As of yesterday, I am 28 weeks into my pregnancy, and officially in the final trimester! Hooray! Remy celebrated with some sort of all-day karate/disco extravaganza. Now that I know what little party animals they are in the womb it seems a bit disingenuous of them to act so innocent and semi-comatose as newborns.
Let's see...how has pregnancy changed recently? Well, I don't know if this is pregnancy related but I have recently found not one but TWO warts on my back! I haven't had a wart since I was a grubby little kid. I also think I'm growing at least one skin tag on my neck. It's all kind of gross. Generally though pregnancy has seemed to improve my skin.
I've also recently noticed that lying on my back, even briefly, makes me feel like I'm going to pass out. It was really scary when I tried to wash my hair in the tub and suddenly felt as if I was suffocating when I leaned back to rinse out my hair. I'm guessing it is because Remy settles back down into my abdominal cavity, compressing my lungs. The days of waking up and finding that I've accidentally rolled onto my back seem to be over.
My lower back is pretty sore from carrying all this awkward weight out in front. In the evenings when it gets really bad I like to put my hands on the coffee table or the couch and lean over, letting my belly just hang. It's kind of like the cat yoga pose only I don't have to get down on the floor - or worse, up off the floor! I'm trying to convince Ross to take me to a hotel this weekend so I can float in the pool for two days - my back needs the vacation!
According to babycenter.com I can expect to gain about 11 more pounds before Remy is born. Yikes. My initial goal was not to go over 165 but I reached that weight by New Years (thanks to holiday food and a less hyperactive thyroid). My next goal was to stay under 180, but I'm pacing to hit that by the end of March. My new goal is to keep it under 200. We'll see. I'm not going to sweat it because I can't be bothered to count calories when I'm so busy trying to figure out what to eat next.
Here's a 28 week development picture. Baby should be about 14.8 inches from head to heel and weigh about 2.25 lbs. If we were looking at Remy from this angle we would probably be looking at the crown of his head because he likes to lie horizontally across my belly with his head on the left and his feet either in front of his face or tucked down on the right side.