PBF Baby #3: Weeks 28-30

Hey friends! Now that we’re about two months away from meeting our baby (what!?), I’m feeling quiiiite pregnant. When we last left off, I said I was going to try to check in with more frequent pregnancy updates every three weeks or so now that I’m in my third trimester. I enjoy documenting my pregnancies on the blog for the sake of nostalgia and a few weeks ago, I found myself feeling a little sad I don’t have more of this pregnancy documented, though I know that from an emotional standpoint, I shared pregnancy updates in this space when it felt right to share.

Just in case you’re interested in catching up on baby #3 updates so far, here are all of my baby/pregnancy-related posts in one place:

A whopping three posts! Ha! I must admit, this pregnancy has felt like a complete whirlwind and I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that I have two energetic kiddos to look after as our third baby grows in my belly but I have to think that’s a BIG part of it! Anyway, I really do hope to do a better job of sharing the end of my pregnancy on the blog and am kicking things off with a recap of the last three weeks of my pregnancy below.

Also, I hope this goes without saying at this point in this space, but please take time away from my blog right now if reading about pregnancy causes you any pain. I get it completely and am sending you love.

PBF Baby #3: Weeks 28-30

  • 28 Weeks Pregnant

Julie 28 weeks pregnant Ryder Chase

My 28th week of pregnancy was a smooth one! It kicked off with a prenatal appointment (which was technically at the very end of my 27th week) and this appointment also included my glucose screening. The appointment went well, though when my doctor asked me about feeling our baby’s movements, I shared that I still wasn’t feeling too much. I previously learned that I have an anterior placenta so this is to be expected but when I told my doctor there was still no way I could calculate kick counts at this point, she recommended a non-stress test just to make sure our baby’s heart rate looked good and consistent over a 20-minute time period.

This made me a little anxious for obvious reasons but ended up being a wonderful blessing because everything looked great and “as it should” at this point in my pregnancy. It’s just crazy to me how much an anterior placenta impacts the movement I’m feeling because during the non-stress test, I could hear big movements but barely felt a thing!

As for how I am feeling right now, I’m definitely feeling more and more pregnant by the day! My belly feels like a force and by the end of the day, it feels like it’s stretched to the max and sometimes uncomfortably big/full which I know is comical since I still have a lot of growing to do!

My workout motivation this week has been L-O-W but thankfully I am still loving just being outside and staying active with the boys so I feel like while my workouts haven’t been overly consistent, I have been active. That’ll do for me! In terms of food, my motivation to cook anything is also low right now but easy-to-make meals like oatmeal, sandwiches, grain bowls and smoothies are getting the job done. Oh and I feel like I’m eating my bodyweight in fruit every day — we’re talking whole bags of grapes in one day and endless amounts of watermelon. Fruit is my BFF.

  • 29 Weeks

My 29th week of pregnancy was rather uneventful but in a good way! I had another prenatal appointment and once again got to hear our little one’s heartbeat. During this appointment, I came to my doctor with some questions about delivering at our hospital in the middle of a pandemic and learned that I will have to be tested for COVID-19 upon my arrival and only permitted to have Ryan in the hospital room with me — no other visitors will be allowed during our stay. I will also be switching to some virtual appointments versus coming into the office, assuming I feel regular movement from our baby and everything else feels normal.

Speaking of baby movement, toward the end of my 29th week of pregnancy I began to feel a lot more movement from our little one. It’s still not constant nor is it all day every day but at least movements are daily and becoming increasingly obvious. It does a lot to ease my anxiety and I love feeling those sweet baby rolls! (This was also the first week Chase felt our baby move and it was so, so awesome. He was so excited!)

During my prenatal appointment, I also stepped on the scale and learned that my weight is within a couple of pounds of the weight I was when I delivered Chase! I guess the fact that I’ve been feeling much larger much earlier this pregnancy wasn’t all in my head! My doctor wasn’t concerned since my weight gain is still within the normal range at this time but I’m now 28 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight and definitely feeling large all over. During all of my pregnancies, I feel like I’m pregnant in my arms, legs, butt and hips, too, and that’s certainly the case this time as well. While I admittedly struggle some days with feeling rather big and less-than-beautiful, I fully believe my body is gaining the weight it needs to gain and doing exactly what it needs to do to carry a healthy baby right now. I have a sense of peace and gratitude over the changes my body goes through during pregnancy and as long as my doctor isn’t worried about my weight gain, I am not either.

  • 30 Weeks

This was the week of the pregnancy sigh! Phewwww. I’m feeling the weight of my belly more and more and am very aware of the space our little one is taking up in there. It seems to be leading to constant sighing as a way to catch my breath. I feel like I’m sighing so much right now that I had to tell Ryan not to take my sighing as some kind of passive aggressive response to whatever he’s saying or doing. I’m just trying to comfortably breathe!

While I feel good when I’m standing, walking or lying down, sitting on a plush couch is oddly not the most comfortable thing because it can make me feel squished. Apparently this little one needs lots of room to feel comfy!

As far as food this week, I cannot stop eating big bowls of oatmeal. (Can you tell this was the inspiration behind Monday’s 10 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes blog post?) I feel almost apathetic about food right now and nothing really sounds that good to me. I just want bland, filling, carby foods and oatmeal is my go-to right now. I load up a big bowl with chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and raisins and go to town. Oh and I also am oddly obsessed with Hawaiian sweet rolls, aka doughy pillows of happiness. My appetite is raging in the morning and I swear some days I feel like I eat non-stop from 6 a.m. to noon but then I am never really that excited about dinner. My appetite seems to taper off at the end of every day but that’s been a theme for me this entire pregnancy.

In terms of other symptoms, I’m actually feeling relatively normal outside of obvious physical changes and food preferences. I feel rather exhausted at the end of every day and often want to curl up in bed by 8 p.m. I am also experiencing semi-regular calf and foot cramps but other than that, I’m feeling good! I hope I’m saying similar things in another three weeks when I hope to check in and share another pregnancy update with you guys again!

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Simple Cucumber Salad Recipe

When summer is finally in full swing and cucumbers are growing, this cucumber salad is a great simple “salad.” Also, if you already grow dill with your cucumbers to help control garden pests, you’ll have two of the ingredients right in your backyard! All you need is cucumber, red onion, and a few kitchen staples you’re sure to …

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10 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes to Make for Breakfast

If there’s one thing I eat more than anything else for breakfast, it’s oatmeal. It’s so darn versatile and I never seem to get sick of it. During pregnancy, it’s basically my BFF because it almost always sounds appealing. It’s comforting, hearty and healthy and something I feel good about eating every morning.

10 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

The way I consume my oatmeal varies a lot. I love chewy, creamy overnight oats or a a cold and creamy smoothie made with oatmeal on hot summer mornings. When it’s freezing outside, a hot bowl of fluffy protein oats or a warm batch of oatmeal protein pancakes appeal to me most. However, if I’m being totally honest, I eat hot oats and protein pancakes year-round and smoothie ingredients often find their way into my blender in the middle of January. I’m clearly not too picky — I just love my oats!

If you happen to be like me, I hope today’s roundup of healthy oatmeal recipes gives you some new recipes to try when you’re looking for a way to incorporate oats into your morning meal!

10 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes to Make for Breakfast

This is the most recent oatmeal-based recipe I’ve shared on the blog and I’ve already heard back from a few of you who have tried and loved it! It’s the perfect prep-ahead breakfast recipe made with wholesome ingredients that tastes great topped with everything from fresh berries to a chopped pecans or even mini chocolate chips!

Oatmeal Snickerdoodle Smoothie

A creamy, satisfying dessert-like snickerdoodle smoothie made with oats, dates, banana and cinnamon, this sweet treat is wonderful for breakfast, an afternoon pick-me-up or even a healthy and dessert after dinner.  The reviews that have popped up on this smoothie are all extremely positive, so keep this one on your radar the next time you’re craving a cold and creamy smoothie.

This triple chocolate protein oatmeal is a satisfying morning meal that will fill you up and satisfy your chocolate cravings in a healthy way. With more than 20 grams of protein per bowl and a rich, chocolate flavor, it’s a breakfast that will make you want to get out of bed before your alarm starts blaring!

Pecan Banana Muffins

When it comes to making muffins from scratch, I have a few loose requirements for the recipes I generally make for our family. I prefer a whole wheat flour or oat flour base. I love recipes that are naturally sweetened with maple syrup, dates, bananas or honey. And I want the muffins to be made with healthy ingredients but still taste great. An added bonus: When the muffins contain some kind of fruit or vegetable and a dose of healthy fats from nuts, seeds or good-for-you oils. This whole wheat pecan banana muffins recipe checks all of these boxes!

Perfectly crunchy and slightly sweet, this coconut hemp seed granola is a great way to add flavor and texture to a creamy bowl of yogurt but tastes fantastic by the handful, too! Made with hemp seeds and unsweetened coconut, it’s an easy recipe you’ll find yourself making again and again.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

I know we’re smack-dab in the middle of summer but if you’re a fan of pumpkin year-round like me, these oatmeal pumpkin protein pancakes are a satisfying breakfast recipe and a great way to incorporate fiber and vitamin-rich pumpkin into your morning meal.

Traditional overnight oats gets a vegan makeover with this recipe for vegan protein overnight oats. With 18 grams of protein per bowl, these dairy-free overnight oats are an easy recipe to prep ahead and can be doubled or even quadrupled for a simple breakfast you can quickly grab to enjoy before rushing out the door on a busy morning.

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

This blueberry baked oatmeal is the perfect recipe to prep ahead on a Sunday to help make weekday breakfasts a breeze. It’s also a great recipe to play around with since it tastes great with a myriad of ingredients incorporated into the delicious baked oatmeal base.

This recipe for high protein hemp oatmeal is a dairy-free protein-packed breakfast dish that comes together quickly on a busy morning. With 14 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber per serving it’s a delicious morning meal that will keep you full for hours. Top with your favorite berries and nuts for added texture, color and crunch and enjoy!

This is a fluffy, filling and incredibly voluminous breakfast recipe I’ve made countless times since I first shared it back in 2014. (I clearly need to update the pics in this one because they definitely scream 2014! Ha!) It’s a fast breakfast to whip up on busy weekday mornings and is incredibly satisfying thanks to the high protein and fiber content.

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354: How to Upgrade Your Brain and Learn Anything Faster With Limitless Author Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik taught me how to speed read, one of the most valuable skills I have ever mastered. Now he’s back on the show today to talk to us about how to upgrade your brain and learn anything faster! And his story is incredible. After a childhood brain injury, teachers gave him little hope and …

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