During the end of my second trimester and beginning of my third, I finally started feeling like there was someone else tagging along during my daily activities. A little kick here or jab there, a tiny HELLO from he inside out. Once my belly really started growing, then that certain special someone was there 24/7. I felt her at all hours, even when she was not moving, since she liked to remind me that she was there with heartburn or frequent trips to the bathroom. Sleeping and eating for two is no walk in the park.
Growing a human is hard work. Real work – that you only get paid for after 10 months of doing it. The reward is priceless of course – but all that work… phew. It’s exhausting. Cutie and More Clothing makes the perfect comfortable baseball tees describing how it feels to grow a human. When you’re pregnant, you want to wear clothes that soft, loose fitting, and comfy. You can order my adorable pregnancy shirt for just $17.50 in a variety of colors.
Pregnancy does a number on your mind and body. Physically, I feel exhausted 85% of the day – I am carrying an extra 30+lbs around. Then add in my vulvar varicose veins and it makes being on my feet extremely painful. When you have a toddler and a home to maintain though, you can’t spend all day in bed. Mentally, I am a jumbled mess 100% of the day. Who hits a parked car with cones all around it? How many times can I lose my keys? And forget emotionally… I imagine a pregnant woman experiences 10 mood swings a day. I think I average 15 – especially with my 2 1/2 year old intentionally testing my patience and showing off her ‘listening skills’ during the evenings after Daddy gets home.
These photos are the real me – I let my hair air dry, I wear the same thing every day, and makeup only goes on my face once a week. I’m tired but happy. So happy. We have 30 days or less left to meet our second little girl. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that I’m growing another tiny human who will soon join our little family party. We have gotten used to doing everything as a group of three, so the adjustment to four shall be interesting. But, we are beyond thrilled. Brandon and I talk daily about what its going to be like with someone else here all the time. Someone who is here on the outside and not on my inside.