Well, sorry that it's been a month since I last did a baby girl update! Life got a bit crazy there with our family room remodel and my trip to Louisiana, so I guess time just flew by and before I knew it, we were almost finished with the second trimester!
I almost can't believe we are this far along and how much I've grown in the past few weeks. Seriously, my belly has officially started to creep over my line of sight to my toes and before long, I believe I will have to make Michael paint them! That being said, everyone still tells me how tiny I am, but I can't help but think how much bigger I will feel or look after 3 more months of growth. It's all for good and worth it, so I'm totally not complaining!
I've started to reach the uncomfortable stage, sleeping with a pillow under my belly and between my knees at night, just so I can try to reduce the hip pain that I'm now experiencing. I really do miss sleeping on my back, but even now I can feel how weird it is if I lie on it for just a couple minutes. Everything kind of shifts, and I can definitely tell that side sleeping is best! That being said, I had a wonderful night of sleep the night I came back from my trip to Louisiana. I think it's because I was SO tired from flying late into the night and from the trip itself, that my body was just grateful to be in a familiar place and bed. I didn't wake up once during a 9 hour stretch! It was like heaven itself!
My Louisiana trip was fun and I had about 20 people rub my belly at my home ward alone. And get this, only 1 person asked permission. So funny. But, I really don't mind the belly rubs (without asking permission) as long as they are from people I know. Now, if it was some random stranger in the grocery store, I'm pretty sure that would freak me out a bit.
Along with the growth stage, I'm grunting anytime I have to bend over or reach anything, so I've just started to let others do that for me. And the belly is beginning to get big enough that it hits things without me thinking it will (like, random strangers on the airplane when I get up to go to the bathroom) and just gets in the way of daily tasks. I tried to tie my gym shoes the other day and couldn't do it without putting my feet up on another chair next to the one I was sitting in! Michael giggled and made a facebook post about that one. He thinks all this is so cute and just smiles when it takes me longer to roll over in bed, or maneuver around things. And he's super helpful, lending a hand or reaching things that I can't. He's a good one, that hubby of mine.
Baby girl is growing perfectly like she should and her heartbeat continues to sound strong and steady. I have noticed her constant movements throughout the day now and I'm amazed how much she really is moving in there! It's fun to start seeing my belly bounce around at times. I can only imagine how much more I will be able to feel her the bigger she grows. Our Ob-Gyn says that everything is going smoothly and we have no worries. What a blessing. We started to discuss our birth plan with her at the most recent appointment and she was incredibly supportive of everything we want. But, we also understand that being flexible is the most important thing. Whatever we can do to get this baby girl here alive and healthy, we will do, no doubt about it. We both feel that it's just best to be educated about what you want (and what can happen) and then you can make the best decisions when the time comes!
Next post will most likely be the first of the 3rd trimester, and then it will be no time before she is here and we get to hold her in our arms! There are 3 major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) between now and that moment. We have lots of things still left to do, but know that it is going to all come together wonderfully. Thanks to everyone for your support and love. We really feel it and appreciate it!