28 Weeks Bump Update – 3rd Trimester

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I am officially in my 3rd (!!!!) trimester!

I’m starting to run out of short shorts and tight pants that fit me well for these photos, but I really don’t want to resort to normal clothes, because that won’t show the change in my body as well, which is the whole point of documenting the bump each week.

The bump update pictures are also going to move a bit. I’m not sure where but I need to change backgrounds – maybe nursery!


Her size:  Two and a quarter pounds – keep growing little girl!

How far along: 28 WEEKS

Total weight gain: 158lb (that’s +3 for this week for a total of 21 lbs). Not sure what’s going on here and why I suddenly gained 3 pounds this week. I did concentrate on eating more protein, however my calorie intake has been the same, so hoping it’s all baby girl weight and not the Elena’s fat ass weight 🙂

Sleep: Iffy. The key is to go to bed earlier- then I get much better sleep.
I know my body hates me because here’s what happens in my “going to bed routine”: I go pee, then go back to the bedroom to put some belly oil on. By the time we’re done ( hubby helps moisturize me), I have to pee again, so I go and, of course, sit my oily butt down on the toilet seat  🙂 haha Sometimes I don’t wipe off the oil, because I find it funny when hubby goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night and slides all over the place and swears up and down. Then I finally snuggle in with my sleeping pillows and try to go to bed. The second I get into a comfortable position, I realize that  I kind of want to go pee again. I’m not sure if it’s in my head or if it’s Alexis pressing on my bladder while I’m fidgeting around trying to get comfy, but it works like a charm every time. So I go pee a third time in what must have been no longer than 20 minutes and then finally fall asleep peacefully.

Otherwise I get up 3-4 times a night to pee and drink some water AND I’ve been having the weird vivid pregnancy dreams everyone has been talking about.

So far here’s what my virtual self has been up to in my dreams:

1.) while travelling in Iran, I’ve been taken hostage by Betsy Johnson’s  (I know WTH? note: She’s a famous designer)  swat team that flew in scary looking military planes;
2.) I have been chased by a huge big foot/monster looking creature that comes out exactly at 4 pm in a beautiful mansion where I was hanging out with some of my guyfriends AND Vincent Chase from Entourage
3.) Gave birth to Alexis ( which was absolutely breathtaking) and was taking care of her (but of course always screwing up and forgetting to feed her or leaving her somewhere for hours on end), but she was still my gorgeous happy princess and I was surprised to see that she was able to smile and laugh as a 1 day old and then learned to pull up in her crib as a 3 day old :). This dream left me longing for Alexis to be here NOW!!!

Are these not the weirdest dreams ever or what?

Maternity Clothes: Yeeees. Mostly lots of loungewear. But there’re also a few brands and items I am REALLY digging right now. Finally I am starting to feel beautiful as a preggo, and finding the right maternity brands has contributed greatly to it. Check out my weekly maternity brands feature. I have many more to show you for the next 2 months.

Food cravings : We’ve discovered the MOST AMAZING chickless chicken patties ( lol). They are made out of wheat protein and normally, even though I don’t eat meat,  I am all like “Ew! wheat protein, tofu, soy protein- not me! If you want the taste of meat, eat meat), but these things are tasty as all get out. It’s Dr Praeger’s Brand, one patty has 13g of protein which is awesome, and they truly taste like chicken ( well at least to me considering I am not a fan of chicken or any meat for that matter)

Food aversions: none

Symptoms I HAVE:

Heartburn – Mild to strong depending on my diet
Braxton Hicks –  occasional

I’ve been pretty asymptomatic this week- feeling relatively good and just trying to get everything done. That everything is 13 different To-Do lists on my Wunderlist app.

Doctor’s Appointment: November 17th for the final (?) ultrasound to check placenta, baby growth, amniotic fluid and other good stuff. I’m really looking forward to it because I don’t like the idea of my belly measuring 2 weeks behind ( even though,  yeah I understand- I was a small baby myself, I am tall, i.e. lotsa room, my ab muscles are strong, fundal height isn’t a a reliable indication of growth bla bla bla- still I want to make sure she’s growing well).

Speaking of ab muscles, aren’t they supposed to soften or weaken at some point in pregnancy? When’s that point? Mine are still rock hard when I flex them.

Movement: She’s continuing her pattern of crazy movement for 2 days and barely anything another. She loves responding to daddy’s voice and is always super active when I am doing my relaxation exercises.

Belly Button: An innie with a Napoleon complex.

Gender: GIRL!

Best moment of the week: Uuuummm…wow I don’t even remember what happened this week… I guess my 1st baby dream about Alexis which made me love her a 1000 times more.

What I’m looking forward to:

Getting shit done. It feels like I’m never going to dig out from under the mound of things I have to do and research. At this point I barely even do any work ( actual work), it’s mostly like this:  cook, eat, exercise, cook, eat, answer emails, cook eat, train for birth, cook, eat, get some super important work things done, cook, eat, work on the blog, brush teeth, pass out.

What I miss:


 Look forward to 2nd Trimester recap soon!

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  • Reply
    November 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Woohoo for hitting the third trimester!! That’s a huge, exciting step! You look amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about the next ultrasound. I am sure Alexis is perfectly fine, you are doing an excellent job providing for her!

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    November 3, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    That is one hell of an awesome belly!!

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    November 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Those pregnancy dreams are something else huh? 3 kids later I can’t remember the details but I do remember thinking “Whoa, that was messed up!” They were along the same lines as yours, people of some significance to me, in real life and those I’ve never met, all together in a ridiculous sitation. Quite entertaining. 🙂

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    November 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Happy 3rd Trimester!! Not too much longer!!

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    November 3, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    You look amazing!

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    November 3, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Yay to the 3rd trimester and lol to AJ sliding and swearing hahahahahah 🙂
    Hope the last u/s checkup goes really well!

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    November 3, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Hi Lena! Congrats on making it to 3rd trimester! It’s truly the most exciting time. Enjoy the last months of being just you and your hubby and doing things for yourself. Really treasure it and don’t rush, even though I know it’s really hard not to wish for the baby to be here already.

    Also, are you a vegetarian? I was vegan before I became pregnant but then started eating cheese and sometimes fish as it was hard to manage to eat well while working full time and going to school full time.

    You look great by the way!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM

      I know what you’re saying! I’m trying my best to enjoy having Alexis in my belly.

      I was a vegetarian before pregnancy ( almost vegan, since I didn’t really eat diary and eggs, but didn’t necessarily avoid them at all costs, so I considered myself vegetarian). With pregnancy, I have to eat certain things for the right balance and protein- it’s easier that way. Once I’m done I’m definitely going back to minimal animal products…except maybe for certain types of fish since they are so good for you.

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    November 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Don’t know what happened. Lets try this again!
    Yay! Welcome to the 3rd trimester club!
    Measuring fundal height on me was really hard to, because I am 6’2″. Don’t stress, some weeks I would measure right on track, and some weeks I was “behind”. My midwife also told me a lot has to do with how the baby is positioned that day. (Plus, we are long..so…the “chart” isn’t very accurate for girls over “normal” height.)
    You look fab, and totally pregnant and adorable. 🙂

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 3, 2011 at 9:36 PM

      I actually thought about today and realized that he must have been eyeballing from my belly button ( cuz he never actually MEASURED my stomach). There’s no way he couldn’t have “eyeballed” from my pubic bone… Which means his “2 weeks behind” doesn’t really mean anything since I have a longer torso, so I have a few cm hiding below my belly button lol
      That made me feel much better. Good to know you had the same issue.

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    November 4, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Yay, third trimester! 🙂 You look exactly what I had HOPED I would look like pregnant…and failed at, ha ha! My nausea took all desire of looking good out the window…I was just trying to survive at that point! But you look fab!
    Ha ha! Yes, I remember the pee routines. Hilarious your husband has to slide around on your oil remnants. 😉
    Your dreams are so funny! I remember some of my preggo dreams too. I had one at around when I hit the third trimester or just before, where my Mom somehow knew a way to pop my belly open like a trap door and she took Lillian out so we could look at her. I was soooo excited and happy!! When she put her back in I was like NO! Let’s keep her out, that was nice and easy and she did fine out here!! I was so bummed when I woke up!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 4, 2011 at 9:20 PM

      Oh I’ve seen women who look skinny all over with just a belly. I just look like a normal big pregnant woman 🙂 lol Besides, nausea is horrible and I only had 3 months of it, so I don’t blame you for not caring about anything but staying sane.

      It’s cool that you still remember your dreams from pregnancy. I don’t think I would, that’s why I wrote them down. And yeah when I saw Alexis in my dream, it killed me to wake up 🙁

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    November 4, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    I missed sushi and cold cuts the most. Happy 3rd trimester! 🙂

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    November 4, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    omg you look so great for your third trimester! i just had a baby and it was the most amazing thing ever!! check out my baby blog!

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    Natalia Deymonaz
    November 5, 2011 at 5:37 AM

    Third trimester already??!! Congratulations!!!

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