As soon as I hit 30 weeks I started feeling like my old self again, mostly because I have my energy back! Alleluia! Although day light savings really hit me hard this year. The kids however, are completely unfazed by daylight savings. Like, what?! Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? I can’t seem to get to bed at a normal hour, but yet I am up at the crack of dawn. Nonetheless, my third trimester energy still has me chugging along! This pregnancy really makes me wonder if excessive nesting is considered an actual pregnancy symptom. If so, I totally have it. I honestly don’t think I have ever nested as much as I am with this little pumpkin. My afternoons are no longer filled with book reading and napping while the kids rest. Instead I am scrubbing, washing, organizing, and cooking. It’s a little out of control but I can’t say I mind having a clean house for once in 8 months! The other day Jack said, “Wow mom, our house is really clean, it’s never this clean! Good job!” Thanks Jack.
So you know how everyone always tells you swimming during pregnancy is so good for you but you never do it because its so much work to just do it? Well I finally tried it this pregnancy and, guys, it’s the best ever. I wish I had started swimming earlier in my pregnancy. Third trimester swimming is a dreamboat. The second you hit that water all your back, hip, and leg pains vanish and for a moment, and you don’t even realize you are carrying the weight of the baby. Plus swimming has helped my swollen ankles tremendously. Swimming a couple mornings a week with the kids has been so relaxing and honestly with this winter we have had, much needed. Swimming is just about the only thing I am allowed to do with this pregnancy which is what forced me to try it out—so happy I did!
My third trimester cravings have been salads all day long. Seriously I can eat salad for breakfast lunch and dinner. My favorite has been arugula, cabbage, spinach, shaved almonds, feta, and squeezed lemon for the dressing. A restaurant that we frequent for girls night makes a killer Caesar salad that they serve with lemon wedges on the side and that’s what got me hooked on lemon juice as a dressing. So good! Another favorite of mine has been spinach, arugula, feta, granny smith apples, dried cranberries, shaved almonds, with a drizzle of vadalia onion dressing. When I am not craving salads I am craving a crisp, bubbly, Coke. This annoys me because I don’t drink soda really and lately it’s all I want. We have been stocking up on “Mexican” Coke (Coke made with real sugar instead of HFCS) at Costco and it comes in the old fashion glass bottles, it’s real fancy. Plus with all the freezing temperatures we have been having, if we leave the bottles in the garage fridge they end up with the perfect amount of frozen slush in them. Coke slushies!
I only have one minor complaint and that’s SLEEP. I expect to be uncomfortable at night at this point, but it must be a fourth pregnancy thing because I am way more uncomfortable than my last pregnancies. Being uncomfortable along with daylight savings, and 3 early riser little boys, has me slightly sleep deprived. I am not one of those parents that can function on no sleep and my husband can surely attest to my friendliness after getting little shut eye. When mama doesn’t sleep, the whole house knows it. I just keep telling myself that we get a baby after all this is done! Another tiny, beautiful, human that God is blessing us with and trusting us to care for. Suddenly sleep doesn’t seem so important at all and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
Baby will be here before we know it and I just can’t wait! I can’t wait to see what the baby looks like and find out if we are adding another sweet little boy to our broad, or a precious little girl.