According to most baby bump sites, at 28 weeks, I'm now in my 3rd trimester! Here's what's been going on lately:
- We started a birth preparation course called Birthing From Within. The instructor tells inspiring stories and makes us hold ice while practicing pain coping techniques. My hope is to give birth at the UCSD Birthing Center in Hillcrest. I hesitate to say "plan" because the Birthing From Within classes encourage us to be prepared but open to things that may happen that don't fit "the plan."
- I've read the Birthing From Within book which convinced me to go with those classes instead of the Bradley Method, which is another option one of the UCSD midwives mentioned at my first prenatal appointment. I am also reading Bringing Up Bebe (which Krystal recommended in this post, and I'm loving it) as well as Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.
- I'm still painting my own toenails, though I'm not so sure I'll be able to for much longer. Freaked out by news articles like this one, I've been using a water-based polish called Safe Nail Polish that claims to be non-toxic and safe for use on little kids. The shine is sufficient, though the finish is nothing like OPI or Essie, but anyway it will do for now. A friend told me about a salon in La Jolla that uses non-toxic nail polishes and is Green Business certified, so once I can't reach my toes anymore, I'll have to go treat myself ;)
- My sister is planning my shower in a few weeks, so I finally finished my registry. If you were to browse it you'd find lots of "crunchy" things like organic baby wipes and washcloths, cloth diapers, wool diaper covers, and Made in USA gear.
- Shortly after writing about my maternity wardrobe and how I'd avoided buying maternity clothes, I finally bought myself some maternity jeans for $20 off the regular price. I could probably write a whole post on the subject, but I won't. Instead I'll just say you could pay as little as $5 or as much as $200 for maternity jeans but somehow they should be stylish and comfortable. I tried on many designer jeans in a variety of sizes. I like the skinny fit and though the Citizens of Humanity pair was the cutest, the part where the belly panel meets the denim was so uncomfortable. My friend has had good luck with Gap maternity jeans, and I found some cute Old Navy capri jeans at a resale shop. The key is the sit test!
- I found a new product to add to my safe body care regimen. I had mentioned that any old cocoa butter brand will do, but since organic and Fair Trade certified products are very important to me, I set out to find a new product and here it is: Aura Cacia Cocoa Butter.
- Last but not least, this baby is moving like crazy! And despite the shortness of breath, heartburn, Braxton Hicks, frequent urination, 23-pound weight gain (which means after a long, hot day I waddle around the house), and varicose veins in my lady parts (sorry for the detail, but seriously wha??!), I am so looking forward to being a mama to this precious miracle.