Well here we are officially finished with our 2nd trimester and entering our 3rd , and final, trimester before our sweet little princess P joins our family on the outside world! It’s hard to believe that another 13 weeks flew by as fast as it did! Even though we were fully taking in every second of our pregnancy, time still goes by quick, and it seems that no matter how much you savor a moment or season you never truly have enough time in each one before you move on to the next. We are excited though about entering the end of our pregnancy for many reasons, the biggest one being that the wait will officially be over and we will be getting to meet our daughter at the end of it!! Thinking about that moment when we get to see, touch, hear and smell her for the first time is something that we find ourselves dreaming about together more then ever before. We find ourselves regularly talking about our first moment as a family when she is here safe and sound after the delivery. How we’ll get to hold her and bond with her as a family as we look her over with such tender care, counting her 10 fingers and 10 toes, seeing if she really does have her mama’s eyes and cheekbones or daddy’s lips, jaw line and hair. Realizing all over again that God has used us and the love that we share with Him and each other to create a miracle, to literally make life! It’s such a sweet time were in right now together, and these conversations over those future memories to be made are some of the most endearing, heartwarming conversations we have ever had in our marriage. Even when were in the midst of them we find ourselves slowing down and lingering because we know they are ones to be cherished, and that we will look back on with fondness.
Highlights: There was a lot of exciting things taking place this trimester! We took a few trips to Florida and Pennsylvania to visit family, announced we were pregnant on social media, had gender reveal party and found out that our baby sweet P is a little princess P, felt her kick for the first time and have been feeling her kick on a consistent basis everyday since, we started attending our Bradley Method Birth Classes to prepare for the birth of our daughter, celebrated 4 years of wedded bliss (or fruit and flower anniversary as we like to call it lol), took a baby-moon, watched her move from the outside for the first time, picked out a couple of outfits for her at a really great sale at JC Penny’s for the first time, bought her a first “birth-day” present, a beautiful cream colored swaddle with a peachy pink bow for her to be wrapped up and come home from the hospital in, Matt got to hear her heartbeat by putting his head to Blairs tummy for the first time, put together our baby registries and started planning the baby shower with the wonderful family members that are hosting it for us and friends thats are helping us with it, turned one of the spare bedrooms into a nursery (were still putting the finishing touches on it as far as decorating is concerned but it’s pretty close to complete!), Matt received a promotion and two raises, and Blair passed a number of normal examinations, including the glucose test and the 20 week anatomy scan ultrasound, to determine that our little girl and her mama are still having a low-risk healthy pregnancy! All in all these last 13 weeks have been very productive and filled with immense blessing. It has been a jam packed trimester filled with many new, fun experiences and we are so thankful to everyone who has been joining us in prayer for a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Emotions: This trimester was tempered with an overwhelming sense of peace, even when circumstances were not exactly the most peaceful. It never ceases to amaze us how no matter what is going on in life God’s peace can penetrate any situation when we are praying and relying on His word to guide our thoughts daily. This summer my Mawmaw, Jane Blair, who I was named after and we were both very close to, went home to be with The Lord. It has been a mixed season of emotions because on one hand we are over joyed about this little lady that God is bringing into our family, but on the other hand there was, and if were totally honest and open still very much is, moments of grief over not having my Mawmaw with us on this earth anymore. We miss her, especially on Tuesdays because that was the night we usually went to take her dinner and spend time with her throughout the week. And though we know it’s natural and healthy to feel that, it still pains a little to know that we will never get to witness her meeting our daughter this side of heaven. But like we said, God’s peace definitely transcended these circumstances. We have found a lot of comfort in prayer and in what He says in His word. He has been showing us that it’s alright to feel a mixture of emotions during the seasons life brings. That it’s okay to feel immense joy and happiness over one situation in life and at the same time to be walking through another situation that makes you sad, and that no matter what the outcome He is always there as our main source of comfort, encouragement and support in both the periods of joy and mourning that mingle together to make up this life.
Cravings: We were craving all types of interesting foods this trimester! Some were summer seasonal favorites such as Watermelon and Watermelon flavored things like the Watermelon Sorbet at Graeters that they make for the month of July. I literally would eat a whole Watermelon on my own within a few days of bringing it home from the grocery store and probably single handedly made at least half of the sales at our local Graeters for their Watermelon Sorbet! I promise it’s out of this world good, especially loaded up with Rainbow Sprinkles! lol But most were things that don’t usually make their appearance till the fall such as Caramel Apples, Apple Cider, Decaf Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Butternut Squash Soup and Pumpkin flavored baked goods, like the Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies our friend Matt Rauch made for the Labor Day cookout we had at our home. What was really interesting though is how my cravings went from one extreme to the other. In the 1st trimester I was craving salty things, and the sweet tooth that I’m notorious for in my family all but disappeared. I literally couldn’t even think of stomaching Graeters Ice Cream because of the ginormous chocolate chips that are in it, which is unheard of for me. Then in the 2nd trimester that notorious sweet tooth returned with a vengeance and the salty, savory flavors I once craved no longer satisfied like they once did. lol
Aversions: One of the most wonderful things about this trimester is that there really hasn’t been any aversions when it comes to food or smells, where as in our first trimester, though there weren’t many, there were a few things that would nauseate me to even think about eating. So it’s nice to feel normal, aside from my expanding waist line, again. lol
Other Symptoms: Many people have nicknamed the 2nd trimester The Golden Trimester and for us this expression definitely rang true! The fatigue that was very real, and very present in our 1st trimester disappeared and was replaced with a new found energy that would last throughout the entire day which was enough to make the entire 13 weeks heavenly! Clothing that once fit awkwardly because the bump wasn’t necessarily big enough to wear it yet started to look more becoming as the baby bump has come into it’s own. That is probably one of the things that we were most excited about this trimester to be recognized as expecting! Most women dread getting bigger, but I have been on the small my entire life, so to dawn a big baby bump, dressing it up all cute in maternity wear, has always been something that I have looked forward to! And the reality has definitely lived up to the expectation! It has been wonderful to finally be at the stage where I don’t look bloated but instead very much pregnant! I have loved every second of putting together cute maternity outfits and really take a sense of pride in my healthy, growing bump because the bigger it gets the better off for our baby! I’m not concerned about weight gain. To be honest I’m one of those girls that never have really worried over my weight. I’ve never even owned a scale. I find it best for myself to just eat healthy and live an active balanced life knowing that God has created me with the perfect body for me, no one else, that is designed to the upmost to bring Him glory how He sees fit in my life plan. That is definitely a philosophy that we have carried into this pregnancy! We go to doctors appointments once a month where they check my weight, blood pressure and other necessary vitals to make sure I am on track there and as long as we don’t here anything alarming from our doctor, which so far everything is on track for a normal, healthy, low risk pregnancy thank you Lord, we don’t stress over it. We just go about our life, eating a healthy diet to nourish our Sweet P to the upmost, being active to the point of comfort and being thankful and enjoying the life, and body, God has given us. 🙂
And yes on a side note about maternity fashion, we discovered this trimester that what they say about maternity jeans really is true! They are the most comfortable jeans I have ever owned! And at this point I really don’t think I will ever go back to regular pants because they look the same and are some much more comfy!!!.. but then again I am pretty sure every woman who has been pregnant says that. lol So we will see 🙂
We hope you enjoyed our latest bump date! Hard to believe we will only have one more of these to write y’all about until our little lady is here!
Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair