The Final Lap

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As I approach the final lap (trimester) of pregnancy, I feel great!  Baby girl is about 15 inches long, 2 ½ pounds and is the size of a cucumber, according to What to Expect.  She has doubled in weight from 4 weeks ago!

I feel baby girl moving and shaking in my belly all the time now.  It’s so much fun feeling her in there!  Her kicks and jabs are only getting stronger. I purchased a fetal doppler monitor so I can also hear her heartbeat.  It’s music to my ears.

If you can’t tell by my expanding body and large chipmunk cheeks, I have already gained 23 pounds!  Unfortunately, that’s how much weight I was hoping to gain throughout my entire pregnancy.  My doctor recommended I gain anywhere between 25-35 pounds by my due date.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to go over that 35 pound mark.  Eek!

With a little more than 12 weeks left, I have stopped purchasing maternity clothes.  I’m trying to make use of what is left of my wardrobe.  I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough!  I find myself gravitating to the color black a lot.

I haven’t been getting much sleep because of hip and leg pain.  Having to use the restroom several times each night doesn’t help either.  I miss sleeping on my back and belly!

But what I miss most is my pre-pregnancy body.  I was looking at older pictures yesterday.  I didn’t realize how tiny I was!


These pictures are my motivation to continue exercising during my pregnancy.  I’m hopeful I will be able to bounce back.

I’m really looking forward to our 3D ultrasound in a few weeks.  I can’t wait to see her little face!  I’m also excited for the baby showers coming up.  Mark and I are so fortunate to have so many loved ones supporting us throughout this amazing journey.

I hope you’re having a fantastic week! 



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