I am currently 28.5 weeks pregnant with our little boy! We are so excited to meet him in February! We have decided to name him Thomas Powell Casey III after his daddy, but we are calling him Tripp. What we know about him thus far is that he is an active little boy who likes to kick a lot. He is currently breech and has been since about 20 weeks. He loves to curl into a ball and every single ultrasound (starting with our gender reveal one where we had to come back for a second visit to confirm his gender) he has been rolled up tight making it really hard to get a good look at him. His head is up near my ribs and his feet are usually there too since he is in a ball, but a few times every day he stretches out and kicks and kicks my lower belly. He is a petite little baby that keeps clocking in around the 30th percentile for overall size, and it looks like he has inherited the Slate family short inseam because his femurs are measuring about 2 weeks behind. This was a worry a few weeks ago, but we have ruled out any disorders so now we know he just has short legs at the moment. Who knows if they will catch up, or if he is just going to have a shorter inseam like my side of the family. I would say for the most part I am carrying low because my hips and lower back are definitely the area that I feel the most pressure in, and I have yet to feel the shortness of breath kicking the ribs thing that a lot of moms feel. Pregnancy has been good to me for the most part. I have only gained 3-4 pounds so far, and since I lost in the beginning for some unknown reason to me since I never threw up, I am only really at my pre-pregnancy weight. I do have to say the beginning of pregnancy was a lot easier on me than the end is being. I wasn't sick, I lost weight, and besides being extremely tired after work most nights, it was so easy for me. Now that I am in the third trimester, I am starting to get the tired feeling again, but it is mixed with nesting so it is a weird combo, and I have extremely bad heartburn and acid reflux every single night. It makes me dread the evening, even though I am tired and want to sleep. My body doesn't really hurt too much though, and if that is my worst symptoms, then I still think I have it pretty good. I have friends who have had a lot more difficult pregnancies so I am counting my blessings!
From our first 4D ultrasound when we were not sure he was a boy or not! I had a hunch though and bought a bunch of boy clothes after the ultrasound because I was convinced!
Yep...it's a boy!!!!
When I first "popped" around 17 weeks
22 weeks before going to see Mamma Mia with my mom
Baby Tripp's favorite position to lay in. I have a few of these kind of pictures from all the ultrasounds I have had...and I have had a bunch making sure his legs and heart were okay (which they are perfect)!
Our sweet boy's little profile
I am officially in the third trimester and feeling pretty good. I am getting excited to have our baby and honesty am not too scared about the labor and delivery part of things. I have been reading Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method and am planning to have as natural of a birth as I possibly can in a hospital setting. I don't plan to have pitocin or an epidural or anything and I would like to have my early labor at home, but I am leaving the medical stuff to the doctor and nurses who are trained and do this for a living. They will make sure mommy and baby are safe and healthy, and if that includes pitocin, an epidural, or a c-section, then so be it. All babies and their birth stories are beautiful no matter how they come into this world! That's what is going on in our lives at the moment, and I am hoping to be able to get back to blogging and keeping up with our lives as best as possible!