How far along: 28 weeks, hello third trimester!
Size of baby: Between 13 and 15 inches long, the size of an eggplant!
Weight gain: A lucky 13 pounds!
Food cravings: Mostly just had a sweet tooth.
Food aversions: It's been frustrating, I've been so hungry a lot of the time but have the hardest time thinking of what sounds good to eat.
Stretch marks: Not that I've noticed.
Symptoms: I've been experiencing some horrible lower back pain recently. It's mostly on the right side, starts really low on my back and shoots down into my leg. It's been miserable and makes bending and walking too much really painful. Joe made me a massage appointment for next week which I'm very excited for, hopefully it helps!
Looking forward to: Our baby showers! We're having one thrown by Joe's sister in law in California, where most of his family lives, and we'll be leaving this week to spend a couple days there. I'm really excited since we rarely get to see any of his family, plus it'll be nice to get away for a couple days since we probably won't be able to again for a while after that. Then, my mom and sister are throwing us a second shower here closer to October. I'm so glad we have the chance to see everybody to celebrate baby Violet.
Random: I had to do the glucose screening test a couple of days ago. It wasn't horrible but wasn't fun either. I was given the sugar drink and was told to drink it in five minutes, it was extremely sweet and thick, but not as bad as I thought it'd be. After drinking it, I was instructed to sit tight for an hour, not walk around too much, not fall asleep, and let him know if I felt dizzy or nauseous. That all made me nervous but I felt fine for the whole hour. Then they took some blood and I was on my way. I haven't heard anything yet about results (apparently no news is good news) so hopefully it went well and I passed.
Also, we started our birthing classes at the birthing center. They are once a week for five weeks, and we've been to two so far. I'm actually really enjoying it. Joe and I are learning a lot of good info from it and getting good tips on breathing and relaxation during labor.
It seems so crazy that I'm already 28 weeks along. It's honestly going by crazy fast. In only 12 weeks we're going to be parents. That's insane! I'm really trying to enjoy and soak up the kicks and growing belly since I have no idea what the future holds and if I'm ever even going to experience pregnancy again. And although it comes with a lot of aches, pains and stress, I really am enjoying pregnancy and love being the one who gets to feel her move around and carry her.