1. My dog has always been a bit clingy, but recently, she’s taken it to a whole new level.
She used to simply lay under my work desk during the day, but now she places herself directly under my chair, wrapped around my chair legs. I practically trip over her anytime I have to move! She definitely knows something is up.
Austin and I consider Yasha to be our “first child,” so we’re already preparing for how to introduce her to the new baby– we hope they will become best friends!
2. With my third trimester just around the corner, my flying days are numbered. Austin and I decided to take advantage of this time, and took a long weekend vacation to Oregon with a few friends. We started off in Portland, which is bursting with an insane amount of delicious restaurant options, so it was quite the food fest!
In fact, we were nervous to leave Portland without a ridiculous supply of Voodoo Donuts on hand, to keep in our beach house. You think 3 dozen is enough for 5 people? Ha!
It’s a miracle I didn’t gain 10 lbs during this particular month of pregnancy… we must have really made up for it with all the sight-seeing!
3. Pregnancy adds a bit of stress to vacations–> I ALWAYS needed a bathroom nearby! I found myself with my antenna constantly up, looking for any bathroom options wherever we went. I think my friends started to keep a lookout for me, too.
I actually think my urge to pee has gone down a bit lately– I’m only getting up once during the middle of the night, instead of twice like I did towards the end of my first trimester– but the pressure in my stomach is really starting to build, so I have a feeling the third trimester will be even more challenging.
4. I miss sleeping on my back. I’ve always been a back-sleeper, and I’ve held out as long as I possibly could on that front, since that’s how I get my best nights of rest. However, now that the baby is larger, I can definitely feel the pressure on my spine if I lay on my back for long! Since there is a major vein back there that returns blood from your lower body to your heart, you don’t want to cut off that circulation by lying on your back after your first trimester.
Luckily, I’ve managed to make due so far by sleeping on my left side (the recommended position for pregnancy) or wedging a pillow under one of my hips so I can kind-of lay on my back, without any compression of major veins.
5. I feel like I “popped” overnight! I really didn’t have much of a baby bump to speak of, until we noticed it in Portland around the 23-week mark. Austin literally looked at me and said, “Where did that come from?” (Referring to my new little bump.) Up until that point, I felt like my midsection had gotten thicker, without making me look discernibly pregnant.
I’m not one to track my pregnancy progress with pictures, but I will definitely be taking one before I pop!