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Hello, Third Trimester!

So, I don’t intend on turning this into a “mommy blog”, but I would like to share weekly pregnancy updates from here until our little guy’s arrival! The first trimester crawwwwwled while the second one flew by, so I’m definitely anxious to see how the third and final will go.

29 Week Bump

Weeks: 29 (11 to go!)

Maternity clothes: I’ve been wearing my various Athleta maternity leggings almost every day for the last couple of months — so glad that it’s winter! I occasionally wear my normal jeans for a night out. I’m still fitting into them just fine when they are unbuttoned (with the hair-tie trick) and of course with my trusty BellaBand! As far as tops, I’ve been mixing maternity (mostly from Target and StitchFix) and normal loose-fitting tops, typically with an Athleta tank underneath for a little extra coverage and support.

Faux plant

Sleep: While sleep is getting more uncomfortable, I feel lucky that I’ve only had a couple of terrible nights thus far. I certainly toss from side to side (and I really miss sleeping on my stomach), but I am currently sleeping with just my normal pillow. I tried a “pregnancy (body) pillow”, and it was too overwhelming. Maybe I just move around too much to have a giant pillow engulfing me. Unfortunately, I get up at least twice each night to pee each and every night. It’s all so glamorous!

Miss anything? I mostly miss going to breweries and enjoying as many delicious craft beers as I want! I miss raw oysters, too.

Baby boy clothes

Movement: From kicks to rolls to jabs, this guy moves around every single day now. It’s really neat (and weird) to see his movements from the outside! I joked to Richard that perhaps our baby will be the next Arsenal star player!

Food cravings: Popcorn shrimp (which I so happily devoured for dinner last night) and chocolate. But when do I not crave chocolate?

Laundry basket

Symptoms: Heartburn at night and some sleepiness in the afternoon.

Belly button: Still an innie!

Emotions: Same old me — I haven’t cried or gotten emotional about anything… yet!

Best moment this week: I got to see the renovation progress on my brother’s house in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday and I treated myself to coffee and a pastry at Night Kitchen while in the area. And oh yeah, this trimester is all about that TREAT YO SELF.

Looking forward to: We start our childbirth classes at Rex Hospital on Tuesday, so I’m both excited and nervous about that. And then on Wednesday, I have a prenatal massage around lunchtime followed by an OB appt in the afternoon to see how baby is progressing!

Nursery updates

It seems like there is a pregnant blogger boom happening right now — if you’re out there, I’d love to hear how you’re feeling lately!

xo Cassie


  1. This is baby number 2 for me. I’m 23 weeks but slightly bigger haha. I sleep with a regular pillow between my legs, that helps!!!!

    • Cassandra

      February 8, 2016 at 11:17 am

      So excited for baby number two for you, Brooke!! I have done the pillow between my legs for a couple of nights and it DOES help!! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi dear one. For some reason I’m not getting updates when you post! Just now seeing this one, and the previous one. I thought I was following you through Bloglovin’ but they seem to be falling down on the job – I seem to get notifications for some people I follow and for lots of others I don’t. When I finish here I’ll sign up again to follow through your e-mail and see what happens!

    Anyway Cassie, love this photo of you, at last you really look ‘preggers’ as they say in England, and so beautiful – well you always do!
    Love how you are already starting his little baby boy wardrobe – cute things noted! Only 11 weeks to go, wow that’s gonna fly by fast!

    Hope to see you and Richard soon. We had a nice lunch with mom.
    Love and hugs XX

    • Cassandra

      February 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you! Richard has been taking a photo each week since about week 21 now, so that will be a fun collection to look back on. I know, it’s flying by, right?! So glad you had a nice lunch. Love you both! xx

  3. Dear Cassie, what with your third trimester AND Valentine’s coming, you shoudl be reveling in being spoiled now with chocs and other things galore! Well, I hope so. A happy mama makes for a happy baby! Speaking of which, that top photo of the adorable little baby clothes hanged up shows just how adored and welcomed into this world yours will be.

    Ok, I have to laugh at this: “I don’t intend on turning this into a β€œmommy blog'”–well, if not yet, give it time… we shall see! πŸ™‚

    All the best to you and Richard. You seem to be handing this in your stride. I work with someone whose due date is actually Feb 15th, this Monday, but still plans to keep working until…I don;t know…when her water breaks? Hope it’s not in the office! πŸ™‚ Anyway, she is a trooper and is certainly also taking things in her stride.

    • Cassandra

      February 16, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Wow! Has your coworker had her baby yet?! Now I’m dying to know.

      Richard and I had a lovely Valentine’s Day, because I unexpectedly had the day off! We rarely get to spend the entire day together, so that was quite a treat. I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your sweetie! (And yes, we consumed plenty of chocolates… including chocolate-covered strawberries!) πŸ™‚

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