’t believe you are almost 26 weeks along. You look great! 🙂
Yaaay! Enjoy the last few weeks of the second trimester!
Oh, Tiffany! I’m sorry about your pains. Hang in there, and hopefully they’ll get better soon. Great news about your shortness of breath! That was an issue for me when I was pregnant with my daughter. Walking up and down the halls at work was a struggle.
You look awesome, Mama! Just keep hanging in there 🙂
Thanks Maria. I go up and down the stairs so many times a day it’s not to not have to stop at the top now, haha!
You look so cute! I love that sweater! I have had a lot of pain like your describing as well. My OB also told me to get a pregnancy belt so I guess that really might be the best option. I hope it gets better for you soon!
I think a five hour drive would be hard on anybody. Glad your feeling OK so far. Its cute that little A is already worrying about her baby brother
I wore a pregnancy belt in my second pregnancy too – I was in a lot of pain with H. She was a massive baby too… ended up being 9 lbs and 6 oz (my first was 8 lbs). I was certain she was going to be a boy because everything was SOOOOO different with that pregnancy.
Glad to hear overall, everything is going well. I can’t wait to “see” Little A in her big sister role.
Thanks for sharing.
you look great mama! Hope you and the babe have a wonderful time eating holiday goodies 🙂
liz @ sundays with sophie
I’m 36 weeks, and I agree…sometimes it feels like I’ve been pregnant for FOREVER, and sometimes I can’t believe it’s almost time to have the baby. Time is weird!
Ohhhh, the “down there” pain with a second baby… YES. And as much as it’s a bummer, I’m pretty sure it’s totally normal. Although I never felt mine in bed. I only really felt it in barre and yoga classes when I was trying to use my abs and it pushed the baby against my cervix. I ended up modifying my practice BIG TIME right around 25-26 weeks! No more planks or any of the typical ad work from there on out. And I hate to tell you that it gets worse… But it did for me. 35+ weeks and I’d sit on my mat and watch people do half a class because I thought the baby was going to rip through me!