30 Weeks

December 10, 2014

Remember how with Ani I took photos basically every single week like a rockstar? And how I’ve really take none this time around, let alone mentioned anything about this pregnancy besides the fact that 1) I was pregnant and 2) it was a girl.

My poor third child.

Over the weekend, I hit 30 weeks, so probably only 11 weeks to go, since I have zero expectation of being on-time.

This pregnancy has been the hardest of the three, I think. Although, let’s be honest, I still have comparatively easy pregnancies.

I’ve never had significant back pain before during a pregnancy and this time I’m having a lot. I’m sure it’s been compounded by walking everywhere in London and also the truly terrible bed in our flat there. With my first two pregnancies, I had people comment that I didn’t walk like a pregnant person even at the very end. Not so this time around (although feel free to lie and tell me I don’t).

Also, my first two girls were always low, but this baby is so low it’s ridiculous. I haven’t even begun to have that “baby stuck up in my ribcage” feeling, despite the fact that she’s pretty active.

I switched to a different kind of prenatal vitamins after I ran out of my fancy Target-brand ones and almost immediately started having insomnia problems again (same thing happened with Ani – I didn’t realize it seemed to be my vitamins until I stopped taking them around the six month mark after she was born and then started sleeping better. I just assumed it was because SHE was sleeping better, but then a few months later I took them two days in a row and immediately was up ALL NIGHT LONG). So I’m back to generally sleeping fairly well. Not to mention I’m going to bed at about eight p.m. every night this week because my jet lag is killing me.

I remember last time around feeling so torn about having another baby and Ella losing her spot as our only child. This time, now that I know how much we love love love Ani and how much she’s added to our family, I don’t have any of those same worries.

My main worry is how we are going to fit three carseats in our backseat.

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  • Reply Kristin @ Going Country December 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Minivan. The coming of our third child (any day now . . .) spurred that changeover. I still miss my Subaru, though.

  • Reply Kelsey December 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    How are you at 30?! That's amazing! I can't wait to meet that little girl. And I can completely sympathize with the back pain, I've had it horribly this time. If it really bothers you, I highly recommend shutting your eyes tight so you don't see the price (I think mine was about $60 because it's pretty legit, but I'm sure they sell for cheaper) and purchasing a maternity support belt. They're super dorky but they're the only way I can do ANYTHING these days. I really wish I'd bit the bullet and bought one during my last pregnancy, too.

    Anyways, you can do it!! Hopefully you'll start feeling a bit better now that you're not trekking with your stroller all around London 🙂

  • Reply Amy December 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    You're absolutely adorable! I'm sorry about the back pain. And I was the same way about taking pictures with my third and fourth pregnancies–the time just sort of flies by and it's hard to remember to grab the camera. Good luck!

  • Reply Cami and Juan December 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    We did the car for almost a year! And I loved it! It was nice having them all close and Amelia could help with the baby. The worst part was pinching our hands to buckle Amelia's booster each time. So if you can keep Ella in a 5 point convertible, I would do it!

  • Reply Lara December 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    You look gorgeous! Love the top; love how you look in the top! I sympathize with the low low pressure. It is the worst. But at least in my experience, it meant I didn't have to push very long! Was it that way with Ella and Ani?

  • Reply Ashley December 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Yep! Time to get a mini van. 🙂 I think you look amazing. I'm surprised you say you're carrying so low, because usually that's a "boy" thing. I feel like I carry low, too…but have just started feeling the whole rib cage thing. And yes…I would definitely think that being in another country (especially one where you walk mainly) adds to the difficulty of the pregnancy. You're looking fantastic!! I can't wait for baby girl to be here! (Love that our kids are the same ages)

  • Reply Rachel // Maybe Matilda December 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    You make such a cute pregnant mom. You look fantastic. I'm so sorry about the back pain! I almost always hate getting unasked-for advice, so I apologize for being that person, but maybe seeing a chiropractor would help? (Since I'm married to a chiropractor, no one ever sees that advice coming.) It helped my back pain a lot when I was pregnant. Just a thought. Congrats on looking amazing at 30 weeks–that is an accomplishment!

  • Reply Meghan December 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    You don't have to get a minivan if you don't want to buy a new car. We have had three in a row for two years, though I do think a minivan is in our future. I like them closer to me in a single row so I can reach them and can hand them things if needed. We started with three rear-facing and now have two rear-facing and one forward-facing so it can work if you are open to new car seats. We have two radians and a britax. Radian (I think they changed their name again recently) is super narrow so great for these types of situations. I think this will work for us until we move our oldest to a booster. I want my kids to independently buckle at that point and I can't really see having that work with three in a row. But as long as you are willing to keep your oldest in a car seat, it will probably be fine assuming you don't drive something super tiny.

  • Reply Savanna December 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    We have an suv with a 3rd row and it was still a dilemma trying to figure out the best car seat combo when our 3rd came and it has changed several time since she was born. I do have to say so far #3 was my most uncomfortable pregnancy and I felt like she was going to fall out at any minute. #4 has been much smoother but I still feel like he/she could fall out anytime because of how low I am carrying.

  • Reply Paige Flamm December 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    With Kinsley I thought that she was practically going to fall out of me for the last 6 weeks I was pregnant…. woof! But you look awesome! And my sister in law rocked the three car seats in the back seat for about a year before they finally got another car, so at least it can be done!

  • Reply JoLee December 10, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I have a feeling that you would have taken pictures every week with this baby too if not for the gallivanting around Europe. You totally get a pass on the maternity pictures this time around. 🙂

  • Reply Stefanie Hathaway December 11, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Back pain is my nemesis too. Maybe it is a city thing?! I am both too early in my pregnancy and too young in general to be wincing about back pain… if only our buses let you keep the stroller open. That whole get out, unload every single thing and fold up the stroller business has me preferring to lift it down the subway stairs.

  • Reply Melissa Kean December 11, 2014 at 6:08 am

    3 in a row is possible! And you can do it without putting one in a booster…we did it in a ford escape. Yes, you need a radian- a must have narrow car seat.

  • Reply Meghan Arnold December 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I can't decide whether ribs or back would be worse… Good luck with the last stretch! 🙂

  • Reply MommySizedHeart December 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Awwww, you do pregnancy well!

  • Reply Erin Gong December 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    We love having all 3 in our little Corolla. It is actually a lot easier to get in and out, if the oldest can't do everything by themselves yet. Radian is the narrowest (although they are incredibly heavy). The Chico keyfit is the narrowest infant car seat that I know of. We have Radian, keyfit, and Britax Roundabout and it fits perfectly.

  • Reply Merrick December 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Gah, back pain is THE WORST. I'd forgotten about that rotten part of pregnancy. Also, I cannot believe how crazy long your hair has gotten!

  • Reply December 14, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Looking great! I'm due at the same time as you with baby #3! Having sleep issues as well…are you saying that you think the prenatals didn't help you sleep or did?

  • Reply Katie December 15, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    You look fantastic! My Dr told me at my 29 week appt 2 weeks ago that my baby boy is measuring 2 weeks ahead, and already weighs 3 lbs 8 oz. Apparently he's going to be huge! So hopefully that means that I'll be having him a few weeks early!

  • Reply Celeste December 17, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Ben told me during pregnancy that certain prenatals can cause insomnia–it's legit!

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