Having Known for 22 Weeks / At Week 28

Physical: Great news in the physical department today!  My placenta has moved to be 3.5cm away from my cervix (they wanted at least 2cm), so now we don’t have to worry about that being a reason for a mandatory cesarean section!

At work, I’ve begun to take breaks in the middle of the day.  For a few minutes, I’ll set out my yoga mat in the back hallway, lay on my side, prop my feet up slightly higher on a stool and shut my eyes.  Back in the first trimester when we scheduled these breaks, I wasn’t sure if I’d get to this point and actually think that I needed them.  Let’s just say that I’m so glad I outsmarted myself.

Bennett is likely over two pounds now.  I was shocked to read that he could be 14-16 inches long already!  Over a foot!  That might explain why this week was the first week I distinctly felt a pressure under my right rib.

Spiritual: My house is in shambles.  My Bible has been misplaced over and over.  This has resulted in my choosing to spend more time praying and less time reading.  Considering my snippiness, prayer has been especially appropriate in that it’s given me pause to calm down and to humble myself.

Mental: Where is my purse?  Where is my purse?  Where is my purse?

I don’t need a gym membership anymore.  Nope, I’m getting plenty of exercise walking to and from a room, forgetting why I was there, and then starting all over again.

You know, it’s funny, countless women have told me their birthing stories by now and none of that has made me worry of fear for myself.  What has affected me (more than I realized) was the amount of women who’ve touted the 2nd trimester as being perfect and marvelous and the 3rd trimester as being miserable and uncomfortable.  Being that this is the first week of my third trimester, I think I’ve had an internal freak out.  Did not see that coming.

Emotional: Well, if you’re up to date by having read Slow Your Breath Down, Part 1 and 2, then you know that this week has been a doozy… for all of us!

We can now check major hormonal mood swings off the to do list.


  1. August 3, 2012

    Third trimester isn’t the funnest but that’s when I truly fell in love with Sophia because it starts to really feel like there’s a baby in you! I’m so glad your placenta moved up! That’s awesome. It’ll be October before you know it! Yay

  2. August 3, 2012

    Yay for the answered prayers about your placenta!!!!!! I may only be speaking for myself and my closest friends when I say your brain, for the most part will never quite work the way it used to. And this trimester is going to be over before you know it. So enjoy all that there is to enjoy about it. The best is yet to come.

  3. August 3, 2012

    So, now you have a small glimpse of why I can never remember things and had to start writing down our conversations. 🙂

  4. If it makes you feel any better Third Trimester is always my favorite 😉 Perhaps physically a bit more uncomfortable sometimes (not always though) but regardless I love the very realness of it, the constant feeling of baby and the anticipation of knowing how close I am to meeting my sweet new baby.

    Birth and pregnancy stories are very very fun to share (I LOVE them!!) but each pregnancy and birth is so unique, there is no way to have any idea how you are going to experience each event. I’m on my seventh pregnancy now and not one of them have been the same. I’ve broken more “this is how it would, should or will be’s” than I can count. There may be some similarities, (like knowing that no matter how hard I try I will never get through a pregnancy without gaining at least 45 lbs) but all in all each has its very own unique and special feel both physically and especially emotionally.

    Just stay closely connected with your heavenly Father in order that you can saturate yourself in His peace and in His wisdom. No one knows what you are feeling better than He.

    And be very well educated, YOU are your own own expert, The most well meaning and qualified care giver, the most researched books and even your family and friends who know and love you can not be an expert on you as a unique individual created by God.

    Praying that God will surround you with his perfect peace and that as you move forward into this exciting last trimester you can fully embrace and enjoy every moment, even those not so comfortable moments.

    Oh and sadly I have to agree with your friend above who says your brain will likely never function the same way again. Try to embrace that too, I’ve come to believe its really a gift in disguise 😉

  5. August 3, 2012

    Yep. Brain cells are forever changed. And with the lack of sleep coming, I offer this as a solution to the “where is my…” dilema:
    Tip #1: Find a place that your purse, keys, bible and phone *always* will go once you come in the house. Maybe a pretty hook for your purse and keys, and a little table under it with your bible and phone (near an outlet so it can charge). And when the diaper bag becomes your purse, because it will you know, it can hang on the hook, or sit on the little table and Brian will be able to see it and grab it too!

    • August 3, 2012

      Tamra- soooooo true! 🙂

  6. August 3, 2012

    I found the third trimester the most exciting. Reality sets in and you just can’t wait! My bladder was the only insufferable organ!

    Did have a bout of nausea at the end of the ninth month, strangely, after eating chicken soup with matzo balls. Weird! One of my favorite foods.

    Relaxation is the key. You will have plenty of wonderful things happening to divert your mind from any negativity.

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