Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hello Third Trimester!?

This has to be a joke! Right? The second trimester is already done? I cannot believe it.

Once again the pregnancy journal surprised me, since I was flittering along thinking I had a few more weeks and then WHAM! Yesterday I was doing one of my prenatal videos (thanks, Marianne!) and the yogi asks you to follow one of the three women in the video, depending on which trimester you are in and your flexibility/ability. I was gleefully following the second trimester woman and thinking about how weird it will be to modify the stretches and poses so much when I eventually get to the third trimester. Well, hello! That was my last day in the second trimester.

Second Trimester Collage
-each # represents the weeks-
Perhaps the reason I'm so shocked is because second trimester was a breeze compared to the first trimester. My appetite was great, I slept through the night without needing a snack, could exercise or do almost anything, and I wasn't exhausted throughout each and every day.

I have noticed that my balance isn't all that it used to be. Some yoga poses that would have been fairly easy for me require much more concentration and some support. Rolling out of bed isn't too bad, but it's noticeably different! I'm certainly not as spry as I was before, but just ask the scale... I'm hitting numbers I've never seen before :)

In the last two weeks I have been struggling with back pain and have woken up through the night with aches and pains. I have been wearing a compression belt, of sorts, and it helped some. On Thursday my OB recommended that I take it easier in some tasks and remove some activities from my day. Though still present, my back has felt significantly better since putting those things into action and I have been sleeping through the night!

Baby B has been noticeably active during this trimester, as opposed to moving unbeknownst to me before! What a joy it's been to feel him/her moving around. Within the last two weeks the movements have been so strong that my belly sometimes bounces, though I am the only one who's actually witnessed it so far. Papa Jim has been feeling the movements each night as we sit and watch a show or relax together. Other than that his/her Aunt Phoebe is the only other person to feel the baby move so far; she felt two good thumps on Memorial Day Weekend. Your movements have us mesmerized, little one.

We are extremely excited about you, Baby B! This morning I read that you are the size of a rutabaga (about 13.5'' and 1.5 lbs) and are trading in your thin, lean body for one with a little more fat and chub, just as a babe needs to have. Your lungs are also now capable of breathing air, according to my journal.  Wow! It seems so early! I also learned that you are growing more hair and that IF I could see you, I would know what color your hair is already! Perhaps you'll be born with red hair like your mama or blonde hair like your papa, we'll see.

Cravings include avocados, Sweet Frog frozen yogurt, popsicles (this all-fruit one we just discovered... cranberry flavored!), Chipotle, sun chips, strawberries (from our patch!), and any and all fruits.

The whole birth experience absolutely enthralls me. The fact that a baby is capable of growing within a person is just amazing. Just one more trimester before meeting our babe! Baby B, we love you!

Two down, one to go!


  1. So awesome Käthe! You look absolutely gorgeous! Big hugs, girlie.

  2. You are going to be such a fantastic mom, thanks for sharing your journey with all of us!

    1. Thank you, Carole!!! We are enjoying the journey so far.