Monday, July 21, 2014

32 Weeks!

How far along? 32 weeks.
Baby size: A squash...and I think The Bump is running out of fruit & veggies, because a squash doesn’t seem all that big!
Weight gain: 19 pounds.
Maternity clothes: Maxi dresses, and still squeezing into my jeans when I’m feeling ambitious.
Sleep: Too good...the fact that I’m sleeping more heavily the past few weeks makes me paranoid that I’ll sleep through baby’s cries in 7 short weeks...
Gender: GIRL!
Movement: Lots of’s even getting a little uncomfortable these days when baby’s foot pokes into my ribs or my side!
Best moment this week: Our maternity photo session and getting baby’s crib bedding in finally!
Looking forward to: Our first baby shower this weekend and hopefully finishing up the nursery.
Food cravings: A club sandwich on a husband mentioned it and then I had to have it.
Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing too weird.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Labor signs: No.
What I miss: Being stomach feels super stretched and full and my back aches all the time. Small sacrifices, though ;)
Symptoms: Feeling full all the time, achiness, occasional headaches, exhaustion...
Workouts: Still running & walking. Definitely have decreased the running mileage, but still feeling fairly fast occasionally. Just depends on the day...
Things that suck: Getting out of breath easily, like while doing laundry. If that doesn’t make you feel lame, then I don’t know what does.
Things that don't suck: Baby showers, maternity photos, and only SEVEN weeks to go!

Monday, July 14, 2014

{31 Weeks}

How far along? 31 weeks.
Baby size: A pineapple.
Weight gain: 16ish pounds...
Maternity clothes: Lots of dresses, but still squeezing into my jeans with a belly band. Waiting for the day that stops working...
Sleep: Too good. I sleep so soundly and would sleep until 8am every day if I could.
Gender: GIRL!
Movement: Yes...all the time. Especially in my ribs.
Best moment this week: Getting some essentials for baby at Target this weekend (they had a great sale!)...a Rock n’ Play & video monitor made it seem just a little more real!
Looking forward to: Maternity photos this weekend and our first shower next weekend.
Food cravings: I wanted orange cinnamon rolls one night at like 11, and Michael didn’t waste any time running out to the grocery store to pick some up! That was the first true ‘pregnancy craving’ that I’ve had, so we both jumped at the chance. ha.
Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing...
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Labor signs: No.
What I miss: Not being achy all over.
Symptoms: Achy back, feeling short of breath with a weight on my belly ;)
Workouts: Walking and running...usually walk one day, run the next...with a rest day in there, too.
Things that suck: Feeling exhausted.
Things that don't suck: Being about 8 weeks away our due showers...maternity photos...lots of fun things!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

30 Weeks!

How far along? 30 weeks.
Baby size: A cabbage.
Weight gain: 15-16 pounds.
Maternity clothes: Wishing I could wear workout clothes everyday...but suffering through in maxi dresses, skirts and jeans with a belly band ;)
Sleep: Can’t complain...I sleep pretty good.
Gender: GIRL!
Movement: All the time! Baby seems to like kicking me in the ribs these days.
Best moment this week: The 3-day weekend we was SO nice to relax, spend time with family, and finally have time to clean & organize the house!
Looking forward to: Upcoming baby showers and counting down the weeks…we’re in the SINGLE DIGIT weeks now!
Food cravings: Nothing really. I haven’t been super hungry lately. Maybe if anything, just cheese, fruit, lemonade...
Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing that I know of.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not right now, thank goodness!
Labor signs: No.
What I miss: Not having a constantly achy back.
Symptoms: Exhaustion...but getting random spurts of energy, somehow. Achiness.
Workouts: Walking and running...last week, I actually ran more days than I walked, which hasn’t happened in a while!
Things that suck: Dreams about bed rest, Michael missing baby's birth (his dream, not mine), etc. I think we both are having crazy dreams now that the countdown is really on!
Things that don't suck: Being less than 9 weeks away from meeting our baby girl....yikes, that's so soon (and so much to do!)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pregnancy {Lessons Learned}

12 weeks vs. 29 weeks!
There are so many unknowns with pregnancy, and when it’s the first time you’ve experienced it all, the only reference you have is others’ experiences. I didn’t have any expectations going into it, but some things along the way have been either really surprising, or, on the alternative, completely expected (based on things I’ve read).

Keeping a secret is hard. We didn’t tell our parents until we were 10 weeks pregnant, and then announced it to everyone else at 13 weeks. The only people who knew really early on were my manager at work and our photographer - because I was coordinating our pregnancy reveal photos with her! I felt like it was so obvious, especially since I wasn’t feeling well the first 3 months...we spent a lot of time at home and made a lot of excuses to cover it up!

Emotions. I haven’t had too crazy emotions, but there have been days where I can cry over nothing or something kind of sad or something kind of happy and everything in between. For the first two months, my husband could make me cry by mentioning Marley & Me...that movie makes me cry ANYtime, but just a mention of it could bring me to tears for a while there. LOL.

Strange symptoms. There are so many ‘symptoms’ but some of them are just plain weird. Other than being nauseated for pretty much 3 solid months in the beginning, I’ve had it pretty good. However, I have had things like: a really weird taste in my mouth after eating ANYTHING, which lasted for the first 5-6 months; sore, swollen gums...ouch; dizziness from time to time; feeling sick from taking vitamins and brushing my teeth; achiness; and a few other pretty mild symptoms. Overall, I certainly can’t complain!

Cravings/Aversions. I didn’t really go off the deep end with cravings like you hear about all the time. I think Michael made 2-3 trips to the grocery store for my ‘cravings’ but most of those were early on in pregnancy. I will say that the cravings I did have were often short-lived - I wanted Lucky Charms, and I ate one bowl and never touched them again. I wanted Chex Mix, and that one lasted about 2-3 weeks before I couldn’t even look at Chex Mix again. A few things I’ve craved all along: club sandwiches, pizza, lemonade, anything salty and no sweets. And the biggest disappointment of all - my MAJOR aversion to coffee. I’ve been a coffee addict since I can remember, and I haven’t been able to touch the stuff since being pregnant! I tried an Iced Mocha from Starbucks to see if I could handle it, and that was no good. Maybe one day I’ll like coffee again?

Crazy dreams. I don’t even know what to say about some of the dreams I’ve had, except that people would probably think I’m on some kind of drugs if I tried explaining dreams I’ve had over the past 7 months. #insane

How your body changes. Namely, how little and how much it changes. In some ways, even now, I’m surprised at how little weight I’ve gained and how I can still wear most of my clothes (within reason...I can only fit in my jeans with a belly band). But in other ways, I watch my belly grow daily and it’s crazy to think of how tiny my waist was before…let’s just say, my waist was super tiny and I never realized it at the time.

How you feel ready (or not…). Honestly, for someone who’s so Type A, I’ve surprised myself at how relaxed I am being pregnant. I think it’s a conscious effort to not let myself stress out...because I know it’s not good for baby. But other than wanting to be organized ahead of time in terms of the nursery, preparing for birth, and all of those logistics, I’ve been laid back and just tried to enjoy these 9 months. Even after taking childbirth classes and things getting ‘real’, I don’t feel that nervous. I’m sure that might change when we find ourselves at the hospital in a few months!