Things are still moving along quite well. Baby is very active. She has her more mellow days and her wiggle worm days. She usually seems to be awake in the early mornings, and then again after lunch, around 3-4 PM, and then from dinner time to bedtime. Some days though it feels like she just doesn't stop moving! It usually just feels like she's moving around, but other times she is definitely kicking or punching at my belly. Sometimes she kicks so hard it makes me jump! It always makes me laugh to see my belly pop on it's own. So far it seems that every time I lift my shirt to see my bare belly move, she stops moving. I can see her pretty well through my shirt though. So much fun! Mike's been able to feel her more often now as well.
The little bean is now about 2 pounds and 14.5" long. It's now time for her to slowly start rotating to the head down position. She still has plenty of time to get there, but eventually I will be feeling more pressure on my cervix once she settles in. Her lungs are well-developed now, and if she were to be born now, she would have an excellent chance at survival (with intensive care). I'd like to keep her an inside baby a bit longer though! Her brain tissue is continuing to to develop, and her brain is very active now.
As for me, I'm feeling great! The third trimester is the time for fatigue and nausea to kick in again, but so far I'm not feeling any effects. One thing to look forward to may be leg cramping and increased back aches. I am starting to feel an increased need to pee, but so far it's nowhere near as frequent as I was afraid it would be. At most I'm running to the restroom every hour or so, which I can totally live with. If we get closer to 10 minute intervals though, I might start getting annoyed! Breast tenderness may return soon as the milk factory kicks into gear. For now though, I'm feeling great and very happy. And big! Several strangers have commented on my pregnancy now, so I know I'm definitely obviously pregnant. I feel like I grow every week - a shirt that fit last week is now too short!
I'm still not seeing the linea negra, which is good. I thought maybe I saw a hint of it the other day, but I think it may have just been a vein. No stretch marks to speak of! My belly button is still in innie, but it is continuing to get wider and shallower.
And now for the nursery! I promised you progress pics, so here you go! :)
Our Craigslist bargain glider. MIL got the stains out, but Mike is very unhappy with the shape now - we think that the slipcovers shrunk in the laundry when they were washed. Hopefully it can be dressed up a bit with blankets and pillows.