28 Weeks: A More Official Third Trimester and Baby Tries to Tear His Way Out

Baby is the size of: A Chinese cabbage (seriously, they are running out of veggies)

How far along are you: 28 weeks, 1 day

What’s happening with baby: From Babycenter, “by this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of the head to the heels. Your baby can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With increasingly developed eyesight, your baby may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. Your baby’s also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.” How cool is it that his eyes are open now?

Due date: February 3rd

Sleep: Definitely waking up more throughout the night, partially because the bladder hold-age has become less competent, and partly because I’m just so uncomfortable on one side or another that I have to keep switching to keep my back from spasming. I seem to be doing an OK job still with falling asleep, both initially and after waking up periodically, and napping is no issue either. It’s less consistent, but still doable.

Best moment this week: We took our hospital tour on Saturday! It was so awesome. We knew that it was a great hospital from everything that we had heard. It’s the facility of choice around here, and had been totally revamped into a hospital-within-a-hospital about a year and a half ago. It used to be part of the main hospital, and now is located directly in the children’s hospital, so you have the peace of mind of knowing there are specialists and a NICU (god forbid) right upstairs. The rooms are huge, and it’s designed to as much like home as a hospital can, by putting equipment away in closets and up in the ceiling, to be pulled out once pushing starts. They also practice kangaroo care by default and give you an automatic hours’ time to hold the baby skin-to-skin before allowing visitors or taking the baby for weighing. Even when you have a c-section, you can give kangaroo care for 10-15 minutes and then dad can do it in the nursery while the mom is in recovery. And they encourage the baby to stay in the room with the mother, which sounds kind of scary, but also kind of nice. So it was great to see all the places we’ll  be in less than 3 months (except of course the OR and the mother-baby suites since, well, sterile environment and full house — though we did see the antepartum rooms, which are similar to mother-baby suites) and to get an idea of what to expect. Oh, my other favorite part? The mother-baby wing has several nourishment rooms stocked with sodas, gatorade, chocolate milk, and frozen meals so that if I want something after delivering, I just have to send Mister Mister to grab it for me.

Worst moment this week: Not really a terrible moment, but I had my glucose tolerance test yesterday. I think the worst part about it was getting up at 6 a.m. — since it’s an hourlong test, I didn’t want to be late to work so booked a lab appointment at 7 a.m. They have the presence of mind to keep the glucose drinks in a fridge, so it was actually cold and basically tasted like a slightly more bitter Hi-C orange drink like what they have at McDonald’s. The other bad part about it is it made me very jittery after a while — oh, and having blood drawn. I’ll find out next Tuesday whether I passed, and if I didn’t, I have to go for a three-hour test that involves getting blood drawn 4 TIMES.

What are you looking forward to: Our prepared childbirth class is on Saturday! It’s an 8-hour class, oh my lord, but we couldn’t do the four two-hour classes because we couldn’t guarantee Mister Mister would have all four of those nights off. I’m sure it’ll be boring in parts and way too long, but I love stuff like this and feeling prepared, even though yes, I know I could probably just read a book and get as much information. Still, it’s yet another milestone and a chance to do more baby stuff with Mister Mister, which I always love to do 🙂

Food cravings: Still: Nothing in particular right now, just lots of everything.

What do you miss: Sleeping on my back, putting on socks with minimal effort. I shaved my legs for the first time in a long time and realized that soon enough, Mister Mister will have to complete that task for me.

Symptoms: Heartburn, hip and back pain, mood swings, exhaustion, some swelling,  some mild nausea, hot flashes. Baby kicks — it sounds insane to call that a symptom, but he’s started kicking HARD and sometimes he kicks or punches (I have no clue how he’s oriented, I’m so bad at that) way down low and it makes me want to vomit. Though it is kinda cool to watch and feel most of the time, and last night Mister Mister finally got to see my belly bulge out while little bean was making himself comfortable. And though it totally looked like an alien was trying to tear me apart, he exclaimed, “Jesus Christ!” and immediately put his hand on my stomach and felt all the movement, and then kissed my tummy. It was very sweet.

Gender: Boy

Belly button: It’s really cratering up around the edges now. It’s practically out, but seems to still be hanging in there (no pun intended).

Ring: Off.

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