Thursday, May 26, 2011

Weeks 24, 25 & 26

Okay, so I'm a slacker.

Life these past few weeks has been busy and hectic and I just haven't had the motivation to do much blogging no matter how much I tried to convince myself otherwise. As a result I have let the ol' blog go unattended for far too long. I'm just kicking myself, too. I really wanted this to be an up to date account of this pregnancy! But, I'm cutting myself some slack because really? This blog, although well intended, in the grand scheme of things it's not on the list of Tasks I'll Neglect and Feel the Effects of Later.

So, because I can hardly remember what I did yesterday (let alone last week) I'm not going to try to rehash all the cute things The Hubster said or how my body has changed in the past 3 weeks or how much weight I've gained. Hurts my brain to even try and think about it. I did take pictures each week, though! Those will be included at the end of this week's post.

How Far Along: 26 weeks. Almost done with the 2nd trimester!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Not even going to type it out, but let's say I got the smack. down. from my midwife about what I've gained. Veggies and protein and whole grains for this girl from now on! With the occasional treat, of course.

How big is baby: From head to heel baby is the size of an english hot house cucumber (BabyCenter), measuring 14" and nearly 2 lbs.

Stretch Marks: Zero, zilch, nada. Still using the Burt's Bee's Mama Belly Balm and it helps with the itching, too. Also, drinking a ton of water to keep my skin (and baby) hydrated.

Maternity Clothes: Are pretty much a must at this point, for pants at least. Shirts I can get away with buying a size larger than I normally wear as long as they're long enough. Gonna go visit H&M next weekend to pick up some more summer clothes, though.

Sleep: Sleep is pretty good! Getting up a couple times a night to use the bathroom because of all the water I'm drinking, and my hips aren't sore every night, just some nights. Also, had my first experience with leg cramps that woke me up out of a dead sleep. On a tip from a co-worker, I've been drinking a little bit of Gatorade each day and so far (knock on wood) they haven't returned.

Gender: Team Peen!

Movement: Oh my gosh, does this kid move! One of my favorite things to do is wake up and just watch my belly jump around as he wakes up along with me. I'm starting to feel movement a little higher now, above my belly button, and he still loves kicking/punching/head butting me in the cervix. And the other day he kicked me so hard I thought I was going to pee my pants! Thank god I had just gone to the bathroom :)

Food Cravings/Aversions: Avoiding all cravings at this point and trying to find healthier choices to satisfy my sweet tooth. I bought a bunch of berries and other fruits, and a sliced up apple with a bit of peanut butter has been a yummy snack lately that fills me up and curbs the sweets craving. Loving veggies, particularly roasted asparagus and steamed zucchini and summer squash.

Belly Button: Getting flatter by the day.

Symptoms: Leg cramps, swollen feet if I'm on them too long, weight gain (arg...), and the line down the middle of my belly, the linea negra, has started to make an appearance.

What I miss: Dancing! I really miss dancing with my Push Jones ladies, and the ease of movement that came along with taking regular dance classes. I can't wait to get back in the swing of things, but in the mean time I'll stick with my pregnancy yoga on Netflix, and getting in some good walks around the dog park.

Looking forward to: Getting Little Man's room painted! I started on it, now we need to finish it so we can set up the crib we bought. I'll post pics once that's done, promise!

My favorite husband quote/moment of the week:  There have been so many moments these past few weeks. The Hubster has been so awesome with helping me stay on track with my walking and eating well, encouraging me in all the right ways and never telling me I shouldn't have something. Baby boy still quits kicking most of the time Hubster tries to feel him, and he joked that "He knows dad's around so he quits kicking his mama. He already knows better!". So cute.

Weekly Belly Pics:

24 weeks

24 weeks

25 weeks

25 weeks

26 weeks

26 weeks

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

23 Weeks

How Far Along: 23 weeks. Man, I gotta be more on the ball with these posts!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Not keeping track weekly, so I'll find out when I have my next appointment on the 20th. At this point, I really don't care haha!

How big is baby: From head to rump baby is the size of a  papaya (The Bump) or a large mango (BabyCenter)

Stretch Marks: Still none! Hoping it stays that way :) The belly gets itchy though.

Maternity Clothes: Oh yes. Went shopping at F21 the other day and got some non-maternity shirts and a dress that will work through the rest of this pregnancy and after. I'm glad I can find clothes that aren't maternity that I can wear, maternity clothes are expensive!

Sleep: Sleep is the same as last week. Still dealing with sore hips, even with the aid of a body pillow and other pillows jammed all around me. Learning to live with it :)

Gender: A mini-Hubster!

Movement: He's a mover and a shaker pretty much all day long!

Food Cravings/Aversions: Still craving rocky road ice cream, sweets, apples, and carbs. Love me some carbs!

Belly Button: Still shallow and kind of looks like the navel on a navel orange. I'm not used to seeing so much of my belly button haha!

Symptoms: It's getting harder and harder to get up off of the couch, sore hips and tailbone in the morning, and a sore back occasionally but usually only when I've been on my feet a ton. Oh, and swelling. It's lovely.

What I miss: My tiny waist. I was looking  at pictures from when we first found out I was pregnant and all they did was depress me. Hoping I can get my body back after this babe. No, wait. I will get my body back!

Looking forward to: Getting baby's crib hopefully soon thanks to a good friend :) Thanks, Jen! Also looking forward to registering for the lil' mister.

My favorite husband quote/moment of the week:  Every time I have him come over to feel the babe kicking, little man stops. But each time Hubster comes over to feel, even if I am laying in bed and it means him getting up to come feel, he does so and waits for a bit. He's so patient with me, and I love him so for it. Lucky girl, here!

Weekly Belly Pics:

Feeling huge!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

22 Weeks

How Far Along: 22 weeks (although I'm posting super late... again. I gotta get back on schedule!)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Not keeping track weekly, so I'll find out when I have my next appointment on the 20th.

How big is baby: From head to rump baby is the size of a  spaghetti squash (BabyCenter) and weighs a pound!

Stretch Marks: Still none! Hoping it stays that way :)

Maternity Clothes: Yes, definitely pants, and most shirts are either maternity or a size larger than I normally wear. I'm still struggling to find clothes that make me feel cute and not like I had too much to eat.

Sleep: I've started dreading going to sleep in some ways. My hips hurt SO bad when I'm rolling over at night to switch sides, and they hurt all day long until about 2pm, when they start to feel somewhat normal again. Hopefully I can figure something out to help keep me a little more comfy, but I'm guessing that I'm just going to have to come to accept that it is what it is.

Gender: Little Man!

Movement: Oh, he's moving around SO much! And it is definite baby movement, too. I wake up each morning and watch my belly dance around because he's kicking away. Hubster even got to feel him kick!

Food Cravings/Aversions: Mexican food, sweets (red licorice), and fruit. Oh, and carbs :)

Belly Button: Not really much change from last week, but it's still shallow and weird looking. I wonder if it'll pop?

Symptoms: Sore hips and tailbone still, and the ever expanding waistline. Oh, and the boobs are getting bigger, too. I have cleavage!

What I miss: Waking up without hurting, looking cute in my clothes, not being short of breath after walking a little bit.

Looking forward to: SO many things. We have to get going on this kids room soon, though! I keep bringing it up, but we have been so busy on the weekends that we usually have trouble getting to the laundry and general cleaning. I'm going to have to schedule it in I guess!

My favorite husband quote/moment of the week:  I swear, The Hubster says and does so many thoughtful things throughout the week that I want to remember and note here, but when I sit down to fill out the weekly survey my mind goes completely blank. But what I do remember is how sweet he's been, how helpful and loving he's been. Whether it's doing the dishes so I don't have to, or rubbing my swollen feet, he's just been awesome. Love you, babe!

Weekly Belly Pics: