27 Weeks: The good, the bad, & the ugly
This week marks the last week of the second trimester. I can’t believe it! Everyone keeps telling me to just wait and see how awful the third trimester is, but I’m actually looking forward to it. Each day is a step closer to meeting bambino.
Not only is our baby practicing sucking and swallowing and developing his little lungs like crazy, but he was even in his first wedding this weekend! Family of 2.5:
My belly is out and about so much now. I love it. Here is my 27 week belly pic:
Not much bigger than 25 weeks right?
But much, much bigger than week 20! (I think weeks 20-25 were the biggest jump in belly changes)
And definitely bigger than week 16.
How about week 6? I remember thinking I was already showing and everyone would know I was pregnant. I had no idea what I was in for!
I got so big out of nowhere and I love it! My belly finally sticks out beyond my newly massive chest.
Oh, and look at how long my hair got! I just hope it grows a lot more in the next 3 months. I miss my long hair.
*Note: The blocks are from this website.
Here is what Babycenter says about 27 weeks:
How your baby’s growing:
This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.
See what your baby looks like this week.
Bambino is the size of an eggplant! PB’s favorite!
I made it to my best friend’s wedding! You’ll understand more once you get to the ugly, but I am very thankful that my doctor is my doctor and that he happened to be at the hospital when we visited last week.
I passed my glucose intolerance test!
This test rules out gestational diabetes. The drink was gross, but the hour wait was lovely. One of the women from my childbirth class was there too so we chatted and got to know one another while we waited. I also had the best vampire ever who took my blood so efficiently I barely felt the butterfly.
I only know I passed the test because it was on the copy of my records I got that same day. I haven’t discussed it with the doctor yet, but from the number I know I most definitely passed. I’m so happy to have that off my mind.
Oh, and for those wondering, I ate a normal breakfast before leaving. My doctor didn’t say to fast so I didn’t. I actually had a bowl of super sugary Life cereal.
I feel pretty! I am rotating the same 5-7 outfits each time I go out, but I don’t mind at all. My bump is bumpalicious, my skin finally looks like normal again, and my hair is growing out. The scale is also slowing down to a rate of about 1 lb a week instead of 1.25-2 lbs/week. I really think that my body just needed to gain a lot of weight in the second trimester and that it will slow down in the upcoming one. I hope I don’t have to eat my words in a couple of months.
There isn’t anything bad except for the ugly, but I love the movie reference. When my brother and I went to Italy one time as kids we stayed with my nonna for about 4 days while my parents traveled a bit. My nonna only had one movie on VHS- The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly. My brother and I ate bowls of cherries until our tummies hurt while watching that movie over and over again. Speaking of nonna, I am thrilled that she just arrived from Italy! We will see her this weekend. I can’t wait. File under the good.
I went to the hospital twice last week. You can read all about the drama here. I had to delay my trip out to Indiana for Lynne’s wedding by two days, and only got to go by luck and good timing. While there I couldn’t dance and had to keep my feet up as much as possible, but I was there and that is all that mattered to me. I cried enough that I had to go two days later than planned, and I can’t imagine how upset I would have been if I hadn’t been able to attend.
The end result of the two hospital visits is that I need to play princess a lot more and just take it easy. I need to be off my feet as much as possible. I was right in thinking I needed to slow down, but I didn’t listen to myself. I’m listening now.
My IV from the hospital left a big nasty bruise on my arm. It still hurts. I don’t want to get into it too much, but I’m just going to say that I hope I can avoid an IV during labor.
Random Facts of the Week
Weight gained: I think about 1 lb, but I’m unsure since I didn’t weigh in on my normal day.
Overall weight gained: 24 lbs? 23 lbs? I’m on track to gain 35 I think. Not terrible, and definitely not avoidable.
Current cravings: Over the weekend I NEEDED chocolate. I mean, I needed it or my life would just be ruined! That was the first time that happened to me. PB bought me a small Godiva milk chocolate and almond bar for $4 from the hotel lobby store to satisfy the craving. It tasted like heaven. Then today I had a serious craving for a Rybread grilled cheese (again). We are trying to save money on food but I got it anyway. It hit the spot. I’m also still craving anything simple that has been cooked for me. I’m getting lazy.
Pregnancy symptoms I currently hate: My sense of smell. Perfume or perfumed lotions drive me crazy. My sense of taste. I can taste… too much? I don’t know if that makes sense, but lots of meals that used to taste amazing don’t taste good anymore. I have become much more critical of my cooking and of restaurant meals and I wish I could go back to a less intense sense of taste. My inability to get comfortable in bed. Despite taking over 90% of the bed with my fortress of pillows, I’m still not comfortable.
Pregnancy symptoms I currently love: My belly. I love my belly so much. I find myself rubbing it absentmindedly all the time and I love it. Bambino’s kicks. He is kicking stronger and harder these days. Today PB came really close to my belly and talked to him. The baby kicked him in reply! It was so exciting.
Other random symptoms: Serious heartburn. I mean, nonstop heartburn! I don’t mind because like I’ve said before, hopefully our baby will have lots of hair. Nesting. I am totally a mama bird right now getting her nest ready. I want everything to be perfect for our little boy. Tears. I’ve been a lot more emotional lately and I cry with good news, bad news, commercials, sentimental moments…basically all the time.
Days I’ve waddled this week: 3-4. It is just easier sometimes than trying so hard to walk normally. It is pretty hilarious.
Today I am thankful that:
I’m not in pre-term labor.
My brother is figuring out a way for me to work efficiently from my laptop.
I can (or rather, will be able to once my brother figures it out) work while keeping my feet up.
Bambino is healthy and growing strong.
I have an incredibly supportive husband and family.
I attended my best friend’s wedding.
We have a great obstetrician who trusts me to follow his orders.
I passed my GD test.
My mom is clearly watching over bambino and I.
T-88 days to bambino’s arrival!