Hello April! I can't believe how far into Spring we are! Today Sean and I went to get flowers for our yard and it was so warm and sunny outside. I think we're definitely done with winter weather, especially here in Texas. Let's just hope this doesn't mean we're going to have a brutal summer. At least I'll be having this baby in early July and not have to go the entire month of July and August carrying around an extra 20 pounds and being super miserable. I am looking forward to pool weather though and floating this big belly in the water. But unfortunately, I don't think my mermaid tail will currently fit me.
How far along: We're at week 26 and almost at the tail end of my 2nd trimester. I've been loving the energy that I've had these last few months. Sean and I have definitely been putting it to good use and doing so many projects around the house. This week, Mini is the size of a coconut and weighs about two pounds! I can definitely feel her on both sides of my body now. And it's the sweetest when I can feel a strong kick on my right side, followed by a teeny tiny tap of her hand on my left. I always instinctively put my hand where hers is so I can feel like we're holding hands. I also love that I picked this week's bible verse and didn't even realize until later that Mini can now open her eyes and respond to light! "Let light shine out of darkness" AMEN! My hope is that Mini will constantly follow God's light as she continue to grow.
What I'm craving: Today I'm feeling a Braum's run so I can get a brownie fudge sundae. I had my gestational diabetes screen this week and passed, so now I'm like, "bring on the sweets!"
How I'm feeling: I took Thursday off this week to do the screen which was a very simple process. However, I felt a little off for the rest of the day, so it was good that I had my chiropractic appointment and a massage. My body feels so messed up right now and that massage, although not at all a relaxing one, felt amazing. I typically prefer for someone to just tickle my back and play with my hair when getting a massage. If you find a knot, DO NOT work it out. But this massage, I felt like I really needed all of the kneading and stretching. My neck, my ribs, my back, my hips... I could not believe all of the places I was so out of whack. Then when I saw the chiropractor, it was like I became a whole new person. I've been trying to pop my back for months and he cracked my entire body and I felt so much relief. There were one or two times where I felt like the wind was knocked out of me and Mini got squished, although I know everything he did was perfectly safe. But maybe next time I'll opt out of certain adjustments. All in all though, I feel like the appointment was pretty successful and I'm looking forward to my next one. Although I still get pain in my back and now underneath my boob, I feel like I can stretch myself enough to get a few pops here and there. Unfortunately we found that it isn't my sciatic that's been putting me through so much pain. It's actually my rib cage on the right side of my body. With everything moving up, it's just squishing and I keep getting this sensation in the front where it feels like I'm wet and cold in one spot. But it's just the beauty of pregnancy and I'll continue to deal until Mini moves around and another area of my body starts hurting :)
Regarding the screen, I did pass, thank the Lord. However, I am becoming anemic, so I've been put on an iron supplement until the end of my pregnancy. I was anemic before I was pregnant so I'm not entirely surprised. But anemia during pregnancy is not a good thing, so I definitely need to keep a look out for that. Maybe I'll just have the one sundae this week and keep up with my leafy vegetables to get that iron :) I've been getting a lot more tired lately and I figured it was just ending my second trimester, but now I know it's from the iron deficiency. Besides that, everything else is feeling great!
What I bought this week: Mini's room is almost completely decorated. There are just a few little things I need to finish it out (like the mattress I mentioned last week). But now that the decor is done, I'm starting to tackle the organizing of the closet and dresser drawers. This week I bought $200 worth of baskets and hampers to see which one I like best.. I'll probably end of keeping $50 worth, eek!
What I'm most excited about this week: Thankfully, this weekend so far has not been entirely crazy. There are a few things around the house Sean and I are doing to just tidy it up and put things in a more organized space. I've even been able to watch 2 episodes of Grace & Frankie already! But I'll slowly keep churning out the organizing projects and it makes me feel like we're in a good place at this stage of the pregnancy.
I have this routine right now where I'll get up to do one project, then sit down and rest for a bit, then get up to do another, then rest. It's working well and I'm feeling accomplished without draining myself like I've been doing the last few weeks. And of course, Sean has been so incredible every step of the way. I don't know what I'd do without him and I'm so excited to be sharing this time in our lives together.
Have a fantastic weekend my loveys!