Shop My Outfit/Decor: Curtains
This dress is non-maternity, I sized up 1 size. Use code abyers315 for 15% off.
I cannot believe my pregnancy is about to come to an end and that I’m writing my third and final bumpdate blog post (first trimester bumpdate post here and Second trimester bumpdate post here). I’m 39 weeks as of Saturday and Scarlett will be here any day now (I’m due this upcoming Saturday). The third trimester is weeks 28-40 of pregnancy (or until delivery date). The past 9 months have flown by and have been so sweet/special preparing for our baby girl. It has brought us so much joy as we prepare for her, but it has also been a time of uncertainty/fear towards the end. Never in a million years did I think we’d be in a pandemic, especially during my pregnancy. The stay at home orders started a couple of weeks after I entered into my third trimester. Being stuck inside the last 10ish weeks of pregnancy is not what I envisioned, but I know it could have been so much worse. At first I felt robbed of not having places to dress my bump up for, having to cancel our baby moon, being scared to have anyone around the baby, and not being allowed to have visitors other than Jake in the hospital. This time of uncertainty has made me so thankful that I got to have my 2 baby showers before all of this happened and that we were able to stay safe at home. Jake’s schedule at the hospital completely changed (it’s back to normal now) and we were able to spend much more time together. This was a huge blessing when preparing the house/nursery for Scarlett. Although we didn’t get our baby moon with just us two, we will plan a little getaway when Scarlett is older. The third trimester seemed to fly by the quickest of all.
Shop My Outfit:
This dress is non-maternity and i’m wearing my regular size. It’s very stretchy in the waist.
How I Felt/Symptoms:
I’ve felt great the third trimester and had heard that you usually get tired toward the end of pregnancy. However, I’ve been blessed with a lot of energy and overall don’t feel like the tiredness ever came back (I was exhausted my first trimester). I feel like I’ve been nesting for a while, but the nesting instinct has especially hit hard during the third trimester. I have pretty much organized our entire house from top to bottom. We don’t have a lot of storage (our home was built in the 1950’s) so it took me a while to come up with the best storage solutions and to get rid of things. Heartburn has hit me hard in the 3rd trimester. I cannot sleep on my right side without it instantly coming on. Tums have been a huge help for me, since my heartburn seems to only come on at night. At around weeks 32-34 I had terrible sciatica to the point where I could hardly walk. I did a lot of stretching and that seemed to help. Thankfully once I got to around 35 weeks, it completely went away. I am convinced it was due to the baby changing position to head down.
I have been the most hungry during my 3rd trimester and have gained right at the recommended weight my doctor suggested. I have loved feeling the frequent baby movements. It’s always fun when she moves a lot and I can see my belly wiggle. The pregnancy insomnia kicked in hard in the last two months. I’ve become a night owl and lately have been anxious at night wondering when she will arrive. Especially lately it feels like she’s kicking my bladder so I wake up at least twice in the night. I know this is preparing me to be a new mama.
At my 38.5 week appointment on Wednesday I was dilated to a 2.5. Jake and I are very anxious to see when baby girl comes. I am having painless Braxton Hicks contractions where my stomach gets extremely hard along with some occasional cramping. She could literally come any day now!
Favorite Pregnancy Items We’ve Received/Purchased:
- We completed the nursery with the exception of a few small details. We bought most of our nursery decor during the second trimester, but we got her rugs recently. I cannot wait to share a full reveal soon. I’ve shared a few sneak peeks on Instagram:
- Shop Our Nursery Decor:
- Shop Our Nursery Decor:
- Registry Must-Haves: I share my must-have baby registry blog post here, with all of the baby products we’ve loved and received/bought
- Honest Rock The Bump Body Butter and Honest Glow On Body Oil: These have been two new products that I’ve introduced for preventing stretch marks and I love them.
- Nursing Bras: I bought two of these and they seem comfortable.
- Nursing Pjs: I bought these and these and they also seem comfortable. They’re packed in my hospital bag.
- Hospital bag supplies: I shared in this blog post what I packed for the hospital. I started ordering supplies right when the stay at home order happened. I was unsure if I’d be able to get supplies if I waited.
- Diaper subscription: My in-laws generously gifted us a diaper subscription. We went with Honest diapers, since I love their products and my sister-in-law raves about their diapers. I will report back how we like them.
Highlights/Things I Did:
- Announced Scarlett’s name: You can see the blog post here. I originally wanted to wait until she was born, but we decided we could no longer keep it a secret.
- Had our Oklahoma baby shower: This was a couple of weeks before the stay at home order. I feel so blessed with the timing. You can see our gorgeous shower recap here.
- Stayed at home: About a week before the stay at home order was put into place I started to social distance personally, since I was afraid things were going to get bad. I stopped going to crowded places like the gym and grocery stores. I have done deliveries and contactless curbside pickup since. I shared in this blog post some nesting projects we did/I planned to do (I got my list done).
- Nested hard: I organized/deep cleaned house, mostly finished the nursery, washed her clothes/organized them by sizes and ordered all necessary supplies
- I Cooked a lot: Being quarantined, I did a ton of cooking and had fun being creative.
- A lot of doctor appointments
- A virtual newborn 101 class: Our in-person class was canceled, so we did an online version.
- Walked almost everyday since we couldn’t go to the gym. Unfortunately my workouts got a lot lighter after the gyms closed.
- Maternity photoshoots: I did a lot of shoots at home like my backyard picnic, milk bath and just shared our maternity pics together last week.
- Ordered breast pump: My doctor put in my prescription at 36 weeks.
- Set up baby monitor: We did this at 37 weeks
- Packed for hospital: at 37 weeks, you can see my blog post here.
- Set up diaper subscription: I did this at 37 weeks.
- Make freezer meals: I plan to share a whole blog post about this, but I’ve been slowly making food to freeze to prepare for baby girl.
- My wedding ring stopped fitting: this isn’t a happy highlight, but this happened at 36-37 weeks. I cannot wait for it to fit again.
What I wish I Did Differently:
Honestly there is not much I wish I did differently. Everything was mostly out of my control. I do wish we could’ve taken a beach trip with just us two, but we ran out of time with the quarantine.
To-Do List For The Fourth Trimester (once baby is here):
- Get in with the pediatrician: You call when you’re in the hospital and they want to see you within the first week.
- Add Scarlett to our health insurance
- Newborn photos: either I will take them or do an outdoor social distancing shoot
We cannot wait for Miss Scarlett to be here soon. I will be announcing her arrival on my Instagram and Facebook pages first, so make sure to check those often. Once she arrives I will try to do a quick little blog post sharing when she arrived, her weight, length, etc. and then I will be taking a little bit of time off to adjust before sharing some content I prepared ahead of time.