Yesterday, I wrote about my handy-dandy New Mom Survival Kit and mentioned that I included a letter in it for the mom-to-be. Today, I wanted to share that letter with you, in case you are a new mom, or mom-to-be. … Continue reading
So, I’m officially in my third trimester. I find this calculation interesting, and I’ll get back to that later, but let me start by saying this first: HOLY COW, THAT WAS FAST!
In the beginning, it was amazing to think about what was happening – the fruit comparisons (“this week, your baby is the size of a grape!”) and how MUCH TIME we still had. Creating a registry, taking childbirth classes, writing our birth plan, setting up the “nursery,” choosing names, and feeling those first wonderful kicks and movements were still in the future.
But now, they are here. We are in the full-on swing of things, and even though we still have SO much to do, hitting the Third Trimester mark has thrown me for a bit of a loop.
I find the calculation of being in my third trimester interesting. If you go by “the average” pregnancy being 40 weeks, then yes, at 28 weeks I hit this third trimester stage (I am currently 28 weeks, 3 days, and this is the coolest pregnancy calculation website I’ve seen so far, btw). However, since most women do not give birth on their due date, and most first-time-moms actually go into spontaneous labor closer to 42 weeks, I suppose you could suggest that I haven’t quite yet hit my third trimester. Any way you look at it, I am less than 3 months away from my due date and whether I want to realize it or not, January will be here soon.
I’ve often wondered if I’ll be one of those women who starts to get antsy around my due date. I wonder if a week before my due date I’ll start wiggling around trying to get labor started. I wonder if a week after my due date I’ll start hanging from chandeliers to get things going.
Since I’m letting nature take it’s course, I’ll probably do neither, but I will most likely start assuming every twinge is the onset of labor sometime around Christmas. Let’s hope baby stays put until the holidays are well over and done…
And when I post things on Facebook about being in my third trimester, I expect that at least one person will ask me to post pictures of my growing belly. I would love to, but unless you know me personally and have seen me at least once since I got pregnant – well, I don’t look particularly pregnant. I guess it’s the way I’m carrying – baby is sitting low and wide and tucked in. So, I just look like I’ve been hitting the doughnuts a little too hard.
But, in case you’re really curious, here is what I don’t look like:
Hopefully, in a few weeks, that will change. Eventually, I will post pictures of the real me. Stay tuned!
So, our first childbirth class was this past Wednesday night and what a lovely experience! Chris and I have decided to use the Bradley Method for the birth of our child, and we’re pretty stoked.
In a nutshell, the Bradley Method is a husband-coached childbirth method that focuses on a positive, natural birthing experience that gives the mom-and-dad-to-be skills and strategies to overcome pain and anxiety during labor and delivery.
The class was made up of 6 couples, of which I was pleased to learn, we are not the latest due. Another couple is due January 24th, and another is due February 10th (as compared to our January 8th). I was also happy to see that I’m not the only lady who isn’t yet sporting a fashionable “bump.” Out of the 12 people in attendance, 5 are special education teachers – how funny is that? It’s a special ed class… hah… get it?
Ok… moving on.
The instructor is a sweet young woman, about my age, who has two very young children of her own, and also teaches yoga. I’m super excited about this because I’ve practiced yoga for the better part of 12 years now and I just know she’s going to throw some yoga stuff into the class. I love yoga.
We also learned that another couple in the class lives near us, and are also working with the same Midwifery group that we are. And, and, AND!!!! The husband is special ed teacher – how excited am I right now? You tell me:
Our babies are totally gonna be best friends.
I should probably stop. I’m starting to sound like a stalker…
Anyway, the class concluded with a few exercises that Chris and I (mostly I) have to practice on our own. We also have to read the workbook, the textbook, answer questions, and track my nutrition. So, it’s like homework for having a baby. Who knew?
That’s alright though… one day very soon it will all be totally worth it.