Hello third trimester! Finally! It feels like its taken so long to get here. Honestly, how am I only 28 weeks pregnant? This pregnancy seems to be going so slow! It kind of feels like I’ve been pregnant forever and I think thats mostly down to all the huge life events and big changes that have happened in the last six/seven months.
I still cannot comprehend how much we’ve experienced since we saw those two lines on the pregnancy test. Since that first day, we’ve been through cancer and months of chemotherapy, we’ve also been busy buying our first home (mortgages are a bit of a minefield aren’t they?) and Aitan is also in the middle of buying and setting up a cafe. Evie has started school for the first time too and in amongst all of that, this little baby has been busy growing inside of me.
What a year! I mentioned in my 26 weeks update that we’re not really prepared for baby yet at all! I kind of went into a bit of a panic this week about that. We’ve got Christmas coming up, new house stuff to buy, Aitan’s about to go and move in to the cafe this week…all of these other things happening mean that prepping for baby has been very much pushed to one side. Cue my hormonal breakdown this week because I’m feeling so underprepared. But more about that in a moment.
This week baby is the size of a cantaloupe melon!
How I’m Feeling
Like a hormonal monster! I’m swinging between being content, being extremely irritable and just plain old crying over nothing this week.
Over the weekend, because I was feeling so upset about being really unprepared, we set aside some time to go baby shopping for the first time. I’m so glad we did! We picked up a few things and I feel a teeny bit more organised now. Also, oh my goodness I forgot how cute baby clothes are.
It was so hard to resist spending a fortune! I decided to be really clever before we went shopping and wrote us an ‘essentials’ list and set out a strict budget for baby. Because we are in the middle of buying a house and setting up a new business and with Christmas in between, you can imagine that our finances are a little bit stretched right now.
I remember with Evie I definitely went a little bit overboard with all the things I bought in preparation for having her. This time around I’m being really strict and we’re only buying the really basic essentials and trying to avoid the shiny, cute adorable things that we don’t necessarily need. I can’t tell you how hard this is to do! Especially when baby sections are full of the cutest things.
Other than feeling like a hormonal mess (honestly, I’m all ears for tips on how to not be so irritable) I’ve also been struggling with leg cramps this week. How painful are they? If you’ve never experienced them before, you are so, so lucky. Most nights now I’m having to sleep with my legs elevated and every hour or so I’m being woken with my calves about to lock. It’s so painful when this actually happens too.
I’ve looked for lots of tips on how to stop this and apparently taking a magnesium supplement and drinking tonic water (or anything with quinine in) helps. I’m going to try all of those things this week to try and get rid of it. One of my calves locked so badly the other night, the next day I could barely walk or drive.
I actually look pregnant! Yay! If you’ve been following my updates, you would have seen that my bump has been growing very slowly. This week I finally look like I’m pregnant and I haven’t just eaten a big lunch. I’ve bought a few maternity clothes this week and although I’ve had some wobbles about how I look (you can read more about that on my Instagram page here), I am starting to accept my pregnancy body for what it is. Only 10-12 weeks to go!
I can’t actually believe that I’m going to be 30 weeks on my next update. I promise I will be a lot less moany next time, If anyone else is pregnant, let me know below. I’d love to follow your journey too!