How is it almost the third trimester?! I will be 27 weeks on Saturday and it’s crazy to think I will be entering the third trimester! I feel like just yesterday we were announcing to our friends and family we were expecting. There is part of me that wants everything to slow down, and then the other part of me is dying for these next few months to fly by so we can meet our little baby (& to finally find out the gender!!).
Just like everyone says, the second trimester was by far my favorite. My energy finally came back, I started feeling more myself, and I wasn’t super uncomfortable all the time. I did have a lot of growing aches and pains occasionally, but nothing terrible. I also saw the most growth during the second trimester! When I first got pregnant I expected my tummy to start growing ASAP, haha! Naive wishful thinking. I really didn’t start seeing my tummy grow until 18 weeks. Even then, under my clothes, you couldn’t really tell. People would always tell me “you don’t even have a bump!” Which was meant as a compliment, but I never took it as one, just because I wanted my baby bump! 😉
Food and More Food
I am still stuck on my salty food obsession. I literally could eat chips or crackers all day every day, specifically salt and vinegar chips. It’s also safe to say I got my appetite back! It’s like I am never full!! Hoping my hunger dies down a little bit, because if it increases, I’m going to have to start forcing myself to crave veggies. What’s been super interesting is my lack of desire for sweet foods! Before I was pregnant I lovedddd all things chocolate, rich, more chocolate. Now I can barely eat peanut m&m’s because they are too rich for me. WHAT?! Hoping my love for chocolate comes back after our babe is born…At least the baby still likes candy!
Gosh can we talk about the kicks??? At our 20 week appointment, the doctor told me my placenta was in the front, so I might feel kicks a little later than most. I was a little bummed, but waited patiently for those kicks! I started feeling them around week 21/22, and there really is no greater feeling. To this day, when our peanut kicks, you would think I was feeling the baby for the first time. I get so excited! I can’t help it, it’s so exciting. Recently I was laying in bed on my side (ugh let me lay on my back puhleaseeee), and I felt the baby kick so vividly inside and on the outside, that I literally screamed and pulled my hand back. HAHA. For some reason it creeped me out!? Probably not the reaction to have, ha! But it really is the coolest thing in the entire world. Keep kicking baby!
I have also started to leak…….so there’s that. I frantically googled that one to make sure it wasn’t completely abnormal. Turns out it’s not! Just leaking away at 24 weeks pregnant….yay. 🙂
Girl or Boy?
I got to Belgium two weeks ago, and I have been busy getting situated into our beautiful home, which we are so thankful for. There is a little space/room upstairs that will be the baby’s “room” and I have very slowly started to get that organized. We aren’t going to go crazy with decorating or have an abundance of “stuff”, since we are temporarily here and overseas, but I did bring some things over for the little babe! I started unpacking all of that, hanging things up, and stopping every three seconds to gush over all the CUTENESS. It’s still surreal that we are going to be holding OUR baby in just a little over three months. Crazy!
I think about the little babe all the time. Will it be a girl? A boy? Will our baby look like me, Tate, both? What will their personality be like? What are the things that will make them unique? Gosh I think about it all the time! Above all else, I pray for our sweet nugget all the time. I pray for their heart, their salvation, their development, their mind, their body, their soul. It’s crazy how I don’t even know the gender of our child, yet I already have the deepest love for him or her. I can’t even imagine how much that love will grow and deepen the minute I am holding him or her in my arms!
Speaking of, I do have a lot of anxiety about labor! I am anxious about giving birth. I am anxious to know what MY experience will be like, especially since we have all heard 3009403209 other people’s experiences. I knowww every ounce of pain during labor will be worth it, obviously. But it still doesn’t take away the nerves and the anxiousness. There is also a whole different element added, giving birth overseas. I know a million people have babies over here, and everything will be just fine, but the unknown of child birth on top of the unknown of child birth in Belgium makes me nervous! Just being honest 🙂
So I am also praying fervently about that. That God would calm my nerves and give me the strong and steady peace needed. Which I know He will!
My sweet momma is coming up a few days before my due date (YAY!) and my dad will come shortly after. I am so excited to have my mom here, especially since not all of our family will be able to be here for the birth. Something about your mom being there just makes everything ok, does it not?! I am 28 years old and still need my mom! 😉
Fave Registry Items
So what all did I bring to Belgium from the States?? I am going to share with you some of my favorite things, mainly based on their cute factor, since I don’t know about the functionality yet! Stay tuned for that one. We didn’t bring over some of the bigger items, like a car seat, stroller, bassinet, etc. because we just figured we would snag some here.
Mommas! Since my mom is coming in December, is there anything that you would highly recommend having if you were having a baby overseas?? That she can bring from the States? We are trying to be as simple as possible, only the “necessities”, and of course a little fluff. Have to have a little fluff, am I right?