Week 28: My Pregnancy Journey.

I am beyond excited to be doing this week’s update from the beach!  And I was even more excited when I realized that this week’s vegetable worked well in our weekly meal plan (coleslaw).  :)

How Big is the Baby?

This week, he weighs as much as a big ol’ cabbage!

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He’s up to almost three pounds now, and measures over a foot – close to 15 inches!  I can definitely feel he is getting longer – mostly in my ribcage where he is kicking and pushing. 

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How I’m Changing

There has been some serious belly growth this week.  I feel like I have a basketball strapped to my stomach and I absolutely love it.  It’s funny – the bigger I get, the more I love being pregnant.

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Outtakes.  :)

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How I’m Feeling

Physically I feel great.  Other than discomfort sleeping and back pain from sitting for long periods of time, I have no complaints.  I did find that the cross-country red eye flight at this point in pregnancy was a little rougher than I expected.  By the end I felt really swollen, and had some serious cankles.  Nothing a good night sleep and a long walk on the beach couldn’t fix, but I’m already dreading the flight back home.

I had a bit of an emotional week too.  Pregnancy hormones are in full swing, and I have cried through more episodes of Grey’s Anatomy than I care to admit.  On Wednesday I had my 28 week prenatal appointment (and first gestational diabetes test), followed by my three-hour glucose screening test on Friday.  I have to be honest – I was really surprised at the reaction I got from my post about the first diabetes test.  It just goes to show that there is always room to learn and evolve as a writer, and writing in the moment does not always come across as intended. 

I was definitely upset at first to learn that my glucose numbers were high, but once the initial surprise wore off, I was prepared to manage whatever came next.  I never expected pregnancy to be perfect, and I’m actually pretty proud of how I’ve spent my first 28 weeks.  Pregnancy has given me a new respect and appreciation for both my own body, and women in general.  The human body is incredible

I am happy to report that I received the test results for my 3-hour diabetes screening test, and I passed with flying colors!  I feel very relieved to not be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  But I’m also thankful for the experience as a whole.  It not only caused me to take a second look at my sugar consumption, but to also realize that no matter what bumps might come our way in the next few months, we are most definitely ready to be parents.

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Even though he was traveling for business, Casey was such a huge support through the whole week.  He’s going to be such a wonderful dad, and one of the things I look forward to the most is getting to see him hold his son for the first time.

Odds and Ends

For as much as some women might shudder at the thought of going to the beach at 28 weeks pregnant, I am loving it!  I shared the many reasons it’s great to be pregnant at the beach on Babble this week – there is no place I’d rather relax than in the sand with a good long book.  For the official belly bump photos, a bathing suit seemed most fitting given our surroundings…

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My bump has definitely gone from a big curve to more like a hanging beach ball.  Compared to other pregnant ladies I’ve seen, it seems like I’m carrying really low – don’t you think?  I find myself with my hand under my stomach a lot, supporting it more and more as it gets later in the day.

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In between beach reads and naps, I’ve been spending my afternoons day dreaming about our next beach vacation – when we have little Baby C running around splashing and discovering the waves and the sand for the first time.  My heart feels like it could explode just thinking about it.  I can’t wait to teach him how to build a drip castle!

Twelve weeks to go…