Third Trimester: Home Stretch

Morning! It’s been awhile 🙂 Not much has happened in the past two months, you know other than growing this 5 pound tiny human inside of me.

I can’t believe that I am a little over 6 weeks away from my due date.  I feel like the time has flown, but also crawled at the same time. (And I’m prepared for this next 6 weeks to feel like forever.)

For the most part I would say I’ve been feeling pretty good. Sleep (or lack of) has been the worst as of late. I just can’t get comfortable no matter how many pillows I stack around me.  Brendan calls it my pillow fortress. I honestly wouldn’t even know if he was in the same bed as me because there are that many pillows separating us. Which is probably a good thing for him since my leaky nipples, nearly popped belly button, and his future son visibly kicking through my stomach have pretty much turned off any desire for him to tear through that pillow fortress 😉

Another thing that has been a pain (literally) lately is a burning sensation at the top of my abs. It seriously kills, like a sunburn and I feel it the most when I’m driving. Through my brief Google research, it could be diastasis recti- when your abdominal muscles split apart. I seriously hope it’s not that and it’s just another random pregnancy thing. But I’ll check with my doc at my next appointment, since I see her quite frequently now 🙂

Speaking of doctors, I met with the pediatric urologist and feel so much better about our plan of care for Baby Harrigan post birth. I don’t think I’ve blogged about this yet (and it deserves a longer post. Maybe I’ll blog about all of the tests and 10+ ultrasounds I’ve had at another time)- but we found out our baby only has one kidney. Only about 1% of babies are born with one kidney and ours just happens to be one of those lucky few. Fortunately, I have 2 uncles that have had one kidney removed, so I know it’s perfectly fine to live with one. And after meeting with the urologist and doing lots of research, we know he will live a completely “normal” life and can play whatever sports he wants (but maybe not football.)

So my last appointment was probably the first time I wasn’t nervous they were going to find something else or ask me to do more tests, or collect my urine for 24 hours (that deserves a blog too!) I got to see my baby boy moving around on the ultrasound with the biggest smile on my face, a few tears in my eyes, and a feeling that I knew everything was going to be ok.  I will continue to see my doctor, starting on a weekly basis next week, the maternal fetal medicine specialist one more time, and the thyroid doc ONE MORE TIME! And then waiting patiently for my baby boy to arrive 💙

As for my workouts, those have been more easy going/whenever I feel like it. My doc told me to stop running outside (bc of the ice/snow) so that I don’t risk falling. So I just try to walk more, which I feel like is turning into a waddle. (8 months pregnant is NOT attractive. I’m not feeling this “glow” everyone talks about. But I appreciate all of the people that say I look beautiful- my ego thanks you.)

I’ve also been loving prenatal yoga videos in the comfort of my home:

And still enjoy my gym workouts with Brendan:

Working out with Brendan in the morning is something I’m really going to miss. Our schedules/lives are going to be completely changed in a few short weeks, for the better…but still changed. So I’m trying to savor every moment we have just the two of us before we become three (well 4 if you count crazy Cora)

(Ps that is the baby jogger our New York friends got us and I can’t WAIT to use!!)

Ok time to get off the train (this commute is not something I’ll miss during maternity leave!) I’ll check back in with another post before baby H arrives. Hope everyone’s year is off to a great start 💕


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