3rd Pregnancy Musings: 3rd trimester with Baby C #3

28 weeks marks the beginning of the 3rd trimester for Baby C #3, which is this weekend! I thought I would write my musings now as I did in the 1st trimester. Here goes:

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester, you find some crazy obsession with cooking. You have always loved cooking, but lately it has become borderline compulsive. That deep freeze MUST. BE. FULL. by the time baby arrives (or so you feel).  You delve into freezer cooking, prepping for every meal of the day, and consider buying a second refrigerator/freezer in order to keep all your deliciousness fresh.  If you are hungry and in our neighborhood, stop buy, there’s always something in the freezer 😉

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester, the lack of a formal, real, mechanical dishwasher in your home has become apparent. You don’t get the dishes done every day, or other day……or sometimes more than 2x/week. Oops. Your back aches with the standing and bending over the sink, so you get used to the sight of the dreaded dishes. Ugh. Your mother and sister come to your rescue as ‘dish fairies’ sometimes—so nice!!!!

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester, you sometimes leave clothes on the clothesline for several days at a time. Why? Because the midwest *finally* received rain for a full day and you just happened to have clothes out there. Bring them into the dryer? Nah. Let them hang and wait a few more days until they dry. Sounds good. Gives the neighbors something to talk about 😉

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester, you attend a Kinesiotaping course. You are the only pregnant attendee, and are asked if your pregnant belly can be taped. Your classmate chronicles the lesson:

He made me stand like that!!!

He made me stand like that!!!

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester, your children adore going to the midwife. Midwife Kim lets G and L sit on the table and help with the doppler to hear baby’s heartbeat.  They also get a sticker and a sucker before we leave (what’s better!?).  You secretly hope that midwife Kim is right when she suggests that maybe L will become a midwife someday so you can live vicariously through her. (Sqeee!!!) You consider buying one of those birthing dolls just to foster the interest for L. 😉

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester, your 2 older children become obsessed with your belly. G asks to drive his cars across it. L applies princess stickers in decoration around your belly button. L asks if there is a baby in her belly. L likes to use her stethoscope to listen for baby’s thump-thump heartbeat on your belly, as well as her own. G and L do their best to avoid using your belly as a handle for pushing to get up off the couch.  L puts her face directly up to your belly and yells, ‘Come out new baby!!!’  They insist on peeking at your bare belly to see if they can really ‘see’ the baby.

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester, you have already had several conversations with G about how the baby comes out. You give him the anatomically correct story, but he is still confused. G continues to ask if the baby comes out when ‘they cut the mommy’s head off’. Ummmmm………what? And where did he get that?!

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester, your relaxin hormones are in overdrive making all your joints excessively lax. Simple things like moving your leg between the gas/brake pedals in the car causes your entire lumbar spine to manipulate.  Your left sacroiliac joint is in constant motion and you are sure the front of your pelvis is separating. A groan can be heard when you get in or out of the car or rolling over.

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester, Baby C#3 is still way too comfortable, and breech. You spend a lot of time crawling around with G and L and your pediatric patients on the floor, encouraging baby to turn.  They love it and you are just multitasking!  You also squat whenever possible (thank you Bradley classes) to color Cinderella pictures, clean up spilled food, fold laundry, pick tomatoes,etc.

In the beginning of your 3rd trimester (and 2nd), you are HOT. Hot in the terms of warm, burning up, simmering, sweating. You are very sensitive to temperature. You are sure to turn the air conditioning down to no higher than 72 degrees at night. Any given night you forget to adjust the temp? You wake up, 2am (always), sweating, venture downstairs where the thermostat reads 74. No wonder! No matter what night, the same thing occurs. You are sure to check for 72 degrees (on nights you can remember!)

Carry on, carry on.

Have a great week!

-The {growing} Costellos

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