Saying goodbye to the 2nd trimester!

Here I am, 27 weeks pregnant, and looking at the 2nd trimester in my rearview mirror!  I’ll hit 28 weeks, which many people consider the start of the third trimester, on Thanksgiving Day (November 26 this year in the US).  I have so much to be thankful for right now, and it seems like a lovely symbolic coincidence that I’ll hit this big pregnancy milestone on a day that is devoted to giving thanks.  With that in mind, here are some good pregnancy things that have happened recently:

Random lady on the hospital elevator: Upon seeing my pillows and large belly, she said, “Oh, were you in birth class?  Congratulations!  You look great!  I hope everything goes really well for you.”  How nice to hear just an unambiguously positive and encouraging pregnancy-related comment, especially from a stranger!

Hand-me-downs: Our friends have started being ridiculously nice and generous about hand-me-downs.  We already have an infant swing, Baby Bjorn, some toys, and a few clothes (both baby and maternity) that people gave us during my first pregnancy, and now we’ve got offers of seemingly everything else too.  One friend/colleague has offered us a crib, a glider chair, and this week she stopped by my office with a bunch of her son’s old baby clothes, an infant carrier, a nursing pillow, and assorted other cute baby things.  Another friend/colleague has given us a two-year-old Graco infant car seat / stroller system, a pack ‘n’ play, a cosleeper, a jumparoo, and a whole load of glass bottles and clean/unused breastfeeding/pumping supplies.  These incredibly generous offers are getting me over the hump of starting to acquire baby stuff — somehow it feels different (easier!) to accept a generous gift of hand-me-downs and fill in around the edges than to actually assemble our own list of wants and start buying stuff.  The latter feels like tempting fate much more than the former.   Now my main worry has been how to adequately thank these incredibly generous people!  So far I’m planning on effusive handwritten thank-you notes that come with a big batch of cookies, but it still feels inadequate!

Milestone: first belly rub from a stranger!  It was from a special education aide at a middle school where I had brought one of my classes to do some science outreach.  It actually didn’t creep me out too much, because she talked to me for a while first and we found out that our birthdays are only one day apart, a week before my due date, and she got all excited that the baby might come on my birthday.  Then at the end of our conversation she reached out and rubbed my belly just with her fingertips.  A little odd, sure, but it didn’t feel creepy to me!

I don’t have gestational diabetes!  Add me to the (apparently long) list of women who flunked the 1-hour gestational diabetes screen (with a score of 151, 21 points above the cutoff my doctor uses) and sailed through the 3-hour test (with an average of 30 points below the cutoff at each of the four stages of the test).  I surprised myself by how hard I took the news that I had failed the one-hour test: cue waterworks and sobs of “but I just want my baby to be OK!”  I knew that I’d most likely pass the three-hour test, and yet somehow having even one super-minor thing go wrong sent me right back to the early days of constant anxiety in this pregnancy.  One positive side effect of all of this, though, is that it made me realize just how relatively emotionally stable I’ve been for the past month or so — I’m really doing well, on the whole.  And while the 3-hour test today was rough (I have terrible veins, so was stabbed multiple times for each of the four(!) separate draws, and then almost fainted from the sugar crash at the end of the test), and I stressed all afternoon while waiting for the results, I’ve been happy as a clam since I found out that I passed.  More good news about our apparently healthy baby, and license to eat like a normal pregnant lady at Thanksgiving!

So, there’s some good news for the end of the second trimester and some things to be thankful for as the holiday approaches — above all, of course, I’m thankful for the happy, healthy little boy pummeling me from the inside.  Here’s wishing everyone a healthy and gratitude-filled holiday week.

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12 thoughts on “Saying goodbye to the 2nd trimester!

    1. lyra211 Post author

      Aw, thanks so much for your good wishes for our little boy. 🙂 Indeed, a scare/stress free third trimester is what I want for Christmas, although I think it’s probably a lot to ask!

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  1. jwhitworth7

    How exciting to be entering the last trimester on a day we are reminded to give thanks. Congrats! Yay for baby hand-me-downs and for passing the glucose test. I can’t even imagine having to do the 3 hour test!! Mad props to you for making it through! I felt awful after the one hour test. Here’s to hoping it is smooth sailing through the third!!

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    1. lyra211 Post author

      Thanks, it’s great to hear from you! And from your reply, I infer that you passed the 1-hour glucose test first time through, which is awesome, congrats. 🙂 My doctor’s office said that about one in 5 women fails the 1-hour, but then only about 1 in 5 of those actually have gestational diabetes. So, yeah, not my favorite morning, and not something I’d recommend for fun, but I’m just relieved to know that things are normal. 🙂

      I hope things are going well for you and your little one too! I think you were about a week ahead of me, so you must already be in the third trimester — congratulations! I think this also means that you’re past the point of your previous loss, right? I know those feelings can be complicated, but I hope you’re feeling at least a little positive about it.

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  2. jwhitworth7

    I didn’t realize that 1 in 5 women who do the 3 hour test have gestational diabetes. Yes, I was happy that mine came back normal after the 1 hour test. So glad that we are both in the clear! Things are going very well. I’ll be 30 weeks on Sunday and that will be 5 weeks and 1 day past when I went into labor with our 1st son Oliver. I’m so thankful to be this far along and have everything looking good. We scheduled the delivery which will be done at 37 weeks on Jan 11th.So glad you are feeling good and I’ll be thinking about you, your daughter, and your son on Thanksgiving!

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    1. lyra211 Post author

      Wow, 30 weeks! Congratulations! I’m glad that you’ve got a plan for your delivery and are feeling good about the pregnancy so far. I will also be thinking about you and your children on Thanksgiving!

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    1. lyra211 Post author

      Thank you so much! I really, really appreciate the good wishes, and am thinking lots about you and hoping that this Thanksgiving is a season of happiness and health for you this year as well.

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  3. theskyandback

    Hooray! I’m so happy you are now officially in the home stretch. Hot damn! That’s great that you are getting lots of hand me downs. And yay to no GD! Let’s keep the good news rolling.

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    1. lyra211 Post author

      Aw, thanks for the happy vibes. 🙂 Yes, let’s keep the good news rolling — for both of us! I’ll do my best to hand off my 2nd trimester luck to you. 🙂

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