Friday, June 5, 2015

Third Trimester Bliss

The third trimester is my favorite, I've decided. Even more than the second! Don't get me wrong, each triad of months has had it's own hurdles--but so far the third has been the easiest on me. During the first trimester I was reeling with sickness and nausea, unable to honestly move much and relying on my husband for everything. During the second I was hit with anxiety, a little bit of depression and a few panic attacks. In the third trimester I finally feel at peace about everything. Peace about birth, peace about being ready for a small human, and peace about my inability to manage my body. I feel like I've come full turn, to rely on God for everything--and try and prepare as much as I can.

My house feels ready, my body feels ready--I would almost call this impatience if I was interested in analyzing myself. I know everyone's pregnancy journey is different, but I can honestly say I am glad mine is almost over. Six more weeks! I can't believe it. I thought this month would never get here.

I am also loving the weather. Yes, I'm almost 8 months pregnant and I love this summer heat. I am used to being cold all the time. I hate winter. Being pregnant in winter was tortuous to me. I have a very low tolerance for cold. In the summer and spring I freeze when my husband turns on the air conditioning. I usually sleep in sweats all year round. But growing a human seems to have balanced my heat/cold awareness. For the first time I feel comfortable in the air conditioning. I don't freeze during church services. I can forget a jacket in may for an outing and not shiver. It's amazing. I love it. I don't overheat in the warm either. It just feels good to me. I know many people will find this odd, as everyone told me I would be miserable in summer. I'm not. I'm so happy and warm for the first time in my life.

Now, winter with a three month old I am not looking forward to. I am sure I will still hate the cold.

Also, yes my legs are swollen in these pictures. It happens. My feet only swell if I sit down for a long time. My legs are just...perpetually swollen. I'll live. Only a few more weeks. And it does not hurt. It annoying! I've also gained 35 pounds at this point. I am not worried about it. I will work hard--my (non human-growing) goal weight is still 150 pounds. I know that I will have to give my body time to heal after birth, as well as time to return to whatever "normal" happens to be. I'll get there. Last week I weighed in at 188 pounds---10 more pounds more than I have ever weighed in my entire life. It's okay. I am sure I'll loose 10 at least for birth, and I am looking forward to zumba in a few months as well. They expect me to gain at least 5-10 more pounds before birth, too. Hearing that made me panic a bit, but it's all for a healthy baby. I do still walk, and swim. I stopped Pilates last week. Just wasn't feasible anymore. I was glad to be able to do that, at least, until 7.5 months.

How are you guys doing? Have a great day! I can't wait to show you pictures of my son.


Kristin said...

I'm glad that the third trimester has been so good for you and that you feel peaceful and prepared! This post just made me smile because I'm so excited for you. :) I'm glad someone is enjoying this summer heat, because I'm sure not, ha! I wish it was always fall and winter. I've loved this past week since it was so cool and damp. :)

Charlotte Wood said...

It took me a year after my babies were born to start feeling cold again, so maybe you will find that the warmth sticks with you for a while. Maybe, maybe not.

Beth Ewing said...

You look fabulous! Love seeing your pictures, wish I could be there in person