The Third Trimester

by Jen on January 6, 2013

Photography has taken a backseat to being pregnant and moving and working and being too achy and tired to lug around any of my equipment, but I hate that.  I get so much pleasure out of reliving memories captured by my camera that it’s a total shame I don’t snap at least one picture a week.  So, in an effort to keep me on task with something I enjoy so much, I’m going to participate in a 52 week photo project with Shutter|bag.  Each week, a topic is assigned and this week’s topic (nothing like getting it in juuuust under the wire) is “Future”.

There are zero requirements for photos.  Use your cell phone.  Use a mac daddy camera.  Use a point and shoot.  Edit.  Don’t edit.  Crop.  Don’t crop.  Whatever.  Just take pictures!  Each week, post your photo to the Shutter|bag Facebook page (or tag it that way).  You can also post to Twitter or Instagram using #shutter52 to join!  In case you are interested in participating, here are the prompts for January.

Today I am 28 weeks pregnant.  I am in the THIRD (and final) TRIMESTER!!! (The sound of checking off milestones makes my heart flutter.)   It is said our son would have a 95% chance at survival (with intense medical interventions) if he were born today.  He lives with a head in my right rib cage and his feet pressing on my bladder.  He is shy in ultrasounds and rarely gives his father much play.  He will be dancing up a storm, and as soon as I guide George’s hand toward the performance, Henry freezes… or falls asleep.  Dude is very tired, you see.

I’m not craving anything in particular, really.  I eat a lot of Indian food and a lot of Mexican food, so spice doesn’t seem to bother him.  My poor burning heart on the other hand?  Yuck.  Otherwise, Cap’n Crunch is my other “go to”.

The third trimester brings about a fatigue similar to the very first trimester.  I’m happy to be in bed by 9:00, as I have lots of peeing to accomplish in the middle of the night!  Last night I managed an entire night’s sleep with only two bathroom visits, but most other nights average about five.

I’m still peeing myself quite a bit and find Poise pads to be my best defense.  (Thank you to my Facebook friends for that advice!)

Henry’s nursery is a mess.  We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, and if I could ever find a few extra hours of energy, I might start whipping it into shape.  Any day now…

I leave for Kansas this coming week!   (It’s the last week my doctor has approved me to fly.)  Casey is throwing a baby shower for me, and I’m ecstatic!  I can’t wait to see my friends and family and talk about Henry until they are sick of the sound of my voice.  Because the next time I return to Kansas, nobody will care to hear me speak at all.  It’ll be alllllllll about my boy by then.  Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Twelve. More. Weeeeeeeeeeks!

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1 Tammy Bartelson January 6, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Your picture of George kissing your tummy is PERFECT for the subject of "future!" Good job! Have fun on your trip back for the shower!

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2 Kim January 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

I cannot wait to hear more about Henry. Love this photo. It is perfect.

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3 euregirlsandboys January 8, 2013 at 6:40 am

Love, love the picture! I'm so excited for you in your last trimester getting so close to meeting Henry!

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4 Alana K January 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

Happy 3rd Trimester to you and Henry!

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5 Rach DonutsMama January 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm

That is such a sweet picture. Can't believe he's going to be here so soon! I want to see pics of the nursery when it's done!

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6 Mandi W January 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Congrats to being pregnant!!! I to am from Kansas and currently pregnant with my second child!! I love the picture where your hubby is kissing your belly wish I would have done that with my first. Have a very safe trip home!

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