Third Trimester Recap

Well, yesterday was Baby H’s due date and as of writing this blog post late last night there was still no sign of him/her. I have a strong feeling that he/she is staying cozy for awhile.

In the meantime, I had wonderful intentions of doing two recaps of the third trimester just like I did in the second trimester but the last 12 weeks FLEW BY! So now that I’m officially 40 weeks + 1 day pregnant here is my third trimester recap 🙂

Previous pregnancy recaps: 

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First of all – the third trimester is when the belly REALLY grows. Holy moly. I honestly look back on 2nd trimester belly photos and I think “you thought you were big then? It looks like you ate a large sandwich!” ha ha.

For comparison… 28 weeks on the left and 38 weeks on the right. Now that is A LOT of belly growth. Lol

 

And here I am in the same outfit at 16 weeks, 24 weeks, 32 weeks and yesterday at 40 weeks…

So ya, the belly has grown A LOT in the last trimester.

Weeks 28 – 30

Physically

Working out started to get harder around the 28 – 30 week mark. I definitely noticed myself having to modify A LOT and the belly was really getting in the way. I remember around this time I was starting to get plagued with a really sore back by the end of each day and I started going to the chiropractor and prenatal massage regularly. Thank goodness for extended health benefits at work!

At 29 weeks I said “starting to wonder how this belly can possibly grow for 11+ more weeks” – oh sweetie, if only you knew! I also marked down that I was peeing a million times a day.

I started to get really exhausted around 30 weeks. I was not sleeping well at all and had sore hips and crampiness at the end of each night.

30 weeks! 

Mentally & Emotionally

I would say my anxiety subsided A LOT in the third trimester, mostly due to feeling baby move every day. That said, Baby H is a pretty chill baby and does not / did not move as much as what I’d heard was normal. For example, I was told 10 movements every 2 hours and Baby H does NOT move that much at all. At some point in the 28 – 30 week mark I headed into Labour & Delivery for a Non Stress Test because I hadn’t felt Baby H move for about 6 hours. Of course everything was completely fine. Overall though, once we hit that third trimester and each week I knew how high Baby H’s likeliness of survival was even if I did go into early labour I was much much less anxious.

Weeks 31 – 33

Physically 

I was still struggling with sleep at this point and ended up getting a snoogle pregnancy pillow which really helped from weeks 31 – 36ish. At that point I felt too big for it and went back to using two regular pillows to prop myself up. My back was also still really bothering me.

I started feeling lots of BIG movements like Baby H was really rolling around in there at this point. It was so cool! I also continued to go strong with the workouts and recorded doing three strength / HIIT workouts the week I hit 32 weeks.

My mom and her friends also threw Baby H and me an amazing baby shower at this point!

32 weeks pregnant and right after my baby shower! 

Mentally & Emotionally 

I really started to struggle a bit with weight gain and how I looked in photos during these weeks. I remember we got our maternity photos done when I was 32 weeks pregnant and to be totally honest I don’t love the way I look in them even though I love the photos themselves. Obviously gaining weight is par for the course when it comes to pregnancy, but as someone who has always struggled with body image / weight it is hard seeing myself look noticeably bigger in photos. The photo below of me on my 29th birthday at 31 weeks pregnant is an example of this, I really hate my double chin in it. That said, I’m FREAKING PREGNANT, which is something I wanted on both of my previous birthdays, and in the end that’s all that matters. So I’m sharing these photos and trying to be proud of them and not too critical of myself.

My weight gain has been on the higher end, just over 40 pounds, and I also went into pregnancy at a higher weight than normal thanks to fertility treatments. I am trying to remember this is a season of life and this too shall pass and right now a healthy babe is most important. I will have LOTS of time to get back to a weight I’m happy with and even if I never do, my body GREW A FREAKING HUMAN. That in itself is amazing.

Weeks 34 – 36

Physically 

Walking started to get hard around the 34 week point. I kept it up and am still keeping it up now, but I was getting a lot of round ligament pain when walking especially in my right side. At 33 weeks pregnant I started teaching a bootcamp two mornings per week from 6:15 – 7am and I taught right up until 37 weeks! By the end I wasn’t really doing anything other than demo’ing and walking around the room – and I would do squats, lunges and upper body work with the class – but it still felt pretty awesome to lead a bootcamp class when I was so pregnant 🙂

It was right around 35-36 weeks that I started having some pretty intense pelvic pressure / pain. It was (and still is) the worst after sitting or laying down for longer periods of time. I would literally have to brace myself on the nightstand or bathroom counter when I went to the washroom in the night. It is still pretty bad but I think I’ve just gotten more used to it now. Oh and I dealt with a bit of a scare when my blood pressure was on the higher side at my 35 week appointment, but it went down again the following week and has stayed down since

35 weeks pregnant! 

Mentally & Emotionally

I recorded feeling tired but good. Starting to get ready for being done work! My replacement at work started the week I hit 34 weeks and we had 4 weeks together. I’m so lucky to get a 12-month partially paid maternity leave in Canada.

Weeks 37 – 39

Physically 

This is when I truly slowed way down physically. I was no longer leading bootcamp in the mornings and since 37 weeks my workouts have consisted of prenatal or beginner yoga classes (I did my last vinyasa flow yoga class around 35 weeks I believe), swimming and walking. I still had a lot of pelvic pressure and pain but prenatal yoga and seeing the chiropractor weekly really helped.

I also found that I had major restless leg syndrome by the end of each day at this point. My legs / inner thighs would ACHE each night when I climbed into bed.

37 weeks! 

Mentally & Emotionally

Feeling tired and oh so done with work at this point. It wasn’t even the working part that was tough, it was the getting up in the mornings and getting myself presentable / ready to actually GO to work!! I am so glad I was able to take off almost 2 full weeks before my due date as it’s been SO nice to be at home nesting and getting stuff done before baby arrives.

40 weeks!

And here I am yesterday at 40 weeks! I’m honestly so lucky. I have had some of the normal issues – morning sickness, aches and pains, exhaustion, trouble sleeping etc. but overall I’ve had a very very easy pregnancy. I kicked off 40 weeks by going for a swim! I’m so lucky my body has allowed me to be active for the entire pregnancy and it’s felt amazing to do so.

Now it’s just a matter of being patient and waiting for Baby H to make his or her arrival. Hopefully soon!

Anything else you want to know about the third trimester? If you’re pregnant or have been pregnant before how was the 3rd trimester for you? 

PS: Today is my amazing husband’s 31st birthday!! Love him so much and so grateful for all his support during this pregnancy. Wouldn’t it be so cool if Baby H arrived just in time to share a birthday with his daddy 🙂 Fingers crossed!

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A weekend recap full of SO much thankfulness <3

For the last three years I have done a recap of our Thanksgiving weekend with a special focus on all I have to be thankful for. This year my heart feels so full it could burst, so despite barely having any photos to go along with this post, here is my annual weekend recap of thanks.

Eric’s weekend off fell on the long weekend, which I was so so grateful for. We decided to take a small ‘babymoon’ and jet over to Grande Prairie (the “big city” – ha) for the night. We got a hotel room, went out for a nice dinner and then spent Friday doing some shopping.

I am thankful for every second spent with my husband these days. He works so much and our schedules almost never line up, so time together is so so important to me! 

Our main reason for the trip was to acquire a new couch for our living room. We bought a couch at IKEA when we did our one day trip last year but it really only had space for 3 people to sit and wasn’t the most comfortable couch. I loved the look of it, but it’s not the kind of couch you get all cozied up on. We wanted either a love seat + couch combo or a sectional.

Well we ended up with a microfibre sectional with recliners on either end – something Eric has wanted for a long time! I admit I was not sold on this couch at first and kept saying I was having buyers remorse when we first put it together. However, after having it for a few days it’s really grown on me. It’s SO comfy and the reclining feature is pretty nice. It’s also nice to have room to seat more than 3 people side-by-side.

I am thankful for those sweet pets of ours. 

Other shopping that happened included some fun seasonal decor at Homesense (Oh how I love that store!), some more maternity clothes for me and a few baby things :). I was trying to resist buying any more maternity clothes but the bigger I get the more I need them so I got two more pairs of leggings and 3 tops. We also got two adorable little sleepers and a sweet Christmas sweater. I have to say though, baby clothing stores are SO gendered. One whole wall was BOYS (aka blue) and the other whole wall was GIRLS (aka pink) and there was one tiny sliver of wall for neutral stuff.

I am thankful for a house that I absolutely love. While there are a few things I would change about our house, for the most part it is perfect for us and I am obsessed with the layout of it as we really couldn’t ask for a better layout. 

Friday night I went to a get together with extended family, it was great to see so many second cousins and aunts and uncles.

I am thankful to live close to family again after so many years away. 

On Saturday morning Eric and I went to our first prenatal class together, we are doing private sessions due to Eric’s work schedule. It was a great chance to learn more about labour and afterwards we went out for lunch together and chatted about what our birth plan will look like based on some of the things we learned in the class.

Off to prenatal class at just shy of 35 weeks in my new maternity clothes 🙂

I am so thankful to be planning for the birth of our sweet babe. We waited a long time to get pregnant and truly wondered if it would ever happen for us. No matter how many downsides there are to being pregnant, it is something I feel blessed and grateful for every. single. day. 

Saturday afternoon Eric’s parents and his nephew came over and we made our first Thanksgiving dinner together. It was really fun to host them and after dinner they played a couple of rousing games of Settlers of Catan and then my in-laws spent the night. I unfortunately got quite sick, so did not participate in the board games.

Again, I am very thankful to be near family and also have a home where we can host people on a whim.  

My Thanksgiving weekend did take a small turn for the worst on Saturday evening as I spent the night puking my guts out!! Something definitely did not sit right with me from our dinner and my body wanted it OUT. Even in all my sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy I did not puke as much as I did that night. I’m not really thankful for anything here – puking just plain sucks 🙂

Sunday morning I woke up feeling much better and so I continued with my plan to go to yoga. I met my friend Robyn, who was in town for the weekend visiting family, at the studio. Yoga has been one consistent over all my Thanksgiving recaps over the years as I always try to fit it in this weekend.

I am thankful for my yoga practice. I am especially thankful that at 35 weeks pregnant I am still able to go to regular flow and vinyasa classes at my local studio. Don’t get me wrong, I modify a lot, but I’m very thankful for a body that has continued to do yoga throughout this pregnancy. I’m also thankful for how good yoga makes this pregnant body AND mind feel! 

After yoga Robyn came over to see our house and have a visit. I had been teasing nagging Eric about how messy the house was and he had it cleaned up so it was absolutely spotless!! I was so proud 🙂 It was more clean than when we’ve had a cleaner in.

I have known Robyn for over 10 years now and it was wonderful to catch up as we only see each other once or twice a year in person.

I am thankful for the friendships that pick up right where they left off even if you have not seen each other in awhile. 

On Sunday evening we had Thanksgiving dinner #2 at my aunts house. There were 13 of us and my grandpa flew up for the occasion. Of course I failed to take any pictures other than of the three pies my grandma made.

I’ve already said how thankful I am for family twice, and I felt that way again after our dinner on Sunday evening, but I am also thankful for delicious pie and super thankful to live so close to my grandma who I’m very close to and is an amazing whiz in the kitchen. These pies were ah-ma-zing! 

Sunday evening Eric and I both fell asleep on our new couch with full tummies 🙂

Monday was a very quiet day and I had no plans, which was perfect. I slept in until 8 and then laid in bed until 8:30 or so. When I finally got out of bed I made myself some breakfast and then curled up on the couch with my coffee and my book. Eric was also just puttering around the house that day.

I am thankful for quiet and relaxing days with no plans! 

The weather was too nice not to get outside, so I texted my mom to see if she wanted to go for a walk. Chloe and I joined her and her dog Murphy for a walk/hike in the local community forest.

I am thankful for beautiful weather on the Thanksgiving weekend this year, especially considering last year we had 1/2 a foot of snow! 

After our walk we did a bit of shopping and then she dropped me off at home. I did some more puttering around the house that afternoon before going over to my mom’s place for our family book club chat. My two aunts, my mom, my brother and I all have a book club and we get together once a month to discuss our most recent read. My one aunt doesn’t live here so we video chat her in. This month we discussed Behold the Dreamers by Imbolu Mbue, which was my pick.

I am thankful for my love of reading. It is my most treasured hobby and I would choose reading and books over TV any day of the week! 

And that pretty much wraps up my weekend. It was early to bed on Monday night before kicking off a short work week. As of yesterday I officially only have 3 weeks left at work before I go on maternity leave. Time is flying!

This shirt (also one of my new maternity clothes purchases) basically sums it up <3

For my Canadian readers, how was your Thanksgiving weekend? For all readers, what are you especially thankful for this week? 

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28 in review!

Well, hello! September 9th really snuck up on me this year and I almost didn’t get this post done. But I couldn’t miss reviewing the last year of my life, as I have done for the past SEVEN YEARS, on this blog so here I am.

Today I am 29 and Monday I will be 31 weeks pregnant. Last year on my birthday recap I shared a bit about our struggle to start a family. To say I feel grateful and have a full heart this year would be an understatement. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel lucky even on days where I also feel incredibly sick, exhausted and/or fat. Isn’t it funny how we can have conflicting emotions all at the same time?

That said, life is still not perfect. But is it ever? With challenging and conflicting work schedules and work environments that aren’t the best for either of us, I have to admit I felt a bit nostalgic looking back on last year’s birthday recap, as well as some of my blog posts from last summer / fall. We’ve really struggled with having a work / life balance this year and I am a bit sad that our summer wasn’t as “fun” as they have been in the past. Especially since it’s our last summer without a baby and I’m sure finding a balance will only get harder. This was also our first full year up north!

So, here we go, 28 in review…

We had a wonderful weekend camping and hiking in Tumbler Ridge to celebrate my 28th birthday.

Our first snowfall happened on October 1 – and it stayed. Welcome to the north!

I had so much fun throwing Eric a beer-themed 30th birthday party!

Eric was the best man in a wedding in Vancouver…

…and then we jetted off to Kauai, Hawaii and spent 7 days there over Christmas. It was our first time ever going away at Christmas and it was amazing! (You can find the recaps here, here, here and here)

We bought another house!! This time a half-duplex. We had been saving like crazy and house searching the entire 8 months since moving and we finally found the right place for us. I have to say, 6 months later and I still LOVE our home so much. The layout is perfect for us and it’s just the right size. Not too big or too small. I am still fully obsessed with our kitchen as well. I have to say, I didn’t think I’d be 29 and own two homes but this is another thing I feel pretty darn grateful for.

Not shared on the blog so no link, but towards the end of January I started taking medication for what we had planned to be an IVF cycle. Then, in February we had a whirlwind weekend where we traveled to Kelowna and stayed in a hotel with daily appointments at the fertility clinic. On February 19, 2017 we did our IUI which as you all know worked. I promise I’m going to share the full story very soon but now looking back I am remembering that in a 3 week span I was finishing up my 2nd round of Whole 30, doing my first round of IVF medications (so my hormone levels were CRAZY) AND we bought a house. It was an intense time to say the least!

I finished my 2nd round of Whole30. I still love this program so much and hope to do it again in 2018.

January – March I went cross-country skiing almost every weekend. Such a fun winter hobby!

We moved into our new house! We found out we were pregnant on March 7, 2017 and took possession of our new home on March 8, 2017. Eric did 95% of our moving during his week off work (thank god!) But again, another whirlwind time in our life.

March / April were a whirlwind of moving, Eric working an extra long night shift and me being in my first trimester of pregnancy and SO SICK. I basically spent all my extra moments in March and April on the couch or in bed or puking over the toilet… and that is why I only blogged twice in April 🙂

At the end of April we headed off to London and Iceland for two weeks! Amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip. Truthfully, I do wish we could have done this trip when I wasn’t pregnant as I still wasn’t feeling 100%, however it was still an amazing trip and I’m glad we got one last bit international trip in together before starting our family.

Of course, or main reason to go to London was to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Eric had snagged us 2nd row tickets 1.5 years earlier – it was epic!

And then we spent 8 days camper vanning around Iceland chasing waterfalls, hot springs and hiking. Recap posts here, here, and here!

Mother’s Day weekend, right after returning from our trip, I hit 14 weeks pregnant and was officially in the 2nd trimester so we announced our pregnancy ‘publicly’ on social media and the blog.

At the end of May I traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to watch my blog BFF Lisa marry the love of her life, and also had the most AMAZING weekend with a whole bunch of blog friends. And I never did recap this amazing weekend on the blog (whoops!) how ironic 😉

On my way back from Minneapolis I spent the weekend in Calgary and got to see my good friends Robyn and Michele! I also went to my first Surf Fit class.

I planted my first ever veggie garden (full recap on that coming!) and Webster went missing for a very terrifying 48 hours.

We had an amazing 3 day camping weekend in June to kick off summer!

On July 9 we hit FIVE YEARS of marriage! Trust me, I did not expect us to spend our 5 year anniversary the way we did – having breakfast together and then watching a movie on the couch in the morning because Eric was on night shift – but after the year we had leading up to it it actually was quite perfect. We’ll do something big for 10 years! You can tell how tired we both were from our 5 year anniversary selfie!

In July we had our much anticipated anatomy scan at 22 weeks and Baby H gave us a big wave.

At the end of July / beginning of August I spent a week at my mom’s lake house and got to catch up with some dear friends from Kamloops.

We went back to Hazelton, BC (where Eric and I took our first ever vacation together to) for a week of camping and fishing in the mountains.

I walked 10,000 steps a day every single day from June 1 – August 31!

And I spent an incredible amount of time reading and relaxing on our back deck oasis this summer 🙂

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It’s so funny how much life changes. You don’t see any big race recaps in this yearly review, or even a lot of time spent with friends or family compared to year’s previous, but it was a BIG YEAR and I know the next year and the one’s after that will be even bigger.

I will basically spend the majority of my 29th year on maternity leave since we are so lucky to get 12 months off in Canada. I know we go into every year having no idea what’s going to happen, but I really have NO IDEA how the next year is going to look. I’m really trying to go into it with 0 expectations and trusting that even though it will be incredibly hard, it will all work out in the end and the hard days too shall pass – just like the hard days of dealing with infertility and wondering if I would ever have a baby have passed (for now).

For now, I will focus on the present and remember how much I wanted what I now have and enter the next year of life with an incredibly full and grateful heart <3

My previous birthday year in review posts can be found here. 21, 22, 23, 2425, 26 and 27.

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