28 weeks

28 weeks

I’m officially in my third trimester. Even if I didn’t have the weekly number switch to remind me, I would know things are getting close. How would I know?

Because the other night I woke up, went to roll over so I could get up to pee, and my pelvis POPPED. Like, I think I saw stars. It took me a full 2 minutes to roll the rest of the way over, hobble into the bathroom, slowly ease myself onto the toilet, do my business, and hobble back into bed.

And then it took another 20 minutes to arrange the pillows Just So so that I was comfortable enough to go back to sleep.


Dan got the baby’s room primed and ready for paint this weekend. It took a lot of restraint and discipline on my part not to get in there and help him. Not that I don’t think he’d do a good job, but because a) I enjoy painting and b) I like to be involved. I HATE not being able to do stuff around the house like I normally do. And even though I’m ‘cleared’ for normal activities per the follow-up sonogram for my placenta placement, I’m just physically unable to do all the things I was able to do when I was pregnant with Maggie (I totally painted her room that time.) But this time, things are so much different- my body is very different. Achy. Sore. Tired. If I overdo it by just a little bit, my back and hips tell me about it. LOUDLY. And PAINFULLY.

Dan has done 95% of the spring/summer gardening, flower planting, even some in-between cleaning-lady-week cleaning for me. And while I appreciate the fact that he’s willing to do these things (and even sometimes YELLS at me for trying them myself), it does drive me a bit crazy not to be able to just do it myself.

I’m kinda independent. I’m not sure where Maggie gets it.

So instead of helping with the painting, I’ve been satisfying my nesting instinct by doing things like BAKING (which I don’t normally do), or cleaning out the junk drawers in the kitchen, or organizing and washing the baby clothes. Or napping (oh wait, that has nothing to do with nesting. It just feels AWESOME.)

We have 12 weeks left. I’m trying not to focus on that number too much, as it may give me a slight panic attack. Instead, I’m focusing on taking care of myself, enjoying these last months with just Maggie as our only child, and letting Dan do the heavy lifting.

Because you know, one day in September, I’LL be the one doing all the hard work. So it’s only fair, really.


  1. Crissy

    July 5, 2010 3:13 pm

    Geez, you look cute. Uncomfortable, but cute.

  2. Melissa

    July 5, 2010 6:57 pm

    Yay belly! You are such a pretty pregnant lady, Jen. Seriously. :)

    The second time really is more rough. Things “sit” differently in there (as in, LOWER… ouch) and having another kid makes you twice as tired. Thankfully I was able to do most of what I wanted to do until the very end: working (being on my feet all day) up through 38 weeks, going to a couple of my dad’s football games (although I had to be careful and go sloooow climbing into the stands, heh), and carrying loads of laundry up & down two flights of stairs while I was in early labor with Andrew, lol… I always had a hard time letting pregnancy slow me down. So I understand how hard it must be for you to sit back and watch, too, because you’re usually such a busy bee. ;) But hey, not too much longer now, you’re in the home stretch! When she’s here it will all be worth it, although you might occasionally think back wistfully to these days when you had an excuse to sit down and just supervise… lol :)

    • Jen

      July 5, 2010 9:45 pm

      yeah pretty much what I’ve been thinking! LOL I should milk it while I have the chance, right? (sooo hard for me to do though, especially when I look at my ‘To Do’ list! gah)

  3. Mel

    July 5, 2010 7:55 pm

    Oh, look look so beautiful! :)

  4. Danielle

    July 5, 2010 9:40 pm

    I HIGHLY recommend a pregnancy girdle for your pelvic pain. It is not the sexiest piece of lingerie you will ever own, but it will be your favorite for the next three months! I ended up getting mine at Babies R Us in Monroeville – I think it was $25.

    • Jen

      July 5, 2010 9:44 pm

      I looked at those online, but I’m worried I will SWEAT like a mofo. I can barely stand the extra fabric on my shorts around my belly right now with this heat, I can’t imagine putting even more material on me. Do they have extra-breathable ones? I may have to do some investigating…

  5. samantha jo campen

    July 5, 2010 10:41 pm

    I can’t believe you don’t have a Snoogle. I couldn’t have slept without mine while preggo.

    And now you know how I felt times a MILLION while on bed rest. I WANTED TO DO IT MYSELF! ARGH! Not have people doing everything.

    You look GREAT. Did you lighten your hair or is that from the sun?

    • Jen

      July 5, 2010 10:48 pm

      oh I bought a Snoogle when I was pregnant with Maggie and HATED IT. I felt like I was suffocating! I don’t like to snuggle with stuff by my face or arms while I’m sleeping (sorry, Dan.) so I think that’s why I didn’t like it. Instead I just use a regular pillow in between my knees if I lay on my side. But the thing is, laying on my side is what has been killing my hips and pelvis. So I’ve been sleeping on my back, slightly elevated, leaning back onto what Dan calls ‘Mount Moo’: a husband pillow, then a regular pillow for my head, and a third pillow kind of under my back that keeps me on an incline all night. Oh, and then a FOURTH pillow under my knees/butt.

      Needless to say, it takes a while to get things arranged at night. heh

      And nope, no lightening to my hair, must be the sun?

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