Third Trimester Recap

Andie Mitchell Third Trimester Recap

If you had talked to me two weeks or so ago, I would have told you that this has been my favorite trimester of pregnancy by far. I felt good physically and emotionally; it was fun to feel pregnant pregnant—big belly, slight waddle, and all, and my due date seemed to be right around the corner! Having a baby boy was so real in the best way. Daniel and I started making a concerted effort to do all of our favorite things as often as possible.

Dedham Community Movie Theater

pregnancy craving: blueberry pancakes

We went to see a dozen movies in the theater, slept in, went out for brunches, lunches, and dinners, and then…

Oh boy.

Then I reached 38 weeks, and the discomfort hit me like a ton of bricks. My back throbbed constantly, my feet swelled and ached (even first thing in the morning), and my pelvis felt sore and heavy. All throughout my third trimester, I’d experienced painful round ligament pain, but whereas before I was able to tolerate it, now those stabbing zings would stop me in my tracks, take my breath away. I began to feel the infamous zaps of lightning crotch and the crazy cramping sensation of baby kicking me in the ribs. I started having to pee even more frequently and urgently, which would have seemed absolutely impossible to me before, but here I am, running to the bathroom every five minutes—sometimes leaving the bathroom only to run back in.

The other challenge of these final weeks is that I’ve finally come to understand the women who talk about feeling moody and all over the place emotionally during pregnancy. In the past two or three weeks, I’ve had many moments where I’m just terribly upset over nothing and everything all at once. I’ve felt inexplicably grumpy, weepy, and full of anxiety—just out of the blue. And while in the moment I may be able to rattle off a list of things that are making me anxious and upset, I also realize that they aren’t typically the types of things that would make me break down crying. Case in point: I’ve had this insane panicky feeling for the past few weeks about how frequently I should be cleaning my house because we’ll never be able to know exactly WHEN the baby will arrive. Suffice it to say, the house is spotless (I’m talking windows have been washed, baseboards scrubbed, garage swept, car detailed…). These emotional swings make me all the more grateful for Daniel, who is as patient as they come. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been an absolute nightmare and he has responded with nothing but love and understanding, saying, “I’m so sorry that you have to feel all of this.”

And yet, all the discomfort is so small and insignificant compared to the wild, overwhelming, all-encompassing love I’ve begun to feel for my baby boy. Every night for the past few months, I go into his room, sit in the glider, and rock, just the two of us. I sing to him. I tell him I love him a million times. I tell him how much I adore and cherish his dad, tell him what an amazing man he his, and how he made my whole life complete, all the while knowing I won’t have to convince him of how great his dad is—he’ll find out on his own soon enough. I’ve loved my baby boy since the first positive pregnancy test, but this current sensation of love is so much bigger and more intense than it was before. I think about my son and I’m instantly overcome. I can’t wait to meet him. I can’t wait to hug him, kiss him, and make him feel so secure and cherished.

37 weeks pregnant

even my new pajamas are giving up

Weight Gain

From our first appointment at 6 weeks to now (40 weeks), I’ve gained 50 pounds. Honestly, I’ve shocked even myself at how completely at peace I am with this number. It’ll come off eventually (or maybe it won’t! ha!) but either way, my body has grown a healthy baby boy and the journey was undoubtedly worth every pound.

third trimester cravings

fell in love with Indian food

Cravings: blueberry pancakes, Indian food, eggplant, burgers
Aversions: none

My Baby Shower

Back in June, my mom threw me an absolutely adorable animal-themed baby shower brunch. Every last detail—from the place settings to the cake—was perfect, and the whole day made Daniel and me feel so loved and cared for by our family and friends. This little boy is so lucky already!

baby boy baby shower

baby boy animal baby shower

baby boy animal theme baby shower

baby boy baby shower

baby boy elephant baby shower cake

As of today (September 4, 2018), I’m 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant! He should be here any day now :)



20 thoughts on “Third Trimester Recap

  1. Anita Humphries

    You are soooo ready! Praying for you! I know you will be over the moon wonderful parents. Bless you and Daniel and baby boy!!!

  2. Belle

    Hang in there Andie! Those last few weeks can definitely be uncomfortable. I remember finding it so hard to sleep – between waking up to pee a million times, to trying to find a comfortable position around my enormous bump, it was impossible! But as you said, your baby boy will be here any day now. You’re on the home run :-) Good luck. It’s so exciting. x x x x

  3. Michelle Clapp

    Hey Andie! Hang in there! You are in the home stretch! I like to say that the reason pregnancy is 9 months long is that by the time you reach the point you are at, you are ready to give up being the center of attention, give birth, and let the baby have all of the attention!!!! It’s a looooooong nine months but once your baby boy arrives, all will be forgotten (until you become pregnant with #2 that is!!!).
    Thanks for taking us all along for the ride! All the best to you, Daniel, and Baby Boy!

  4. Katie (Runs for Cookies)

    I’m so excited for you and Daniel! You are already a great mom. It’s just too bad that baby is making you wait so long when you are so uncomfortable ;) I just became an aunt last year, and being around my nephew has made me realize just how FAST all of those young years go by. My kids are so big now, and I wish I’d have truly cherished all of the moments—even the ones where I cried all night because the baby wasn’t sleeping. Enjoy this time with your special family! <3

  5. Rita Kelly

    Best of luck Andie!! I’ve seen so many parallells in our stories, from your memoir to now, we’re just a week apart, with baby boys. Looking forward to the journey to come as we go through this together.

  6. Christel

    So so so happy for you and your little family! Such exciting times-cherish every moment. You will be a wonderful mom, and your son is blessed to have such wonderful parents!


  7. Le Anne

    Beautiful! The best is yet to come! Just you and baby in the early morning hours….my sweetest time with my boy. Love and prayers to you three! Greetings to Daniel ! Sounds a lot like my too good to be true husband (who is one of the nicest people on Earth!)

  8. Kirsten Juenke

    Oh, but you get the best reward for finally getting through the miserable end! Soooo happy for you – can’t wait to meet your new little person!

  9. Deena

    I hear September 10 is a good day! ;) Not that you want to keep him in there for another day… I remember that feeling all too well! Can’t wait to meet the little guy!

  10. Leanne Zahn

    I’m so excited for you, I’m reliving my pregnancy as I read this, I was 40 weeks and 4 days and poof it all happened. I gained 50 too! Almost 20 came off instantly I feel and well the rest come and goes You’re adorable pregnant! Can’t wait to continue to follow your journey!

  11. Danielle

    I am so happy and excited for you! I’m currently almost 23 weeks pregnant with my first (a little girl due in January!) and it’s been fun reading along to see what the journey looks like about 18 weeks ahead :) I’m also a newlywed too (married last October) and I see many parallels between the two of us. Best wishes to you and Daniel! Cannot wait for your announcement of baby boy’s birth!

  12. Tracy

    Andie & Daniel
    I hope your baby boy has arrived & you are both taking a break from the social media/blog world and enjoying all the special moments of being a FAMILY of 3. Cherish all these days & nights of being together. They go by way too fast! I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your pregnancy posts. It’s a great way to journal all the feelings, emotions & support you’ve received from your family, friends & blog followers.
    Many blessings to you and your family!
    P.S. we would love to hear the Great News, when you are ready to share it!


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