Third Trimester Musings

Third Trimester Pregnancy

Despite the discomfort that comes with growing a human, I really enjoyed being pregnant. Some seasons were easier than others but attempting to live moment to moment helped me move through the more challenging symptoms.

The third trimester of pregnancy begins on week 28 and lasts until your baby arrives! I entered my third trimester while on our California road trip. There was a distinctive shift (while walking around San Francisco) in my energy and endurance level as I transitioned into my third trimester. Our Baby was getting bigger and my body required more effort to move throughout the day.

“Your little one will get a whole lot larger in the third trimester, growing from about 2 1/2 pounds and 16 inches long in week 28 of pregnancy to between 6 and 9 pounds and 19 to 22 inches long in week 40.” — What to Expect

I didn’t have too many new symptoms arise in the third trimester, but let’s dive into my final trimester.

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Weekend Links / / The Purpose in 40 Weeks

Butchertown Hall

^ Last weekends girl brunch date at Butchertown Hall.

This week was filled to the brim with emotions. A mixture of nervous energy and reflection. How has this pregnancy neared its completion? There are parts of me that aren’t ready for pregnancy to be over but a much larger (4o weeks) part of me simply wants to meet my baby boy. Life is full of unknowns and knowing he can arrive any day now is hard to fathom.

Wednesday was my due date and well, here we are on Friday and baby is still chilling. I have a scheduled induction to begin on Tuesday night, so there is an end in sight. I never felt like he would come early (I haven’t been uncomfortable enough).

I’ve forced myself to leave the house everyday to run a small errand or at least grab coffee. Distraction is key! I’d love to enjoy one more brunch date this weekend if we aren’t in labor.

Onto the links!

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A Pantone Baby Shower

Pantone Baby Shower

A few weeks ago, some Nashville friends gathered around us to celebrate the arrival of Baby Short. Jordan and I feel so blessed (an overused word, but also true) by our Nashville community and when I originally sat down to write this post, all I could think about was gratitude. My heart is bursting with love.

Moving to a new city is overwhelming for a multitude of reasons, but quite possibly one of the biggest reasons is the fear of loneliness. Will I be able to find a tribe? It’s a valid concern as finding friends isn’t a guarantee. Through some luck (and a little effort), we have found ourselves embraced by an amazing group of people. This tribe came together to host a lovely and relaxing baby shower.

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Weekend Links / / Flight of WOW

39 Weeks Pregnant

A few months ago, Jordan and I bought tickets for Flight of the Conchords’ stateside tour. It was a bit of a risk considering we knew I’d be 39 weeks pregnant, but we figured we’d see how I was feeling. Reselling was always an option or Jordan could bring a buddy. Thankfully, I have been feeling well and so we settled in for the night (I have a few snaps from the night. Click on the Snapchat button to watch!). Jordan and I have been fans of Bret and Jemaine since their television show was on HBO. I’m so happy we had a chance to see them live!

In other Short family news, earlier this week, Jordan and I signed up for a Costco membership which truly feels like the most adult thing we’ve ever done. We were practically giddy browsing the aisles despite being fully stocked with groceries at home! What are your favorite Costco purchases?

So, how am I feeling at 39 weeks pregnant? Pretty good! Knowing baby boy will arrive any day now is a strange and exciting feeling.

Onto the links!

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Weekend Links / / Thirty-Eight Weeks

Weekend Reading

I’m sitting here watching an early season two episode of Gilmore Girls lacking any sort of motivation to empty the dishwasher and make our bed. People ask me daily if I’m over it, especially at thirty-eight weeks pregnant, and ready for this baby to arrive, but honestly I’m not. I’m already feeling nostalgic for his kicks.

In other news…

This week has been filled with a little more reading, a lot of Wimbledon tennis watching and a hair color refresh as all women who are about to go into labor should do something that’ll make them feel more like themselves.

This week has also been extremely heartbreaking and infuriating and as a white female I often don’t really know how to respond. I will leave you with one of Leslie Odom Jr.’s tweets, “I will live. I will work. I will make art. A life with love at its center is radical protest in the face of evil.” I’m praying for all those families who have lost loved ones this week in senseless shootings. We need heart change.

Onto the links!

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Weekend Links / / Açaí Bowling

Açaí Bowls

As of Wednesday I am 35 weeks pregnant! Eek! Time is flying by in both amazing and slightly nerve-racking ways. This weekend is all about installing our car seat and beginning to pack the hospital bag. Though there aren’t any clear signs our little man has intentions to make an early arrival. For all you mommas, what was one unconventional item you either wished you brought with you or was glad you had in your hospital bag?

In other news, I received my first set of eyelash extensions this week! My friend, Kara Gaylor, is a certified lash specialist in town and performed her magic on me. Lash extensions were something I had wanted for quite sometime and now seemed like perfect timing. For me to feel awake and ready for anything, I like to apply at least concealer and mascara. Well, even great mascara doesn’t do much for my blonde lashes so why not eliminate one step?

For any of my Nashville locals, Kara is offering a special where your first fill is free! Just make sure to mention my name when you call.

Onto the links!

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Weekend Links / / Summer Essentials

Strawberry Picking

^ Strawberry picking from last weekend.

Jordan and I had a pretty picturesque weekend and whenever we have several days off together (even when we’re still working on projects) I have a difficult time transitioning back to a normal schedule. Our time as a twosome is coming to an end and I’m soaking it all up.

My 33 week appointment was yesterday and the reality of Baby Yoshi’s arrival being in single digits is finally settling in. I began the paperwork needed for my leave and while I’m so thankful I have leave, trying to get all of my questions answered has been challenging! I was transferred to three different departments and I’m still waiting on a few answers.

To top it all off, I ruined several of Jordan’s shirts in the wash when I spilled bleach all over the floor yesterday afternoon. To say I’m looking forward to the weekend is an understatement.

Onto the links!

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Weekend Links / / Bring On The Nesting

Pregnancy Nesting

Jordan and I arrived home on Monday from our Chicago baby shower. We felt loved and cared for all weekend and I can’t wait to share more about our time. Since coming home we immediately jumped right into our Nashville life and suffice it to say I’m exhausted! My body gently reminded me this week that more sleep is required and I’m doing my best to oblige.

Up until this weekend, if you walked into our apartment you would not think we were expecting a child. I restrained myself from purchasing much until after our showers but because of that we didn’t have the need to rearrange our current home situation. All that changed when we arrived with our gifts. Jordan went into a tape-measuring frenzy and came up with several furniture solutions that’ll give us more storage. I’m rather excited. Bring on the nesting!

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Second Trimester Musings

Second Trimester Pregnancy Tips

According to the internet the second trimester of pregnancy is from week 13 through week 28. I’m now into week 31 so before I completely forget how my second trimester went I figured I should write it all down and share my tips!

My first trimester wasn’t terrible but looking back it wasn’t all sunshine and roses either. I had all-day nausea though I never got sick. I was tired and bloated but still managed to go to work and get the basics done. My doctor kept telling me the second trimester was when you feel the best, but I didn’t wake up one day immediately feeling amazing. The transition into my second trimester was gradual.

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Styled | Spring Flowers

BUMPstyle Box Review

I love reading reviews on different monthly clothing subscription boxes on the market, but I never felt compelled to try one for myself. I’ll admit most of the time I wasn’t impressed with the selection and since I live close to several shopping centers, I never felt the need to have someone else shop for me. Well, shopping for maternity clothes is a different ball game!

BUMPstyle Box Review

First off, only a small handful of stores offer maternity options. Within those stores the selection isn’t very large, so you still have to shop around for specific items. If you order online there is the conundrum of paying for shipping and potential returns. It’s hard to gage the quality of the pieces online and I’ve realized that quality does matter when it comes to maternity clothes. I have returned more items in the past five months (due to the pieces not holding up) than I have in years!

So when BUMPstyle Box reached out to me to try their subscription box service, I immediately said yes! 

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