28 Weeks - Baby (Boy) #3

I am seven months pregnant and officially in my third trimester this week!


I don't know why, but 28 weeks always feels like a good milestone to me.  I always feel pretty-pregnant right around 28 weeks, I know baby's chances of survival go way up at this point, and it feel like the countdown begins.

This week baby is blinking more, with lovely eyelashes growing on his eyelids.  If he's anything like Wyatt and Gwen he'll get those nice thick lashes.  He also can see light through my stomach now!  I don't know why, but I find that exciting.  Maybe I'll have to shine a flashlight at him and see if he reacts at all.

As for me, the third trimester leg cramps and loose joints have started.  I always get these awful muscle cramps in my foot or legs in the third trimester, and my fingers and toes start randomly popping out of their sockets (more than usual, because I have loose joints to start with).  Yes, it hurts.  Not so fun.  One of the pregnancy symptoms that I truly mind.  But it's pretty short-lived, so I can handle it.

I'm still getting occasional Braxton-Hicks contractions, which is funny because this is the first pregnancy where I can really feel them.  With Wyatt I never felt any, and with Gwen it was only at the very end.  My back is feeling so much better than it was, which is a blessing!  I haven't even been to the chiropractor yet, but I haven't had an sciatic nerve pain for a couple weeks.

The biggest thing this last week was my little trip to the hospital!  It ended up being a non-event, but you can read about it here.

Baby Boy is moving around so much more all of a sudden!  He kicks and rolls and pushes to one side of my stomach.  I love being able to feel him better!  I mentioned this in my post last week, but he hates when I rest things on my stomach - whenever I rest my book or plate on my stomach he tries to kick it away.  I think it's cute.  

However, I discovered this week that he likes getting his feet rubbed!  He stuck a little foot or hand out the side of my stomach yesterday, and I put my fingers on the spot and just rubbed in little circles.  At first he wasn't sure and pulled his limb back, but a few seconds later he pushed out the side of my belly again and just stayed there while I rubbed his foot (I think it was a foot).  It was a sweet bonding moment for me.  I loved having this little way to connect with him as his mama before he even gets here.

These last couple weeks this pregnancy became real for me.  For some reason up to this point the fact that I'm pregnant again and that I'm going to have another baby in April has seemed surreal.  Between 26-28 weeks it finally sunk in for me - I'm having another sweet baby boy.  Another unique human being to nuture and fall in love with.  And he is coming soon!  

This is the point in pregnancy where my excitement really starts to build!  I can't wait to see his little face, and smell his little newborn smell, and rub those little feet on the outside.  Women have expressed amazement throughout the ages at how much love they can feel for someone they have never even met - and I have to say, it's that way whether it's your first baby or your third (or any number you want).  It's special, waiting for a little one.  I love it.

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And just for fun, here is a comparison of the belly at 28 weeks in all three of my pregnancies!  


I feel like it's a little rounder-looking with the boys?  
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Amy said...

You look great!! I love the comparison shots! Happy 3rd Trimester.

Caroline @ In Due Time said...

cute cute cute are you!!! Happy 28 weeks!

Lauren said...

you look so great! Such a stylish momma!

Melanie said...

You look great!! Definitely have that 'glow' going!!

Kristin said...

Love keeping up with your pregnancy! I'm just a few weeks ahead of you with my sweet boy :)

Brittany said...

Definitely rounder with the boys! I agree with so much of what you said, ha! I love feeling my little babes feet sticking out and pushing them back in. I am super ready to smell his head and see his lashes and enjoy him outside the womb now! I hope your sciatic pain stays away!!

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