I'm so happy to be posting this bumpdate today.
Three exciting things happened when I entered the third trimester: 1). I started feeling BETTER. 2). I started embracing my pregnant body and 3). I actually began...enjoying pregnancy!
Everything I've read and heard from others says that your second trimester is the "honeymoon phase" of pregnancy: no more morning sickness, return of energy, feeling sexy with an increased (ahem) libido, and just feeling overall fabulous.
Not-so-much. And I was pretty hard on myself for not LOVING pregnancy. I mean, I love my sweet baby girl with my whole heart...but not the nausea, heartburn, intestinal issues, fatigue, swelling, weight gain, and severe lack of feeling oh-so-sexy. And I just felt so guilty about not loving it.
However. Now that I'm in my third trimester, I really do feel like a different person. And yes, I realize a large part of this is because I am on summer break. I'm able to rest if I really need to (which let's be honest...I'm not a rester) but most importantly, if I don't feel well, I have PRIVACY in my own home and can actually take a bathroom break. :)
So, Stella got her groove back.
And now I bring you an uplifting Bumpdate.
Maternity Clothes: Yeah. Maternity clothes are the only things I really feel comfortable in. Every once and awhile, I'll wear something "normal", but it's either too short or too tight.
Gender: Sweet baby GIRL. And I don't believe I've shared the full name.
We mulled over this for awhile. We talked about how "Lyla" is SO sweet for a little girl, but also elegant and beautiful for a grown woman. And Isabell is the middle name of my grandma who passed away just a couple of weeks ago. It's funny, my dad and I always thought my grandma's name was Mittie Bell because that's what she always went by. Can you get any more southern? But when she passed, my dad noticed on his birth certificate that her middle name was actually Isabell.
And it was PERFECT for our baby girl's middle name.
Movement: This is my most favorite part of pregnancy. She moves all day long. It just feels so intimate. It's a little secret that my baby girl and I share while we're out in public - it's like she's saying, "Hey, I'm cozy in here, and I can't wait to meet you Mom!"
And now, we're starting to actually SEE her move. It is crazy. I spent 15 minutes last week lying down and just watching her roll around and poke.
Sleep: I've never loved something so much in my life. I'm LOVING my sleep, and I'm sleeping like a BABY! And those who know me well know I've never really even known what a full night's sleep meant until recently.
What I miss: Being able to work on home DIY projects. Since I am on summer break and don't have the capability of sitting still, I am just dying to work on house projects...many of which, I am unable to. I know it's ridiculous, but I feel like I'm wasting precious time off work!
Cravings: Chocolate Soy Milk - Obsessed. Oh and bean burritos (nothing really new about this).