I am officially 28 weeks with baby girl Swartz, which means I’ve made it to the third trimester! And I figured as such, it was time for a pregnancy update – specifically, what has it been like being pregnant while in Rwanda? Here’s a little bit of an overview:
What We’ve Done:
Maternity Clothes: The first challenge we had to overcome was getting maternity clothes. It worked out, because my mom – who lives in Ireland – was in the States for Christmas and was conveniently already coming to visit us in February, so I was able to order a bunch of clothes on Black Friday to my sister’s house in the States that my mom then took back with her to Ireland (along with a lot of maternity clothes that my sister was lending me!) and then, ultimately, to us (whew!). After that I found the main thing I was missing was a good pair of work pants, so I was able to order some to come with a friend from the States who came through Rwanda last weekend. Clearly, coordination is the name of the game here. But I think I’m pretty set for now!
Baby Gear: We’ve started collecting a few things, mostly through expat sales. We have a small collection of clothes already (I just bought some this weekend from a yard sale! The picture above is what I texted to Will to show him what I got), some cloth diapers (AND some disposable diapers – some brought from Ireland by my mom, some brought from Dubai by our friend who went to a conference there and got THREE checked bags), and a few random other small things we’ve picked up. We’ve also been working on a registry – which is tricky when we know everything on it will have to make it here in a suitcase!
Doctors: We’ve had regular appointments with a doctor here and have also set up an appointment with a doctor in the States. Based on other’s experiences, I was a little nervous about that (just the timing of when I’ll be getting to the States – we’ve had friends who had a hard time finding a doctor who would see them coming in that late in the pregnancy!), but it was thankfully very straightforward. We’ve also found that you can kind of pick and choose where you want to go for appointments here, so even though we actually switched to a different doctor after our first appointment, we actually went back just for a random ultrasound because their ultrasound equipment was so much better (and cost $20!).
Nursery: We have a few pieces of furniture for our nursery already. (The nursery will be what is currently ‘my dressing room’ that I mentioned in this video!) We had a really great upholstered rocking chair (picture above) made by a local carpenter, as well as a cube storage organizer thing that we’ll use as a changing table. We’ve claimed a crib from another expat who’s selling theirs, but don’t have it yet.
One of my biggest challenges with the nursery is that it’s taking a lot of work to just get things to neutral. We have pretty gross, dark green carpet in our bedrooms (believe me, it is not nice carpet!), and last summer when we got our house painted, even though we picked out a very light gray color for all the walls, we somehow ended up with a very light green. It’s really not bad, but combined with the carpet it’s just really green in there. A really exciting thing, however, was that our friend who visited from the States last weekend offered to bring a whole bag for us – and so we bought a 8×10 neutral rug to go in there! (That basically takes up a whole suitcase, so we never would have been able to bring one on one of our own trips back!)
How I’m Feeling:
Honestly, for the most part I’ve felt great. It’s been a really easy pregnancy. I never had any morning sickness (I know, I know, I’m the worst!) and have only had some minor heartburn and sciatica pain. Mostly right now I’m just getting out of breath a lot – and, because I share a classroom, I have to several times make a long trek from my work desk in the teacher lounge up a hill then up a flight of stairs to my classroom and I get there out of breath every time – haha!
Emotionally I feel good too. I’m excited, and it’s fun to feel her moving and kicking. (She always goes crazy and then as soon as I pull Will’s hand over to feel, she stops. Anyone else?) I know there’s a lot ahead that we’re probably unprepared for – but I don’t know what else we should be doing at this point to be better prepared! Maybe it’s the Enneagram 9 in me, but I kind of feel like what will happen will happen, and we’ll figure it out as it comes.
- My sweet friends are throwing me a baby shower the week after next – I’m exited about that!
- Honestly, it’s not very long until I leave for the States – about six weeks away! I’ll go ahead, and Will will come about three weeks after that. I’ll be missing about three weeks of school (plus finals week), so I guess maternity sub plans is probably something I should get to work on pretty soon.
- Between now and then we have a trip to Lake Bunyoni across the border in Uganda planned with friends. New country for me, and country #3 (in utero) for baby in girl! (Country #2 was Tanzania).
Normal Pregnancy Post Things 🙂
- How far along: 28 weeks!
- Baby size: an eggplant, according to my app
- Weight gain: I don’t really know – we don’t have a scale and I don’t know what my pre-pregnancy weight was anyway, so we’ll just leave that to the doctor.
- Sleep: Still pretty good! Not super uncomfortable yet and for the most part I am able to sleep through the night. (I’ve always been really good at sleeping though, guys.)
- Maternity clothes: Pretty thoroughly covered above 🙂 Some of my favorite things I ordered are a few dresses and tops from Pink Blush Maternity. They are cute and trendy and were not too expensive (I got everything on sale + Black Friday clearance, so average about $10 per piece). I like that there are several things (especially some of the dresses) I can keep wearing post-pregnancy, too!
- Gender: Girl
- Movement: LOTS. Especially right when I get home from work and am crashing on the couch!
- Food cravings: Nothing in particular
- Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really!
- Missing anything: Not the point of this prompt, but I am sad about a few of the things I will be missing here when I leave for the States – especially the school play (it’s Lion King!) and graduation. What can you do, though?
- Symptoms: Some sciatica pain, but only occasionally (although it’s been really bad this weekend)
- Looking forward to: Baby shower in the next few weeks and soaking up some final fun things here before heading to America!
Only three more months, baby girl! Can’t wait to meet you!