Third Trimester

Well, I’ve been out of town on vacation. That’s my excuse for not writing, and I’m sticking to it. We flew down to Tallahassee for my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law’s wedding and had a great trip.  For the few readers who were following my blog back in September, you may remember this wedding as one of the reasons we put trying to conceive on hold for a couple of months. (You can read about that decision here.)

I may have been seven months pregnant at the wedding, but I got to go and I got to fly there.  I consider that successful timing. The worst part of the trip was the heat.  It was a record 105 the day before the wedding.  Fortunately, we spent most of our time in air conditioning (and unlike Philly, every place in Florida is air conditioned).  Still, my ankles swelled like balloons, and I felt like I had grown elephant feet. Since I knew it was going to be hot, I didn’t bring my compression stockings.  In hind site this was probably a mistake, but it was awfully hot and I’m not sure I would have wanted to wear them.

Aside from my swollen cankles, I actually felt really good while on vacation. In the week we’ve been back however, I’ve felt even more pregnant.  I have more aches and pains, and the baby’s kicks seem stronger, more frequent and frankly, distracting.

After sitting at a computer at work all day, my back aches.  My hips hurt from tossing side to side throughout the night, and I’m just not sleeping very well. I try to get creative with the many pillows I have in bed with me, and I’ve been sleeping with a pillow wedged between my legs since I’ve heard that helps with alignment.  (Sorry, I just can’t afford those $50 body pillows specially contoured for pregnant women. If I had a guarantee it would help, maybe, but I’m not sure it would be much different than what I’ve concocted on my own.)

While I’m sure people would say this is practice for the lack of sleep I’ll have once the baby arrives, it’s still quite frustrating. Friday morning, after getting up to pee for the third time in the night, I just couldn’t get comfortable.  It was 5:30 am, and although I don’t usually get up until 7:30 am, I couldn’t fall back asleep. I ended up getting out of bed and doing my half-hour prenatal yoga DVD. That was actually a productive decision considering I rarely find the time to do it.  (Maybe if I did it more often my back and hips wouldn’t bother me so much.)

In fact, as I sit here trying to type on my new netbook computer, I can’t seem to find a comfortable position.  The little lady keeps jabbing me, and I feel like she’s getting right up under my ribs.

As of yesterday, I’m 33 weeks pregnant. I’ll be considered full term in just 4 weeks, but I still have a good 7 weeks before my official due date. I find it hard to believe that it’s all coming so soon, but at the same time, I don’t even want to imagine how uncomfortable I’ll be if I have to wait another 7, 8 or 9 weeks. Oh my…

As I mentioned, I got a new Asus Netbook computer.  I literally got it the day before our Florida trip.  I’ve been eyeing it for a while – wanting a small laptop I could use to blog and check my email, something easy to take with me or use without having to sit in front of the desktop in the office. I thought it would take away excuses I might have for not posting to my blog more often. But, there’s apparently always room for excuses. Some nights I’m physically and mentally too tired. Or, I can’t get comfortable enough to sit and compose a thoughtful post.

I do really enjoy having the computer though, and I think it will prove handy more and more in the upcoming months. For tonight, I am excuse free.

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