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28 Week Bumpdate: Compare and Contrast

28 Week Bumpdate: Compare and Contrast

HELLO THIRD TRIMESTER!!! I’m 2/3’s of the way through this pregnancy and I can’t believe how fast it’s flying. It doesn’t always seem to be going fast in the day to day and dealing with aches and pains, but it seems like another week sneaks up on me.

Today I want to do something a little different and kind of fun! I want to do a compare and contrast to my pregnancy with Chloe! I thought it would be fun to see how my pregnancy is the same and different at this point in the game. I typed up my answers for baby boy in BLUE before copying and pasting from Chloe’s 29 week post in PINK.

How Far Along? 
28 weeks today
Hello 3rd Trimester!
Size of Baby: 
Baby Boy is the size of an Eggplant! He’s between 14.5-15 inches long from head to toe and weighs close to 2.5 lbs. He should be gaining nearly half a pound a week up until birth at this point. He’s getting better at controlling his own body temperature and is likely dreaming during his REM sleep! I hope he dreams about meeting me as much as I dream about meeting him.
Weight Gain:
Baby Boy: According to yesterday’s doctor appointment, I’m up 20 lbs.
Chloe: Up 20 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. I definitely made up for the weight I lost when I was sick several weeks ago! My doctor said I did “a good job in Europe.” I’m still right on track for a 30-35 lbs weight gain which is what I’m aiming for!

Baby Boy: All of the back pain that comes in the late afternoon and stays the rest of the day, hemorrhoids and HUNGER! I’m so much hungrier than I was with Chloe!
Chloe: Occasional nausea in the morning, lots of gas (sorry JP!), rib pain, mid-back aches, hunger and anemia.
Baby Boy: This week’s favorites include: tacos and everything crunchy like tortilla chips, pita chips, pretzels, cereal, crunchy peanut butter toast and WATERMELON.
Chloe: Cold fruit, cinnamon, rice cakes, bread, carbs
Baby Boy: To be honest, I’ve had some pretty bad hormonal anger lately. I get flustered and frustrated easily which frustrates me more. It’s not always easy to control these pregnancy hormones especially with an almost three year old constantly pushing my buttons.
Chloe: Mostly happy and a little crabby and irritable some days!
Progression with Chloe!
Baby Boy: We have furniture! Chloe’s old furniture was moved in there when she got her big girl bed. We also got a teal cabinet from JP’s grandparents. I’m waiting until my baby shower to finish putting it together and seeing what else I need, so I promise to share more next month. Here’s a hint: It’s dinosaur themed!
Chloe: Slowly but surely coming along. I’ve cleaned out her room and moved or gotten rid of everything we’ve been storing in there. I’ve rearranged the furniture that is staying, and I’m giving the desk and dresser to my brother for his new apartment. We have her crib, some bedding, some room decor and paint samples! My mother in law, Jody, is coming to help us paint the room later this month! By the end of May, I think I’ll feel like it’s getting there. After the baby showers in June, I know it’ll be ready!
Baby Boy: This kid is always on the move. Some days it’s hard for me to tell what position he’s lying in because he seems to poke, prod and jab at me from all angles! He also occasionally seems to do a flip or turn in there that makes me so nauseous. I love feeling him all the time though. It was the one thing that I truly missed about pregnancy after giving birth to Chloe.
Chloe: She is a mover! I have a little ninja gymnast in my belly. I love feeling her move and groove inside me. I really love watching my belly go crazy when she’s in a hyper mood. She’s most active early in the morning, after I get home from work and again in the evening after dinner!
Baby Boy: I’m exhausted! Exhaustion kind of hit me again this past week. I’m in bed and out like a light by 9:00pm. I wake up a couple of times for potty breaks, but I haven’t had trouble going back to sleep. I wake up between 6-7am ready to go though. Crossing my fingers it stays this way for a while!
Chloe:While traveling, I wasn’t always sleeping the greatest since I wasn’t in my own bed. I was tired enough most nights to get a good night’s sleep though. At least I didn’t have to wake up early most days! Since being home and having my bed and my Snoogle again, I’m sleeping better.


Still good! Lots of walking, easy jogging and lower intensity workouts. Here’s what my last week looked like:
Wednesday: 3 mile mall walk with Chandra {take that Houston heat!}
Thursday: Soul Grooves Dance Class {so freaking fun!}
Friday: 2.6 mile walk
Saturday: 2.3 mile walk; 20 minute body weight workout
Sunday: Rest/Pool Day
Monday: 2.75 mile run
Tuesday: 2 mile walk
Wednesday: 4 rounds Tabata
What I Miss: 
Baby Boy: Not having back pain and laying on my stomach
Chloe: An occasional glass of wine, sushi and being comfortable at the end of a long, crazy day.
Belly Button in or out?
Baby Boy: Houston, we officially have an outtie!
Chloe: Half in and half out. The top has popped and the bottom is in. I can’t tell if it will completely pop out or if it will end up stretching flat 🙂
Labor Signs: 
Baby Boy: Just a few Braxton Hicks contractions each day. I get them when I’m more active these days.
Chloe: No, let’s keep it this way for 11 more weeks!

Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Baby Boy: Nothing in particular, I get some random waves of nausea in the mornings, but there doesn’t seem to be anything that sets it off. 
Chloe: Not that I can really think of!
Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Baby Boy: Visiting our best friends at their new home in Chicago! It was so perfect having the whole gang back together in a completely new place. It was my last big trip of this pregnancy which I’m okay with because airplanes are getting pretty uncomfortable.
Chloe: Traveling around the world with my best friend and partner in crime. Celebrating my sister’s engagement, my brother’s graduation and spending time with the Gouglers in College Station! Read all about the last few weeks of travel here if you missed it!
Looking forward to:
Baby Boy: A quick trip to College Station tonight, something super exciting that I can’t quite say anything about yet, and a family trip to Schlitterbahn next weekend!
Chloe: Reaching the 30 week mark next week, celebrating my husbands 29th birthday tomorrow, our doctor’s appointment next week (we’ve moved on to every 2 weeks!), and relaxing in Houston all weekend!

I thought I’d add a quick picture of the little lady referenced above! It’s safe to say that my pregnancies were fairly similar at this point. I will say that early on, I was much more nauseous with Chloe and for longer. I dealt with nausea from about week 6 to 17! I also showed much later and in different places. I feel like my booty and legs took a bigger hit last time around! I also started out a little bit heavier when I was pregnant with Chloe. That could have something to do with it.

Either way, I’ve been blessed with pretty easy and fairly uncomplicated pregnancies. I pray that this one continues to go that way for another 12 weeks!

Mommas, how did your pregnancies differ? Fairly similar or totally different?
Any remedies out there for back pain during pregnancy? I’ll try anything!

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