Hello third trimester..

Third trimester

This is going rather quickly… only 11 weeks to go until we have a new addition to the family and Frey becomes a big brother! I used to love reading pregnancy updates on blogs, and wished I had kept my own with my first pregnancy, but I didn’t quite get around to even starting my blog until Frey was four months old! And this pregnancy is going so quickly that I thought if I didn’t do a post now then baby would be here again before I got around to it.. so here we go.. for the home stretch…

28 weeks pregnant

What Fruit are you? I love this question, it reminds me of Denise and her baby book in the Royle Family. I don’t have a baby book,  I did the first time around but I gave them all to the charity shop. But google tells me that at 28 weeks, baby is the size of an aubergine.

Due date:  October 2nd 2016. It will be interesting to see what happens this time around – with Frey I was induced at 42 weeks.

How far along:  28 weeks and 3 days

Gender:  It’s a boy!

Total weight gain/loss:  What a cheeky question! If I’d answered this question first time around I’d say I didn’t know and it didn’t matter. This time it matters to me a little bit more, and I’ve gained a little more than I should have at this stage – I’m up 21 pounds already.

Exercise: What? Well.. I change Frey’s nappy, get him dressed, give him baths, carry him up the stairs, and go to work. Does any of that count?

Stretch marks: No stretch marks, I was lucky not to get any first time around either, although I religiously applied oils to my bump every morning and night! This time I’m using pure apricot oil.

Swelling: None – yet! At this stage last time I started swelling up like crazy, I had a proper moon face and my lips looked like I’d had bad botox, which didn’t settle down until a long time after I’d given birth. So far so good this time, but there’s still a way to go!

Maternity clothes: Yes I am wearing maternity clothes. The dress I’m wearing in the photographs here I last wore travelling back from Mauritius when I was around 20 weeks pregnant with Frey, it was lovely to be able to wear it again! However many of my clothes from last time don’t fit me because I was so HUGE by the end of my last pregnancy they’re all stretched, so I’ve had to get a few new basics.

Belly button: Hehe! As I type, it’s out!

Sleep: Thanks to my wonderful baby boy I am at last getting a solid chunk of sleep every night. And this past weekend I’ve had an afternoon nap with him too. I am so so tired at the moment and so grateful that Frey is sleeping well now. Although the past few days it’s started to get a bit more difficult to drop off and get comfortable, I still wake up in the morning wondering where I am and what day it is, so I assume I’m sleeping pretty deeply, even if it is only until about 5.30 am.

Food cravings:  Doughnuts and appletise. Doughnuts for goodness sake! May well have something to do with my higher than I would like weight gain. I’m hoping third trimester will bring a craving for something a little lower in calories. Lettuce maybe. I can’t get enough of appletise too. It’s quite difficult to find in the shops, so I was very happy the other day when I discovered multipacks in Morrissons – I bought three to stock up!

Symptoms:  I’ve been very lucky that I haven’t had many pregnancy symptoms, up until now, with the exception of a waddle and a bump. However I am now slightly low on iron so I’m experiencing dizziness and very low energy, and this week I’ve been stupidly emotional too. Steer clear of the crazy crying lady emotional. I do hope these symptoms pass and don’t stay with me for the next 3 months!

Movement: Lots of lovely movement, which I find so reassuring, I love every kick, even when they keep me awake at night!

What I miss:  The biggest thing I miss is being able to carry Frey in his sling. I keep trying, thinking it will be ok just for a short trip to the post office for example, but it hurts so much afterwards! I’ve tried a back and side carry but I really struggle to get these right on my own, so he’s in his pushchair for most of our trips out – and he’s not the biggest fan of this having been carried for most of his life!

What I’m loving:  Spending time with Frey while it’s just the two of us for just a short while longer. The quiet cuddles and the big fat kisses he’s recently started giving me.

What I’m looking forward to:  Maternity leave.. I’ve got 5 weeks left at work and then I’m hoping to get on with some creative projects before baby arrives. Or sleep, whichever happens..

Best moment this week: How happy I felt when these photographs were taken. I was picking flowers in a flower garden, it was blissful. Although I did shortly afterwards get stung by a bee right on my bump. I was ok, but of course the poor bee wasn’t. That was quite sad.

Words of wisdom: ‘You’re going to have your hands full’ is a common comment. ‘How will you cope’ is a less welcome one. ‘You are very blessed’ is my favourite, which came from my lovely post lady yesterday. She’s so right.

28 weeks pregnant


About The Author


Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Ali Harriman | 16th Jul 16

    Well you look amazing Becky. I hope things continue to go well. October is a wonderful month to be borb in. Both my now grown children are October babies as is one of my grandchildren.

    Take care of you!

    • thesparklenest | 16th Jul 16

      Thank you so much Ali xx

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